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Stateside for Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

In the past decade, health care price transparency has become a hot topic. On today’s program we shed some light on why some hospitals in the same city or state charge thousands more for the same procedure. And what you can do to compare prices. Then later in the hour, the story of why John Lennon sang to free Michigan-native and poet John Sinclair.

But first, emergency unemployment benefits, and Senatorial "jitters" over an Enbridge oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac.

Both are issues consuming attention from Michigan's Congressional delegation.

Let's start with the fact that more than a week ago, a federal unemployment benefits program expired leaving 1.3 million jobless Americans without aid. Some 45,000 of them are here in Michigan.

The program is the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program,EUC for short. Here in Michigan, the EUC added 36 more weeks to the state's regular 20 weeks of benefits.

On Capitol Hill today, Democrats are trying to pressure House Republicans to extend the program for three more months.

Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler joins us now to tell us more about this bid to revive the EUC.

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