You do according to Congress and you can't opt out simply because you'd rather rely on faith healing or some other approach to health care. That's one of the key provisions of the package of health care reforms passed by them in 2010. It's also the one most frequently challenged and on Tuesday (Feb. 22) U.S. District court Judge Gladys Kessler from the District of Columbia dismissed another one.
The challenge had been brought by the American Center for Law and Justice, the conservative Christian legal service founded by wealthy televangelist, Pat Robertson. It was filed on behalf of five plaintiffs who can afford to pay for health insurance but choose not to.
Pentecostal faith healers in Kentucky, 1946.
I can't say that I agree with Pat here, or anywhere, ever, on anything but...
I'm not a big fan of the mandate either, although I'm sure it is perfectly legal. I also see why they pushed to get it in the bill, without all the 'forced in' customers, the extra costs of some other provisions would not have been offset. And the insurance companies love it, you are forced to be their customer. And without any real price controls or competition, like a public option, it'll continue to rain money in their industry.
A big problem with the mandate, is that if that had been kept out of the bill, I think Obama and the Dems might have been more likely to swing over to including a public option instead.
Back to religion - If those bone heads want to forgo modern medicine in favor of praying, I say "Have at it Hoss" (just not the kids), nice to see some force of nature that might give atheists an evolutionary advantage over the prodigious breeding wack-a-loons.
I'd be happy with the mandate if we had an affordable public option. But as it stands, it is a mandate to spend thousands of dollars a year feeding a corrupt insurance company.
On the other hand, if the Teabaggers truly hate the mandate as much as they say they do, then A) they need to be picketing the GOP because it's the GOP that pushed the mandate in the first place, and B) they need to also angrily picket to repeal car and other insurance mandates, because it's really not much different.
Until then, I try yet fail to take them halfway seriously.
It is unfair for a religious group to be able to get a 'pass' when this atheist wants a 'pass' and can't get one. Take personal responsibity for your health, America... lose the "I beleive in quality of time (by overeating a bunch of junk and, thus, dying of obesity-related causes) and not quantity."
I believe in the freedom for you to die of obesity (or drugs and alcohol) and for me to be free to watch you die miserably while I don't have to help pool the costs of your decisions.