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PBS Collaboration Spotlights Health Care Reform Tonight

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With health care reform now the most pressing and talked-about domestic issue in America, the hallmark PBS programs Now On PBS, Tavis Smiley and Nightly Business Report are collaborating to provide a single timely and much-needed in-depth look at health care reform in America and the latest government proposals to address the issue.

The 90-minute special, PBS Special Report: Health Care Reform, will air tonight September 24, 2009, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).

The program will include late-breaking news and analysis on the health care debate and also feature cultural, political and economic insight from each program:

Now on PBS travels to Oklahoma to examine how reform may change the way we live, especially for boomers who have their own coverage, but are also responsible for aging parents and grown children. Now Senior Correspondent Maria Hinojosa meets two tight-knit families whose problems with private health insurance left them unable to get proper medical care -- and on the brink of financial ruin.

Nightly Business Report will investigate the costs and controversies of employer-provided health care and new coverage requirements many companies are adopting as a means of controlling health care.

Tavis Smiley will examine the causes and effects of childhood obesity, particularly within communities of color, and explore ways to address this health care crisis.

Watch a preview: