Obama delivers the directive:
That’s why under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance — just as most states require you to carry auto insurance. Likewise, businesses will be required to either offer their workers health care, or chip in to help cover the cost of their workers. There will be a hardship waiver for those individuals who still cannot afford coverage, and 95% of all small businesses, because of their size and narrow profit margin, would be exempt from these requirements. But we cannot have large businesses and individuals who can afford coverage game the system by avoiding responsibility to themselves or their employees. Improving our health care system only works if everybody does their part.
And we’ll tell you what type of plan is good enough. And if you don’t do what we say, we’ll fine you. This is the distillation of pure liberal statism. We know best. You are incapable of making any decision other than selecting from one of several preapproved plans.