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Unemployment in California is increasing the number of people who don't have health insurance and driving up costs for those who do. Also, Democrats say they're baffled because Governor Schwarzenegger has vetoed spending reductions, including some he proposed himself. Republicans say they were “parlor tricks.” On our rebroadcast of today/s To the Point, the Obama Administration is making nice with Israel today -- at least in public -- but tensions are still high over housing plans in East Jerusalem and American credibility in the Middle East. We hear from Jerusalem and Washington.

Banner image: Supporters of healthcare reform hold a rally today outside the Saban Free Clinic in Los Angeles, California on the eve of this weekend's historic vote on the reform of the US health system. Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Main Topic The Growing Ranks of California's Uninsured 18 MIN, 45 SEC

In the past two years, almost 2 million Californians lost their health insurance, a 25% increase. The total is now 8 million people, one-quarter of all residents over the age of 65. That's according to a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. We hear from health and hospital policy experts and the lead author of the UCLA study.

Guests:
Shana Alex Lavarreda, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Jim Lott, Executive Vice President, Hospital Association of Southern California
Michael Cousineau, Associate Professor of Research, USC's Keck School of Medicine

Main Topic The US and Israel: How Deep Are the Differences? 27 MIN, 44 SEC

When Vice President Biden was in Israel last week, the Netanyahu government announced new plans for Jewish housing in East Jerusalem. The aftermath included yesterday’s Palestinian “day of rage” and diplomatic outrage from the Obama administration toward Israel.

Guests:
Glenn Kessler, Washington Post (@GlennKesslerWP)
Bradley Burston, Ha'aretz (@bradleyburston)
Barry Rubin, Director, Global Research in International Affairs Center
Ron Kampeas, JTA (@kampeas)
Mark Perry, author, 'The Most Dangerous Man in America' (@markperrydc)

Making News Budget Negotiations off to Rocky Start in Sacramento 6 MIN, 24 SEC

With a state deficit of $20 billion, Governor Schwarzenegger called a special session in January, so the Legislature could get a head start on the budget. The Democrats passed $4 billion in cuts but their bills have now been vetoed, even though they contained provisions much like those proposed by the Governor himself. Shane Goldmacher reports on the State Capitol for the LA Times.

Guests:
Shane Goldmacher, National Journal (@ShaneGoldmacher)

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