My guest this week is Michael Hiltzik, a columnist with the Los Angeles Times and the author of The New Deal: A Modern History, now out in paperback. Michael has been doing great work covering the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and we spent a good deal of time in this multi-part interview discussing those efforts. In our first segment, though, we briefly discuss the far-reaching social insurance programs undertaken by President Franklin Roosevelt and the landmark health reform legislation embraced by President Barack Obama.
December 8, 2013
Insurance industry insider Wendell Potter says that reporters who take the time to ask five simple questions can avoid being duped when they cover Obamacare “horror stories.” If they do, they’ll find that in most cases, the people complaining about their plans can actually get a better policy … and pay less for it.
December 6, 2013
This week, President Obama launched a campaign focusing the country’s attention on the benefits of health reform. On Wednesday, he focused on preventive care. Under the ACA, an extraordinary list of 62 preventive services will be free: no copays and the deductible will not apply.
December 5, 2013
Armed with incomplete evidence, ACA’s critics are claiming health reform will push out-of-pocket costs for insurance higher in the exchanges. The truth, says Maggie, Mahar, is that those costs are already onerously high, but they’re about to drop, THANKS to Obamacare.
December 2, 2013