Thursday, June 25, 2015
Earlier today the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act allows the government to offer tax subsidies nationwide to help Americans buy health insurance, whether or not the state they reside in established its own online healthcare marketplace. The ruling is a sweeping victory for President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, and the 6-to-3 ruling means that the law is all but certain to survive and become an enduring part of America’s social safety net. Joining me today to talk about the ruling and its significance is Igor Volsky is the Director of Video and Contributing Editor of ThinkProgress.org.
After weeks of wheeling and dealing in Congress over the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP, the so-called fast track trade promotion authority is now on President Obama’s desk, which is a huge step toward finalizing the trade deal. While the President insists that the deal will protect American jobs, economists aren’t quite sure he is right about that and even TPP proponents have acknowledged probable losses of jobs, especially in lower-skilled, labor-intensive manufacturing. Joining me today to discuss the deal and how unfettered free trade has historically affected American workers is Beth Macy, a longtime journalist from Roanoke, Va., and the author of Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town, who wrote all about the problems associated with free-trade in an op-ed for The New York Times.
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