The Debate on Healthcare Goes Down to the Wire

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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