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The Supreme Court and the Individual Mandate

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Air date: March 25, 2012

Host: Barbara Lewis

Healthcare Policy & Public Health Men's & Women's Health
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Interview: Aaron Carroll, MD, associate professor, pediatrics, director, Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research
IU School of Medicine

This week the Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in 2010. The court is expected to rule in late June or early July.

On the show this week, Sound Medicines health policy expert Aaron Carroll, MD, addresses the crux of the argument, the "individual mandate" the requirement that each person buy health insurance, or pay a penalty.

Dr. Carroll directs the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the IU School of Medicine. He blogs on the politics of health care for the Journal of the American Medical Association.