Health Care Reform


Florida Judge Rules Against Health Care Law

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Florida judge has ruled that the nation's new healthcare law is unconstitutional, marking a victory for the 26 states who challenged it. The states challenged a provision of the law that requires Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

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You Take That Back! A Look at the Challenge of Repealing Federal Law

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Republican leaders in Congress have started the debate about repealing the health care overhaul legislation, and plan to vote on the repeal on Wednesday. In advance of the vote, It's A Free Country takes a look at how other repeal efforts in American history have fared.


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Is the Individual Mandate Constitutional?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

There are very few things the government forces you to do. Participate in the draft, fill out a census form, participate in a jury...but the argument in favor of this is, whether you think it's unprecedented or not, the problems people believe we are confronting with health care are unprecedented, they are certainly commercial in effect, and are therefore squarely within Congress's ability to regulate interstate commerce to force people to participate.

Nathaniel Persily, Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia Law School, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Republican Case for Health Care Repeal: Certain Uncertainty

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The House of Representatives begins debate today on a bill called “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” (Speaker John Boehner's office dialed back the language on the legislation in a Sunday blog post, calling it "job-crushing" instead of "job-killing," but the bill's name remains the same.)

To make their case for repeal, House Republicans are honing in on the massive health care overhaul's effect on employment, at a time when that’s the most sensitive issue on American minds.

How does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which aims to expand health insurance coverage and reduce costs, kill jobs? The Republican majority offers this report, Obamacare: A Budget-Busting, Job-Killing Health Care Law.

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Better Health Care: An Alternative to the Individual Mandate

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

With Obama’s signature achievement, the health care reform package, on its way to being vetted by the Supreme Court, what other options might the government have if the individual mandate is declared unconstitutional?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Health Care Reform

Friday, November 19, 2010

President Obama's health care reform has been seen as too much intervention by some and not enough of an overhaul by others, but few people know exactly what the new law includes and how it changes health care and health insurance in this country. On this week's Please Explain, Washington Post correspondent T. R. Reid explains the ins and outs, the costs and the savings, of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He's the author of The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care.

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Running on, or from, Healthcare

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I'm not saying it is a perfect bill, but it is a landmark bill. It will do for most of America what medicare did for those over 65. It changes the entire view of health care in America. It used to be that if you were over 65, you, on average, got inferior health care. After 1965, the elderly could count on good health care.

- Rush Holt, member of Congress from New Jersey's 12th District on The Brian Lehrer Show.


The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda With Rob Watson and Marcus Mabry

Monday, January 18, 2010

We look ahead to this week's agenda with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for the New York Times, and the BBC's Rob Watson.


The Takeaway

Takeouts: Health Care, ORU Hoops and Joe Lieberman

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich has the latest from Capitol Hill in the fight for health care reform.
  • Sports Takeout: On the day after famous evangelist Oral Roberts died, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses Oral Roberts University's basketball legacy. 
  • Listener Takeout: Takeaway listeners are talking about fine print at their ATMs, and share some harsh words for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and his stance on health care.