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Study: Uninsured are costly for those with insurance listen

05/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The average U.S. family and their employers paid an extra $1,017 in health care premiums last year to compensate for the uninsured, according to a study released today by an advocacy group for health care consumers.

Families USA, which supports expanded health care coverage, found that about 37 percent of health care costs for people without insurance — or a total of $42.7 billion — went unpaid last year. That cost eventually was shifted to the insured through higher premiums, accordin...

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Critics picket single payer health care rally in Tampa listen

05/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Rallies on behalf of having the government sponsor a single payer form of health care are being held throughout the week across the country.

In Tampa this afternoon, approximately two dozen supporters of such a health care system stood outside the federal building on Florida Avenue.

Chris Clement lives in Ozona. He said he wants a health care plan that shouldn’t be linked to an employer.

Although there is a bill in the House sponsored by Ohio’s Dennis Kucinich and Michigan’s J...

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Eric Draper to run for Agricultural Secretary listen

05/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida Audubon lobbyist Eric Draper is running for agriculture commissioner.

Draper, a Democrat, entered the race today for the seat Commissioner Charles Bronson is leaving because of term limits. As a conservationist, Draper has pushed for land preservation, clean energy and clean water.

Among the issues he wants to address if elected are stronger efforts to control invasive species and cooperation between farmers, urban interests and environmentalists on water sharing.

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Adam Putnam speaks in Tampa listen

05/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Polk County Republican Adam Putnam is in his ninth year representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District in Washington. But the hard charging lawmaker, who in 2006 became the third highest-ranking Republican in the House, is now going through a career change. He’s still a politician, but after the 2008 elections, he resigned his post as Conference Chairman, and announced shortly afterward he would not run for re-election in 2010, but instead would become a candidate for Agriculture Co...

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New report says America is a center-left nation listen

05/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A new report released today by two liberal groups says a majority of Americans hold progressive positions on a broad range of controversial issues and key constituencies that favor progressives are growing larger.

Media Matters and the Campaign For America’s Future says it has come up with the conclusions based on looking closely at polls conducted by respected organizations from CNN/Opinion Research, Gallup, the Los Angeles Times as well population demographics.

Media Matters Eri...

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McManus on Dockery's possible entry into the governor's race listen

05/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The St. Petersburg Times reported today that Lakeland Rep. Paula Dockery is considering a run for the Republican nomination for governor next year.

In a press release, Dockery says that her future intentions have been on running for the District 12 Congressional seat that is open with Adam Putnam stepping down to run for Agriculture Commissioner.

But she writes, “I have been surprised and flattered by numerous e-mails, phone calls and letters encouraging me to run. It's become very ...

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Why is single payer being left out of health reform debate?

05/26/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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For the next two months politicians in Washington will be debating whether and how to reform the nation’s health care system. The United States is the only leading industrialized nation without a national health care system.

In this country, some 45 million Americans are without health insurance on any given day. And without health insurance, people are forced to get treatment in emergency rooms at a much higher cost to themselves and society. The U.S. has a lower life expectancy rate a...

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Reaction to Sotomayor selection for high court listen

05/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Although President Barack Obama’s choice of Sonia Sotomayor seems to be energizing his base and antagonizing his opponents, some liberals have mixed reactions to the selection.

Marjorie Cohn is a professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and president of the National Lawyers Guild, and the author of the new book, The Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent.

Many liberals have grown increasingly concerned about Obama’s talk of "indefinite detention...

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Rubio discusses Sansom, reflects on political goals listen

05/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Despite Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer’s public backing of Charlie Crist in his Senate primary against Marco Rubio, local GOP organizations continue to rebel.

Yesterday the Palm Beach County Republican Party passed a resolution urging the state party to “publicly guarantee a level a playing field among all credible Republican U.S. Senate candidates."

The Pasco County Republican Party agreed.

That same feeling could be spreading to the governor’s race, where Agricu...

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Ex-CIA counsel discusses interrogation techniques listen

05/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new poll says embattled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has approval ratings nearly as low as Newt Gingrich when he was the primary lightning rod in Congress.

The CNN/Opinion Research survey last night found that the approval of how Pelosi is doing her job as speaker has dropped from 51 percent in January to 46 percent in March to 39 percent now, with 48 percent saying they disapprove of her performance.

The San Francisco-based congresswoman has been blasted by Republicans like Gingrich a...

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