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The repeal of Obamacare has finally reached the President's desk and a veto is certain. But, with or without the Affordable Care Act, the cost of healthcare is rising and millions of Americans are piling up medical debt. We hear what that means. 

Later on the program, is a new mall called American Dream a regional planner's nightmare?

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Producers:
Christine Detz
Andrea Brody
Katie Cooper

Panic in Chinese Stock Market Cause Global Jitters 6 MIN, 30 SEC

For the sixth day in a row, China's tumbling stock market is sending jitters around the world. Markets in Europe and the United States took another dive today, and billionaire investor George Soros is warning of more trouble to come. John Authers is US senior investments commentator for the Financial Times.

Guests:
John Authers, Investment Editor, Financial Times (@johnauthers)

America's Health Safety Net Is Full of Holes 31 MIN, 48 SEC

The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, was passed five years ago, when the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Since then, Republicans have voted to repeal it 60 times — but the latest effort, which happened yesterday, is the first to actually reach the White House. The Act, which was never designed to live up to its name, has provided health insurance to 15 million new people. But it doesn't include controls on the cost of insurance premiums, deductibles, drugs, hospital services or doctors' fees. They are all going up, and a new survey reveals the consequence is mountains of medical debt -- even when employers provide health insurance.

Guests:
Liz Hamel, Kaiser Family Foundation (@KaiserFamFound)
Margot Sanger-Katz, New York Times (@sangerkatz)
VJ Sleight, breast cancer survivor
Clare Krusing, America's Health Insurance Plans (@AHIPCoverage)

More:
KFF/NYT survey on the burden of medical debt
America's Health Insurance Plans on the Affordable Care Act

Mega Mall Planned in Miami-Dade Would Dwarf Mall of America 11 MIN, 45 SEC

Minnesota's Mall of America has been the last word in American commercialism run wild, but it will be dwarfed by a new development underway in Florida.


Rendering of the American Dream Miami
Image: Triple Five Developer

The Mall of America is the biggest thing of its kind, sprawled over 4.4 million square feet of land near Bloomington, Minnesota. Now, the developer called Triple Five has proposed a mall called American Dream Miami on 6.2 million square feet -- 40% larger.

Guests:
Doug Hanks, Miami Herald (@doug_hanks)
Bill Fulton, Rice University (@BillFultonVta)

More:
Hanks on the American Dream Miami

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