MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30.
PROGRAM # 7078 12:00 PM PT
OBAMACARE BATTLE. The Republican-led House of Representatives voted to defund the Affordable Care Act, sparking a battle that could shut down the federal government. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) followed up with a marathon filibuster speech against “Obamacare” in the Senate. Still, the Senate agreed to consider a bill that will keep the government temporarily open. Current funding for all federal agencies expires on October 1st and the clock is ticking for lawmakers. This segment explores the politics behind this new battle.
GUESTS: Israel Ortega, Spokesperson, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC, http://www.heritage.org/; Alicia Criado, Policy Associate, Economic and Employment Policy Project, National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC, http://www.nclr.org.
ALSO, FOOD STAMPS IN PERIL. Most of the 48 million Americans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program are children, the elderly and the disabled. But funding for this safety net is being threatened. The question is, how much? The Senate voted to slash about $4 billion and the House recently approved a staggering $40 billion in cuts. This program takes a look at the negotiations in Washington, DC, and the impact on regular citizens of the new cuts to the main feeding program in the nation.
GUEST: Dulce Gamboa, Associate for Latino Relations, Bread for the World, Washington, DC, www.bread.org.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1.
PROGRAM # 7079 12:00 PM PT
HEALTH MARKETPLACES OPEN TODAY. After years of preparations, October 1st marks the launch of a six-month period when consumers can shop for health insurance through new marketplaces nationwide. Consumers will be able to apply for tax credit subsidies, and access insurance plans with lower costs than previously expected. This option will be open to 10.2 million Latinos, many of who are currently uninsured. We talk with sources around the country on what consumers should expect, and how to navigate the market exchange in states with different systems.
GUEST: David Parra, Director of Community Outreach, AARP Arizona, Peoria, AZ, http://www.aarp.org; others TBD.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2.
PROGRAM # 7080 12:00 PM PT
LATINO STARS SING FOR REFORM. The legendary Norteño band Los Tigres del Norte and Puerto Rican singer Olga Tañón are headlining a free immigration reform concert at the National Mall in Washington DC on October 8th. Another event, on October 5th, seeks to mobilize demonstrators in more than 80 cities during the National Day for Dignity and Respect to push immigration reform to the front burner of a reticent House of Representatives. Lead organizers, including the first-ever Latina international Vice President of the largest healthcare union in North America, discuss their plans. The star musicians are also invited to be on this program.
GUESTS: Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, Casa Maryland, Silver Spring, MD, www.casademaryland.org/; Rocío Saenz, International Executive Vice President, SEIU, Washington, DC, http://www.seiu.org. Others TBA.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3.
PROGRAM # 7081 12:00 PM PT
LATINA SUCCESS AT WORK. A majority of Latinas continue to be among the lowest paid workers in the U.S., earning less on average than African American and Anglo women. Other challenges for many Latina women include unsafe work environments, and fewer opportunities. Rose Castillo Guilbault, who went from working in the fields as a teenager to becoming a top journalist and corporate executive, has experienced in her own life the many obstacles facing Latina women. In a recent book, she shares tips on how Latinas can rise to the top, and challenge cultural and other inequities that may sabotage their success.
GUEST: Rose Castillo Guilbault, Author, The Latina’s Guide to Success in the Workplace, Oakland, CA.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4.
PROGRAM # 7082 12:00 PM PT
MEXICO EDITION. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts the program Voz Pública from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on Mexican developments