Ramirez: ObamaCare isn’t twerking — er, working

posted at 4:31 pm on August 30, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Some things just cannot be unseen, and that’s even true in editorial cartoons.  Investors Business Daily’s Michael Ramirez makes this one count, using the most current cultural controversy as a reflection on the most current display of domestic-policy incompetence (via Power Line):

ramirez-o-twerking

We have a couple of other items worth noting on ObamaCare, too.  The Daily Caller noted earlier this week just how much effort the Obama administration has put into avoiding the word “tax” on ObamaCare taxes.  In a new IRS rule on the ObamaCare individual mandate, they replace that word with a lengthy euphemism … more than fifty times:

The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) final rule on Obamacare’s individual mandate, released this week, uses the term “Shared Responsibility Payment” more than 50 times to describe the mandate’s non-compliance penalty, which the Supreme Court in 2012 defined as a tax.

The IRS also used the term “shared responsibility penalty” in the rule, which does not identify the individual mandate as a tax.

The 75-page rule published by the IRS, which is tasked with enforcing Obamacare as the law is fully implemented in 2014, is entitled “Shared Responsibility Payment for Not Maintaining Minimum Essential Coverage.”

While the Obama administration originally pitched the individual mandate as a penalty, not a tax, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts ruled in June 2012 that Obamacare is only constitutional because the individual mandate is technically a tax.

It’s not a tax. It’s a Glorious Opportunity To Advance The Nation Through Your Sacrifice!  Or maybe it’s a Five Year Plan, or a Cultural Revolution. It’s difficult to keep up with these euphemisms.

Not everyone has to sacrifice, however.  In Illinois, they are bypassing all of the competitive-bidding hassle and just awarding the contract to run the exchange’s computer system to … choose a vendor fired by Louisiana for ethical violations:

Making ObamaCare a reality will require massive computing power to track, store and process the millions of individual cases

But in Illinois, contracts to compute that state’s cases – valued as high as $190 million – are being awarded without competitive bidding. …

CNSI, however, has encountered problems in other states.

The company sued Louisiana after a contract there was terminated during an investigation into whether CNSI and a handful of other companies violated ethical guidelines during the procurement process.

According to openthebooks.com there were also cost overruns in Washington and Maine and a lawsuit in South Dakota that ended in mediation.

The federal government certified them anyway, because — and I’m not making this up — the ethical and fiscal concerns didn’t mean that their technological performance wasn’t up to snuff:

However, the federal government certified CNSI, which was sufficient for Illinois to move forward with the intergovernmental agreement.

“The issues in other states since then do not in any way reflect the technological capabilities and performance Michigan has experienced with CNSI,” wrote director Hamos.

Sounds like Illinois is set to do to its citizens what Miley Cyrus play-acted during her VMA performance.

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.


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Perfect!

Pork-Chop on August 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Ramirez must DIAF now…

NotCoach on August 30, 2013 at 4:38 PM

That’s what we call a tragic comedy.

MontanaMmmm on August 30, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Eeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Othniel on August 30, 2013 at 4:40 PM

“Shared Responsibility Payment”

Curious, isn’t it, how tens of millions of illegal aliens who routinely use our health care system (usually without paying a dime) are not required to participate in the “shared responsibility payments.”

Some animals really are more equal than others.

AZCoyote on August 30, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Shared Responsibility

How especially piquant the hypocrisy in light of Obama’s current foreign policy debacle.

ps. I think this might be my favorite Ramirez cartoon of all time, capturing pop culture, micro and macro politics all in one. Brilliant.

RushBaby on August 30, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Genius

MississippiMom on August 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Could’ve added Putin in Thick’s place.
too much?

MontanaMmmm on August 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Wait a minute, I thought the new rule was no more mockery?

slickwillie2001 on August 30, 2013 at 4:47 PM

I wonder what the Mocked One thinks……

itsspideyman on August 30, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Hard to tell whether “O’s” the “mockee” or the “mockette.”

Don L on August 30, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Could’ve added Putin in Thick’s place.
too much?
MontanaMmmm on August 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Maybe. It would muddle the message. But I like where your head’s at.

happytobehere on August 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

So if it’s a “penalty”, then I must be “guilty” of something. If I’m “guilty” of something, uh, isn’t that “guilt” determined in a COURT OF LAW?

So when do I get my day in court?

GarandFan on August 30, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Ed,

just wondering if you are interested in doing a post on the two executive orders Obama concocted last might? One of them will destroy one of the most venerable and traditional organizations for promoting gun ownership and marksmanship in America. (No, not the NRA.)

Love to see some commentary on this at HA.

