FROM Robert Zirkelbach
Should Obama Order a Freeze on Insurance Rates? In writing healthcare reform , Congress required that Americans buy health insurance by 2014, but declined to empower the government to set a fair price. One consumer calls it “a potential disaster that the president cannot afford to ignore .” Recently, health insurance companies have begun notifying policyholders of premium increases, pointing the finger at federal healthcare reform. We get two perspectives from Jamie Court, President of Consumer Watchdog in California, and Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for America's Health Insurance Plans .
The Pitch Is History, Did He Make the Sale? After a month on the sidelines, President Obama attempted to re-frame the debate on healthcare reform with a major address last night to a joint session of Congress.
The Pitch Is History, Did He Make the Sale? President Obama told last night's joint session of Congress, the bickering and game playing should be over. " Now is the time to deliver on healthcare ." This morning, Republicans apologized for some heckling, but bipartisanship is still a distant dream, and Democrats remain divided. Was there enough detail to resolve fears and confusion from last month's town halls? What about the "public option" and paying for the cost? Vice President Biden predicts a bill will pass by Thanksgiving. We look at the prospects.
Is This Finally the Moment for Healthcare Reform? While he was still in Europe, President Obama spoke to his Saturday radio audience about healthcare reform . The President wants reform enacted before Congress goes home in August, but devilish details are not yet resolved. Insurance companies are all in favor of mandatory coverage, but an optional public plan could drive them away from the table. Some consumer groups won’t support anything but a single-payer plan. We look at policy options, politics and efforts at cost control.
Is This Finally the Moment for Healthcare Reform? President Obama says healthcare costs are the biggest obstacle to economic recovery, and a powerful coalition of interest groups has been assembled. The President wants reform enacted before Congress goes home in August, but devilish details are not yet resolved. Insurance companies are all in favor of mandatory coverage, but an optional public plan could drive them away from the table. Some consumer groups won't support anything but a single-payer plan. We look at policy options, politics and efforts at cost control.
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.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.