June 25 - The Affordable Care Act Survives; Will Republicans Still Fight Obamacare?; The Supreme Court Rules Against Partisan Politics; "All the Presidents' Bankers"

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Part 1

We be begin with the unexpectedly decisive ruling from the Supreme Court of 6 to 3 to uphold federal subsidies on federally created insurance exchanges thus saving so-called Obamacare and President Obama’s place in history. We begin with Wendell Potter, a Senior Analyst on Healthcare at the Center for Public Integrity and a former chief corporate spokesman at CIGNA and head of communications at Humana Inc. His new book is “Obamacare: What’s in It for Me? What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act” and we discuss this victory for the president who at the White House today said, “after nearly a century of talk…we finally declared that in America healthcare is not a privilege for a few but a right for all…the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”


Part 2

Then we look into the politics behind the long struggle to get healthcare reform with the Affordable Care Act now having survived a second near-death experience overcoming its last major hurdle. Jonathan Cohn, a senior national correspondent at The Huffington Post and author of “Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Healthcare Crisis – and the People Who Pay the Price” joins us to discuss whether the Republicans will still campaign against Obamacare.

Part 3

Then we speak with Ian Millhiser, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and author of “Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted”. We will give the Supreme Court credit where credit is due and analyze why they took the case and why they ruled so clearly in Obama’s favor.  

Part 4

Then finally we examine the role of Wall Street in our increasingly dynastic politics and look into the ties that the Bush family dynasty have to Wall Street as the big bankers fall over themselves to throw money at Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. Nomi Prins, an author and Senior Fellow at Demos who was a managing director at Goldman Sachs and ran the international analytic group for Bear Sterns joins us to discuss her latest book, “All The President’s Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power”.