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Kurt Eichenwald on Republicans and Obamacare; Luis Gutierrez; Lore Segal on Her New Novel; Is the Affordable Care Act Affordable?

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Monday, October 07, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz on the Senate floor. Cruz held the floor to speak against Obamacare for more than 15 hours. (C-SPAN/Twitter)

Vanity Fair’s Kurt Eichenwald wonders whether Republicans are so frantic to stop Obamacare because they fear it will actually work. Then, 11-term Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez describes growing up between two worlds and how his years in Chicago’s City Council were great training for the rough and tumble of Washington. Lore Segal talks about her new novel, Half the Kingdom, a light-hearted look at a very dark topic. And New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal looks at whether the Affordable Care Act can actually help make health care financially viable.

Are Republicans Afraid that Obamacare Will Work?

Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald on how the Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act has led to the government shutdown.

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Congressman Luis Gutierrez: from the Barrio to Capitol Hill

Eleven-term Congressman Luis Gutierrez recounts his life between two worlds: Puerto Rico and America. His memoir, Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill, tells how his varied experiences—from picking coffee beans to driving a cab—shaped him into one of the most surprising careers in American politics.

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Lore Segal's Novel Half the Kingdom

Lore Segal discusses her new novel, Half the Kingdom. It’s a surprisingly lighthearted look at a serious subject. At Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, doctors have noticed a marked uptick in Alzheimer's patients. People who seemed perfectly lucid just a day earlier suddenly show signs of advanced dementia. Is it just normal aging, or an epidemic? Is it a coincidence, or a secret terrorist plot?

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Is Affordable Care Affordable?

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal investigates whether the Affordable Care Act will deliver on its promise to make health financially viable. She looks into whether the policies will actually be able deliver care at manageable prices. Her article “ ‘Affordable Care’ or a Rip-Off” was in the Times’ Sunday Review on September 29.

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