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Marshall Kapp, J.D., MPH

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Kapp is an expert on health policymaking, including the constitutional implications of policies such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Phone: (850) 645-9260

Affordable Care Act

Is health care so unique that it justifies its own set of legal rules? If Americans do not have a constitutional right to refuse to purchase an individual health insurance policy, then neither do they have a legally enforceable right to refuse specific socially beneficial medical treatments. For example, they should be subject to certain demonstrably cost-effective medical treatments such as influenza vaccinations, treatment for depression and reduction of cardiovascular disease by taking medicine to control blood pressure and cholesterol levels.