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WASHINGTON – The doctors and nurses in the emergency room of Holy Family Hospital in Methuen routinely treat patients who lack health insurance.

How can this be, given that Massachusetts requires its residents to obtain insurance and has achieved near-universal coverage since its landmark health-care law passed in 2006? Simple: many of the uninsured showing up at Holy Family hail from across the state border, a mere three miles away in New Hampshire, which has no such mandate.

The situation facing Holy Family is at the crux of the profound and historic constitutional question the US Supreme Court will begin considering Monday.

Is Congress exceeding its constitutional authority and trampling on individual rights, as attorneys for the 26 states suing the federal government argue, by imposing a federal mandate that says those living in New Hampshire and all other states must buy insurance, too? Or is it……….. continues on Boston.com.

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