Shutdown Day 10; Health Exchange Check-In; City Budget

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

The online clearing house for the Obamacare exchanges went live on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 (

It’s been 10 days since the government shutdown began and since the new healthcare marketplaces opened for business through the Affordable Care Act. Peter Coy of Bloomberg Businessweek talks about the latest on Washington negotiations to avoid default. Then, we check in with listeners who are in the market for health insurance on the process of signing up. Plus: "30 Issues in 30 Days" tackles the city budget. And we open the phone lines for motorcyclists to react to the road rage attack on the West Side Highway.

Government Shutdown Day 10

Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, discusses the latest on negotiations to temporarily fund the government and avoid default, Janet Yellen's nomination for chair of the Federal Reserve, and how the shutdown is affecting government services for veterans and programs like Head Start. 

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Anti-Corruption Commission Update

Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News, talks about reports that the Moreland Commission investigating corruption in Albany is pulling its punches.


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30 Issues: Budget Battles

The Brian Lehrer Show's election series 30 Issues in 30 Days continues this week with a series of conversations about a variety of topics. See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

What issues will top the next NYC mayor’s budget agenda? James Parrot, Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, discuss budget issues – including union contracts – that the next mayor will face.

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Health Insurance Exchange Update

Three residents who shared their thoughts on healthcare decisions last week update us on their experiences trying to sign up for health insurance through the new insurance exchanges.

  • Pilar, contract associate producer at CBS Religion (and former BL Show intern);
  • Karen, mother, wife, student from Westfield, NJ; and
  • Bob, consultant, husband, and father from Montclair, NJ.

Plus WNYC Healthcare and Medicine Reporter, Fred Mogul, discusses how the exchanges are going and why some area hospitals are opting out.

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Open Phones: Motorcyclists Reflect on West Side Road Rage

Motorcyclists: what would you put in a motorcyclists' bill of rights and responsibilities?


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