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December 17th, 2009
09:47 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/17/09

Tonight on 360°, crunch time for Pres. Obama. He's on his way to Copenhagen where there's no guarantee a deal will be signed to climate change policy. Plus, there's the fight on Capitol Hill over health care reform. We've got the raw politics. And, a police chief and two of his officers accused of covering-up a hate crime.

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  1. Susan, NJ

    Obama has underestimated the American people because we are EDUCATED consumers and Obama's policies are making us recoil – they do not make sense especially that MORE people will be covered at a LOWER cost? That's insulting that we are expected to swallow that.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Kas Appiah

    The Republican Party is so pessimistic about everything that it becomes contagious. Unless it is their idea, it is no good. What a cynism. They talk about change but they are behaving like you do not do anything and things are going to change. This is just unsane. They have to understand that the USA is no longer the master of the world. Wake up, things are changing in the world and you are going to regret, guaranteed.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  3. Derrick, FL

    I don't think our inability to pass healthcare legislation at home gives the international community much confidence that we can tackle the challenges of global climate change. The president should not expect any progress in Copenhagen, come back home and remind congress who they are working for so we can pass healthcare! Then move on to global challenges...

    December 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Bill Bennett needs a bit of a wake-up call. Healthcare reform has a LOT to do with the economic well-being of the working and middle classes.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  5. Susan

    Evening everyone ! I believe most Americans would prefer that a healthcare bill not be rushed through Congress if it isn't what Americans want. Isn't anyone in Washington listening ?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Charles

    How dare "our Goverment" for trying to pass a piece mill health care bill when the majority of the public are against it. Passing this bill just for the sake of saying you passed the bill and to give the President some "brownie points" is crazy. Do what the majority of us want. Drop the Bill,,, work out something that both parties can agree with.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Marvin Lee-Arcadia, California

    A climate conference in Copenhagen during a global economic crisis will result in stalemate and there are signs of it already.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  8. Fay-CA

    There wasn't a strong fight for the Public Option, which was very popular with the public, it's not surprising that the watered-down health care bill has lost support.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Ivanka, Croatia

    It is very selfish from the gentleman to think and say that the U.S. have beeter things to address than climate change. The economy of every country is suffering these months. But it's going to get better in 2010.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Sharon Hastings,

    "I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I don't think many of us even have any idea what's in this bill and what isn't. It gets to be that I don't know what to hope for. I want it to pass but I don't know what "it" is."

    Exactly, but that is the way they want it. They don't want the American people to know what is really in it. Why do you think it is so long?

    Frankly, I don't think the Congress even knows what is really in this bill. Either way it is all about dishonesty and deception. They know that most of the American people are totally clueless and they take full advantage of that.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Emily

    "Something" will happen in Copenhagen, however, I don't think that it will be worth the paper that it's written on...it'll be a photo-op for ALL the Leaders that are over there.... I don't see all those Leaders getting together and not signing 'something'.

    I don't think anything legally enforceable will be signed!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  12. charlie

    How could the US be serious about climate control with such cheap gasoline encouraging carbon emissions. The rest of the developed world pays much more for gas, so they use less by efficint cars and they collect substantial tax revenues whilst hepling the environment.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Shanny

    Why would anyone hold Obama responsible for the failure of the WORLD's leaders not being able to get their collective acts together on this?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  14. David

    Thanks Anderson! I think that when the bill passes in the Senate, the American people will be happy that we finally get something!

    p.s. David Gergen is the daddy of politics!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  15. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica? Isabel everyone. Sorry to be late.

    HCR is a complicated piece of legislation, but there are pts of agreement even btwn democrats and republicans. Ins reform for instance is something both parties agree upon.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  16. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! : )

    December 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  17. Kenneth

    As an American dealing with piling medical bills, I would like to know what the real reason is behind the challenge of passing a bill that makes healthcare affordable? Is it merely political?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Susan, NJ

    How can Obama crucify job creators in public, while hoping for more jobs?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi!
    Hopefully, intelligence will prevail in the health care debate–not just ego-centric interests.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  20. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Sharon Hastings

    I don't rightly know what specifically is in the healthcare bill either.

