With regard to Obama's push of Congress to implementsave the tax on health care plans (as part of a reform to bring down costs remember), White House mouthpiece Gibbs said this:
MR. GIBBS: I would disagree with your notion that it is a tax on an individual since the proposal is written as a tax on an insurance company that offers a plan.
And then the followup intelligencia:
Q Can I ask just to follow on that, you don't think they pass those taxes on, those costs on to consumers?
MR. GIBBS: I'm not an insurance company broker.
Q Well, it's just obvious. Isn't it self-evident that they would do that?
MR. GIBBS: Not necessarily. They may just not offer --
Q I think any economist would consider it a de facto tax on a --