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Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California want to raise health insurance rates by 20 to 26%--despite the promises of the President’s Affordable Care Act.  Should the insurance commissioner Dave Jones have the power to deny the increases—as regulators in other states can?  

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper
Anna Scott

Main Topic Obama Puts His Money on Hagel 21 MIN, 11 SEC

As President Obama proposes a new security team, fellow Republicans are unloading on former Senator Chuck Hagel, the choice for secretary of defense. Nebraska’s former Senator, Chuck Hagel, is President Obama’s choice to succeed Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense.  He’s aroused the wrath of fellow Republicans, who are calling him “anti-gay” and “anti-Semitic.”  But one reporter says Hagel’s real “sin” was being right about President Bush and the war in Iraq. Does Israel need “tough love” from the US?  What about deep cuts in the Pentagon? 

Banter California Health Insurers Request Big Rate Increases 18 MIN, 7 SEC

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California want to raise health insurance rates by 20 to 26%--despite the promises of the President’s Affordable Care Act.  Should the insurance commissioner Dave Jones have the power to deny the increases—as regulators in other states can? 

Guests:
Dave Jones, California State Insurance Commissioner
Patrick Johnston, California Association of Health Plans (@calhealthplans)
Shana Alex Lavarreda, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Making News Gov Brown Wants Feds to Give Back Control of Prisons 11 MIN, 48 SEC

Governor Brown picks a fight with the federal courts over the health and safety of inmates, claiming that California prisons aren’t overcrowded any more.

Due to overcrowding and a sometimes fatal lack of health care, federal courts seized partial control of prisons in California.  Governor Schwarzenegger ordered that inmates be sent to other states.  Today, Governor Brown said the prison population has been reduced enough… 

Guests:
Denny Walsh, Reporter, Sacramento Bee
Joan Petersilia, Stanford Criminal Justice Center

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