The penalty will be cheap and you'll only need to get insurance when you are sick, save your money until then. If we had that deal with car insurance we wouldn't get coverage until we got in a wreck. That would be a great deal!
"Cheap" won't last long dear. We now have a system where those insurance companies have incentive to lobby congress to raise that penalty. They will do it and congress - always eager for new sources of revenue and with a ready scapegoat in those that aren't responsible - will do it too. Anyone who thinks this isn't going to end up costing more is crazy.
It's the federal government. If they want they'll just take it right out of your check and you can apply for food stamps to make up the difference.
I thought they were going by income and ability to pay?
Well I guess we''ll pay for the penalty as jail time.