FROM Nancy Metcalf
Affordable Care Act Deadline Today is the deadline to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The Obama administration says that so far, over six million people have signed up for private insurance under Obamacare. We get a lay of the land and answer last minute questions.
Will a "Tech Surge" Save Obamacare? President Obama conceded today that HealthCare.gov , the Obamacare website, is not working the way it’s supposed to. He promised the “best and the brightest” tech gurus will fix it and insisted that applicants who do get through are thrilled with the product. Republicans want some accountability. Can the President reassure enough people soon enough to avoid a disaster? In the Rose Garden with a group of apparently satisfied Obamacare customers, the President said the Affordable Health Act is working just fine—but he conceded major problems with the website, HealthCare.gov . The President did not hold anyone accountable for the problems, but he promised they’re going to be fixed.
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by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that forty-two percent don't know it's the law; large numbers believe it has been repealed by the US Supreme Court or the Congress.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.
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?
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?
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.
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.