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Doctors Debate the Individual Mandate

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

All this week, we're talking about Department of Health and Human Services vs. Florida, the health care case at the Supreme Court. Today the Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, the provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires Americans to purchase health insurance. Failure to purchase health insurance could result in a fine. We've heard from constitutional scholars and economists for their take on health care reform and the individual mandate, and today we turn to three doctors this morning who have very different perspectives on the individual mandate. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Hears Health Reform

Monday, March 26, 2012

Linda Greenhouse, former Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, lecturer at Yale Law School, and whose most recent book is The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction, previews the Supreme Court arguments for and against health insurance reform.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Waitress Moms, College Snobs, and the Tug-of-War for Populist America

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rick Santorum's "snob" comments just don't make sense. And they won't win Waitress Moms in 2012.

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The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, February 13, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Governor Andrew Cuomo will appear on the show at approximately 11:45 am.

In her State of the City address a few weeks ago Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced the creation of a 3-person financial advisory board to help city leaders come to terms with Syracuse's bleak fiscal future. One member of the trio is former Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch who is credited with preventing NYC from falling into insolvency in the mid 1970's. Both Ravitch and Miner join me on "The Capitol Pressroom" today to discuss the future of Syracuse.

And what really happened to shape the health care reform debate in the months leading up to passage of President Obama's health care reform bill? Read Richard Kirsch's new book to find the answers. Richard Kirsch is an Institute Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government and a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt institute. As the national campaign manager for Health Care for America Now he was on the front lines of the battle to get what critics have dubbed "Obamacare" passed. His new book "Fighting for our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States" wryly documents the PR and political intrigue that shaped the narrative outside the beltway.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Anna Deavere Smith on “Let Me Down Easy”

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Anna Deavere Smith discusses “Let Me Down Easy,” her one-woman show examines the miracle of human resilience through the lens of the national debate on health care. She interviewed 300 people on three continents, and she inhabits characters from a rodeo bull rider to a prize fighter to a New Orleans doctor during Hurricane Katrina, as well as former Texas Governor Ann Richards, cyclist Lance Armstrong, film critic Joel Siegel, and supermodel Lauren Hutton. “Let Me Down Easy” premieres on PBS January 13, at 9 pm.

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WNYC News

Not Enough Primary Care Doctors in Poor Neighborhoods: Report

Monday, December 05, 2011

Hundreds of thousands of uninsured New Yorkers may get health coverage in the coming years, as federal health care reform takes effect. But city health officials are concerned there might not be enough doctors, nurses, clinics and private practices to see the newly insured.

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A Guide to 2012 Issues on 2011 State Ballots

Thursday, November 03, 2011

It's a bit of a sleeper election this November, with just two states electing governors, but there are a number of major political victories up for grabs lower down on the ballot. In Ohio and Mississippi in particular, voters will weigh in directly on issues that could frame debate — and decisively shape turnout — for the presidential elections come 2012. 

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The Empire

New York likely to miss another Federal health exchange deadline

Friday, September 16, 2011

By Karen DeWitt, WXXI Capitol Bureau Chief

Health advocacy groups say it’s likely that New York State will miss another deadline to implement the new Federal health care law. Republicans in the State Senate, who control the chamber, are expressing new reservations about the health care exchanges, based on policy differences, not political opposition.

Scott Reif, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, says Senators are taking a “cautious, wait-and-see approach”, and have concerns that the federal program could result in New Yorkers paying $3.75 billion dollars more in taxes, thanks to new higher Medicare taxes for upper-income earners.

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It's A Free Country ®

House Races to Watch: Fla. Firebrand Tries to Claw Back into Congress, but in Which District?

Friday, September 02, 2011

Alan Grayson, the former Democratic representative from Orlando who made national headlines for his pointed criticisms of the Republican Party, is running for Congress — somewhere.

Grayson, considered to be a firebrand for the left, garnered national attention during the charged federal health care reform debates in 2009. His most famous moment came when he proclaimed on the House floor that the GOP’s health care plan was for sick people to “die quickly.”

