Yes, I know you would not go directly to jail.
If you opt not to buy the government approved policy you will be taxed. It is an IRS matter at that point. And have you ever noticed how the govt gets when you don't pay taxes? Ask Wesley Snipes, Al Capone, et al.
You could commit any number of crimes and be let off with probation due to our "restorative" justice system and backwards budget priorities, but evade taxes and the government lowers the boom.
One might wonder if enforcement would be as selective as, oh, say, hate crimes and immigration laws.
Services "free" or perceived as such are rarely appreciated or respected. They are expected and demanded. Soon the public attitude towards medical professionals will be the same as that of DMV employees. When funds run low, and they always do, why should a doctor make 10 times more than Maria at the post office? We all must sacrifice.
Not a great environment for the best and brightest to join the medical profession. And an industry with unmotivated, mundane employees and always strapped for cash will not be leading the way in research.
All this begs the question as to whether mandating/providing healthcare is in the Constitution.
Fortunately, Obama can make is all work w/ a smile and apology.