1. The Obamacare (Romneycare) debate and the individual mandate...
How much do you care about the individual mandate debate going on before the Supreme Court and in the rest of the country? How much should you care? This week we spoke with experts on the subject who were for, against and indifferent to individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as many have dubbed it. We began with a heated discussion between Dr. Steffie Woolhandler of Physicians for a National Health Program (also a professor at CUNY and visiting professor at Harvard University) and TR Reid of the Washington Post and author of “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care.” They discussed the individual mandate, what it is and why they oppose and support respectively. Jon Walker of Firedoglake also joins us to discuss why the individual mandate may actually be irrelevant to the healthcare debate entirely.
We were then joined by Dr. Mona Mangat of Doctors for America and Bob Crittendon of the Herdon Alliance who talk about what it would mean for the Individual Mandate to be declared unconstitutional and how they thought the Affordable Care Act would have been a bridge between Democrats and Republicans. Bob Crittendon went so far as to describe Obamacare as “the most conservative health care plan ever brought before congress.”
If you just want to hear the segment on Obamacare (Romneycare), click here or press play below
2. Starting a business when broke...
Now we all know that the American economy depends on small businesses, but how can anybody start a business when they’re broke? Barbershop owner Gianni Tata calls in to tell us his story of opening a business in Saginaw, Michigan during the middle of the recession and how he managed to pull it off. Jennifer Dziura author of the Bullish columns also joins the show to give us some tips on how to get moving and explains that all you need to have a business is customers, not all of the bells and whistles. Friend of the show Rodney North, of Equal Exchange calls in to discuss the concept of a co-op and shares many resources that people can use to start their cooperative business.
If you only want to here the "business when broke segment", including some clips from Jennifer that weren't played on the show, click here or press play below.
Here, in a clip not heard on the show, Jennifer tells us about the types of services a business can provide if you don't have any money and need a customers base fast. (hint:find some rich customers)
Here, she lays out what you have to do if you need some start up capital to start the business
3. Listen to the update on the fight for justice for Trayvon Martin, here.