Marketplace Morning Report®

with David Brancaccio

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, December 5, 2013

Today, China's central bank officially barred Chinese banks from offering services connected to the virtual, digital currency Bitcoin. The government also issued a new set of regulations for Bitcoin exchanges in China. And, as federal health care reform unfolds, Marketplace continues to follow the city of Camden, New Jersey to see how the new law affects one community. Today, we visit to Cooper University Hospital, which is expecting a surge of patients starting next month, as millions of people get health insurance, some for the first time. The question for hospital executives is how to manage this new population. The answer: Take a page from the airline industry.

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Demonstrators outside a McDonald's restaurant near New York's Times Square as part of a nationwide protest of fast food workers December 5, 2013.Fast-food workers say they will sponsor one-day strikes in 100 cities on Thursday and protest activities in 100 additional cities to demand McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy's and other fast-food restaraunts to pay a $15-an-hour wage. 

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Marketplace Morning Report®, hosted by David Brancaccio, kicks your weekday off right. Now a regular segment on NPR’s Morning Edition®, it’s a dash of news to go with that first cup of coffee. Get a global perspective on what’s making the business news headlines, airing up to five times each morning.