Nation writers Melissa Harris-Perry and Ari Melber joined MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell yesterday to discuss the political theater surrounding attacks on the individual mandate in the new healthcare law. The conversation comes just a day after a Florida federal judge’s ruled that the individual mandate was unconstitutional, a move that puts the entire healthcare law in jeopardy.

“The only thing good that I can see out of this is that at least if we’re going to decide in the courts that there can be no individual mandate to buy health insurance, then maybe we can also agree that there is no right to an individual mandate to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term,” Harris-Perry says. “I mean it’s bizarre how they decide…which elements of your life the government should have to get in there and mandate you to do.”

Sara Jerving