Jul 28, 2017

07/28/2017: Robots may not be the real economic problem here

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Obamacare remains the law of the land. Three Republicans joined all Democrats to vote down the measure to repeal it earlier today. But the health care battle isn't over yet — the White House just might let the Affordable Care Act collapse. On today's show, we'll talk about the steps it might take to encourage its demise. Afterwards, economist Heidi Shierholz joins us to discuss how the notion of a "robot takeover" is a distraction from other economic issues.

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07/28/2017: Congress couldn't evict Obamacare, but Trump could turn off the lights

Jul 28, 2017
On Friday, the Senate ended up voting down the Republican measure to repeal Obamacare. But the battle over this health care law isn't quite over yet. On today's show, we'll take a look at the ways Trump could still gut Obamacare. Afterwards, we'll discuss news that the economy grew at a faster pace than the previous quarter, and then chat with economist Heidi Shierholz about why the automation of jobs may be a distraction from other pressing economic issues.

Obamacare remains the law of the land. Three Republicans joined all Democrats to vote down the measure to repeal it earlier today. But the health care battle isn’t over yet — the White House just might let the Affordable Care Act collapse. On today’s show, we’ll talk about the steps it might take to encourage its demise. Afterwards, economist Heidi Shierholz joins us to discuss how the notion of a “robot takeover” is a distraction from other economic issues.

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