Since the Democrats passed Obamacare in 2010, there's been more confusion than clarity, and the least informed are those who are supposed to benefit most. With little time left until implementation begins, we hear about a massive advertising campaign with profound consequences for every American — directly or indirectly. Also, the Afghan peace talks are torpedoed by a flag, and a Boston jury is looking at grisly evidence of multiple murders as witnesses testify against 83-year old Whitey Bulger, one of America's 10 Most Wanted for 16 years.
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Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act all by themselves, a massive reform of the healthcare system that makes up one sixth of the US economy. Republicans still want to repeal Obamacare, and they won't lift a hand to help put it into effect. Now just over 100 days are left until "open enrollment" begins. But recent polls show just 10% of uninsured Americans even know about the essential feature of healthcare reform. So a massive advertising effort is finally under way, targeting young, healthy people required to buy health insurance even if they don't think they need it. We hear what it could mean for them if the selling campaign succeeds, and what it could mean for them and everyone else if it doesn't.
Jeffrey Young, Huffington Post (@JeffYoung)
Ron Pollack, Families USA (@Ron_Pollack)
Ben Domenech, The Federalist / Heartland Institute (@bdomenech)
Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton University (@uwejreinhardt)
Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News (@jayhancock1)
The multiple-murder trial of 83-year-old Whitey Bulger is the kind of real-life drama that would seem excessive even in a contemporary film or TV series. Two years ago, Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, California after 16 years as one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted. He's now facing a jury in Boston, charged with 19 murders in the 1970's and 1980's. Shelley Murphy has been attending the trial. She's a reporter for the Boston Globe and co-author of Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice.
Shelley Murphy and Kevin Cullen
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