A FEATURE, NOT A BUG. Michael Tanner, Cato's health policy director, is not happy (PDF) about the Massachusetts plan:
Individual mandates cross an important practical and philosophical line: once we accept the principle that it is the government�s responsibility to ensure that every American has health insurance, we guarantee even more government involvement with and control over large portions of our health care system. Compulsory, government-defined insurance opens the door to even more widespread regulation of the health care industry and political interference in personal health care decisions. The result will be a slow but steady spiral downward toward a government-run national health care system.