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July 22nd, 2009
09:58 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Fixing Health Care?

President Obama is urging Congress to move quickly to pass comprehensive health care reform.
President Obama is urging Congress to move quickly to pass comprehensive health care reform.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Did you see Pres. Obama's news conference tonight? The big focus was on his health care push. There's a lot of concern from Republicans and some Democrats over the price tag. Pres. Obama stressed again tonight that the plan will "not add to our deficit."

Mr. Obama also addressed why he's hoping to get a bill passed on Capitol Hill sooner rather than later.  "This debate is about the letters I read when I sit in the Oval Office every day, and the stories I hear at town hall meetings," he said. "This is about every family, every business, and every taxpayer who continues to shoulder the burden of a problem that Washington has failed to solve for decades."

Here's Pres. Obama's pledge to you: "We will pass reform that lowers cost, promotes choice, and provides coverage that every American can count on. And we will do it this year." And, he says it's important to get it right. The President says he won't sign a bill that adds to the deficit or a bill that won't save you money.

We'll have the highlights from the news conference and we're keeping them honest. Do the numbers add up? Will this plan not add to the deficit? And can everyone truly get health coverage? Tom Foreman separates the hype from the facts.

If you got a chance to watch the news conference tonight what do you think of the presidential pitch? Are you now sold on the plan or do you still have questions. We'll be playing extended portions of his message tonight to help you decide.

Our coverage starts at 11pm ET following CNN's special report "Black in America 2: America's Leaders." And we'll continue part of that conversation tonight with new details on the arrest of Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates. He spoke out for the first time only on CNN tonight. Hear what he has to say about the actions of a Cambridge police officer. Will Gates be taking legal action claiming racial profiling? We'll have that angle for you tonight. Gates was charged with disorderly conduct after breaking into his own home, but the charges have been dropped. And, the city has called the case "regrettable." Is that enough or should the city and police department say more?

Also tonight, some lighter fare for you. If you think politics can get ugly here in the U.S. wait until you see the big fight in the South Korean parliament. The WWE may have met its match. The video is priceless. It shows lawmakers on the attack, going for choke holds and throwing punches. Even women got into the melee. It's tonight's shot.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at a later time - 11pm ET. We hope you'll stay up and join us.


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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. James

    I have a few questions. If the government is inefficient, then why do businesses send their advertisements via USPS instead of FedEx or UPS? As far as the public healthcare plan destroying the insurance industry, why hasn’t the post office express mail service destroyed UPS and FedEx? Further, why are we comparing the Obama healthcare reform to the Canadian Universal plan, when he is only offering a public option?

    James
    Largo, FL

    July 23, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  2. Steve S

    I cannot believe we are still debating this .. this plan is fake and they are robbing us.

    July 23, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  3. Dr.A.Prakash

    Canadians are generally referred to as Americans without the gun and with a better medical system.I am amazed that those Republican ostriches in the house and the senate are hell bent upon blocking President Obama's initiatives re health care and can not see beyond their own selfish and political interests. The medical system followed in Canada is by no means perfect, but guarantees every Canadian proper medical care regardless of income or stature, Here in Canada no one declares bankruptcy or loses his house or savings to meet the soaring medical bills. We must be doing something right which ensures full medical coverage to every single Canadian. Americans need to look beyond their borders to realize that there is nothing wrong with a government run medical system

    July 23, 2009 at 7:53 am |
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