I love that far-right talking point on this is "See, it is a tax, it is a tax. He's raising taxes." They're all embracing a weak parsing of words to make a meaningless point.
Hey Tea Party and Very-Conservatives:
Explain this --
If conservatism is about personal responsibility, then why should people NOT purchase health care if they can afford it? Why should people of means be allowed to just show up at the emergency room and get free health care?
Do you want to pay the bill for a young married couple who would rather spend money on a nice new BMW than buy the minimum health coverage -- but they wrap that nice new BMW around a tree while touring Napa Valley. They were young and healthy and invincible, so why should they worry about health coverage? It's they're "right" to no be covered. Damn Obama and his socialism, now they have to be responsible citizens and postpone napa until they can really afford it. Damn Mitt Romney and the Heritage foundation for inventing and testing the individual mandate at the state level.
With the GOP it seems that personal responsibility only applies to the unemployed people who got laid off their job--those bums need to get a job. But people with money can get a free ride in the emergency room.
I await an explanation.
You say 'tax' I say tomato and not being burden on society when you drink and eat your way into the emergency room.