Repeal Of ACA’s Individual Mandate Might Have Less Of A Negative Impact Than Originally Thought, High Consumer Confidence Despite Closings, Best Books Of 2017

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We take a look at why consumer confidence may be doing well despite many brick and mortar stores facing closures, discuss the best books of the year and we talk about the impact the repeal of the individual mandate might have on health care policy.

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  • Repeal Of ACA's Individual Mandate Might Have Less Of A Negative Impact Than Originally Thought

    Congressional Republicans included a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate in their tax overhaul plan that passed this month. Health care advocates have long worried that the loss of the individual mandate could signal the end of the ACA. But new analysis shows it might not have as big of an impact as previously feared. We speak with Philip Rocco, political scientist at Marquette University and author of Obamacare Wars, about the news.

  • As Consumer Confidence Soars, Box Stores Shutter

    A record number of stores closed this year, from retailers like Kmart, Sears, JCPenney and Gap, even as consumer confidence is the highest it’s been in 17 years. So, what’s going on? Is the retail market in trouble? An expert shares her take.

  • Reading Through Some Of 2017's Best Books

    As we wrap up 2017, we take a look at some of the best books of the year. If you’re a fan of fiction, non-fiction, biographies and more, this year had a lot of offerings. Mark Rotella, Senior Editor at Publisher’s Weekly, joins us to talk about some literary standouts of the year.

    What were some of your favorite books this year? What books would you like to learn more about? What literary trends did you see emerge this year?

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Episode Credits

  • Judith Siers-Poisson Host
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Gretchen Brown Producer
  • Philip Rocco Guest
  • Dee Warmath Guest
  • Mark Rotella Guest

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