FROM Jon B. Hurst
ObamaCare, RomneyCare and Presidential Politics The US Supreme Court will make a decision on healthcare reform before the next presidential election, but Republicans plan to use it against President Obama whatever the Court decides in the meantime. The federal reforms Republicans call "ObamaCare" are similar to the plan adopted when Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts — and that could cost him his party's nomination. Neither plan originated with liberal Democrats. In fact, they're based on the ideas of conservatives, who want to retain private insurance. But after five years, how is the Massachusetts plan working? What about cost, outcomes and access to quality care?
ObamaCare, RomneyCare and Presidential Politics The main provisions of federal healthcare reform won't go into effect until 2014, but Republicans plan to use it against President Obama in next year's re-election campaign. GOP front-runner Mitt Romney signed off on a similar plan when he was Governor of Massachusetts, and that could cost him his party's nomination. Neither plan originated with liberal Democrats. In fact, they're based on the ideas of conservatives, who want to retain private insurance. We look at how Romney's plan has developed over the past five years. What about cost, outcomes and access to quality care?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.