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The government shut down won't have any effect on the first day of enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. We hear about the available options for the currently uninsured, why they'll be different from state to state and what early issues have arisen already. 

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Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg
Anna Scott
Katie Cooper

Making News President Obama Addresses Shutdown 24 MIN, 15 SEC

After a week of failing to call Congressional leaders, President Obama did contact the four leaders of both parties in the Senate and Congress last night. But this morning, he showed no sign of giving in. So, in Washington, the political stalemate goes on while, around the country, so-called "nonessential" government services are out of business. We hear what the President and Congressional leaders are saying and look at the shutdown's initial impact. Despite Republican efforts, the Affordable Care Act began enrollment today with health insurance exchanges opening up around the country.

 

Guests:
Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico (@IsaacDovere)
Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal (@hookjan)
Tom Shoop, Government Executive magazine (@TShoop)
Mark Vitner, Wells Fargo (@mvitner)

Main Topic Obamacare 27 MIN, 18 SEC

President Obama said today that the government shutdown will have no effect on the Affordable Care Act and, as scheduled, this is the first day of official enrollment for the currently uninsured. How today is different from yesterday for the currently uninsured. If millions decide to enroll, will there be enough doctors to serve a vast increase in the patients showing up for medical treatment?

Guests:
Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News (@maryagnescarey)
Harold Pollack, University of Chicago
Fitzhugh Mullan, George Washington University
Stephanie Woolhandler, City University of New York (@CUNYSPH)

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