BTS 12/11/09: Wall Street Rescue; Health Care Reform; Chilean Elections

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On tonight’s program we begin with Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law professor charged with overseeing the government rescue of the financial system and vigilant crusader for “Main Street” talks to us about the Wall Street Rescue and what it would take to reform and curb the practices that lead to the financial meltdown. We’ll ask her about President Obama’s push for job growth without sufficient dollars to make it happen, and why maintaining profits for the finance and insurance sector trumps helping out ordinary Americans suffering from their practices.

We then talk to Washington Post Columnist and blogger Ezra Klein who will fill us in on the Senate Health Insurance Reform compromise deal and dissect the Medicare buy in for 55-64 year old age group, the fading public option, exchanges and what health care delivery reform we can and cannot expect.

And finally on tonight’s program we go to Santiago, Chile and talk to Ben Witte about the astonishing news that Dictator Augusto Pinochet ordered the poisoning of former President Eduardo Frei. Six people have been charged with the murder. This ugly news comes just as Chile goes to the polls on Sunday to elect a new President. Frei’s son – also named Eduardo Frei – is the candidate of the Concertación, which for the first time is being seriously challenged on the left and the right.

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1. Professor Elizabeth Warren is the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard University. She chairs the Congressional Oversight Panel that oversees the government's rescue of the financial and at the same time has emerged as Main Street’s greatest ally against the credit card industry and their lobbyists who keep finding ways to entrap and gouge. Matt Taibbi thinks she should run for President, others want her in charge of the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency. (and she is still teaching at Harvard!) She has written eight books and more than a hundred scholarly articles dealing with credit and economic stress. Her latest two books, The Two-Income Trap and All Your Worth, were both on national best seller lists. Warren was the Chief Adviser to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, and she was appointed as the first academic member of the Federal Judicial Education Committee. The National Law Journal has repeatedly named Professor Warren as one of the Fifty Most Influential Women Attorneys in America, and SmartMoney Magazine recently designated her one of the SmartMoney 30 for 2008.

2. Ezra Klein writes an opinionated blog on economic policy, collapsing banks, cap and trade, health care reform and pretty much anything else you can attach a chart to. His blog points to the hottest policy ideas on the Web and provides his own up-to-the-minute take. Before coming to The Post, he was an associate editor at the American Prospect. Klein appears as a guest on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and C-SPAN and lots of online radio shows.