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New York’s Frank Rich on Where Obama Went Wrong with Wall Street

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Tea Partiers—and to some extent conventional Republicans—exploited this anger by turning the health care plan into another symbol of the big guy screwing you. If Obama had addressed this anger and been more proactive, he might not have been hoisted on petard of health care.

New York Magazine columnist Frank Rich on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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It's A Free Country ®

States vs. Feds: Obama Administration Scores a Win on Health Care Reform

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The first of three court opinions on the constitutionality of the health care reform law passed by President Obama came in Wednesday, with the court finding in favor of the Obama administration.

The ruling specifically looked at the constitutionality of the individual mandate, that part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act which requires all Americans to purchase insurance or pay a penalty with their income taxes.

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When it Doesn't Pay to Stay on Your Parents' Health Plan

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Private health plans got at least 600,000 new customers in the past year: under-26-year olds suddenly allowed back on their parents’ plan. If a goal of reform was to expand coverage, then by that estimate, it’s a partial success. We’ve improved access to the product. Has the product improved?

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Single Payer in Vermont

Thursday, May 26, 2011

If Vermont is able to control costs better than neighboring states, then they will be a magnet for employment. People won’t mind exactly how they pay for it as long as the total cost is lower.

Kevin Outterson, associate professor of Law and associate professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Law, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Vermont Governor to Sign Single-Payer Health Care Bill

Thursday, May 26, 2011

On Thursday, Vermont will become the first state to boast a single-payer health care system. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will sign the bill that would enlist a panel to figure out how to pay for a new system — and reduce rising health care costs. The goal is to offer a health care solution for the state's 65,000 uninsured.

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The Takeaway

Governor Deval Patrick on Health Care's History

Friday, April 22, 2011

In 2007, Governor Deval Patrick became the first black governor of Massachusetts. In his first term, Patrick oversaw the implementation of the state's 2006 health care reform program, defended the legality of same-sex marriages and increased the state's sales tax to 6.5 percent. Now in his second term, the man born into poverty on Chicago's South Side has written a memoir called “A Reason to Believe: Lessons From an Improbable Life.” Governor Deval Patrick joins The Takeaway to talk about his path to the governor's mansion —and the road ahead.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Top Three Ways to Cut Taxes and Still Save Revenue

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In his 2012 budget proposal, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) lays out a plan to lower the top individual and corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 25 percent. This much cutting should mean big revenue losses for the federal government, which already gave up a chunk of its income when officials extended the Bush tax cuts for all income brackets last December. However, Ryan asserts that he can make his cuts revenue neutral by nixing tax expenditures—loopholes, breaks and preferences in the the tax code—simultaneously.

There's just one problem: Ryan has yet to say what those expenditures are.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Budget Battles

Friday, April 01, 2011

I’m going to vote for the bill that we in the House Republican Conference determine to be the best bill we can bring forward for the American people. It really is that simple. This is not about a number that is in the press today.

Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (NY-19) on the Brian Lehrer Show

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It's A Free Country ®

On One-Year Anniversary, has Health Care Overhaul Helped?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

One thing I don't hear enough conversation about is the fact that everybody who has health insurance today is paying for those folks who don't have insurance and access the health care system. Those folks don't get free care; they may not be paying for it themselves, but somebody is paying for that care...Everyone having insurance actually reduces costs for those people who currently have insurance and are subsidizing those who don't.

Rima Cohen, counselor for health policy to Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, speaking on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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GOP Mulls 'Obamacare' Alternative

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

These are fights worth getting into. If the Republican party has decided that universal health care isn't a goal we should have in this country, fine...Until now, they haven't made that argument. They've said, we'll repeal Obamacare and replace it with all the popular stuff, none of the unpopular bits. I think what we're seeing now is that it's impossible.

Ezra Klein, columnist at The Washington Post and Newsweek, talking about health care reform on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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My Mixed Review of the Florida Health Care Ruling

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

WNYC

Last week, a federal judge in Florida ruled that the health care reform bill passed last year was unconstitutional.

Unlike other rulings on the bill that have come from a handful of other judges, what makes this one noteworthy is that 26 states were in on the case, asking for the courts to block implementation, and that the whole package was deemed unconstitutional. That last part especially, as even another judge ruled against the constitutionality of the individual mandate, without striking down the whole bill.

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