Episode #188: Who Knew That Health Care Was So Complicated?

Seven years of promising to get rid of Obamacare have brought the Republican Party to a place where they did not expect to be.  In charge of the House, Senate AND the White House, the GOP nonetheless conceded this week that they don’t have the votes to change America’s health care policy.  Carl Hulse of the New York Times outlines everything that went wrong for President Trump and his party.

There’s a special Senate race going on in Alabama this year, and it’s a doozy.  It’s to fill the seat once held by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  The question isn’t whether the Republicans will keep the seat; the state is ruby Red.  But, as Alabama political columnist Steve Flowers notes, there’s no guarantee that Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill Sessions’ seat and who has the backing of Mitch McConnell and the Washington establishment, will win.  The primary is Aug. 15 and the runoff is Sept. 26.

And we go back 48 years, to the summer of 1969, when Sen. Edward Kennedy drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts.  He escaped but his passenger, a single woman by the name of Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned.  Stephen Kurkjian, a Pulitzer Prize winner when he worked for the Boston Globe — but then a cub reporter for the Globe, covering Chappaquiddick — recounts the events of that tragedy and ponders the questions still unanswered.

Photo via AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Music used in this podcast:

Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen

It’s Over by Roy Orbison

Power and the Passion by Midnight Oil

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles

Watching and Waiting by The Moody Blues

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