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Healthcare reform is front and center again on Capitol Hill with big-time political risks for both Democrats and Republicans. We look at Republican efforts to repeal the President's healthcare reform. Also, Chinese President Hu Jintao meets with Congressional leaders, and a splashy announcement today by Walmart, endorsed by Michelle Obama. Will it mean better nutrition for American children?

Banner image: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at a news conference where Republican members of the House displayed petitions Americans have signed demanding the repeal of healthcare legislation January 18, 2011 in Washington, DC. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Second Civil War

Ronald Brownstein

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner

Main Topic Healthcare, the Congress and Presidential Politics 36 MIN, 22 SEC

As promised during last year's campaign, House Republicans have voted unanimously to repeal the President's healthcare reform. Three Democrats joined the 242 Republicans yesterday to pass what's officially called the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. Democrats, who control the Senate, have said they won't even allow a vote on the measure, trumpeting the benefits they say would be lost. If it did pass in the Upper House, it would face a presidential veto. As both parties strategize for next year's presidential campaign, attorneys general in 26 states have taken the matter to federal court. What are the political risks for both sides?  What's at stake for the federal deficit, job growth and business, and coverage for 30 million uninsured Americans?  

Guests:
Ron Brownstein, National Journal (@RonBrownstein)
James Gelfand, Senior Manager of Health Policy, US Chamber of Commerce
Ezra Klein, Washington Post (@ezraklein)
Chris Littleton, Littleton and Associates (@clittleton)
Ron Pollack, Families USA (@FamiliesUSA)

Reporter's Notebook Walmart's Plan to Sell Healthier Foods 6 MIN, 45 SEC

Walmart sells more groceries than any other American company, enough to make it a major force in shaping the marketplace. Today, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared with Walmart officials, including Walmart President and CEO Bill Simon, as the company announced a five-year plan to make packaged foods healthier and fruits and vegetables cheaper. The announcement was made at a community center in Washington's Anacostia neighborhood. Kim Severson, who writes about nutrition for the New York Times, is the author of Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, due out in paper in March.

Guests:
Kim Severson, New York Times (@kimseverson)

Spoon Fed

Kim Severson

Making News President Hu Meets with Congressional Leaders 7 MIN, 41 SEC

After the toasts and tributes at the Obama White House, China's President Hu Jintao got a mixture of international diplomacy and domestic politics on Capitol Hill as he met with leaders of both the House and the Senate. That's according to Helene Cooper, diplomatic correspondent for the New York Times.

Guests:
Helene Cooper, Diplomatic Correspondent, New York Times

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