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The US Supreme Court has begun hearings on the Affordable Care Act. We hear what it's like to go without health insurance, and arguments about the potential impact of what Republicans call "Obamacare." Also, nuclear terrorism and weapons proliferation.

Banner image: People who waited on line get a ticket to view oral arguments in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act outside the Supreme Court March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Producers:
Anna Scott
Frances Anderton

Main Topic SCOTUS Reviews Healthcare: Day One 43 MIN, 28 SEC

The US Supreme Court today began an almost unprecedented three days of hearings on President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Passed without a single Republican vote, so-called "Obamacare" is designed to bring America closer to universal health coverage. Who are the uninsured? What is it like to live without coverage? Employer-provided insurance is on the decline. How come? Would the Affordable Care Act (ACA) make things better or worse? We get the background as the court prepares to take on a case that could affect millions of people, including voters in an election year. (Special thanks to KCRW volunteer Gideon Brower for production assistance.)

Guests:
David Savage, Los Angeles Times (@latimes)
Stan Brock, Remote Area Medical
Chapin White, Center for Studying Health System Change
Jonathan Cohn, New Republic (@CitizenCohn)
Doug Holtz-Eakin, American Action Forum (@djheakin)

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Jonathan Cohn

Reporter's Notebook Obama Attends Nuclear Security Summit 7 MIN, 4 SEC

President Obama followed the steps of his two most recent predecessors this weekend, with a trip to the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. He's attending a summit aimed at reducing "vulnerable nuclear material" and keeping it out of the hands of terrorists. But, with 51 world leaders present, the talks are broader than the agenda. In a tough speech today, the President warned North Korea to back down on its nuclear program. Jim Walsh is a research associate at MIT's Security Studies Program.

Guests:
Jim Walsh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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