Jul 24, 2017

07/24/2017: One thing Republicans like about Obamacare

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There are two big votes on Capitol Hill tomorrow, and we'll talk about both on the show today. First, the House is taking a bill on Russian sanctions. They're a source of tension with the White House and some businesses in the European Union who say they'll be squeezed. Then: As health care keeps gobbling up more and more of our economy, controlling costs is something everybody agrees on. Ahead of another Senate vote tomorrow, we'll look at the Affordable Care Act's Innovation Center, which finds ways to slow spending while looking out for patients. Plus, some of the best views of the upcoming solar eclipse will be from rural Oregon. That's an economic super nova for one farming town. 

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Farmers in Oregon look to cash in on the solar eclipse

Jul 24, 2017
Farmers are renting out their fields to eager eclipse watchers.
Farmer Christina Carpenter gestures toward one of the fields that will host campers during August’s total solar eclipse. She and Grant Putnam (left) are taking advantage of the rare opportunity to host an eclipse festival on their farm, Organic Earthly Delights. 
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Detroit's chief storyteller says it's time to talk to about neighborhoods that persevered

Jul 24, 2017
Aaron Foley says there are "680,000 stories waiting to be told. Not all of them come from downtown."
Aaron Foley says he heard about the Detroit race riots at home, and “hardly anybody wanted to really go in depth and talk about.” Above, a group of men in Detroit construct a barricade to keep their street safe during the 1967 riots.
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The part of Obamacare even Republicans like

Jul 24, 2017
The ACA's Innovation Center finds ways to slow spending while looking out for patients.
Ariel Fernandez, left, sits with Noel Nogues, an insurance adviser with UniVista Insurance company, as he signs up for the Affordable Care Act in 2015 in Miami.
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The IMF downgrades the U.S. economy, and that's bad news for the Trump administration

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Jul 24, 2017
The International Monetary Fund on Monday downgraded its estimate of U.S. growth prospects. Only three months ago, the world financial body said it thought U.S. gross domestic product would grow by 2.3 percent this year and 2.5 percent next year. Now, it’s lowered its estimates to 2.1 percent. That’s bad news for the economy and […]

All those small ailments make for big money: WebMD to be sold for $2.8 billion

Jul 24, 2017
For months, health website WebMD has been looking for a suitor. Today, it found one. The private equity giant KKR — Kohlberg Kravis Roberts — has struck a deal to buy the site for about $2.8 billion. But why was WebMD looking to be sold in the first place?  Click the audio player above to […]

There are two big votes on Capitol Hill tomorrow, and we’ll talk about both on the show today. First, the House is taking a bill on Russian sanctions. They’re a source of tension with the White House and some businesses in the European Union who say they’ll be squeezed. Then: As health care keeps gobbling up more and more of our economy, controlling costs is something everybody agrees on. Ahead of another Senate vote tomorrow, we’ll look at the Affordable Care Act’s Innovation Center, which finds ways to slow spending while looking out for patients. Plus, some of the best views of the upcoming solar eclipse will be from rural Oregon. That’s an economic super nova for one farming town. 

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