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A half-hour of television news contains less than three minutes of actual news. That's according to USC's latest report on eight LA stations. One Federal Communications Commissioner says, "I'm flat out alarmed."  Also, assessments of last night's debate between Republicans who want to be Governor. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the US has the world's most expensive system of healthcare.  Is it also the best? Would proposed reforms being debated on Capitol Hill make sure the country gets what it's paying for?

Banner image: Taken from a CBS News video, November 7, 2005

Producers:
Gary Scott
Andrea Brody
Christian Bordal

Main Topic The Debate on Healthcare Goes Down to the Wire 28 MIN, 11 SEC

The human rights group Amnesty International has published a study on the maternal healthcare crisis in the United States. "Deadly Delivery" concludes that a system often called "the best in the world" is violating the rights of American women.

Guests:
Nan Strauss, Researcher, Amnesty International
Gerard Anderson, Director, John Hopkins' Center for Hospital Finance and Management
Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton University (@uwejreinhardt)
Ed Haislmaier, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies

Main Topic Local Television News Isn't Local, Isn't News 14 MIN, 8 SEC

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps says he's "flat out alarmed" by a study of local television news by the Norman Lear Center at USC's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism. It's titled, "Local TV News in the Los Angeles Media Market: Are Stations Serving the Public Interest."

Guests:
Marty Kaplan, Director, USC's Norman Lear Center
Stacy Woelfel, Chairman, Radio, Television and Digital New Association

Reporter's Notebook Whitman, Poizner Face Off for the First Time 11 MIN, 5 SEC

In Costa Mesa last night, two Republican candidates for Governor held their first recorded debate. The Los Angeles Times reports that Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman "skipped lightly" over the state's financial mess.

Guests:
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)
Allan Hoffenblum, Hoffenblum & Associates (@WeHoGOP)

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