Marketplace for Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Episode Description 

Health care costs can be hard to define

No issue has gotten more attention in the health care debate than cost. Are we spending too much? Not enough? Gregory Warner reports on why the subject of cost is easier to debate than define.
Posted In: Health

Letters from our listeners

Marketplace listeners comment on Edward Demming, black colleges, our interview with novelist Lionel Shriver, and disrespect for a person's favorite car (Yugo girl!).

Virginia commuters are in a capital jam

In Washington, D.C.'s Virginia suburbs, commutes of two hours each way are not uncommon. That puts a huge strain on local businesses, which are beginning to blame the state's Republican leaders. David Schultz reports.
Posted In: Travel

EU to help get Greece out of tough spot

European finance ministers have come up with a plan to help Greece avoid default, should its debt crisis reach that point. Marketplace's European correspondent Stephen Beard explains the details with Kai Ryssdal.

Student loan biz not looking too healthy

Congress's health care overhaul includes a proposal to let the federal government hand out student loans directly, effectively eliminating the entire student loan industry. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Education

Putting a price on rebuilding Haiti

Authorities in Haiti say post-quake reconstruction efforts over the next three years will cost $11.5 billion. What kind of a country can be built with that amount of money? Brett Neely reports.

China's play with money seen as threat

Some members of Congress want stiff penalties levied against China for manipulating the value of its currency to boost its exports and make U.S. imports harder to sell. Bob Moon reports.

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