Help for Haiti?: The Work Has Just Begun
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It's been almost a month since a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti. Aid workers are still struggling to cope with a situation that some have described as worse than the 2004 tsunami. On the rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Sara Terry explores humanitarian efforts. What aid is reaching people? Who still needs help? What are the biggest challenges? Also, Greeks strike over austerity measures, and California's largest for-profit insurer has notified customers with individual coverage that their rates could increase by as much as 39 percent. Congress wants to investigate..
Banner image: United Nations' Peruvian Peacekeepers and the US Army provide security for food distribution coordinated by GOAL, the international humanitarian aide organization, in Place St. Pierre in Port-au-Prince. Each woman is given a card and then is helped with a 20 kilogram bag of rice by one of the men from the GOAL team. Photo: Sophia Paris/MINUSTAH via Getty Images
Greeks Strike over Austerity Measures ()
In Greece, strikes over the government's deficit-cutting plans have grounded flights, closed many schools and forced some hospitals into emergency-only service. The conflict comes as Greece struggles to find its way out of a severe economic crisis. Nick Malkoutzis is Deputy Editor of the English-language edition of the Greek national newspaper, Kathimerini.
Help for Haiti?: The Work Has Just Begun ()
In Haiti, humanitarian aid workers are finally getting systems in place to distribute aid. But many Haitians complain they still aren't getting the help they need a month after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the island. How is aid being distributed? How is the international community dealing with orphans, after the arrest of ten missionaries accused of trying to smuggle children out of the country? With such widespread devastation, what kind of rebuilding does Haiti most need to build a more secure future?
- Ian Urbina: National Correspondent, New York Times
- George Willeit: Spokesperson, SOS Children's Villages
- David Orr: Spokesman, UN's World Food Program
- Amy Wilentz: author, 'The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier', @amywilentz
- Robert Pastor: Director, American University's Center for Democracy and Election Management
Lawmakers Probe Spike in Health Insurance Premiums ()
Health insurance rates for as many as 800,000 policyholders will rise by as much as 39 percent under a plan announced by Anthem Blue Shield. California’s largest for-profit health insurer blamed rising healthcare costs for the hike, but lawmakers in Sacramento and Washington have called for hearings, and President Obama said this offers more evidence of the urgent need for healthcare reform. Duke Helfand is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.
- Duke Helfand: Reporter for the Los Angeles Times
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