Guests: David Grande and Robert Town
Speaking from the White House last week, President Obama stepped up efforts to sell his health care plan to the American public. He pointed to a new report that shows the law has already resulted drops in premiums in several states as well as savings to millions of consumers in the form of rebates from their health insurers . But over on Capitol Hill, Republicans in the House of Representatives once again voted to dismantle the law. Critics of the Affordable Care Act say the Administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate provision of the Act is evidence that the President’s health care plan is unraveling. The administration said it would postpone the provision after hearing significant concerns from employers about the challenges of implementing it. Meanwhile facing an October 1 deadline, state’s are busy implementing online health insurance exchanges, an essential piece of the healthcare law’s “individual mandate” which requires people to have insurance or pay a fine. This morning on Radio Times we’ll get an update on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the challenges for health consumers, insurers, providers and state and federal government. We’re joined by University of Pennsylvania Wharton School professor ROBERT TOWN and DAVID GRANDE.