Today's launch of the Affordable Care Act's online exchanges will give millions of Americans new health insurance options. Two health insurance companies participating in the exchanges joined the Takeway to discuss how their businesses will be impacted. Ray Smithberger is general manager of Individual and Family Plans for Cigna Insurance. Garry Maisel is CEO of Western Health Advantage, a not-for-profit health insurance company in California.
What are local governments doing to get the word out about the new healthcare law? How are states are utilizing navigators? Gina Jordan is a reporter from WLRN in Miami. Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter for OPB in Portland. Fred Mogul is a reporter for WNYC in New York City. Together they fill us in on the ways different parts of the country are preparing for the new healthcare law.
The next phase of the Affordable Care Act arrives tomorrow. But the American public remains unconvinced the Affordable Care Act is a good idea. Dante Chinni is the director of the American Communities Project at American University. He mined the data for us and found that even among America's uninsured there is a great deal of apprehension about the law.
Here to answer your healthcare questions is Neera Tanden, formerly the senior adviser for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Tanden advised HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and worked on President Barack Obama’s health reform team in the White House. Here you'll also find our free tool that will allow you to find out what your healthcare options are and how to get them.
To begin understanding how the new Affordable Care Act online healthcare exchanges work, many American’s are going to need help. That job falls to the federally funded navigators and counselors who have been trained to answer questions and can help individuals enroll once the exchanges open. Florida navigator Maria Velasco-Fontaine and Chicago organizer Jillian Phillips discuss how each state is working to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act's healthcare exchanges, which open nationwide on Oct 1.
Manoush Zomorodi is the host and managing editor of WNYC's New Tech City. On this week's show, she reports on the tech firms rushing to build the exchanges before the October 1st deadline. She says that for a lot of technologists, they are more than a forum for shopping healthcare plans, they represent a huge business opportunity.
Seantor Ted Cruz’s faux filibuster against funding Obamacare lasted through this morning—his marathon entered its 15th hour at 4:41 a.m. ET and there was still no end in sight. Ron Christie is a Republican Strategist and former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Ben Domenech is Senior Fellow at the Heartland Institute and publisher of The Federalist. They debate the pros and cons of Senator Cruz's strategy. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich fills us in on what the GOP's next move might be.
Labor Unions were nothing short of a major force in the passage of the Affordable Care Act, so it may surprise you to learn that at the ALF-CIO's convention earlier this month, Terence O'Sullivan, President of the Laborers' International Union of North America, was speaking in terms of repeal. Steven Greenhouse, the workforce and labor reporter for The New York Times, explains the friction between the White House and unions.
Charlie Malave and Ezra Lange, members of the Chicago-based band "Schwinntonation," hear in bikes something that many of us miss: music. Bike Harp, Basscycle, Little Poppy, Cricket, Handlebars, and Seat-Post Flutes are just some of the instruments the band has invented over the years out of re-purposed bicycle parts.
The new play "Noor" takes center stage in the plight to bridge the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The playwright, Akbar Ahmed, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and and chair of Islamic Studies at American University, and director Manjula Kumar, a project director at the Smithsonian Institution, hope this stage work will provide a new look into the nuanced Muslim community.
Pope Francis says that the Church has become "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. Reverend James Bretzke, professor of Moral Theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, describes the historical context of the Pope's remarks. Dr. Victoria Flemming, a Catholic from Illinois, is happy with the Pope's comments and sees this as a new direction for the Church.
How have bike share programs affected business for bicycle shops? Charlie McCorkell is the owner of Bicycle Habitat in New York City and Ashanti Austin is the co-owner of the Hub Bike Co-op in Minneapolis. While both agree that bike share is a positive force in their community, the impact on business has been quite different.
The visionary man behind Washington D.C.’s pioneering bike share program is now the transportation commissioner for another enormous American city that has rolled out a bike share program: Chicago. His name is Gabe Klein, and he joins us to discuss how biking is changing the face of public transportation and what's next.
Military intervention in Syria seemed imminent following August’s horrific chemical attacks, but when President Obama brought the idea of a strike to Congress it foundered. Now, as a diplomatic solution is on the table, the Department of Defense weighs in on what military preparedness is required for the region. Pentagon press secretary George Little joins The Takeaway.
This week we've been talking about family planning and what influences parents when it comes to having children. We asked you to tell us about your families and what considerations you've made about how many kids to have. Today we hear from two of our listeners who have made very difference decisions about their family.
According to a United Nations estimate, the global population is expected to balloon to 10 billion by the year 2100, which has naturally caused people to worry. But not everyone is buying it. Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford and the author of “Population 10 Billion.” He says these fears are overblown and that we shouldn't be panicking.
Anders Kelto, Africa Correspondent for The World, shares a glimpse of the issues Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa face when it comes to family planning. Those issues range from getting men to participate in the conversation to tackling infertility. Kelto's three-part series "Family Choices: Fertility and Infertility in Africa" recently aired on The World.
Some say we've turned a corner since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and that the financial industry is able to prevent another crash like the one suffered in 2008. But others, like Jeff Connaughton, aren't so sure that enough has been done. Connaughton is a former lobbyist, White House lawyer and Senate aide. He’s the author of “The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins.”
Securing dangerous chemical weapons agents is no small task. Joining the program to discuss this is Ambassador Richard Butler, an expert on nuclear arms control and disarmament. Ambassador Butler ran the United Nations weapons inspection organization in Iraq in the late 1990's. He is currently a distinguished scholar of International Peace and Security at Penn State's School of International Affairs
What if you could see a movie of cosmic history? Amazingly, a collaboration of research institutes and universities have begun to do just that. The project is called the Dark Energy Survey and it is employing the use of a giant digital camera to snap pictures of far out galaxies and exploding stars. Joshua Frieman is director of the Dark Energy Survey and a scientist at Fermilab. He's also a professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago.