Sheila Jackson-Lee Explains Why ObamaCare Penalty Is Not a Penalty

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) may have the IQ of a heifer, but when she opens her mouth, she sounds more like a duck. The other day she explained to the House Judiciary Committee why the penalty imposed under ObamaCare on those who don’t buy health insurance is not 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.”

Elsewhere, in a section entitled “Payment of Penalty,” it says that individuals failing to carry a government-approved health insurance policy must pay a maximum penalty of $750.

But that doesn’t mean it’s a penalty:

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“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.

That wasn’t quite clear. Let’s hear some more duckspeak:

“I am helping you. I am helping you not to have 26 percent un-insurance in the state of Texas. I’m helping children be insured. I’m helping diverse minorities be insured,” said Rep. Jackon-Lee. “And I know during the civil rights argument — even though we were arguing under the Constitution — there were many policy statements being made: Do we want to live in a nation that discriminates against a person for the color of their skin?”

Huh? One last chance to clarify:

“But I also need to say whether or not it is more an incentive than it is a punishment,” said Rep. Jackson-Lee. “I am more inspired by incentive. And I welcome it being a parking ticket. We get parking tickets all the time, and no one complains about being required to do the right thing.”

In addition to believing that no one complains about parking tickets, Rep. Jackson-Lee also thinks that Americans won the Vietnam War and planted a flag on Mars. We have let ourselves be ruled by people like this.

At least she didn’t try to tell us that the penalty is a tax.

On a tip from G. Fox. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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