The Alan Colmes Show --Pushing Back on Right-Wing ACA Hysteria (10/23/13)

Alan Colmes caught Robin Marty's piece in Rolling Stone, Six Stories of Obamacare Already Making a Difference, and had me come on to talk about my experience signing up for the NY state health exchange which lead to me proclaiming: I'm in The Tank For Obamacare!

We discussed the right-wing hysteria over the Affordable Care Act's national exchange website, the difference between the state and national exchanges, which states participated and how the ACA and its health insurance reform provisions have already created real relief for people across the country.

Medicare For All and the next reform is the goal. Alan gives out the info on the current legislators with pending bills and we lament that while the ACA makes strides, there's work to be done.

Alan and I didn't have time to get into details on why the national site is having so many more problems than the state sites. If listening to Congressional panels and investigations makes you yawn and the partisan bickering makes you nuts, Sam Seder and Cliff Schecter dissected what actually happened with the exchange roll out on Friday's Majority Report (which you should already be listening to): The Majority Report, Casual Friday (10/25/13) with Cliff Schecter

I really enjoyed doing the show -- especially chatting with someone who talks as quickly as I do. Alan has invited me back and asked me to write for his website, Liberaland, so look for me soon under the "New Voices" tab.

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Category:The Alan Colmes Show -- posted at: 9:40am PST
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm — Shutdown and the Return of Sanity? (10/019/13)
Announcement! The Katie Speak Live Archives feed is up on iTunes! Subscribe to never miss my spots with Hal, Ledge and others! There will be a podcast feed for the audio versions of my blog posts coming as well, so stay tuned.

I remain an eternal optimist, if a skeptical one. The poll numbers for the GOP have been drastically dragged down by the tea party intransigence in the House -- to the lowest percentage since polls have been taken on favorability. People are legitimately angry and that anger overshadowed the shaky roll out to the Affordable Care Act. With midterms just a year away and those enrolling in the exchanges about to experience comprehensive health insurance -- some for the first time in their entire lives, I see hope on the horizon.

Hal and I chat crazy vs pragmatism and how IN LOVE I am with Obamacare, how I'm not alone in my excitement as detailed by Robin Marty in Rolling Stone this week, and how the McCutcheon case heard by SCOTUS could rain all over my optimism.

You can hear the Hal Sparks Radio Program every Saturday on WCPT Chicago's Progressive Talk, 820AM from 12-2pmEST. Stream the audio, watch via the ustream and join the conversation by calling: 773.763.9278.
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Now with 100% less Hal Sparks! 10/6/13
Announcement! The Katie Speak Live Archives feed is now on iTunes! Subscribe at Katie Speak Live and never miss my spots with Hal, Ledge and others! (Android/PC compatible versions will always be available at my blog under the "Katie Speak Live!" tab.)

If you're streaming/downloading/tuning in for Hal Sparks, you won't find him here! I took over the hosting seat and the mic on October 6, 2013 to talk GOP shutdown. I stacked the show with my favorite people and let them tackle how the Republican intransigence affects real people. We threw out stats and facts inconvenient to Speaker Boehner and his caucus, mocked the insanity of a Congressional minority demanding something for doing their damn jobs and I took down a ring-wing caller who thought he'd amuse himself by playing "Stump the Fill-in Host."

We had a very heart-felt story from a listener who understands what cuts to the WIC program mean, ridiculous audio provided by Johnny -- in the sidecar as always, and I gave producer Dennis a heart-attack by announcing that the FCC was out of commission due to the shutdown. Check it out, share, subscribe and go follow/read/listen to/enjoy my badass guests!

Guest info:

Robin Marty, reproductive justice warrior! Also, author of Crow After Roe, a book everyone should get, and journalist/encyclopedia of state-level repro health issues, laws and pending legislation.

Michael Brooks, producer and contributor to The Majority Report and host of Intersection at Aslan Media.

Cliff Schecter, progressive media guru, pundit, author, advocate and gracious guest.

Imani Gandy, The Angry Black Lady, host/writer/blogger/recovering lawyer/reproductive rights and intersectional feminist badass.

Dean Obeidallah, comedian and filmmaker of the new documentary The Muslims are Coming!, now rent-able/buy-able on iTunes. Here's his opinion piece, 10% of Americans like Congress: Are they nuts?, we discuss on the show.

Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

You can hear the Hal Sparks Radio Program every Saturday on WCPT Chicago's Progressive Talk, 820AM from 12-2pmEST. Stream the audio, watch via the ustream and join the conversation by calling: 773.763.9278.
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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 7:31am PST
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