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White House Update: Health Care, Budget Deficit, “Stress Tests” on Banks


Aired 5/12/09

What are the top stories coming out of the White House this week? We speak to NPR White House Correspondent Scott Horsley about a plan to reduce healthcare costs, the $1.8 trillion budget deficit for this year, and the highlights from the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

Maureen Cavanaugh: People may disagree on the policies of the new president, but most everyone would admit he's had a lot going on in the last four months. From stimulus bills, to the stock market, to Supreme Court nominees, to pirates. The first 100 days-plus of Barack Obama's term have certainly been eventful. And covering that term has also been eventful for the reporters assigned to the White House.

This week, for example the president has announced some support from health care industry leaders to reduce costs, all the while he's trying to shore up support for his $3.5 trillion budget proposal. Trying to understand all that and translate it to the public, is why my next guest gets the big bucks.


Scott Horsley, White House correspondent for NPR News.

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