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The Governor and the Legislature are debating budget reductions in public, but tax cuts for business were worked out behind closed doors. We hear about that, talk about what’s become of “The Golden State,” and hear what might be next for the Los Angeles Times. On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, President Obama’s put healthcare reform at the top of the White House agenda. Would universal coverage bring cost control? As debate rages over a public option to private insurance, why is a single-payer plan off the table? 

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Will Zell Lose Control of the Tribune Company? 6 MIN, 48 SEC

Bankruptcy negotiations are under way between creditors of the Tribune Company, which owns the Los Angeles Times.  The result may well be that the current manager, billionaire Sam Zell, may lose control.  That’s according to Professor Douglas Baird, who specializes in corporate reorganization at the University of Chicago Law School.

Guests:
Douglas Baird, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

Main Topic How Did California Become Such a Dysfunctional State? 24 MIN, 25 SEC

Governor Schwarzenegger and the Legislature are in the midst of re-writing the social contract, cutting education and services to poor children, the elderly, the blind and disabled. Debates over those measures are being held in public. Big tax cuts for major corporations have already been made, but they were negotiated in private. It’s not only because of the economic decline. How did it happen in the eighth largest economy in the world, a place where living standards have attracted millions of immigrants from almost every other country?

Guests:
Steve Harmon, Contra Costa Times
Kevin Starr, Professor of History, USC

Golden Dreams

Kevin Starr

Main Topic Is This Finally the Moment for Healthcare Reform? 20 MIN

While he was still in Europe, President Obama spoke to his Saturday radio audience about healthcare reform. The President wants reform enacted before Congress goes home in August, but devilish details are not yet resolved. Insurance companies are all in favor of mandatory coverage, but an optional public plan could drive them away from the table. Some consumer groups won’t support anything but a single-payer plan. We look at policy options, politics and efforts at cost control.

Guests:
Richard Kirsch, National Campaign Manager, Health Care for America Now
Robert Zirkelbach, Spokesman, America's Health Insurance Plans
Margaret Flowers, Steering Committee member, Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care

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