To those against this law - They've ruled it constitutional only because they reasonably consider it a 'tax'
definition of tax: a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
I agree that the penalty is a tax. A tax does not (obviously) have to affect all people equally.
Don't blame SCOTUS - the conservative justices who may disagree with the fairness of the law itself did a very honorable thing by doing exactly what their job says they should do - uphold the constitution.
instead, be angry at the people for electing representatives who believe that THIS is how we want the constitution to be used. Or to a further point: that this (congress has the ability to tax) is what we want our constitution to say.
I guess I can live with it. My plan is to buy health insurance based on these two conditions:
1) If I am not sick/injured then pay the ($400?) IRS fine. That is only $34/month or a bit over $1/day.
2) If I am sick/injured then buy insurance, paying premiums ONLY while getting treatment and then cancel the policy ASAP.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
"The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
-- Adam Smith