I’ve heard people compare the insurance mandate to auto insurance mandates in states nationwide, but these are state laws, and you can escape if you feel it is unfair. They also do not usually require you to insure yourself, just other people you may be in an accident with. When structured this way, these laws just require you to protect other people from you, not you from the world.
Finally the constitution specifies what congress may regulate/legislate, and health insurance is not one of them. Health insurance is not allowed to compete across state lines, which means congresses old standby “we can regulate anything that crosses state lines” is N/A. Requiring people to buy a product or service (health insurance) in order to be a legal citizen flies in the face of freedom, and smells of a poll tax.
We in America have a significant portion of the medical advances occur in our country. This is largely due to the fact that there is a strong profit motive, if you discover the cure for the common cold in America you can be rich in short order. Remove the profit incentive as many are proposing, and the goose that lays this golden egg will die of malnutrition. If people are dying as suggested in congress from a lack of insurance, I propose we give them a subsidy to buy an insurance policy, this could be done for as cheap as 70$ per individual in America. As for Obama care JUST SAY NO.