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New Jersey News

Poll: NJ Residents Are Positive About Affordable Care Act

Monday, September 30, 2013

WNYC

The day before the nation's uninsured begin enrolling in Obamacare, a new poll shows New Jerseyans are slightly more positive than the rest of the nation about the Affordable Care Act.

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Matters of Economy

What Happens Next for the Affordable Care Act

Friday, June 29, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued its much-anticipated ruling on the Affordable Care Act. New York Times business columnist James B. Stewart offers his early analysis of the ruling.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pictures of Health (Care Reform)

Monday, January 09, 2012

Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at MIT and director of the health care reform program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, talks about his new book, Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works, illustrated by Nathan Schreiber, explaining health care reform. 

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WNYC News

Medicaid Overhaul Group Meets to Approve Measures

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

WNYC

The group charged with overhauling the state’s Medicaid program meets Tuesday to approve a long list of measures to reduce costs and improve care.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Checklist

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Atul Gawande, author of The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, discusses his book and offers his take on how to improve our healthcare system.

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The Takeaway

Virginia Judge Rules Health Care Law Unconstitutional

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

District courts across the country are passing judgement on the Obama administration's health care reform legislation. Yesterday Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled the "individual mandate," that requires everyone to purchase health insurance, was unconstitutional. He says the government overstretched its powers under the Constitution's "Commerce Clause," which allows Congress to regulate individual conduct that affects the economy. Judge Hudson's ruling opens up the debate further, but how will it play in higher courts? 

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Judge Hudson Rules Against Health Care, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Virginia judge Henry E. Hudson ruled yesterday that the insurance mandate in the new health care legislation was unconstitutional. But President Obama seems unflappable in the face of the decision. Why? 

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It's A Free Country ®

Where They Stand: ObamaCare

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It's A Free Country and The Brian Lehrer Show bring you the fall election series 30 Issues in 30 Days. We will explore one issue every day until election day - issues of relevance to the NY, NJ and CT elections and the national midterm congressional races. This week, we'll be looking into the issue of healthcare reform. Here is what our research found the two candidates for Governor say about the issue.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Care Changes

Friday, September 24, 2010

Nancy Metcalf, senior editor at Consumer Reports, looks at changes to health care insurance going into effect now as a result of federal legislation.

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The Takeaway

Health Care Changes Go Into Effect Today

Thursday, September 23, 2010

President Obama signed his historic health care reform bill into law back in March, and now, six months later, three key provisions in the bill take effect: 

  • There will no longer be a lifetime cap on health insurance.
  • Parents can now keep their child under their plan until they are 26 years old.
  • Insurance companies can no longer refuse coverage for children with pre-existing conditions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Reform in New York

Friday, August 20, 2010

Jim Knickman, CEO and president of the non-profit New York State Health Foundation, talks about how uninsured New Yorkers can benefit from federal health reform.

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The Takeaway

Republicans Strategize Against Health Care Reform

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Republicans are implementing different strategies in different states to challenge key parts of health care reform, specifically the part says, if you don't have insurance, you must buy it by 2014. In Missouri, there will be a ballot in the primaries today, and in Virginia, a judge has allowed the state's attorney general to file suit in court. 

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Azi Paybarah

McMahon Tries Ousting Tabacco from Indy Primary

Monday, July 26, 2010

WNYC

Kicking a political opponent off the ballot is a common, if unseemly, thing for campaigns to be publicly involved in. To most voters and observers it connotes a sense that archaic election rules are limiting voters choices, rather than letting issues and ideas be the deciding factor.

But, all's fair in primaries and mid-term elections.

Today, Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon's campaign announced they're challenging the petitions of John Tabacco, an Independence Party member who is trying to run for congress on the IP line. That's a line McMahon desparately needs in the Republican-leaning district, especially since the Working Families Party line is being denied him because he voted against Obama's health care reform bill.

In McMahon's announcement, he said 402 out of 678 signatures collected by Tabacco were invalid.

To deal with the possible public-relations blowback, here's how McMahon explained the move:

“Out of respect for Mr. Tabacco’s efforts to run for this seat, I welcomed the opportunity to sit down with him to discuss any issues he had with me running on the Independence Party line. It was my goal to see if we could find some common ground in this race or in the future. However, I do believe that it is the obligation of every candidate for elective office to meet the minimum basic requirements established by law for campaign filings and I don’t feel they have been met in Mr. Tabacco’s case. I do, however, look forward to working with him on our issues of shared concern that affect the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn."

The McMahon campaign is prepared in coming days for their hearing with the Board of Elections in anticipation of Mr. Tabacco being removed from the Independence Party line before the case is scheduled to appear in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

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The Takeaway

With Primary Care Shortage Looming, HBCU Medical Programs Train Students to Give Back to Communities

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that medical students who graduate from Historically Black Colleges and Universities are more likely to practice primary care medicine in low-income communities, the exact area of care most needed in the country today. By 2020, six years after health care overhaul kicks in, there will be 35 million newly insured Americans, but a projected shortage of up to 100,000 primary care doctors. HBCUs like Morehouse, Howard and Meharry Medical College – the top ranked schools in the study – may be helping prevent the problem by training students to work in underserved communities upon graduation.

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The Takeaway

Power Players: Sen. Lindsey Graham on 'Black Liquor'

Friday, April 02, 2010

In the course of reporting last week's massive health care overhaul, Todd Zwillich came across a strange detail in the $25 billion legislation. He asks Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham about "black liquor" — a mysterious substance that affects many people in Graham's home state (even though he'd never heard of it).

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The Takeaway

The Strange Tale of 'Black Liquor' and $25 Billion

Monday, March 29, 2010

Health care reform is now the law of the land, and after the months of protracted debate, you'd think there couldn't be any details left to tease out, but our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, discovered that lawmakers never once mentioned a $25 billion detail in the bill, pertaining to a mysteriously named substance: black liquor. 

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The Takeaway

The Tipsy Accounting of 'Black Liquor'

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Republicans love to accuse President Obama of being "drunk on spending." And when I saw that $25 billion of the recently-passed health care overhaul bill was financed with something called "black liquor," I thought Democrats had finally decided to shed all pretense and live up to the GOP's epithets.

I initally thought (even hoped) that black liquor was some clandestine toxic Tennessee moonshine, or a minority-owned spirits concern facing pay-back for wronging a powerful congressman. No such luck: It turns out black liquor is a merely a dark, burnable byproduct of the pulp-making process, a fuel that paper companies across the South can burn in their factories to cut costs.

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WQXR News

Health Care Bill Clears Final Hurdle

Friday, March 26, 2010

The president was in Iowa as the Senate and House approved the changes to his overhaul bill.

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The Takeaway

Evaluating Obama's Legacy After Health Care Win

Thursday, March 25, 2010

It could go down as the defining moment of his presidency. Though he was doubted and abandoned by supporters, President Obama was able to twist arms to pass health care reform, signing the bill into law on Tuesday. Today, he returns to the Iowa, the state where he first rolled out his vision of a health care overhaul as a candidate. What will be the lasting narrative of Obama's time in office, and will health care reform play a role?

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Signing the Health Care Bill, New Rules for Restaurants

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

  • HEALTH CARE TAKEOUT: Health care reform was signed into law yesterday and Democrats were jubilant. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich details the ceremony, down to the 22 souvenir pens and the vice president's salty language.
  • MONEY TAKEOUT: Section 2572 of the recently-passed health care bill requires that chain restaurants post calorie counts on their menus. Louise Story, Wall Street and financial reporter for The New York Times, talks to us about how restaurants and consumers might respond.

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