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Obamacare Rolls Out in California and the Current Role of Organized Labor

Fri, October 25, 2013

Obamacare Rolls Out in California
As technical glitches hobble the rollout of new health care exchanges around the country under the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), California's customized system has been earning higher marks. But despite the law's goal of increasing access to health insurance, some Californians are bracing themselves for a marked increase in the cost of their coverage.

Additional Information: Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians

The Role of Labor Unions
Commuters may be relieved that BART trains are running again, but the strike and an ongoing labor dispute at AC Transit have raised new questions about the role of unions in the current economy and workplace. Labor leaders say they are fighting to preserve living wages for all workers while critics say they have lost relevance. Thuy Vu talks with Harley Shaiken, a labor analyst at UC Berkeley.

Ann Ravel Goes to Washington
In her final week as chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, Ann Ravel scored a major victory. The commission announced a record fine against two nonprofits that funneled millions of dollars into last year's election without disclosing their donors. A former Santa Clara County counsel, Ravel starts her new job at the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C. next week. Scott Shafer spoke to Ravel about the challenges ahead for campaign finance reform.

Further Report: California's Top Political Watchdog Leaves With a Bang


  • Lisa Aliferis, KQED health editor
  • Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group reporter
  • Sarah Varney, Kaiser Health News reporter

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