From Walter Russell Mead, this is the problem that Obamacare apologists face:
It might seem odd that the law’s supporters should need to convince Americans to purchase a plan, given that those who don’t will be taxed. But the tax will be less expensive than the cost of coverage. The minimum tax per person will be $695 per year. Higher earning individuals will have to pay more: a couple who makes $100,000 per year, for example, will be taxed around $2,025. That may sound like a lot, but the CBO estimates that the annual premiums for the least-expensive plan offered under the new law would reach about $12,000 for a family and about $5,000 for an individual (all figures can be found here).
This means that for a lot of people paying the tax will be cheaper than buying insurance. And since the new law prevents insurance companies from denying you coverage or charging you more if you have a pre-existing condition, you can always buy a plan later if you develop an expensive medical condition.
Over time, more and more people are going to figure this out.
Legislate in haste; repent in excruciating slow-motion over the next decade and a half. You’d think that the Democrats might have realized something was up when the Republican Congressional caucuses collectively disengaged from Obamacare, back in the day, but apparently they’re only now just starting to realize the exact weight of the albatross that the Democrats voluntarily put around their own necks. I suppose that I should create some fake sympathy at this point, except that I need to clean out the fridge…