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Archive for December 2013

The Burt Cohen Show - 12/19/13

Republicans slam it as "socialism," but the truth is the Affordable Care Act was originally conceived by the Heritage Foundation in 1989 as a "conservative" way to solve what Nixon had called "the healthcare crisis." Detractors trust say the private sector is more efficient, but our guest Jerry Flanagan, lead staff attorney for consumerwatchdog.org knows the new law backward and forward and demonstrates the ACA is far from perfect, as it leaves the insurance industry's power in place, but it is all in all a good first step toward addressing the problems in our current system.

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Freedom of the press was easier to define and protect when quill pens were the mode. Today it's electronic zeroes and ones, and it's a lot more complicated. And the Obama Administration has been aggressively prosecuting journalists; more prosecutions than all prior presidents combined. On this show Michael Winship, senior writer at Moyers and Company, talks about the status of our tradtional freedom in the second decade of the 21st century. There is reason for hope and optimism, thanks largely to internet activism.

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