Last evening Lawrence O'Donnell had an 8 minute segment where he outlined how the individual mandate went from a capitalist scam to force people into buying health insurance to being redefined as a socialist government takeover of health care.
Originally Democrats including Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama opposed mandates.
What I thought most interesting is how liberals fought to water down the mandate. Originally written by insurance company reps, it included penalties of high fines and even prison.
Liberals got the prison sentences removed. Then they got the fines down to $100. Finally, and most impressively they wrote in provisions making it impossible for the government to collect said fines by any forms of force or coercion - paying the fine is essentially voluntary.
In essence, according to O'Donnell, there is no mandate.
See the video here