FROM Shana Alex Lavarreda
California Health Insurers Request Big Rate Increases Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California want to raise health insurance rates by 20 to 26%--despite the promises of the President’s Affordable Care Act. Should the insurance commissioner Dave Jones have the power to deny the increases—as regulators in other states can?
Medical Treatment for Desperate Californians On Monday thousands waited in line for hours just to get plastic wristbands, their tickets to a four-day free medical clinic at the Sports Arena in downtown Los Angeles. Today, the first wave showed up for the clinic itself, organized by CareNow , based here in LA, and staffed by volunteers and medical professionals, including cardiologists, dentists podiatrists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and others. (In addition to the guests listed below, we also hear the voices of patients Patricia Hopkins, Kevin Singleton, Eva, and Tim Green.)
The Growing Ranks of California's Uninsured In the past two years, almost 2 million Californians lost their health insurance, a 25% increase. The total is now 8 million people, one-quarter of all residents over the age of 65. That's according to a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. We hear from health and hospital policy experts and the lead author of the UCLA study.
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?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.