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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? Also, the Democrats maneuver for votes on healthcare, and a new report about the collapse of Lehman Brothers raises questions about the Federal Reserve—and whether the Fed should get new authority with finance reform.

Banner image: Mary Arguedas, who does not have insurance because she can not afford it, is examined by her OB/GYN, Vivian Chona, at the Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc. on September 23, 2009 in Hialeah, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Making News Democrats Maneuver for Votes on Healthcare 7 MIN, 40 SEC

House Democrats don't like the Senate's version of healthcare reform, but want to send a bill to the White House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a solution. They can vote on a popular package of fixes, without ever voting on the measure itself. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) says the "2309-page document makes a mockery of the entire budget reconciliation process." Mary Agnes Carey is senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, which is not part of Kaiser Permanente.

Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News (@maryagnescarey)

Main Topic The Debate on Healthcare Goes Down to the Wire 36 MIN, 13 SEC

The US spends more on healthcare than any other country, but American women are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in Greece. Amnesty International calls that a violation of women's rights. What does it say about a healthcare system often called "the best in the world?" Would the reforms being debated in Congress improve medical outcomes? Would they provide better access? How about reducing the increase in costs? As the Senate and Congress wrangle over details, we hear about possible trade-offs and the prospects of doing nothing at all. 

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

Reporter's Notebook Revelations about Lehman's, Just the Tip of the Iceberg? 6 MIN, 53 SEC

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) is taking finance reform to the full Senate, with new authority for the Federal Reserve. But questions have arisen about what the Fed's done with authority it already has. Last week's report about the collapse of Lehman Brothers two years ago revealed practices that could have deceived investors about the firm's health. What did auditors from the Fed and Securities Exchange Commission know about that — and when did they know it?  Robert Teitelman is editor and chief of The Deal and The Deal Pipeline.

Robert Teitelman, Editor and Chief, The Deal and The Deal Pipeline

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