My support of mandates has waxed and waned over time. It seems like they could be a good idea, but it really depends on how their implemented and enforced. If done poorly, they could actually do more harm than good. Healthcare Economist has a few thoughts on the same topic in Thoughts on individual mandates:
Health insurance require that all individuals buy health insurance. Most voters views on an individual mandate depend on how you frame the question. If you ask voters: “Should everyone buy health insurance?” Most people will say yes.
If you ask “Should the government compel all ndividuals to buy health insurance regardless of the cost?” Then the response is much less positive.
Keep reading to see what else he has to say. Interesting stuff, and an issue that potentially may affect all of us in the near future.