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Senate races, the success of Democratic policy initiatives, including the PPACA and the inadvertent success of the sequester. Joan McCarter — Senior Political Writer and regular front page contributor to Daily Kos. Joan writes about national legislative developments. — and Jay Ackroyd discuss.
Which lies really matter, Brian WIlliams' or Dick Cheney's? GOP governors and Medicaid expansion encapsulated in King v Burwell and the tension in the party between doing as the Koch's command and what their constituents need.
Joan McCarter — Senior Political Writer and regular front page contributor to Daily Kos. Joan writes about national legislative developments. Follow @joanmccarter
Dave Johnson — Fellow with Campaign for America's Future and Senior Fellow with Renew California. Read Dave at Seeing the Forest, Campaign for America's Future and Alternet. Follow @DCJohnson
VIrtually Speaking Sundays offers an alternative to the Sunday morning talk shows, drawing from a panel composed of prominent members of the liberal blogosphere
The official name for “ObamaCare” is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It is also commonly referred to as Obama care, health care reform, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA).• The Affordable Care Act was signed into law to reform the health care industry by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.• What is ObamaCare? ObamaCare’s goal is to give more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance, and to reduce the growth in health care spending in the U.S. In this episode we will talk about what is Obamacare and how does it affect you. Holistic and preventative healthcare versus traditional healthcare. How does the CDC work with the FDA and the United States government in creating outbreaks. What you cando to protect yourself from a major health outbreak.
Richard Mayhew talks with Jay Acroyd about the open enrollment period for people using the PPACA exchanges; the role that shopping around plays in creating a competitive environment for insurers and providers (Response to Digby and Dave Dayen); auto-renewal for December 15 and the reason why everyone on a current Exchange policy needs to log-in and look around, and criticism that shopping for health insurance is overly complex.
Then, what we've learned in this first year of Obamacare and propects for future quality and cost of care or the dog that has not barked -- the technology worked this year, and the program is effectively doing what it said it would be doing.
Digby, David Dayen and Jay Ackroyd discuss the Supreme Court decision to revisit the constitutionality (!) of the PPACA exchanges; speculate on a GOP with control of the legislature, but no chance of overriding a veto; and celebrate (!) the hopeful news on net neutrality. Plus the Most Ridiculous Moment from satirist Culture of Truth.
The President's net neutrality statement, big win for activists.
The GOP's sneaky '16 plan
The GOP's crazy "Real Men" crew are back
PPACA What's the problem? All you have to do is fix it.
Linda Greenhouse on SCOTUS and the PPACA
The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Andrew Jerrell Jones, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman
Richard Mayhew on PPACA implementation. Mayhew writes extensively about health policy and insurance programs at Balloon Juice.
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digby & David Dayen comment on the postal banking proposal; ACA and entrepreneurship; bipartisan McCarthyism from Mike Rogers (R) House Intelligence, and Dianne Feinstein (D), Senate Intelligence. Political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates.
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The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman
What needs to happen in order to make a working health care system – for 99% of us – out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)?
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Social & political commentators Richard Eskow & Stuart Zechman discuss. Follow @RJEskow @Stuart_Zechman
The VS Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, Dave Dayen, Dave Johnson, Dave Waldman, Digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler & Stuart Zechman.
Stuart and Jay discuss the likelihood and causes of a delay in the imposition of the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Then Stuart outlines some reforms that would improve competition in state health care markets that might be part of a deal to postpone the mandate until 2015. Or perhaps longer. Stuart writes about PPACA here.
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Avedon Carol & Dave Waldman discuss populism, the PPACA as yet another example of technocratic centrist failure, declaring surrender in the drug wars as Colorado passes weed tax and, the Village's slavering for Obama failure in his second term. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Plus political satire from Culture of Truth. MORE
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The wellness industry is abuzz again with the debate on whether employer-based wellness programs produce a return on investment. The RAND report released in mid-January 2014 analyzed 7 years of data from Pepsico's wellness and disease management strategy. The verdict? Disease management programs drove the lion's share of the ROI. RAND's Dr. Soeren Mattke joins CoHealth Checkup to review RAND's research on workplace wellness programs and what employers need to consider and expect when considering these initiatives.
Stuart Zechman discusses the policy framework that underlies the US health care system with Joseph White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy at Case Western Reserve University. Professor White is also the author of Competing Solutions: American Health Care Proposals and International Experience.
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