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Somin Discusses Individual Mandate in New England Journal of Medicine Roundtable

Professor Ilya Somin was a guest on the New England Journal of Medicine's Perspective Roundtable to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's federal mandate requiring most Americans to have health insurance.

Hosted by Wendy Mariner, Utley Professor of Health Law at Boston University School of Public Health, School of Medicine, and School of Law, the program offered a discussion of what is at stake in the individual mandate and how it might affect the country. Joining Somin for the discussion was Professor Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School.

Somin and Balkin considered such questions as whether the federal government can require people to purchase health insurance, implementation of state versus federal health care mandates, consideration of the mandate as an issue of commerce, and what outcome might be expected when the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately considers the question of the constitutionality of the law, as it is expected to do.

Perspective Roundtable: The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate, The New England Journal of Medicine, October 27, 2011. By Wendy K. Mariner, JD, MPH; Jack M. Balkin, JD, PhD; and Ilya Somin, JD.

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