It has already become a staple of Republican propaganda that the mandate in the Affordable Care Act is the biggest tax increase in the HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE! A couple of examples:
Rush Limbaugh: " And what we now have is the biggest tax increase in the history of the world."
Sarah Palin: "We now see that this is the largest tax increase in history."
Representative Jeff Landry: " “This is the largest tax increase on the poor and the middle class in the history of this country..."
Red State: "The Supreme Court today upheld in its 5-4 decision on the Affordable Care Act the largest tax increase in U. S. History."
Daily Caller: "Out of all the smoke and mirrors comes the biggest tax increase this country has ever seen."
Now, please believe me- I could go on all day quoting more examples of this claim, which has become absolutely established fact on the other planet where Republicans live.
Here, courtesy of Talking Points Memo, is a little bit of the truth:
A few minutes work was all it took for them to discover that, as usual, this Republican claim is a malignant lie. It's mighty hard to have a real conversation about the future of our country with people who will spout any falsehood they can think of rather than admit that they are wrong. And particularly in the face of a mainstream press which will present Republican lies and the truth as equally likely to be correct. Pretty sad, huh?