Conservatives Justices Take Hard Line on Individual Mandate

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The Supreme Court Considers the Individual MandateOne major question raised by President Obama's Affordable Care Act is, just how much power does the so-called Commerce Clause give the federal government? Today, the US Supreme Court heard arguments about the so-called "mandate," which requires that Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty. We hear what the justices wanted to know and what answers they got from the Obama Administration and its challengers. (Special thanks to Gideon Brower for production assistance.)


Jess Bravin - Wall Street Journal - @JessBravin, Andrew Cohen - senior editor at The Marshall Project, and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice - @JustADCohen, Dahlia Lithwick - Legal Affairs correspondent for Slate - @dahlialithwick, Carrie Severino - Judicial Crisis Network - @jcnseverino, Ron Pollack - Families USA - @Ron_Pollack

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