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Healthcare advocates swarm House Speaker Will Weatherford's Wesley Chapel office: VIDEO listen

03/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This month, both chambers of the Florida legislature rejected expanding Medicaid under the federal healthcare law. On Saturday seventy-five activists crowded the small parking lot in front of Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford’s Wesley Chapel office. Activists marched almost a mile along a busy stretch of highway and demanded that Weatherford and other state lawmakers change their minds.

“I see so many children who need medical care whose parents cannot afford to take them anywh...

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Health Insurance Whistleblower Wendell Potter Talks About the Pros and Cons of Obamacare

12/10/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Our guest today is Wendell Potter. He's an author, media analyst and corporate watchdog. After a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive, Wendell left his job as head of communications for one of the nation's largest health insurers and became a vocal critic of insurance company abuses.

In testimony before the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee in June 2009, Wendell disclosed how insuran...

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Health advocacy groups want feds to implement parts of the healthcare law in Florida listen

11/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida has until December 14 to show they will be ready to implement federally mandated changes to health insurance by January, 2014. During a conference call today advocates said the state won’t have time to create efficient health insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

The exchanges will be a competitive market place where patients can shop around for health insurance. The process has been likened to travel planning websites like Travelocity that give consumers a ...

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Biden's Sun City Center stump speech targets seniors and women listen

10/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With 18 days until the election, the Obama camp is stepping up campaign efforts in key swing states. As Obama delivered remarks in Virginia Vice President Joe Biden addressed a crowded community hall in Sun City Center about Medicare and women’s rights during a half hour speech to the senior residents.

Biden cautioned the crowd of mostly senior citizens against the Romney/Ryan healthcare plan he says would raise Medicare costs for seniors by turning it into a voucher program.

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Republican reaction to VP debate: Biden is rude listen

10/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Vice Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan squared off in a verbal sparring match last night in Kentucky. Reports, even though pundits are all over the board with who the winner was, viewers at a Republican watch party in Pinellas Park declared it a victory.

When Paul Ryan said something they liked – which was a lot, the crowded erupted into applause.

When Biden said something kooky, they booed and hissed.

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Two Local Doctors Discuss Obamacare

10/08/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, Welcome to the Last Call. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of today’s program we’ll talk about the Affordable Care Act with two local doctors and we’ll take your phone calls. Our guests are both with Doctor’s For America -- a national movement of physicians and medical students working together to improve the health of the nation and to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high quality health care."

Our guests are: Dr. Mona V. Mangat is an all...

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Getting the Straight Story on Medicare and the Affordable Care Act

08/23/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk with two doctors about the raging debate over Medicare, Paul Ryan’s plan, health care reform and take your phone calls….

But first one listener comment- not about yesterday’s guests—but about the controversial statements of Missouri Congressman Todd Akins about women and rape. Here’s what one listener had to say.

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This morning we’re joined by two doctors who are active in improving ...

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Sarasota Schools get hefty health insurance refund compliments of the Affordable Care Act listen

08/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Sarasota County Schools are getting $800,000 back from their health insurance provider because of the new federal healthcare law. The rebate from Blue Cross and Blue Shield could have an impact on the district’s overall budget by mitigating potential tax increases. Al Weidner, deputy chief financial officer for Sarasota schools, said there’s no way to know for sure, but he’s hopeful the Affordable Care Act will continue to drive healthcare costs down for employees and the district. ...

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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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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says individual mandate is a penalty, not a tax listen

07/05/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The U.S. Supreme Court upheld major parts of the federal Affordable Care Act including the so-called individual mandate based on their ruling that it was a tax. Now Republicans are claiming supporters of the federal healthcare law are implementing taxes on the middle class. At a press event in St. Petersburg today, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson who supports the law said that it is a penalty, not a tax.

in an interview yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the mandate i...

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