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Medical costs are a threat to economic recovery, but some places spend more than others. Why do hospitals in LA spend more than comparable east coast institutions?  Why are some costs in Los Angeles 85% higher than they are in San Diego? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Fiat's on tap to merge with Chrysler. Will it also buy Opel from General Motors? When two big Detroit firms have been “restructured,” what kinds of cars will Americans be driving?

Main Topic Today, It's Chrysler... Tomorrow, GM? 27 MIN, 1 SEC

Big banks who've accepted billions in federal bailouts had little choice when President Obama demanded that they take "haircuts" to keep Chrysler in business. But smaller investors, including hedge funds, said no deal, and now Chrysler's reorganizing in bankruptcy court.

Guests:
Neil King, Wall Street Journal (@NKingofDC)
Bruce Belzowski, Research Scientist, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
Dan Neil, Wall Street Journal (@Danneilwsj)
John McElroy, Host, 'Autoline Detroit'

Main Topic Why Is LA Healthcare More Costly than San Diego's? 26 MIN, 26 SEC

The cost of healthcare in America is rising so fast that it threatens economic recovery.  While millions lack health insurance, some experts claim that other people get too much medical treatment. There are regional variations in medical costs, with the places that spend more not always achieving better outcomes. We hear more about the remarkable difference between certain health costs in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Guests:
Robert Kaplan, Professor and Chair of the Health Service Department, UCLA
John Wennberg, Founder and Director Emeritus, Dartmouth Institute
Tom Rosenthal, Chief Medical Officer, UCLA Medical Center
Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times (@lisagirion)

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