They are both agreeing that it would be a government penalty on citizens and not a tax on them not to get health insurance.
Well isn't that something special that they actually agree on anything! It's OK though.
After Mitt signed the healthcare act for Massachusetts when he was governor, I though that Ted Kennedy was intelligent and creative in getting it to happen.
Mitt did it though, and now a lot of people are alive because they have health insurance that they couldn't afford before.
This does, however, create a stigma for Romney and his allies are not all terribly happy about his attitude toward the Health-Mandate tax or no tax situation.
The GOP are in turmoil over the issue with some radically led right wing states pretty much in a state of refusing to follow through with it by whatever means they can muster up to thwart the legislational effort to cover the poor and others in the USA.
Meanwhile, Justice Roberts is being accused of bending to political pressure in his reversal from last March's speech of his position not to cover and now to cover the law with his vote.
It is a complex issue, and there are so many details that it isn't clear at first why Roberts would do that.
He said that the court had the duty to uphold the law.
The last time the supreme court struck down a law passed by Congress and signed by the President was in 1936.
Here are Mitt Romney's words to CBS news concerning this issue:
"Well, the Supreme Court has the final word. And, their final word is that Obamacare is a tax. So it's a tax. They decided it was constitutional. So it is a tax, and it's constitutional. That's the final word. That's what it is. ...
"I said that I agreed with the dissent, and the dissent made it very clear that they felt it [the health care law] was unconstitutional. But the dissent lost. It's in the minority. And so now the Supreme Court has spoken.
"There's no way around that. You can try and say you wished they would have decided in a different way, but they didn't. They concluded it was a tax. That's what it is."
Roger Chartier - The Author