Full Episode Sept. 24: Affordable Care Act, History of Brooklyn, American Graduate Day

September 25, 2013 3:20 PMvideo

This edition of MetroFocus features an in-depth look at what happens next as the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, rolls out on October 1. Reporter Rick Karr talks to the people on the frontlines who will have to explain the new health care exchange rules in New York. Karr visits The Floating Hospital in Long Island City, one of the city’s oldest hospitals serving the poor, where the staff is gearing up to help the uninsured navigate the new insurance plans and walks viewers through the online process New York is using.

Host Rafael Pi Roman follows up with an in-studio discussion with Avik Roy, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Jim Tallon, President of the United Hospital Fund of New York. Roy tells Pi Roman, “Globally across the country, on average people will see rates increase.” But Tallon warns, “Beware of averages!” Tallon says, “The most important message is, if you’re looking for health insurance coverage, go visit the exchange, visit the marketplace and see how it works for you.”

Now that the two leading candidates for mayor call Brooklyn home, what do we need to know about the borough? Longtime Brooklyn historian John Manbeck joins the program to talk about his new book, “Chronicles of Historic Brooklyn,” and Brooklyn’s journey from a separate city to home of the hipsters.

Almost a year after Superstorm Sandy, NJ Today reporter Desiree Taylor takes us back to Belmar, on the Jersey Shore, where residents are still struggling to get back into their homes. As part of our Listening In series, we hear from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the third annual New York Times “Schools for Tomorrow” conference. In conversation with The Times’ David Leonhardt, Duncan says “…. the progress is real but I feel a huge sense of urgency, we are nowhere near where we need to go.”

And, staying on the subject of graduation rates, you’ll see an excerpt from the upcoming live, seven-hour PBS broadcast, “American Graduate Day,” to be broadcast from the WNET Tisch studios on September 28th. The multi-platform event is back for its second year, this time with a focus on volunteers. MetroFocus brings you a preview of one of the featured organizations: the Queens Central Library Discovery Center in Jamaica, Queens where the activities and programs are anything but quiet.

Watch the individual MetroFocus segments below and stay up to date on MetroFocus news from the New York region on Twitter.

With opening day for New York's health exchanges less than a week away, one of the biggest questions has become how more than two and a half million New Yorkers who need insurance will know where to buy it.
Rafael Pi Roman interviews John Manbeck about his new book, "Chronicles of Historic Brooklyn," a collection of essays about Brooklyn excerpted from Manbeck's weekly columns in "The Brooklyn Daily Eagle."
Belmar’s mayor estimates there are still about two dozen families that have not been able to return to their homes.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan addresses high school graduation rates at the New York Times' Schools for Tomorrow Conference.
American Graduate Day features the Childrens' Library Discovery Center at Queens Library as part of this year's programming on the nation's dropout crisis.


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