Enrollment is down, premiums are up. And one major insurer might be pulling out of the exchanges while numerous state-run health insurance co-ops are imploding.
That pretty much sums up the current state of the Affordable Care Act, which is clearly struggling as the new enrollment period draws near. After years of political and legal battles, could simple economics be the ACA's biggest problem?
John Davidson, a health policy fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, joins us on today's podcast to answer that question and others. We take a look at new enrollment projections and promises of massive premium hikes from some of the biggest insurance companies in the land.
Before that, Matt Kittle and Eric Boehm discuss the latest developments in Watchdog's ongoing coverage of the John Doe investigation in Wisconsin. It turns out that the politically-motivated investigation into Wisconsin conservatives nearly had a cross-over with another politically-motivated investigation of conservatives: the one run by Lois Lerner and the Internal Revenue Service.
All that, plus our Picks of the Liter and our Nanny State of the Week, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.
College campuses are in an uproar over....well, something.
What started out as a series of protests against perceived racial slights at the University of Missouri and perceived intolerance at Yale University have turned into full-scale media storms -- and now the protesting college students say they didn't even want the media's attention in the first place, even though they are, you know, protesting in public.
But that's not even the most head-scratching story that involves a college campus this week. Would you believe that former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky is going to get to keep receiving a state pension while serving a life sentence for sexually abusing young boys?
Matt Kittle and Eric Boehm take a look at those big stories and everything else making headlines this week.
Then, Watchdog investigative reporter Tori Richards stops by to talk about her latest expose on the EPA, which reveals the agency is pushing for clean air policies that even many national parks cannot meet. More than a dozen national parks failed the new standards, but cities and businesses are going to have to spend millions of dollars to meet the tougher regs.
All that, plus our Nanny State of the Week and our Picks Of The Liter on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.
President Barack Obama announced on Friday that he would block the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying that it's construction is not "in the nation's best interest."
But there's plenty of evidence that it is in the nation's best interest. On this edition of the Watchdog Podcast, our national energy and environmental reporter, Rob Nikolewski, sits down with Eric Boehm to discuss the president's decision and some of the consequences it will have -- politically and environmentally -- in 2016 and beyond.
While we've got Rob here, we'll also ask him about his big story from earlier this week detailing California's plan to divest its pension fund investments from coal, in the name of being "green," of course.
At the top of the show, Matt Kittle stops by to preview next week's GOP presidential debate in Milwaukee. Ben Carson is facing greater scrutiny, Jeb Bush needs a real boost and there will be two fewer candidates on the state as the greatest reality show on television returns.
Also: is Scott Walker preparing to throw his support behind Bush? Kittle gives us the inside scoop.
All that, plus our Picks of the Litter and our Nanny State of the Week, on this week's Watchdog Podcast.