Can path to healthier nation be found in the mind?

This article originally appeared on Communities@WashingtonTimes.com. July 16, 2012

In the months leading up to the [United States] Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most of the nation’s attention was focused on the viability of the so-called individual mandate: the requirement for all Americans to have health insurance beginning in 2014. Conventional wisdom said that as the mandate goes, so goes the rest of law, regardless of how the court ruled on other aspects of the legislation.

Of course, by now everyone knows that this law, including the individual mandate, passed constitutional muster. What remains unknown, however, is whether this mandate will make us any healthier.

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