I'm actually in favor of an individual mandate, but not this steaming pile of a "pass it to know what's in it" power grab by federal bureaucrats that will politicize every medical decision into the foreseeable future. Don't believe that? Think back to how politicized the mammogram report became when this bill was under discussion. (A taste of that.) We had Congress Critters lining up to denounce the science on both sides of the aisle. That's a preview of what will happen on every medical decision if this law stands as it is. A mandate to carry a high-deductible catastrophic plan makes sense; having the government micromanage healthcare is stupid when there are other options that don't assume godlike knowledge on the part of bureaucrats and politicians. At least, that my judgment now; I'm willing to put it to an experimental test.
Let's experiment with 50 systems and see what all the unintended and unexpected consequences are. Then, if you want to expand the power of the feds to impose such a mandate, there is a procedure for that: constitutional amendment. If the idea is so great, why not put it to the test in a few states before imposing it on everyone? That's how we actually learn something.
To a related point: Wasn't it Barry who said we can't expect to pass something as huge as healthcare reform with 51%?