Thanks to Obama, and ObamaCare, it is now. The biggest tax increase in the history of the world, in fact.
Before this monstrosity was given legitimacy by the Supreme Court, health insurance was purchased by companies for their employees, who had the choice to opt in or out with no consequences, or it was purchased by individuals who needed it. It is only because of Obama and his liberal, socialist cohorts, that health insurance is now a mandate, with a penalty for choosing to opt out, that was confirmed by the Supreme Court to be a TAX.
This is a perfect example of how desperate liberals are to make everyone in the country dependent upon the government, and is as un-American as communism.
Texas is right. At first it was to be a fine if you did not have medical insurance. That would have never worked as the people see the word fine as a punishment. So they decided to rename this fine and call it a tax instead. It's the same thing. And I cannot believe people aren't protesting and rioting because of this blatant violation of our constitution by people who we elect into power to protect our constitutional rights! Time to wake up and smell the s#%t our government is feeding us America!