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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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Opening day of the exchanges with the Affordable Care Act in Florida and across the country listen

10/01/13 Patricia Kemp
Last Call Tuesday
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Tags: Will Weatherford, Obamacare, Affordable Health Care Act, Medicaid expansion, exchanges, marketplace

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Pat Kemp talks with Gary Stein, Executive Director of Health Equity Connections and Accountable Care, on the first day of the exchanges with the Affordable Care Act in Florida and across the country.

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Some small business groups favor Obamacare listen

09/30/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: small business, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance Marketplace, SHOP

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Insurance marketplaces open in states nationwide Tuesday for people to shop for subsidized health insurance. Small businesses will also be able to choose more competitive policies for their employees starting in November. During a conference call Monday with the group Small Business Majority, founder and CEO John Arensmeyer said the marketplaces will lead to more employers offering health benefits to their employees.

“In fact, our polling has found that, of those small business owners who...

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Former Health Insurance Exec Discusses Obamacare listen

09/30/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: health insurance, pre-existing conditions, insurance company profits, co-ops, Obamacare, government shutdown, not-profit health insurance companies

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Good afternoon, welcome to The last call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up this afternoon we'll talk about health care reform with a former top health insurance company executive- Wendell Potter.

The battle over the Affordable Care Act- so called Obamacare could lead to a government shutdown tonight.

Some House Republicans want the next fight in the battle over curbing the president's new health care law to be a delay in requiring people to buy health insurance. That would be the GOP's new ...

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Affordable Care Act implementation questions answered

09/26/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Insurance Marketplace, Jodi Ray

The Federal Health Insurance Marketplace will open for consumers on Tuesday. A report released by the U.S. department of Health and Human Services released yesterday showed that rates in Florida and across the country will be lower than expected. Here, a 27-year-old individual earning $25,000 a year would pay less than $100 a month after tax credits for a policy. Still, the 3-year-old law is being complicated by a wealth of misinformation.

With us by phone today to answer questions about ...

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Florida Obamacare health insurance costs cheaper than expected listen

09/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: kathy castor, healthcare, wmnf, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services

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The department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that health costs through insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act will be even less than expected in Florida. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) celebrated the announcement at Tampa International Airport today before flying back to Washington D.C.

“HHS has reported that some of the rates will be around $100. I mean, that makes it very affordable for the young person who is out there working. I know President Obama said y...

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"Political Science" and Syria

09/04/13 Warren Elly with Vic DiMao
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on the Last Call host Warren Elly discusses Syria. A Pew Research Poll just out says that by a 48% to 29% margin Americans oppose airstrikes against Syria over use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. 74% say airstrikes will create a backlash against the US and 61% think it would lead to a long term US military Commitment to Syria.

The show also explores state politics with guest Vic DiMaio. DiMaio helped run 21 Election campaigns in the last 12 years. In 1978 he was camp...

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Defunding Obamacare Town Hall Roadshow gets pushback from Tampa protesters

08/22/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Defund Obamacare now was the theme of the town hall styled meeting Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza Westshore in Tampa.

The event was put on by Heritage Action for America, which is the political organ of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington D.C. The debate over Obamacare runs deep on both sides of the political aisle. Both supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act were present to assert their views.

Prior to the official media interview sessio...

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Florida to get $7.8 million to fund in-person insurance exchange help listen

08/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Nearly $70 million is being allocated to communities across the country to make sure uninsured or under-insured people can find affordable healthcare. The announcement was made Thursday at USF Tampa by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. She said it will help the 3.5 million uninsured Floridians.

“In total across this state, there are 8 organizations who will work statewide and receive more than $7.8 million in navigator grants.”

The [University of South...

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Obamacare expert gets slammed by critics at Tiger Bay Club of Tampa listen

07/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Open enrollment in healthcare exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act begins on October 1st. Members of Tiger Bay Club of Tampa were reminded Friday, the process is complicated.

The project director for the group Florida Covering Kids and Families, Jodi Ray, has been contracted as a navigator to help people understand the new law and find the right health coverage. But after explaining some upcoming provisions, she took a verbal lashing from some members of Tampa Tiger Bay who ar...

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