The U.S. government's bailout of General Motors (NYSE:GM) was wildly unpopular in some circles, but there's no doubt that it worked. GM is now solidly profitable, its cars have improved, and it has created 23,000 new U.S. jobs since exiting bankruptcy in 2009 -- with many more on the way.

But one question still lingers: When will GM pay taxpayers back? In this video, contributor John Rosevear looks at the state of GM's efforts to pay back its $49.5 billion bailout -- and at how much more GM will have to do to make taxpayers whole.

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