That may seem like an odd opinion from a conservative. I recognize the constitutional issues and it may not come to pass, but why do I feel this way?
First, many people would not buy it unless their employer provided it. I don’t know about other states but do know that in Minnesota that it is available to everyone. If one can’t afford it the state has a plan that should be affordable, even almost free.
Second, it is a matter of personal responsibility that they have it. If they don’t, the public assumes the responsibility when they have a health problem.
Third, I consider it more as a liability insurance as they are liable to the public for care if they don’t have insurance. The alternative of not treating them would be very much unlike our caring people.
Ideally people would see the need for health insurance and buy it, but some don’t seem to value being self reliant. Some try to buy it after they are ill, but that is like buying house insurance after your house burns down. Insurance and some other things fall into the category of not being “fun” expenditures and fall our of priorities.
I generally don’t like laws that protect us from our own stupidity. My preference would be to teach people how to take care of themselves, but i don’t think that is going to happen. So if we are going to be a nanny we should force the “kids” to do their part!