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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Makes Health Care Such a Divisive Issue

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel explains how the Affordable Care Act reforms are reshaping the health care system. He also looks at why health care in America has become such a divisive social issue and why reform has bedeviled presidents of the left and right for more than a century. Dr. Emanuel is a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania and served as a special adviser to the White House on health care reform. He’s the author of  Reinventing American Healthcare: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex. Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The High Cost of Emergency Room Care

Monday, December 23, 2013

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal discusses the latest in her series “Paying til It Hurts,” about the high cost of health care in the United States compared to other developed countries. She’ll talk about the cost of emergency room care and looks at how ambulances, once free, now operate as businesses and contribute to America’s medical bills. Her latest stories in the series are “Think the E.R. Is Expensive? Look at How Much It Costs to Get There” and “As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500.”

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Spending More on Health Care, Getting Less

Monday, December 09, 2013

Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor explain how it’s possible that the United States spends more on health care but suffers worse outcomes than other industrialized nations. They argue that the lack of investment in social services is part of the reason why.  In The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less, Bradley and Taylor look at how divisions in the distribution of health and social services and our resistance to government programs create needless suffering and lead to soaring health costs. They also look at the problems the Affordable Care Act won’t solve and think about possibilities for reform.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The High Cost of Prescription Drugs

Thursday, October 31, 2013

As the new affordable healthcare law goes into effect people are confused about what's legal and safe when it comes to prescription drugs.

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The Takeaway

Governor Steve Beshear on Why Kentucky Embraces the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Democratic Governor Steve Beshear has beaten the odds in his red state, pushing through the Affordable Care and the Medicaid expansion program, and having the state run its own state run exchanges. This move has made Kentucky the only Southern state that to fully embrace the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Beshear joins The Takeaway to discuss how a deeply conservative Southern state came to adopt the ACA, and why he believes it will be a job creator.

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The Takeaway

The Affordable Care Act in a State that Has Embraced It, U.S. Seizes A.P.'s Phone Records, Inside the World of the ICU

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The House Votes to Repeal Obamacare for the 37th Time | The Affordable Care Act, from a State that's Embraced It | U.S. Seizes A.P.'s Phone Records: Media Surveillance and the Law | American Diplomat Suspucted of Espionage Detained by Russian Authorities | Immigration, Race and Hair, Through Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie's Eyes | A Look Inside the World of the ICU

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Health Care Reform Cheaper After Supreme Court Ruling: CBO

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The CBO revised its estimate for the cost of "Obamacare" after the Supreme Court decided the Medicaid expansion, as designed in the law, was unconstitutional.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Why Romney Has Terribly Bungled His Response to Obamacare

Thursday, July 05, 2012

In the week following the Supreme Court's ruling that upheld President Obama's health care plan, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign simultaneously called it a tax, and not a tax.

This incident revealed two things of importance going forward.

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How this Year's Supreme Court Rulings Affects Immigrants

Friday, June 29, 2012

Our Supreme Court justices have been rather productive this week and their rulings will impact the lives of all of us who live in this country, including those who have chosen the United States as their adopted home, with or without proper documentation.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How States Are Handling The Health Care Ruling

Friday, June 29, 2012

Christine Vestal, health policy reporter for Stateline, a news service from the Pew Center on the States, discusses how states are reacting to the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, which upheld the law but allowed states to opt out of some elements.

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What the Health Care Decision Means for the 2012 Elections

Thursday, June 28, 2012

This decision completely alters the narrative of Obama’s presidency. This legislative achievement was the policy priority where the president chose to invest his significant post-election political capital with a Democratic Congress. It wasn't Social Security. It wasn't the tax code. It wasn't immigration reform. It was health care.

And the Supreme Court has let him keep it.

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WNYC News

Timeline | Legal Challenge to Obama's Health Care Reform Law

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act on Thursday. Look back at the legal and political moves that have brought the law before the Supreme Court.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Insurers Go It Alone

Friday, June 15, 2012

As the Supreme Court's decision looms on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Julie Appleby, a reporter for Kaiser Health News, discusses the announcement by three major insurance companies that they will continue to adhere to some provisions of the Obama health reforms regardless of the Court's ruling.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Young, Healthy and Uninsured

Monday, April 23, 2012

The "individual mandate" in President Obama's health-care reform targets the young, healthy and uninsured. Young people, what do you make of the mandate, and how does it affect the way you assess Obama in this election year? Post here or call 212-433-9692 at 10:20!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jeffrey Toobin on the Health Care Reform Law and the Supreme Court

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Yorker staff writer and CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discusses the health care reform law in the Supreme Court. He's the author of the 2007 book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. His latest book, The Oath: The Obama White House. The Supreme Court, will be published in September by Doubleday.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Supreme Court Will Uphold Health Care Law 8-1

Friday, March 30, 2012

Five votes are certain, four are toss-ups. Here's how it could play out.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reviewing Day Two of the Supreme Court Healthcare Hearings

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Richard Epstein, professor of law at NYU and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, joins us from Chicago to discuss yesterday's arguments from the Supreme Court's healthcare reform case, and why the line of questioning was so significant.

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The Takeaway

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Leads Charge Against ACA

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Today the Supreme Court will hear the final round of arguments on President Obama's Affordable Care Act. While 26 states joined the lawsuit against health care reform, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed the original suit, and Florida is the lead plaintiff in the case. And in the midst of what Attorney General Bondi has called "one of the biggest cases of our lifetime," she is also leading an investigation into the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Florida.

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The Takeaway

What Happens If the Supreme Court Rejects the Individual Mandate?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

All this week, the Supreme Court has heard arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The centerpiece of President Obama's health care reform legislation — and the focus of the debate at the Court — is the individual mandate, which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. The Court won't issue a ruling until June, but if they do declare the mandate unconstitutional, how much of a real difference will it make for you and your health care?

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The Takeaway

Ohio Attorney General Explains Why He Joined Suit Against Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The case against the Affordable Care Act currently being heard by the Supreme Court was brought by 26 states. Ohio is one of those states, and in Ohio, disapproval of the health care law runs deep. Last fall, Ohio voters amended the state constitution to say that no federal or state law will require any person, company or health care provider to participate in a health care system. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine explains why he joined the suit against the Affordable Care Act.

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