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Healthcare law helping 1.2 million get free preventative care listen

07/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Statistics released today show that more than 1.2 million Americans have been able to get at least one preventative healthcare service at no cost during the first half of this year. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reacted to the news about the positive impacts of the new healthcare law on Medicare recipients during a conference call.

“Before 2011, millions of seniors and people with disabilities who had Medicare, had to pay what were often significant co-pays...

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Margaret Flowers talks about the Affordable Care Act Supreme Court decision

06/28/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Dr. Margaret Flowers with the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) talks about the 5-4 Supreme Court Decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Flowers, being a strong advocate for a single payer system or Medicare for all, gave the reasons she felt it was not a good decision to give the best affordable care to people. She also expressed her intentions to continue to fight for single payer or medicare for all.

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Dr. Carol Paris talks about the Affordable Care Act and its effects on her practice

06/28/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Dr. Carol Paris, a member of the Physicians for a National Health Program and a practicing physician, talks of the difficulties to her of practicing medicine under the present medical systems. She discusses the difficulty of limiting the time she can afford to spend with patients and the difficulties her patients are having with job and benefit losses. Paris has decided she can no longer give the standard of care she thinks appropriate for her patients and so she is closing her practice in M...

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Tampa Bay Partnership group gives state legislators some economic development advice listen

05/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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During a meeting at the Tampa Bay Times Forum today, State legislators representing the region were given a list of issues members of the Tampa Bay Partnership thought should be made priorities. With Pinellas County considering a sales tax referendum for transit improvements, one group of business professionals told the 26 elected officials to ignore the “No Tax for Tracks” campaigns. Barry Alpert, managing investment director for Raymond James, said 40 years ago he could tell potential p...

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Pasco County seniors want elected officials to take a look at retirement benefits listen

04/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A group of 50 senior citizens in the Land O’ Lakes area is worried that Medicare and Social Security benefits might be in trouble. The American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, conducted a question and answer session with them Friday morning and plan to take the results all the way to Washington D.C.

“You’ve earned a say.” That’s what AARP officials are calling...

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Richard Eskow on Social Security, Medicare, Taxes and the Bank Bailout

04/25/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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GOOD MORNING, WELCOME TO RADIOACTIVITY. I’M ROB LOREI. COMING UP TODAY WE’LL TALK ABOUT THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET SYSTEM—KNOWN AS MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY….We'll also talk about the state of the economy.

BUT FIRST THREE LISTENER COMMENTS ABOUT YESTERDAY’S PROGRAM. YESTERDAY WE INTERVIEWED NANCY ALTMAN WITH THE STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY CAMPAIGN ABOUT THE TRUSTEES REPORT SHOWING THE FUND WILL BE SOLVENT UNTIL 2033—THREE YEARS LESS THAN WAS PROJECTED LAST YEAR.

HERE’S WHAT ...

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In Tampa U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services asks for support of health care law listen

02/02/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After only 18-months in office, President Barack Obama signed a health care reform law that stops insurance companies from denying coverage based on a pre-existing condition. But now he’s up for re-election. His rival opponents say they will work to have it overturned if they are elected. This afternoon, [Kathleen Sebelius](http://www.hh...

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Mike Fasano addresses elder issues in Dunedin listen

08/03/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Almost half-a-million senior citizens live in Pasco and Pinellas Counties. And many are finding a tough state budget mostly ignores their needs and services. State Senator Mike Fasano addressed the concerns and needs of the elderly this morning at a public meeting in Dunedin.

“Im alone, a widow. I don’t have anyone to help me…I don’t have much.”

Margret Hampson is one of the more than 400-thousand senior citizens living in the area....

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Feds say Medicare changes under health reform law could save billions listen

05/12/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services released a study suggesting improvements to Medicare over the last year will save the government billions of dollars. Some of these cost-saving changes include provisions of the affordable care act. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said efficiency measures will save the government a hefty sum in the coming years.

"About $120 billion worth of savings projected over the ne...

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Interview with Robert Borosage: GOP plan to privatize Medicare; open phones

05/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Three weeks ago in Washington the Republican-controlled House passed Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget on April 15.

The vote was along party lines. The budget proposal aims to reduce the nation’s $14 trillion national debt but the proposal's plans to change health-care access for seniors have proven controversial.

The budget proposal replaces the Medicare guarantee for seniors over 65 with a voucher system that seniors would have ...

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