Mandated health insurance keeps premiums low for all. Price you pay for an accountable democracy. Many of us who have been insured through work paid premiums for years that we didn't use. Still, I would not have been without it. We have to show proof of auto insurance to renew our licenses. How is this different? I carry auto insurance by law and have had one claim in over 40 years. Would not be without auto insurance even if there were no law. Same with home owners insurance. All you need is one catastrophic illness or accident and you are glad you are insured. If your home burns down or your car is totaled and you have no insurance, you lose. If you are in a car wreck and have no insurance, by law and Hippocratic Oath, you are guaranteed care. But somebody is going to pay and it will be the people who pay for health insurance. Care for all is a right that comes with the responsibility to pay something to the pool.