Full Episode Oct. 24: Obamacare, NY After Bloomberg, Brooklyn History, Doris Kearns Goodwin

October 23, 2013 3:53 PMvideo

This edition of MetroFocus features some of the best segments from the past months beginning with an in-depth look at what happens now that the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is rolling out.  Reporter Rick Karr talks to the people on the frontlines who are explaining the new health care exchange and Medicaid 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 will have to manage new Medicaid enrollment and help the uninsured navigate the new insurance plans. 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.”

What changes has Mayor Michael Bloomberg made to New York’s skyline? Since 2001, New York City’s architecture and development changed dramatically.  Pi Roman talks with New York Magazine architecture critic and Pulitzer Prize-winner Justin Davidson about the city’s landscape and changes still to come “after Bloomberg.”

The two leading candidates for mayor call Brooklyn home. So 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.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, a native of Rockville Centre on Long Island, talks to Jim Paymar, host of the program Long Island Conversations, about her new book “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.”

And can one person draw all the buildings in New York? Meet James Gulliver Hancock, a young artist and author who sees more than bricks and mortar as he draws his way through the boroughs.


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.
MetroFocus talks to New York Magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson about his article on Mayor Bloomberg's concrete legacy.
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."
Host Jim Paymar interviews Doris Kearns Goodwin about growing up on Long Island, how it has informed her work, her books, movies and her upcoming book on Theodore Roosevelt & William Howard Taft.
Illustrator James Gulliver Hancock hails from Australia, but he's made it his mission to draw every building in New York City.



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