Wednesday, September 9, 2009

  • "California’s Real Death Panels"–Data Reveals California’s Private Insurers Deny 21% of Claims

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    President Obama begins his final drive for healthcare reform tonight with a nationally televised prime-time address to a joint session of Congress. His speech comes after an explosive August recess consumed by raucous town halls and talk of government-run "death panels." We take a look at California’s "real death panels." That’s what the nation’s largest nurses group is calling private insurers, as new data reveals they denied one of every five claims over the past seven years. We speak with Charles Idelson of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee. [includes rush transcript]

  • "We Need a Better Change in this Country"–Mother of 17-Year-Old Girl Who Died After Private Insurance Denied Claim for Liver Transplant

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    We speak with Hilda Sarkisyan, the mother of Nataline Sarkisyan, who died two years ago at the age of seventeen after the insurance giant CIGNA denied her claim for a liver transplant. "We need a better change in this country, and I’m willing to help the President to do that...I want to meet him. I want him to feel how it feels not to have a daughter. He has two girls; he should know," says Hilda Sarkisyan. "If we don’t stop this now, every family is going to have my story in their family." [includes rush transcript]

  • Overcrowded and Going Broke: A Look Inside California’s Massive Prison System

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    California has the most prisoners in the nation with some 160,000 people behind bars. California jails hold more than double the designed capacity and are so overcrowded that a federal court last month ordered the state to reduce the prison population by more than 40,000 in the next two years. The ruling comes as California is in the midst of a severe budget crisis. We speak with University of California, Berkeley professor Jonathan Simon, author of Governing Through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear. [includes rush transcript]

  • "The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today"

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    We speak with Kevin Bales, a leader in the abolition movement to end modern-day slavery and co-author of The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today. Bales estimates some 27 million people labor as slaves today — more than at anytime in history. Bales has also helped expose modern-day slavery in the United States, where he estimates between 14,000 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the country each year. He writes, "There has never been a single day in our America, from its discovery and birth right up to the moment you are reading this sentence, without slavery." [includes rush transcript]