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Monday, September 30, 2013

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Popularity of Affordable Care Act Low on Eve of Rollout | Obamacare 101 | The Countdown to a Government Shutdown Begins | CIR: Vets Dangerously Over Medicated by VA | Retro Report: Walter Reed Medical Center Six Years Later | A Look at The Affordable Care Act Around the Country | Al Qaeda Goes Silent & Worries the U.S.

Apprehension Around Healthcare Rollout Lingers

The next phase of the Affordable Care Act arrives tomorrow. But the American public remains unconvinced the Affordable Care Act is a good idea. Dante Chinni is the director of the American Communities Project at American University. He mined the data for us and found that even among America's uninsured there is a great deal of apprehension about the law.

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Obamacare 101: A Guide to the New Healthcare Law

Here to answer your healthcare questions is Neera Tanden, formerly the senior adviser for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Tanden advised HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and worked on President Barack Obama’s health reform team in the White House. Here you'll also find our free tool that will allow you to find out what your healthcare options are and how to get them.

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The Countdown to a Government Shutdown Begins

Unless Democrats and Republicans can strike a deal on a spending bill by the end of the day, the government will begin closing shop at 12:01 AM Tuesday. If the two parties can't agree, the government will shutdown for the first time since late 1995. Joining us to explain the showdown on Capitol Hill is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich, who has followed the drama straight through the weekend.

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Al Qaeda Goes Silent & Worries the U.S.

U.S. intelligence officials are less concerned with the leaks of Edward Snowden and more with a mysterious loss of signal in the monitoring of Al Qaeda. The terrorist group is now suddenly harder to track and a major communications channel has gone silent. But that's no reason to believe that the organization is any less active in planning and recruiting. Joining The Takeaway to discuss this is Michael Schmidt, reporter for our partner The New York Times.


CIR: Vets Dangerously Over Medicated by VA

According to a new report from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been over medicating veterans, which feeds addictions and contributes to a fatal overdose rate among VA patients. Joining us to discuss this is Aaron Glantz, a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting. 

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Walter Reed Medical Center 6 Years Later

As part of our onging partnership with our friends at the documentary team Retro Report, we flip the clock back to 2007. Each week Retro Report brings a fresh look to an archival story. In today’s installment, Retro Report catches up with the soldier who brought Walter Reed Medical Center’s lapses and abuses to national attention six years ago. Harry Hanbury, producer for Retro Report, explains.


A Look at Obamacare Around the Country

What are local governments doing to get the word out about the new healthcare law? How are states are utilizing navigators? Gina Jordan is a reporter from WLRN in Miami. Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter for OPB in Portland. Fred Mogul is a reporter for WNYC in New York City. Together they fill us in on the ways different parts of the country are preparing for the new healthcare law.

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