Obamacare Now; Scott Stringer; Disabled in Emergencies; AmeriCanada

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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

Far fewer people have signed up for Obamacare than the federal government expected. NPR's Julie Rovner talks about how Obamacare might be salvaged. Plus: NYC Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer discusses his agenda for the office; reforming emergency policies to better serve people with disabilities; and why Diane Francis thinks the United States and Canada should merge.

How Bad Are Obamacare's Problems?

Only 50,000 people signed up for the ACA in October, and reports say that insurance companies are starting to seek alternatives to the website. 


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Scott Stringer: Comptroller-Elect

Scott Stringer, current Manhattan Borough President and now Comptroller-Elect, talks about his plans for the office and the challenges that lie ahead for New York City.

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During Disasters, Does New York Abandon the Disabled?

A federal judge ruled that the city violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by having inadequate disaster response. Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) and Eric Klinenberg, NYU sociologist and author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, discuss the ruling and possible remedies.

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What You Need to Know About the New Cholesterol Guidelines

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have lowered the recommended threshold for when to prescribe statins. Alice Park, Time magazine staff writer covering health, explains the shift in guidelines and what it will mean for those with high cholesterol.

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This segment first aired live on the Brian Lehrer Show on November 13, 2013. An edited version was included as part of a best-of show on December 26 (the original audio is included here).

A modest proposal: merge Canada and the US. Diane Francis, editor at large for Toronto's National Post, thinks it's a good idea. Her new book Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country(Harper, 2013), explores the economic, political, and cultural implications of the super-merger.

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Buyers and Sellers Weigh In On Etsy's Policy Change

In January, Etsy will start to allow sellers with approval to partner with manufacturers to produce their products.


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