Obamacare’s Penalty for Not Buying Insurance Isn’t Penalty ‘Because Penalty is Punishment,’ Says Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee

February 17, 2011 | 6:52 PM EST
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.