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The elephant in the room when it comes to healthcare reform is cost. On the rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, we hear some astounding facts about how much money is wasted, and what Tom Daschle's withdrawal as nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services will mean to the Obama Administration.


Banner image: Former Senator Thomas Daschle (D-SD) as he arrived yesterday for a closed door meeting with Members of the Senate Finance Committee. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Producers:
Karen Radziner

Making News Daschle and Killefer Both Withdraw Due to Unpaid Taxes 17 MIN, 36 SEC

Today’s top story from Washington was a stunner: Tom Daschle’s withdrawal as President Obama’s top advisor on healthcare. The former Senator was nominated to be Secretary of Health and Human Services and a top advisor in the Obama White House.  He withdrew after a flap over his failure to pay federal taxes. Also today, Nancy Killifer withdrew her nomination as the President’s chief performance officer for similar reasons.  We get an update from reporter Ken Vogel of Politico.com.

Guests:
Ken Vogel, Politico.com (@kenvogel)

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Tom Daschle

Main Topic Healthcare Reform without Tom Daschle 8 MIN, 2 SEC

Today, as the producers of To the Point were putting together a show on healthcare reform, former Senator Tom Daschle withdrew his name as President Obama’s top healthcare advisor. Reforming the healthcare system is one of Obama’s major priorities, and Daschle was to be a major player. More than $2 trillion a year spent on healthcare, with 20% of it unnecessary or even counterproductive. Everybody knows it, but healthcare reform is still going to be very hard to achieve. That’s information every American needs to know as the latest debate on healthcare begins.

Guests:
Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times (@NoamLevey )
Paul Ginsburg, President, Center for Studying Health System Change
Robert Laszewski, President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates
Shannon Brownlee, New America Foundation (@shannonbrownlee)

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