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Mayor Villaraigosa proposed 1000 layoffs and the City Council topped him by adding 3000 more. What’s happening to politicians that depend on public unions for contributions? Are they recovering from a state of denial? Also, for the first time in the lengthy debate on healthcare reform, President Obama finally came up with his own plan today. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, would it increase coverage and cut costs? Can it break the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill? Will it help the Democrats regain public support in an election year?  

Banner image: This photo of LA City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana (R), listening to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, accompanied David Zanhiser's profile of Santana in today's Los Angeles Times. © Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Gary Scott

Main Topic More Financial Troubles at LA City Hall 12 MIN, 55 SEC

Budget cuts, layoffs and the sale of municipal assets are all the talk these days at Los Angeles City Hall. But that doesn't mean that Mayor Villaraigosa and the City Council are getting along. It does suggest that they're listening to the one man who works for both the executive and legislative branches of government, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana. David Zahniser profiled Santana in today's Times.

Guests:
David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (@DavidZahniser)

Main Topic President Obama Finally Comes Up with a Plan 39 MIN, 34 SEC

Last year, the President called on Congress to come up with the details of healthcare reform. Instead of debate on reduced costs and expanded coverage, attention focused on special-interest deal-making on Capitol Hill. Today, the White House website unveiled 11 pages called The President's Proposal, designed as the framework for Thursday's televised, bipartisan healthcare summit.

Guests:
Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times (@NoamLevey )
Matt Miller, Co-host, 'Left, Right & Center' (@mattmillernow)
Robert Book, Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics, Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis
Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton University (@uwejreinhardt)

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