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Marketplace PM for November 4, 2004

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A heavyweight insurance decision

The federal Medicare program is considering whether to expand its coverage of obesity treatments to weight-loss surgery. Will a decision by the government ripple across the insurance industry? From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.

Arafat, and what's next in the Middle East

There are reports that Yasser Arafat's condition is worsening. Now, the Palestinian Authority must prepare for a future without him. Marketplace host David Brown speaks with Glenn Robinson of the Naval Postgraduate School about economic effects that may come from a change in leadership.

Taking an (election) beating ...

On Tuesday, those exit polls no one was supposed to see reached Wall Street. On Wednesday, some traders lost big after they placed their bets on John Kerry. Marketplace's Bob Moon looks at the risks of wagering on early returns.

How the election played in Europe

European consumers who are unhappy with President Bushs reelection are shunning some of America's best-known brands. From London, Marketplace's Stephen Beard looks into which businesses are most affected by the backlash.

Hoop Dreams!

The political season may be over, but the professional basketball season has just begun. Ticket sales are the highest they've been in years, and the NBA has product deals in over 200 two countries. Host David Brown talks with business of sports analyst Diana Nyad about the big bucks in b-ball.