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Friday, September 27, 2013

  • Decoding Obamacare: A Guide to New Healthcare Marketplaces Designed to Help 48 Million Uninsured


    As Republicans try again to block the implementation of "Obamacare," the major part of the Affordable Care Act is about to take effect. Individuals seeking health insurance under "Obamacare" will be able to enroll online through new federal marketplaces beginning October 1. The marketplaces are primarily designed to serve the 48 million Americans without health insurance and those who buy insurance on their own. To help navigate the new system, we speak to Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of Health Initiatives of Community Service Society of New York. "When you go to the marketplace, you will be able to put in your information, and it will give you a very small selection of plans. You will have choices, but the choices will be standardized. You will be able to do a real comparison — you will know exactly how, for example, Aetna compares with Empire or Blue Cross Blue shield," Benjamin says. "So for the first time, purchasing health insurance will be on a level playing field, which is remarkable for consumers."

  • Narcoland: Journalist Braves Death Threats to Reveal Ties Between Mexican Government & Drug Cartels


    Anabel Hernández has been described as one of the most courageous journalists in Mexico. In 2010, she published a groundbreaking book linking top Mexican governmental officials to the world’s most powerful drug cartels. She received so many death threats that the National Human Rights Commission assigned her two full-time bodyguards. Despite the danger, she continued to report. In 2012, she received the Golden Pen of Freedom award from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. Her own father was kidnapped and murdered 13 years ago. Her book on the Mexican drug wars, "Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers," has just been translated into English. "What I found in official documents and by testimonies is that the secretary of public security, Genaro García Luna, was the most powerful chief of police in the government of Felipe Calderón. He was really involved with the drug cartels, with the Sinaloa Cartel. He was in the payroll as the same, as the most important chief of the police of the federal police," Hernández said. "So these guys not just protect the Sinaloa Cartel, they also help them traffic drugs and money in the most important airports in Mexico."