This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 2, 2013 for week ending Oct. 11, 2013


"In a platinum plan, the insurance company will pay 90 percent, the patient will pay 10 percent. In a bronze plan, the patient will pay 40 percent and the insurance company will pay 60 percent. People are going to go to these exchanges and try to get the cheapest plan. We're going to replicate the problem of multiple, different types of insurance, very complex to understand, but the major consequence is this phenomenon of underinsurance."

– Interview with Oliver Fein, past president of Physicians for a National Health Program on the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare

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Assessing Benefits and Shortfalls of the Affordable Care Act that Provoked Federal Government Shutdown

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Interview with Oliver Fein, past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, conducted by Scott Harris


The Republican Party followed through on their threat to shut down the federal government if they didn’t get their way on defunding or delaying the implementation of President Obama’s signature piece of public policy legislation, the Affordable Care Act. Although the GOP’s goal in provoking the shutdown of the government was to derail the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the law’s online health insurance exchanges where people can compare and purchase various plans, opened as scheduled in states across the nation.  Story continues

U.S. Responds Positively to Iran's Pursuit of a Diplomatic Breakthrough

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Interview with Reza Marashi, research director with the National Iranian-American Council, conducted by Scott Harris


It’s been 34 years since the U.S. and Iran broke off diplomatic relations in the aftermath of Iran’s November 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, not long after a popular revolution overthrew the hated U.S.-supported dictator Sha Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Although the 52 U.S. hostages held by Iran were released in January 1981, normal relations between the two governments were never restored.  Story continues

Maldives Activist Says Democracy is Essential for Credible Leadership on Fighting Climate Change

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Interview with Thilmeeza Hussain, International Women's Earth and Climate Initiative Summit conference delegate and founder of Voice of Women, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The International Women's Earth and Climate Initiative held a three-day summit on Sept. 20-23 in Suffern, N.Y., just north of New York City. One hundred women environmental leaders from 35 countries attended, with almost equal representation from the global North and South. Together, they developed a women's climate action agenda addressing both climate policy and on-the-ground solutions.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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