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Why America's national health care efforts are so contentious




Demonstrators for and against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act march and chant in outside the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the high court, which has set aside six hours over three days, will hear arguments over the constitutionality of the act.
Demonstrators for and against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act march and chant in outside the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the high court, which has set aside six hours over three days, will hear arguments over the constitutionality of the act.
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The congressional back-and-forth over Obamacare has been contentious in recent weeks. The latest lob comes from the House of Representatives yesterday with a vote to link the funding of Obamacare to a budget deal.

The heated debate over health care is nothing new, going all the way back to when president Truman first proposed national health insurance.

Joining us to explain is James Morone, professor of political science at Brown University and author of the book, "The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office."