Dec 4, 2017

12/04/2017: A massive health care shakeup

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(U.S. Edition) CVS is purchasing Aetna in a $69 billion merger that could completely alter the health industry. What does each want from the other? Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan, explains what these companies are getting…

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Could drilling rigs pop up in Bears Ears National Monument in Utah?

Dec 4, 2017
With the Trump administration poised to shrink Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, oil and gas companies are eyeing the fringes.
The Bears Ears are two buttes in southeastern Utah considered sacred by Native American tribes. 
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CVS might become your new doctor

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Dec 4, 2017
CVS Health Corp. has plans to merge with the health insurance company Aetna Inc. in a $69 billion deal.
Pedestrians walk by a CVS store in San Francisco, California. 
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Lawmakers vote through sweeping tax changes, but much work lies ahead

Dec 4, 2017
Now that the House and Senate have each passed their own version of a sweeping tax bill, everyone is going to have to work out what the proposed changes means for the rest of us. And the lawmakers have still…

(U.S. Edition) CVS is purchasing Aetna in a $69 billion merger that could completely alter the health industry. What does each want from the other? Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan, explains what these companies are getting out of this deal. Afterwards, we’ll look at the Treasury’s decision to phase out myRA, an Obama-era program that allowed people without access to retirement accounts to set up their own with the government. Andrei Cherny — cofounder of Aspiration, a private online bank — explains why he thinks the program was an example of government inefficiency. 

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