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President Obama talked free trade today in Canada, where the government pays for healthcare. On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we find out what his trip was about and hear a debate that's not happening in Washington.  Also, in the wee hours of this morning, the logjam broke in Sacramento to the tune of $42 billion. But the fight is not over.  Governor Schwarzenegger will have to go back on the campaign trail.   

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton

Main Topic Obama Crosses the Border, Canada's Single-payer Health Plan 26 MIN

Barack Obama crossed into Canada today on his first foreign trip as President.  But he spent just a few hours and made no public appearances. Canada’s single-payer system is a model for many US healthcare reformers, but some of the major players in Washington have declared that it’s “off the table.”

Guests:
L. Ian MacDonald, former Head of Public Affairs, Canadian Embassy in the US
Stephen Clarkson, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Toronto
Jonathan Riskind, Washington Bureau Chief, Columbus Dispatch
Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times (@NoamLevey )
Alan Cassels, health policy researcher, University of Victoria
David Gratzer, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute

Main Topic California's Budget Madness Comes to a Close...Sorta 26 MIN

Twelve billion dollars in tax increases, $15 billion in spending cuts, $11 billion in borrowing? In the wee hours of this morning, despite the knowledge that as a Republican he would face “dire political ramifications,” State Senator Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria finally said, yes, acknowledging that “the ramifications for the people of California are far much greater.” So, you might think it’s all over. After all the wrangling, it’s still possible the state could run out of money. Crucial parts of the $42 billion deal will have to be approved by the voters. 

Guests:
Barbara O'Connor, Cal State Sacramento's Institute for the Study of Politics and Media
Jon Fleischman, Breitbart California (@FlashReport)
David McCuan, Professor of Political Science, Sonoma State University
Anthony Wright, Health Access California (@healthaccess)
David Pettit, Natural Resources Defense Council (@TeamAir)
Anthony York, Grizzly Bear Project (@anthonyyork49)

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