FROM Anthony Wright
Obamacare premiums: October surprise? This week the Obama administration announced that more than 11 million consumers in the federal exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act will see their healthcare premiums jump by an average of 25 percent next year. In some states they could even double. As October surprises go, this week’s news should count as a boon to Republicans eager to gut the Obama administration’s prize legacy. But this election isn’t like any other. Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores how faltering health exchanges are playing on the campaign trail, and gets a status report from parts of the country where Obamacare is actually working as planned.
Covered California Here in Los Angeles, we have one of the highest rate of uninsured people in the country. Many will sign up through the Covered California website today, but there are roughly a million more people who will remain uninsured. And the county is trying to figure out exactly what to do with all these people going forward.
Obamacare Numbers Look Best in California At a news conference today, Peter Lee announced that 70% of the Californians enrolled in the Affordable Care Act so far found the process was easy. Lee, who's Executive Director of Covered California, said "I really hope this puts to bed the drumbeat of comments about glitches and computer problems. Californians, at CoveredCA.com , enrolling with ease." Lee also announced that 35,000 Californians have enrolled — double the number in any other state and more than the total of 36 states where the federal government is in charge with healthcare.gov .
The Affordable Care Act and California Today's Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act means that California could receive $15 billion a year to extend coverage to many of the seven million people now going without health insurance. We hear what it means for patience, the medical industry and the state budget.
Votes on the Budget Are Finally Under Way in Sacramento Governor Brown camped out in Assembly Speaker John Perez's office last night to help gather votes for $7.4 billion in budget cuts. The result they passed was "a less healthy, less caring, less secure state." That's according to Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California . We hear from Wright and from John Myers, Sacramento Bureau Chief for KQED and it's daily program, The California Report.
The State Budget and the End of the California Dream Governor Schwarzenegger today signed last week's budget compromise into law, minus $656 million in cuts he said were necessary to balance the measure. He called it "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."
California's Budget Madness Comes to a Close...Sorta Twelve billion dollars in tax increases, $15 billion in spending cuts, $11 billion in borrowing? In the wee hours of this morning, despite the knowledge that as a Republican he would face “dire political ramifications,” State Senator Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria finally said, yes, acknowledging that “the ramifications for the people of California are far much greater.” So, you might think it’s all over. After all the wrangling, it’s still possible the state could run out of money. Crucial parts of the $42 billion deal will have to be approved by the voters.
Next Year's Major Battle Is shaping up in Sacramento What costs billions of dollars a year and has something for everybody to hate? Almost any plan for reforming healthcare in California. Governor Schwarzenegger and the Democrats, doctors and hospitals, consumer groups and insurance companies are just some of the players with different ideas about healthcare reform. The first salvo in next year's political shooting match comes from Senate Democrats led by President Pro Tem Don Perata. His plan would mandate that companies cover their employees, and those that did not would have to contribute--along with their workers--to a fund administered by a state agency. Assembly Democrats will be next and Governor Schwarzenegger has plans to make good on a campaign promise. We learn what's proposed and what might be possible.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.