Marketplace AM for March 1, 2005

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Labor gets serious

The Executive Council of the AFL-CIO meets in Las Vegas today. Union leaders are getting together in the midst of heavy soul searching after the Republican sweep in last November's election. John Dimsdale reports there are also rumblings of a revolt against the organization's aging leader.

The "reform" president

Social Security may be the President's priority, but he also wants to reform Medicaid, the health program for the poor. Specifically, Bush says he wants to reign in state accounting practices that cheat the federal government. So is that happening? Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH. Also, President Bush doesn't have a plan to cover the millions of Americans without health insurance. But commentator Jonathon Weiner says some of his other policies could make an unexpected difference.

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