Government Shutdown & the Affordable Care Act
You may be wondering what the Affordable Care Act has to do with passing the nation’s budget. Technically, nothing. But congressional democrats and republicans are at odds over language in this year’s budget that seeks to defund the sweeping healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare. And, as the two sides battle over the budget, the federal government heads into shutdown the same day the ACA’s health marketplace exchanges begin enrollment. To understand where congress stands in its budget negotiations
we’re speaking with Capital Public Radio Washington D.C. Reporter Matt Laslo. Then, we’ll speak with HD Palmer of the California Department of Finance about the impact a federal shutdown will have in the state. And finally, Capital Public Radio’s Healthcare Reporter Pauline Bartolone will explain how the first day of enrollment in California’s health benefits exchange Covered California
is going, despite the turmoil in Washington.
to find out who will be affected by the federal government shutdown.
News Network: Stockton
The City of Stockton now has a plan to get out of bankruptcy
, which city officials could approve as soon as Thursday, October 3. The only catch is that the plan assumes voters will approve a .75 cent sales tax in a November election
. If they don’t, the city may have to close libraries and fire stations. Also, critics worry the plan doesn’t do enough to correct unfunded city pensions, which could drag the city back into bankruptcy in less than five years. Joining us for this week’s News Network to help explain the city’s plan of adjustment and the proposed tax measure is Stockton Record Columnist Michael Fitzgerald
“My Own Stranger” Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Anne Sexton
battled her own mental illness and became one of America’s most famous poets before she committed suicide at age 45. Now, Sacramento’s fringe theater company KOLT Run Creations
is taking on the life of Anne Sexton in the critically-acclaimed play “My Own Stranger,”
based on Sexton’s struggles with personal demons, recovery, and relapses. And to complement the imaginative and unique adaptation of “My Own Stranger,” Kolt is performing the show, not in a theater, but in art galleries throughout Sacramento. Opening October 3, the first weekend of performances will be at the Alex Bult Gallery (www.alexbultgallery.com
), followed by a one-night performance on October 7 at the Sacramento Poetry Center (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org
). The following performances will be at Sol Collective (www.solcollective.org
) on October 10 through October 11 and Gallery 2110 (www.gallery2110.com
) on October 17 through October 18. The final performance will take place in the historic Ballroom at the Crocker Art Museum (www.crockerartmuseum.org
) on October 24, when the museum will be featuring the work of Kara Walker and Julie Heffernan.