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Apr 27, 2017

04/27/2017: Everything is a renegotiation

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After a flurry of reports that President Trump was weighing an order to pull out of NAFTA, he now says he'd rather renegotiation. But improving the trade deal could mean exhuming Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership. Then: Republicans haven't given up on repealing and replacing Obamacare. The latest twist is an amendment that would let states decide whether insurers can charge people with pre-existing conditions. We'll try to game that out. Plus: Our latest Marketplace-Edison Research poll found that even though most Americans don't have factory jobs, a lot of people agree about the primacy of manufacturing to the economy.

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NAFTA negotiators could look to TPP for guidance

Apr 27, 2017
After a flurry of news reports that President Trump was considering pulling out of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, he now says he wants to renegotiate the deal. Even fans of NAFTA will admit it’s not perfect, and improving it could involve taking cues from another trade deal Trump bailed out of — […]

For people with pre-existing conditions, the Republican health care plan contains plenty to worry about

Apr 27, 2017
Before the Affordable Care Act, if you were living with a pre-existing condition, it usually meant you’d pay through the nose for coverage, your condition might not get covered or you’d have no insurance at all. Now, under the ACA, these same people can’t get charged more for their condition. But that may be about […]

How much do manufacturing jobs really matter?

Apr 27, 2017
Eighty percent of respondents to the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll say manufacturing is "very" or "somewhat" important to their local economy.
Workers prepare components for custom lighting fixtures at Schoolhouse Electric & Supply in Portland, Oregon.
Mitchell Hartman/Marketplace

Automakers meet with EPA, DOT about federal fuel efficiency standards

Apr 27, 2017
The auto industry came to Washington today for talks with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation. On the table: tweaks to the emissions and mileage requirements currently in place. The White House and automakers want lower standards to be considered. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. Stories You Might […]

Education Department learns how to downsize as threat of budget cuts looms

Apr 27, 2017
'There just is no easy or cheap way to reduce the size of government workforce,' public policy expert says.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks as President Donald Trump and educator Kenneth Smith listen during a parent-teacher conference listening session at the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
Alex Wong/Getty Images

Is Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' political commentary?

Apr 27, 2017
Creator and showrunner Bruce Miller wants you to watch the program for its heavy but hopeful themes.
Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel in Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale."
George Kraychyk/Hulu

After a flurry of reports that President Trump was weighing an order to pull out of NAFTA, he now says he’d rather renegotiation. But improving the trade deal could mean exhuming Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership. Then: Republicans haven’t given up on repealing and replacing Obamacare. The latest twist is an amendment that would let states decide whether insurers can charge people with pre-existing conditions. We’ll try to game that out. Plus: Our latest Marketplace-Edison Research poll found that even though most Americans don’t have factory jobs, a lot of people agree about the primacy of manufacturing to the economy.

Music from the episode

Money Pink Floyd
The Best Day Atmosphere
Let Me Blow Ya Mind Eve, Gwen Stefani
Paranoid Times (feat. Tre Hardson) Alex Lilly, Tre Hardson
Oye Como Va Santana