Originally Posted by ylexot
I'm starting to understand the ruling though.
Consider buying a home...you get a tax deduction for your mortgage interest. You pay less in taxes if you buy something.
The health insurance mandate and penalty...er...uh...tax is the flip of that. You pay more in taxes if you do not buy something.
Personally, I find both of them to be philosophically wrong.
Soon after you were conceived you were consuming this service. All the mandate does is discourage freeloading for a service you will use if you like it or not.
Those who have health insurance have been paying this "tax" to the insurance company. The mandate makes this tax explicit and broadens the tax base.