FROM Louise Radnofsky
Health Insurers Ask for Hefty Rate Hikes Some of the biggest health insurance companies in the country are proposing hefty bumps in the rates they charge customers. Regulators in some states can reject or downsize rate hikes -- setting the stage for a debate this summer on whether the Affordable Care Act is to blame for rising costs. That's according to Louise Radnofsky, health-policy reporter for the Wall Street Journal .
Obamacare Gives an Extension and Admits (Another) Error HealthCare.gov closed Sunday for most users of the Affordable Care Act. But for some others, the deadline will be extended. It's all about taxes and misinformation sent to some 8000,000 people, as Louise Radnofsky reports in the Wall Street Journal .
A New Trove of Data on Medicare Doctors Payments for Medicare totaled $77 billion in 2012. But 1% of all the doctors involved got 14% of the payments. Three hundred forty-four physicians got more than $3 million each. That's according to statistics released for the first time after Dow Jones intervened in a federal lawsuit. Louise Radnofsky reports for the Wall Street Journal , owned by Dow Jones.
What Will Obamacare Mean for You? Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act begins in just six months, but many Americans who might benefit don't even know it. Many others are confused — and for good reason. A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that forty-two percent don't know it's the law; large numbers believe it has been repealed by the US Supreme Court or the Congress. President Obama says the 85 percent who already have health insurance won't be affected, but last week he conceded the roll-out might not be so smooth. What's being done to prevent a possible "train wreck" as Obamacare rolls out? What questions are being asked? What's being done to provide at least some answers before enrollment begins. We talk to the woman in charge of telling consumers what they need to know.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?