Stories From This Week's Episode
March 30, 2012
The Golden State continues to play a big role in election year fundraising as Rick Santorum channels Ronald Reagan at the Jelly Belly Factory, Mitt Romney racks up endorsements and cash from high-level California Republicans and First Lady Michelle Obama fetes big donors in San Francisco. In a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress passes the JOBS Act; a package of measures easing financial regulations for "emerging growth" companies. The impact could be enormous for Silicon Valley start-ups and entrepreneurs. During three days of U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act tough questioning by justices raises the possibility the individual mandate may not stand. With the landmark decision expected in June, the political implications for the 2012 election are tremendous.
- Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle
- Michelle Quinn, Politico
- David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times
If the U.S. Supreme Court rules the individual health insurance mandate constitutional, 6.9 million previously uninsured Californians are expected to flood the healthcare system in 2014. Glide Health Services, a community clinic in the heart of San Francisco's Tenderloin, provides primary care for some 3,000 patients a year. Staffed almost exclusively by nurse practitioners, it's the largest clinic of its kind on the West Coast. Pat Dennehy, the clinic's director, is gaining national attention for her innovative approach to providing low-cost, high quality care at a time when the state of California needs all the options it can get.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.