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by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that forty-two percent don't know it's the law; large numbers believe it has been repealed by the US Supreme Court or the Congress.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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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?