It's both a tax and a fine, and if you don't pay your tax, you will be fined. But no matter how many times you travel down this road, what someone would go to jail for is not failure to be insured, but for not paying his or her taxes. That's just a fact.
Incorrect. You don't go to jail for not having insurance. There's no option to skip the tax and put you in jail. You have to break a second law before you go to jail.You only get this "tax" if you don't have health insurance. IE it is a punishment for not having health insurance.