The War Planner on August 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

The War Planner on August 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Apparently, they don’t really read the comments. Send tips here: tips@hotair.com

happytobehere on August 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM

The federal government certified them anyway, because — and I’m not making this up — the ethical and fiscal concerns didn’t mean that their technological performance wasn’t up to snuff:

Translation: They’re making promises about what they can do that more reputable companies are shying away from.

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Laugh. Out. Loud!

Ramirez/Jindal 2016!

itsnotaboutme on August 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Some things just cannot be unseen, and that’s even true in editorial cartoons. Investors Business Daily’s Michael Ramirez makes this one count, using the most current cultural controversy as a reflection on the most current display of domestic-policy incompetence

Or, to be really, really concise: Brilliant!

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Considering all the people who are either exempt from Obamacare (the president, Congress, etc.) or got a waiver, I think that “Imposed Responsibility Payment” would be more accurate.

Bigfoot on August 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM

That’s awesome! Must share!

JAM on August 30, 2013 at 5:25 PM

The War Planner on August 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Related: http://hotair.com/archives/2013/08/29/obama-administration-announces-two-more-common-sense-gun-control-executive-actions/

slickwillie2001 on August 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Only responsible people have to pay the ‘Shared Responsibility Payment.’

Resist We Much on August 30, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Only responsible people have to pay the ‘Shared Responsibility Payment.’

Resist We Much on August 30, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Well, THAT explains a lot. Muchas gracias.

platypus on August 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Ramirez, you magnificent bastard!

TXUS on August 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Only responsible people have to pay the ‘Shared Responsibility Payment.’

Resist We Much on August 30, 2013 at 5:27 PM

though I think a lot of people are contemplating becoming very irresponsible.

uncommon sense on August 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Fox News has been reporting that union thug Trumka is trying to get some type of waiver from Obama for the penalty on the unions’ “Cadillac” health care plans. Of course, Obama has no legal authority to grant such waivers, but when has the law ever stopped Obama? Neil Cavuto says expect the administration to try to sneak it into a Friday news dump next week.

AZCoyote on August 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Simple put. The Best At What He Does. Rameriz, that is.

Bmore on August 30, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Simple put. The Best At What He Does. Rameriz, that is.

Bmore on August 30, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Ah, B, I was hoping to run into you :)

uncommon sense on August 30, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Simple put. The Best At What He Does. Rameriz, that is.

Bmore on August 30, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Well, if you meant 0bama, you’d still be right. He’s the best there is at royally screwing up everything he touches.

CurtZHP on August 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Bmore, had a few cool ideas for you in the Syria threads. Please look for. It’s little effort, I guess, with great impact.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Ramirez is a national treasure, ‘endangered species’ status…

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Bmore, here’s one

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Bmore, here’s the other.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Alas, he is running free and can’t here our calls as he goes :)

uncommon sense on August 30, 2013 at 6:04 PM

oops meant hear, not here… damn typing thingy

uncommon sense on August 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Sorry, Bmore, here it is.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Thanks for the help us :)

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Very related

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Thx, great way to start the weekend.

AltTuning on August 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Definitely one of his best cartoons ever, and that’s saying a lot.

Alana on August 30, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Michael Ramirez is a good friend who does take ideas. Love his work.

mike0993 on August 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Love it when a political cartoon can kill two birds with one stone.

Count to 10 on August 30, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Brilliant!

I bought Michael Ramirez’ book for my husband for Christmas last year and thought it was fantastic. I always have trouble coming up with gifts for my dad, so for his birthday a couple months later, I got him one. A few weeks later, he came to visit me, and basically told me that he hadn’t been that excited about the gift, (not a cartoon kind of guy) but that one day he saw it laying on the table where it had been since the birthday, and picked it up to look at a couple pages, feeling sort of obligated, since I had given it to him. He said he absolutely could not put it down until he’d gone from cover to cover. He never dreamed it would be as good as it is. He was so moved by some of them, especially the starving child trying to get the corn that is used for ethanol. Heart wrenching!!!! A picture is worth a thousand words. I hope he’s getting close to enough for another book.

Ramirez really is a genius and a treasure. Obama, not so much…

pannw on August 30, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Shared Responsibility Payment

What say you, John Roberts?

steebo77 on August 31, 2013 at 1:14 AM

There were a lot of young girl cheerleaders for what’s her name the other night, just as there are still a lot of cheerleaders for Obamacare.

rlwo2008 on August 31, 2013 at 1:40 AM

The IRS also used the term “shared responsibility penalty” in the rule, which does not identify the individual mandate as a tax.

I’m surprised they even used the word “penalty” when they could have come up with something a little more Orwellian, like “payment opportunity”

Glenn Jericho on August 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM

+1 for the subtle imagery of Obama being a female dog. Took me a few views to catch it.

MelonCollie on September 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM