I'm all for waste. I'm content paying for wars I don't believe in, social security and medicare I don't expect to receive, subsidies that stunt the economy and interfere with rational choice. And I would have been content with a universal health care bill that cost too much and delivered too little.
But punitive costs for not participating in the waste, that's a little much. Tax me all you want (actually please don't), but punitive costs for non-participation isn't right. Especially when options for alternative care have been excised.
Larger politics of the health care bill aside, this particular mechanism--the $700 annual penalty for not purchasing insurance on top of not having insurance, is odious.
Simply, you can tax a population, and you can target service users for additional fees, but you can't target non-users of a service for additional fees.