Not so long ago, in a land not at all far away, there lived people who had minimal recurring expenses.
While many acquired crushing burdens of debt, e.g., by overspending with credit cards, or by taking out loans to buy more home than they could properly afford, it was entirely possible to avoid the debt trap, live frugally from month to month, and set aside some cash to cover unexpected contingencies and the occasional indulgence.
Then the credit trap was expanded: with easy credit and artificially low rates, big home loans and big student loans became the norm; the increased supply of money drove prices up, leading to ever more people needing to take out ever bigger loans, even to support sensible expenditures.
And so an ever-increasing class of people was saddled with ever-larger monthly payments to the great financial institutions.
And yet, this was not enough: for there were still those who had no credit cards, who took out no student loans, who bought no real estate, or who bought only what they could afford. And these people made no monthly payments to the moneylenders, and had no need to labor mightily all day; and with a worldwide economic recession, their number was increasing.
And so the lobbyists for the great financial institutions went unto the Legislature, and wrote unto the people a new Law prescribing that all must pay unto those same institutions a monthly subscription for Health Care, that being a commodity which had been rendered prohibitively expensive through the actions of third-party payment systems like unto those made compulsory by the new Law.
And thus it came to pass that all within the land would be compelled to pay monthly unto the great financial institutions, even those who eschewed all dealings with the moneylenders.
And it was good?
Seriously, lefties: how can you possibly think Obamacare, AKA the Affordable Care Prevention Act, is a good thing? It's a modern style of tax farming: all who breathe within this land must pay the air tax, and are given the choice of paying it directly to the government or paying a larger amount to one of the franchised Big Finance companies whose lobbyists wrote the law, and which passes part of your payment along to the government.
And, BTW, it seems to have repealed some of the protections (e.g., creditable coverage) we had under HIPAA. How much will you bet that there isn't some lurking nasty allowing the HHS Secretary to grant waivers from the guaranteed-issue and community-rating provisions to companies which (a) would have no viable business model under those provisions and (b) have made the right campaign contributions?