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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: Subsidies and ACA; Harrisburg parking; abandoned building photography

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 24, 2014 2:59 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday July 25, 2014:

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Two federal court rulings have many wondering about the future of a significant aspect of the Affordable Care Act.  One court said residents of states that purchase health insurance through the federal marketplace may not receive government subsidies for their premiums.  Then later the same day, another court ruled they could.

The bottom line – for now – is almost 260,000 Pennsylvanians will continue to be able to take advantage of subsidized premiums while the court cases are appealed.

Antoinette Kraus, director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network appears on Friday’s Smart Talk to shed light on the situation.

Also, a business closed in downtown Harrisburg recently saying the changes in parking that include higher rates and fines, were partly to blame.  Are businesses being impacted by customers not wanting to pay more for parking?

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Tara Leo Auchey from Today's the Day Harrisburg and Staci Basore, owner of the restaurant Mangia Qui

Today’s the Day Harrisburg’s Tara Leo Auchey and Staci Basore, owner of the restaurant Mangia Qui will provide some insight.


Finally on Friday’s program, architectural photographer Matthew Christopher of Mt. Gretna photographs abandoned structures for a series he calls Abandoned America.  We’ll talk with him about his

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Courtesy Matthew Christopher

unique view through a camera lens.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-25 08:30

    Thomas Hauck from Manheim Township writes:

    this is just a comment,
    i live in lancaster county, i go into lancaster city once a year. black friday, only to dine. even then i will not pay for the right to park. then shop. i will park a few blocks away and walk.

    regarding kiosks for parking, i could not understand putting them in, esp in the winter if snow is on the street how do you know the number of the spot.

    thank you

  • John H. img 2014-07-25 08:42

    That 5 or 6 Dollars for parking after 5pm, I'd rather put it towards an appetizer at a restaurant where I can park for free.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-25 08:58

    Rosalind Lewis from Womelsdorf:

    I, a grandmother, took 4 grandchildren to Harrisburg from Womelsdorf We found the new meters novel and easy to use. I had a problem getting used to the systerm: my 15 yr old granddaughter filled in the info and completed the transactions immediately. We were impressed by the scope of the meter, e.g. adding more time.