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Episode 7: Talking Health Care Reform with Ilya Arbit, Political Science & Media Studies undergrad

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Ilya Arbit, a political science and media studies undergraduate at CUNY Hunter College and former Edward R. Murrow High School morning announcements speaker joins Kwass and Jay for his fourth appearance to discuss Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's health care bill. Following this episode, Arbit with join the LD team as a weekly in-house reporter. After reclaiming their online presence, The Legal Docket banks its 7th episode hoping to have as much support as Senator Reid's bill has from the Democratic National Committee. This Docket discusses how Senator Reid will get the 60 votes necessary to get health care reform passed by attempting to get Republican support in the Senate. Speaking of supportability, Arbit and the hosts breakdown how complex the health care debate is in regards to the inclusion of a government or public option for national health insurance in comparison to what is currently more prevalent in private employers, as the government has said those options will still remain for Americans even after health care reform is passed. With supportability being this week's theme, Arbit, Kwass and Jay dissect the impact of government-ran health care insurance on individual's rights to choose their own health care plan. As we've all seen lately, the Barack Obama administration has been adamant about promoting swift action in order to increase the supportability of a public option as part of health care reform by stressing the void that a lack of insurance presents for many American families' pockets; this week's debate concerns who's/what's generates more support for President Obama's administration and Senator Reid's health care bill: Convincing Senate Republicans that the public option is the way to go with health care reform or compromising with both parties to agree on an alternative in order to pass a bill before 2010? The Obama administration has been adamant in establishing a new standard for health care, so now is their chance to set things straight!