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We are continuing our series on medical malpractice. Tonight, Randi Kaye profiles a doctor who saved a patient’s life and was sued months later for malpractice. She was cleared of all wrongdoing, but is left with the emotional trauma of the legal proceedings, and a hefty annual bill for malpractice insurance. A recent Harvard study reported that 40% of lawsuits brought against doctors are without merit. How do unfounded lawsuits affect medical treatment and the health care industry overall? We’ll dig deeper on this issue.
President Carter said he believes recent protests against President Obama are “based on racism.” He was asked specifically about Rep. Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst, but also said many Americans are demonstrating because they simply do not want an African American president. Do you think President Carter is right to assume that feelings of discontent are based on the President’s skin color? Will anyone who speaks out against President Obama’s policies be accused of being a racist? Is this happening only in the south (Joe Wilson represents South Carolina), or is that a misconception? How do you think President Obama feels about Carter’s statement, and will he address it this Sunday when appears on 5 talk shows, and as a guest on Letterman next Monday?
Michael Steele, the African American chair of the GOP, said President Carter is “flat out wrong,” and accused the Democrats of creating a distraction to take attention away from the health care debate. Steele also called on President Obama to rebuff Carter’s statement. Rep. Wilson’s son, Alan, also joined the fray to defend his father, calling the allegations “ludicrous.”
Today Sen. Max Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, presented a summary of his long-awaited health care reform bill. It would cost $856 billion over 10 years (but not add to the federal deficit), and mandate insurance coverage for every American. The plan does not include a public option, but does incorporate nonprofit health care cooperatives. After so much hype about the gang of 6 reaching a bipartisan agreement, not 1 of the 3 Republican Senators is backing Baucus’s bill! Are you surprised that they couldn’t see eye to eye?
We are also following up on the investigation into Annie Le’s murder. Police are calling Raymond Clark, a Yale University animal research technician, a “person of interest.” Authorities took DNA samples from Clark when he was in custody Tuesday, but released him today as they continue their search for evidence. Clark lives with his fiancé who also works in the Yale lab. Tonight we'll have more on Le's murder, the cause of death, and new details about Clark.
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