For all you people against the health insurance mandate, here is a simple explanation of how it will help YOU, the person paying his/her hard earned dollars for your own insurance plan and make those lazy welfare bums you hate so much begin to pay their fair share.
Isn't that what you want? People to pay for their own health care and stop making you do it???
Okay. So Joe Blow has no insurance for whatever reason - unemployed, pre-existing condition, job doesn't offer it, can't afford, or maybe he's just an idiot who is hoping nothing bad happens to him.
So he rides it out and oops! Something bad happens. And because he hasn't been going to a doctor for yearly physicals or anything, he ends up in the emergency room and/or having a nice little hospital stay.
He can't pay.
Hospital is out money.
Hospital raises charges for those with insurance.
Insurance company does not like paying out more money.
Insurance company makes up loss in profit by increasing your premiums, deductibles and co-pays and/or decreasing services covered.
YOU PAY MORE. GET LESS.
Now, if Joe Blow is required to find some sort of coverage, hospital gets paid, doesn't raise charges, your insurance company doesn't fear for its CEO's multimillion dollar bonus so doesn't take it out on you.
It is as easy as that.
So supporting the mandate helps you by requiring people to pay for their own insurance rather than gambling and leaving you to pay the ultimate bill.