Challenges to the Health Care Law

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Senate Republicans spoke about healthcare at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Hour 1

Democrats in the Senate defeated the Republican-led effort to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act on Wednesday.  But earlier this week, a federal judge in Florida ruled that the law was unconstitutional because of the individual mandate that requires people to purchase health insurance   The Affordable Care Act is under threat and facing legal challenges from some states.  This hour, we’ll talk about the prospects for the law in Congress and we’ll zero in on a key clause of the U.S. Constitution, the “commerce clause,” which experts say is at the heart of the legal challenge.  Our guests are EMILY ETHRIDGE of Congressional Quarterly, and BRANNON DENNING, professor of law at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

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