This Week on Between The Lines

Posted March 29, 2017 for week ending April 7, 2017


"We're spending more, almost twice, what any other country spends – and they're covering all of their citizens – and we're leaving anywhere from 20 million to 50 million people uninsured"

– Dr. Carol Paris, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, on how poorly the current U.S. health care system fares in health care coverage, compared with other developed nations

Listen to the entire program using these links, or to individual interviews via the links appearing prior to each segment description below.

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GOP's Failure to Replace Obamacare Opens Space to Debate Medicare-For-All System

MP3 Interview with Carol Paris, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, conducted by Scott Harris


Despite having a strong majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party failed in their effort to pass the American Health Care Act, their proposed replacement for Obamacare. After so many years of overblown rhetoric condemning President Obama’s signature health care achievement, and passing more than 60 bills to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, it was stunning to see the GOP utterly fail in their effort.  Story continues

Progressive Groups Pressure Senate Democrats to Block Trump Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

MP3 Interview with Jim Dean, chairman of the group Democracy for America, conducted by Scott Harris


Since the death of the Supreme Court's most ardent conservative Antonin Scalia on Feb. 13 last year, his seat has been vacant. That’s because Republicans who control the Senate blocked a hearing or vote on President Obama’s nominee Judge Merrick Garland. The unprecedented decision by the GOP to deny Obama a nomination to an open seat on the high court has bred resentment among Democrats and poisoned the atmosphere surrounding President Trump’s recent nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy.  Story continues

Local and Climate Activists Unite to Oppose Atlantic Coast Pipeline

MP3 Excerpt of rally speech by Connie Leeper, organizing director with the environmental group NC WARN, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus


Over the course of two weeks in March, climate and community activists walked most of the 200 miles of the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast pipeline across eastern North Carolina. The 550-mile $5 billion pipeline project, slated to transport fracked natural gas, would traverse three states: North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. According to Duke Energy, which owns the gas, and Dominion Resources, which would build the pipeline, the project is designed to increase the supply of gas to the region, and lower prices.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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