A loose end: a mandate exception and what it shows.
Hardly matters now, but..
Under-30s are allowed to satisfy the mandate by purchasing bare-bones catastophic plans, obtaining “tin” level coverage, as opposed to the “bronze or better” mandate faced by their elders. This is not what one would expect from a Congress bent on targeting these goldenest of geese.
Christian Scientists and others whose deep convictions bar them from seeking health care are exempt from the mandate. This is exactly what one would expect from a Congress whose primary target is free riding behavior.