When that noted Truthsayer Barry O'Bama says it isn't.
The constitutionality of this is highly suspect, but no one on the "regressive" side seems to care about things like since last year's election.
You will notice that Obama once again fails (on purpose) to acknowledge the dichotomy of mandatory health insurance and mandatory auto liability insurance.
UPDATE: It's officially a tax:
"If you put something in the , and you tell the IRS to collect it, I think that's a tax," said Clint Stretch, head of the tax policy group for Deloitte, a major . "If you don't pay, the person who's going to come and get it is going to be from the IRS."#