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MIT’s ‘Frustrated’ Jonathan Gruber On The Merits Of The Individual Mandate

MIT’s ‘Frustrated’ Jonathan Gruber On The Merits Of The Individual Mandate
Jonathan GruberThe Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over the constitutionality of President Obama’s national health care law. At issue is the individual mandate, which requires people to pony up for coverage or face penalties. This frustrates MIT economist Jonathan Gruber (above), who was a chief architect of both the Massachusetts and the national bills. He says the mandate is the glue that holds the whole thing together.

Guest:
  Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a focus on the areas of public finance and health economics. The Washington Post has called him, “possibly the [Democratic] party's most influential health-care expert.”
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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