Marketplace Morning Report
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Airing on Thursday, June 25, 2015: First up, a briefing you might want to hear from someone who has been watching the Greek debt negotiations very closely. Nicholas Spiro, managing director of Spiro Sovereign Risk, a consultancy that focuses on the risks countries face based on their debt, joins us with more. Plus, the federal health insurance law could be thrown into turmoil by the U.S. Supreme Court, meaning states could find themselves facing pressure to extend Obamacare in some way. And as we find out, that creates a business opportunity for some.
Airing on Wednesday, June 24, 2015: Senate is expected to clear fast-track authority legislation and send it to the president today. Big labor has gotten the blame or credit, for tough opposition against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The question is: how might they influence the trade deal going forward? Plus, a mega-merger in Europe may seem far away until you realize what it could mean for what you pay for food in America. More on that. And when it comes to providing social services as a way to head off health costs, it’s not one-size-fits-all. It’s one-size-fits-one. We dig into the type of high-intensity interventions that make a difference in the lives of complicated patients.
Airing on Tuesday, June 23, 2015: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley declared that the Confederate Flag should be removed from the statehouse grounds there. Now, Wal-Mart is saying its removing all confederate flag merchandise from its stores. More on that. And congress gets to work this week figuring what to do with federal education funding for next year. A lot is on the chopping block, including grants for improving math and science education and school safety, as well as Title I funds for low-income students. Plus, there’s an increasingly popular theory that underlying problems like poverty, addiction and social isolation drive some patients to be hospitalized and use the ER more. Some doctors, hospitals and insurance companies believe by addressing those you can improve health and save money. So why do skeptics outnumber the optimists?
Airing on Monday, June 22, 2015: Market participants are placing big bets that the Greece debt crisis is about to resolve itself. But are those positions premature? More on that. And patients who are very sick and very tough to treat have been a moneymaker for healthcare providers who get paid by the number of services provided. But with a system that rewards quality not quantity, the best way to make money right now is to save money. We'll hear about a program in Dallas that says its done just that by matching the right care with the right patient.
Airing on Friday, June 19, 2015: Just in case, Greeks are increasingly taking money out of the bank. We check in with Marketplace's Stephen Beard on the $3 billion that has pulled out of banks there this week alone. Plus, the online marketplace Etsy has been trying to win back the favor of investors — its stock has fallen by about half since its IPO in April. Now the company is trying a new crowdfunding system where Etsy users can put up money to help promising businesses get off the ground. Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson joins us to talk about where the company started, and where it is headed next.
Airing on Thursday, June 18, 2015: European finance ministers are meeting today to what to do about the situation in Greece. We'll talk about what action, if any, can be expected out of this meeting. And bird flu is sending the price of eggs higher, but oddly enough, it’s sending chicken prices lower. We'll talk about why. Plus, what happens when most of your city workers can’t afford to live in the city? We take a closer look at Marin County in California, where the high median home price forces many workers to commute from elsewhere.