Sheila Jackson Lee continues to prove herself to be the dumbest Congress critter to ever serve. Her list of laugh-producing comments is long. From claiming there is two Vietnams to asking if the MARS rover took pictures of the flag Neil Armstrong left, one can see Jackson-Lee isn’t the brightest bulb in the bunch. Her latest comment is a read head-scratcher. She claims the penalty for not purchasing insurance isn’t really a penalty.
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.”
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.
In Rep. Jackson-Lee’s view, however, this language does not actually impose a penalty.
“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.
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