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Dispute over the President's Affordable Care Act has focused attention on the increasing cost of healthcare, with some procedures twice as expensive in the US as in other industrialized countries. Why is that happening? Will Obamacare make a difference? Would other spending lead to a healthier population? Also, India launches its first mission to Mars, and priceless art stolen by Nazis discovered almost by accident.

Banner image:  Jeff Kubina

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal
Gideon Brower

Making News India Launches Its First Mission to Mars 7 MIN, 50 SEC

After what's called a "textbook launch" watched by millions on TV, another rocket is on its way to the planet Mars.  If it reaches the target, India will have joined the US, Russia and Europe in the exploration of Mars. Astrophysicist Ian O'Neill is Space Science Producer for Discovery News.

Guests:
Ian O'Neill, Discovery News (@astroengine)

Main Topic The Affordable Care Act and the Skyrocketing Cost of Healthcare 34 MIN, 52 SEC

When it comes to healthcare, Americans spend a lot more than people in other industrialized countries, so why are we less healthy? Operations and treatments, from hip implants to colonoscopies, are more expensive here, and the costs are rising. Will Obamacare make a difference? It's similar to Mitt Romney's program in Massachusetts.  Are costs coming down there? Are people satisfied with their health insurance? If the US spent as much on social programs as those other industrialized countries, could a healthier population spend less on the medical system? 

Guests:
Elisabeth Rosenthal, New York Times (@nytrosenthal)
Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (@MITEcon)
David Frum, The Atlantic (@davidfrum)
Elizabeth Bradley, Yale University (@ehbyale)

The American Health Care Paradox

Elizabeth H. Bradley

Today's Talking Point Nazi-Confiscated Art Trove Recovered in Munich 8 MIN, 27 SEC

Last year, German authorities were investigating Cornelius Gurlitt for tax evasion. They found evidence that led to a raid on his Munich apartment, where they made an extraordinary discovery: 1400 paintings believed to have been confiscated by Nazis from Jews. Works of Picasso, Matisse and other masters.  Not since the end of World War II has such a collection of art been discovered. Today, they released some results of the find, as we hear from Anne Webber, co-founder and co-chair of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe.

Guests:
Anne Webber, Commission for Looted Art in Europe

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