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Last minute glitches don't seem to be deterring Obamacare enrollment listen

03/31/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, healthcare, Navigators, Medicaid, kathy castor

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Despite some more glitches on healthcare.gov, turnout is high in Tampa on the final day to enroll in Obamacare. More than 30 people were already waiting in line by 10:30 a.m. Monday at Al Lopez Park to get help enrolling in private health insurance under the federal healthcare law. Most of those people, like Myrta Mayor, are hoping that their last minute enrollment can save them some money on coverage that is now required.

“The one that they’re offering at my job is very expensive - $753 ...

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Obamacare, Medicaid and dentists - how are they affecting your health and pocket book?

03/28/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, dental care, single payer

The deadline for enrollment is Monday, March 31st and supporters of the healthcare law are stepping it into high gear to end open enrollment with as many participants as possible. That’s important to Democrats coming into mid-term elections where the federal healthcare law will be a cornerstone talking point for Republicans against the law.

So far more than 6 million people have signed up for coverage under the law. That’s a number the Obama administration is proud of even though it’s a ...

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Activists call on Republican FL Rep. Kathleen Peters to support Medicaid expansion listen

03/27/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Medicaid expansion, Kathleen Peters, Awake Pinellas, healthcare, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

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It costs more for a person earning below poverty wages to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act than it does many middle class people. That problem would be solved if Florida lawmakers expanded the state’s Medicaid program. Activists protested the refusal of federal funding in front of Republican State Representative Kathleen Peters’ office in St. Pete Thursday.

Activists including Terrie Weeks hope they can persuade holdouts in the legislature to change their minds.

“Beca...

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Jolly Sinks Sink: Reaction and Perspective listen

03/12/14 Warren Elly with Chris Mitchell & Chris Ingram
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: David Jolly, Alex Sink, Bill Young, Obamacare, Chris Mitchell, Chris Ingram

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The battle over replacing the late Congressman Bill Young is over till November. Jolly Sank Sink; Lobbyist David Jolly beat former Bank executive and state CFO Alex Sink by a mere 3-thousand 457 votes. It’s the second straight squeaker loss for Sink and it leaves us wondering if she’ll face Jolly in November or retire from politics.

Today on the Last Call Warren Elly speaks with Chris Mitchell, former chairman of the Hillsborough Democratic Party and Republican Analyst Chris Ingram.

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn uses rec centers to help residents enroll in Affordable Care Act listen

01/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, Kathleen Sebelius, kathy castor, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Tampa, health insurance

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Tampa has opened nine of its busiest recreation centers to navigators charged with helping individuals enroll in Obamacare. During a press conference Monday at the Loretta Ingraham Center in Westshore, Mayor Bob Buckhorn says when it comes to helping the nearly 100,000 uninsured Tampans find affordable coverage, the city is all in.

“Our men and women are running on calls to people that don’t have healthcare insurance that if they did have healthcare insurance and they could address some o...

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Callers respond to the president's final thoughts on Obamacare for 2013

12/20/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Barack Obama, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Janelle Irwin

President Barack Obama gave his final speech of 2013 Friday. In it he took quite the lashing from reporters who pointed to low approval ratings, Politifact’s Lie of the Year which, of course, was Obama’s statement that anyone who liked their insurance could keep it. They called attention to public outcry over NSA spying and the treatment of Edward Snowden, the NSA analyst who leaked classified documents. There were also questions surrounding the rocky launch of the federal healthcare exchange...

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States with their own health insurance exchanges may be better off listen

10/31/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: healthcare, healthcare.gov, Affordable Care Act, Kathleen Sebelius, Jodi Ray, Navigators, Obamacare

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Healthcare exchanges in states that established their own marketplaces seem to be holding up better than those states that chose to use the federally facilitated website that has been marred by problems since it opened one month ago. Nearly 200,000 New York residents have completed applications on the state’s exchange website.

Ron Pollack is the executive director of the group Families USA. During a conference call Thursday, he claimed states that have not es...

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Sebelius says problematic Health Insurance Marketplace website will be glitch-free soon listen

10/08/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: healthcare, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services, Health Insurance Marketplace

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The website where consumers can enroll in federally subsidized health plans has been plagued by glitches since the Health Insurance Marketplace opened last week. During a panel discussion at the USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said the problems should be worked out soon.

“We want to take the site down only at the times when it’s the least traffic. So, it’s been at night. We’ve made a lot...

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Debating Obamacare listen

10/02/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, government shutdown

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei explores the debate surrounding the Affordable Care Act and the government shutdown. Listen to the full show above.

Media included on today's show:

Six of One - Obamacare vs. The Affordable Care Act



Obamacare Debate: Flowers vs. Baker



[Multimillionaire Republican in government...

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Groups welcome Health Insurance Marketplace, bemoan Florida rejection of Medicaid expansion listen

10/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

Tags: healthcare, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Doctors for America, Medicaid expansion

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Health Insurance Marketplaces where consumers can shop for subsidized health plans opened Tuesday nationwide despite the partial government shutdown. About forty supporters of the law held signs during a press conference in downtown St. Pete’s North Straub Park Tuesday morning demanding that opponents of the president’s trademark law stop fighting it with partisan politics and expand Medicaid in state’s that have so far rejected it, including Florida.

“Florida has a very stingy Medicaid p...

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