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Focusing on issues, not tweets, Raw Story and AlterNet’s Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk politics with academics, newsmakers and progressive journalists.

December 11, 2016

Dec 10, 2016: Is Trump Really Going to Blow Up the ACA?; The Wingnut Behind OH’s “Fetal Heartbeat” Bill

This week, we're talking health care. 

 

First up is Matthew Buettgens, a health care analyst with The Urban Institute and co-author of a new study detailing what would result if Congressional Republicans repeal much of the ACA through budget reconciliation -- which can't be filibustered -- and can't come to an agreement on a replacement. 

 

Then we'll be joined by Richard Kirsch. Kirsch is a senior fellow at The Roosevelt Institute, and he was previously the national campaign director for Healthcare for Americans Now (HCAN), the huge coalition that pushed the ACA through Congress in the first place. He thought his fight to establish a national infrastructure was done, but he's getting back into the fight to preserve as much of the ACA as possible. Kirsch says it's the defining battle of our generation. 

 

Finally, we'll speak with Mother Jones reporter Nina Liss-Schultz about Ohio's "fetal heartbeat" bill, and the Christian extremist who championed it. 

 

Playlist: 
Bruce Springsteen: "Royals"
Rolling Stones: "Heart of Stone"
Flying Lizards: "Money, That's What I want"
Nina Simone: "I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl" 

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