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One-third of California's old cars are failing surprise smog tests, even though they were passed by inspection stations within the past year. We hear about old technology, fraud and efforts to reinvent the smog testing system. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, with President Barack Obama presiding, Democrats and Republicans hashed out the details of healthcare reform for several hours across the street from the White House. We look at the possible impact of today's televised "summit." 

Banner image: A mechanic prepares to give a smog check. Photo: David Paul Morris/Getty Images

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Christian Bordal
Darrell Satzman

Main Topic Healthcare: Policy and Partisan Politics 35 MIN, 58 SEC

Some 40 Democrats and Republicans joined the televised healthcare summit today, with President Obama asking not where they differed but where they agreed. The President began today’s summit claiming that politics has trumped common sense. The Republicans responded that restructuring 17% of the economy is too ambitious for a single 2400-page bill. Will a rare chance for voters to see elected officials tackle the details of substantive issues make any difference on Capitol Hill or in this year’s elections?

Guests:
Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal (@hookjan)
Ruth Marcus, Columnist, Washington Post
Gary Langer, ABC News (@LangerResearch)
John Feehery, QGA Public Affairs (@JohnFeehery)
Anna Greenberg, Vice President, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research

Main Topic California Aims to Crack Down on Smog Testing Stations 16 MIN, 44 SEC

California's dirty air cost $193 million in medical care from 2005 until 2007. The State Air Resources Board has released a finding that 70 tons of pollutants are released every day from older cars that supposedly passed their smog tests.

Guests:
Dimitri Stanich, Public Information Officer, California Air Resources Board
Mike Eng, California State Assemblyman (D-San Gabriel Valley)
Dennis DeCota, Executive Director, California Service Station and Automotive Repair Association

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