I have also attempted this argument with people I consider to possess more than enough brain power, common sense, yet they don't see it, either. I also use in my argument the objection to the notion that insurance is the only means one has to pay a hospital bill, the insult to anyone who goes to the ER for care that it is automatically assumed he is a deadbeat, won't pay and the cost ends up being borne on the rest of the consumers. Why is that, where did the notion begin that NO ONE pays a bill out of his own pocket? I'm not talking about those in the country illegally, just your average-Joe-citizen.
I have been coming at the Constitutionality argument from the wrong angle, following those who question where in the Constitution is Congress authorized to make the citizen buy a good/product/service. These yahoos are going to try to expand the interstate commerce clause, as they always do, but I think the question asked should be: Where in the Constitution is Congress given the authority to deny the freedom of the citizen, ie. jail time, if he does not purchase a good/product/service?
Bump so I can sign up as the Judge’s ‘friend’ on facebook later tonight.