Rep. Jackson-Lee: Don't call Obamacare's penalty a penalty 

If you're getting bored watching the amendment process on C-Span, let me recommend this amusing piece at CNS News:

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D.-Texas) told the House Judiciary Committee yesterday that the “penalty” that the health-care law enacted last year by Congress imposes on individuals who do not buy health insurance is not in fact a penalty.

The law itself states: “If an applicable individual fails to meet the requirement of subsection (a) [having a government-approved health-insurance policy]… there is hereby imposed a penalty with respect to the individual.”

But no, don't call it a penalty. Why not? I'm not even going to try to interpret her rationale:

“I would make the argument, one, that instead it is an incentive to do right--that it is not penalizing because penalty is punishment,” Jackson-Lee told the Judiciary Committee.

“You’re not punished if you have health insurance, in fact. And so you are, in fact, incentivized to have health insurance, rather than take the negative which is to suggest that because we have a penalty you are being punished,” Rep. Jackson-Lee said.

If you think that doesn't make any sense, be sure to read and listen to the rest of her monologue, because it gets much worse.

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