And the hilarious Cato response. It is apparently terrible because:
It restricts individual choice and liberty. Just like gasoline taxes to pay for road repairs do, and local taxes fund police and fire departments. Damn those restrictions on individual liberty! I should be allowed to not pay for fire department funding, because I damn well know a fire will never happen in my home! (The corrolary: I’ll never get sick!)
As a result the young and healthy will be forced to pay more in order to subsidize the older and sicker. Why, yes, Cato Institute, you sleuths you, you’ve uncovered the elephant in the room! With health insurance, the healthy pay for the sick! And hey, look at that–when I pay for car insurance, it’s to help pay for someone else’s car accident, when I’m not having one! Amazing! Brilliant work you’re doing over there!