Conflict & Justice

How the Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care is Playing Abroad

The US Supreme Court has said President Barack Obama's landmark health care reform act is constitutional.

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The court upheld a core requirement known as the "individual mandate" that Americans buy insurance or pay a fine.

Chief Justice John Roberts' vote was decisive in the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in favor of the law.

For an overseas perspective on the Supreme Court health care reform decision, Host Marco Werman speaks with Gregor Peter Schmitz, Washington correspondent for der Spiegel, and Said Arikat, Washington Bureau Chief for Al-Quds newspaper.

We also hear from New York Times journalist Jennifer Medina about medical tourism in Mexico where the border town of Mexicali has seen an influx of American patients in the past several years.