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Sicko, the latest film by Michael Moore, is a scathing attack on America’s for-profit health care system. Few people have seen the film, but already it’s being denounced as a call for “socialized medicine.” Is that slogan distorting debate on a crucial issue? What are the pros and cons of single-payer, government run health systems? On Reporter's Notebook, Vice President Cheney claims he’s immune from both Congressional probes and Executive orders.  Is he his own branch of government?   

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper
Dan Konecky
Vanessa Romo

Reporter's Notebook Could Cheney Not be Part of the Executive Branch? 6 MIN, 47 SEC

To prevent Congress from poking into his business, Vice President Cheney has often invoked claims of Executive Privilege. Now he’s resisting a Presidential order on classified information. Can he have it both ways?

Guests:
Garrett Epps, University of Baltimore School of Law

Making News Bilateral US-North Korean relations warming up? 6 MIN, 2 SEC

The President's envoy to North Korea is just back from his first trip to that country, full of optimism that "complete denuclarization" will be achieved.

Guests:
Glenn Kessler, Washington Post (@GlennKesslerWP)

Main Topic Michael Moore, Insurance Companies and 'Socialized Medicine' 35 MIN, 12 SEC

Michael Moore's latest film Sicko dramatizes the sometimes deadly shortcomings of America's health care system. When people who have insurance are denied payment by a profit-oriented bureaucracy, they either pay the bills and go bankrupt or go without medical treatment that could save their lives.  Sicko advocates abolishing insurance companies and regulating the drug industry. It also embraces a Canadian-style, government-run health care system, the kind that advocates of the status quo denounce as "socialized medicine."

Guests:
Phyllis Richardson, Design book editor
David Gratzer, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute
Ezekiel Emanuel, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania

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