    But, my understanding is that pre-existing conditions and caps on what medical ins. will pay for will be eliminated so that ins. co.s cannot deny medical ins. to anyone.

    The real question to me now, is how much will it cost all of us for a reasonable healthcare ins. policy. Where's the competetive element to keep costs down?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  21. Susan, NJ

    Obama has no executive or leadership experience. Why are all these failures of leadership a surprise to anyone?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  22. Dulcie - Denver

    Okay, I'll try this again.

    I'm extremely upset and disgusted by all the partisan posturing that's gone on around the health care reform. I don't see what's so hard about passing something that will actually help the American people. It seems as if the Republicans want to strip it of anything that might possibly be beneficial. All in the name of bringing our President down.

    I don't see this as President Obama's fault at all. He can't make anyone do anything.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Trav

    The longer the Health Care Debate the more people buy the half-truths and lies the Conservatives spread in paid TV commercials and the GOP spreads in the Media. Scare tactics from people who cause the problems and have no solutions except to keep stuffing money in their own pockets.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Starr and Jane.....I completely agree. But it's not just health care. They have little, if any, understanding of what any of their constituents go through day-to-day. They are completely out of touch with reality.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  25. Sara

    Thinks it's none of the gentleman from Nebraska's business what she or anyone else uses their healthcare for

    December 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  26. A. Smith, Oregon

    It appears that the only way that meaningful changes are going to be legislated will be by first electing more Democratic lawmakers and tossing out the remaining Republican obstructionists.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  27. Nancy

    I am so upset about the delay in David Goldman's getting his son back. It makes me not like Brazil very much. I think Sean has a great life in Brazil, a life of privilege, but how can they deny his birth father's rights?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  28. aaron

    Whatever happened to the notion "all" Americans were going to be covered under this bill ?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  29. Emily

    @Anderson,

    Nice to see you on the blog with us tonight! 🙂
    It's been awhile since I've seen you on it.

    that story of the man being buried alive looks frightening!

    I feel really bad for Daniel Goldman and his son as well! 😦

    December 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  30. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    So, what polls does the Obama administration rely on, or do they conduct their own polling?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  31. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    This is a major discredit to American democracy for this health bill to continue in stalemate we cant lead ourselves much less other country's who wants to follow a looser.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  32. Mariko-NY

    Hi Anderson, and everyone.
    Getting cold out there, stay warm!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  33. Jane

    @ Starr, doesn't it make you angry. These affluent, old white men haven't a clue what it's like in the real world. Not a clue.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  34. Susan, NJ

    None of the plan will reduce costs. We need to:

    1) "Tear down the walls" of insurance exclusivity so that we can buy insurance across state lines.

    2) Rein in the lawyers.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Emily

    The bill is still going to have to go through the House as well as the Senate....

    I don't recall a "healthcare" bill being a #1 issue for candidate-Obama...
    at least not like what he has taken on. I know that he wanted to do something about the pharmaceutical companies....

    He seems to have really dug himself into a hole with this.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all bloggers. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I don't think many of us even have any idea what's in this bill and what isn't. It gets to be that I don't know what to hope for. I want it to pass but I don't know what "it" is.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  37. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I am confused and upset over the healthcare bill.

    Some of these male senators need to get out into the real world and see what people and Women are facing in their lives and in obtaining cost effective medical care.

    The Republicans seem to have constributed nicely to this mess by doing Nothing.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  38. andersoncnn

    evening everyone.. thanks for joining us online... hope you all had a good day.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Jane

    I still think that health reform will pass, just not sure if there will be much left to it for us ordinary people.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  40. A. Smith, Oregon

    Good Evening Anderson Cooper, Erica Hill, CNN and the AC360 Staff!

    The Senate Health Bill is completely void of any benefits, plus it forces individuals to pay for insurance policy's.

    If it has no public option, forget it.
    If it has no medicare extension option, forget it.
    If it has no changes to the profits of pharmacutical company's, forget it!

    Go back to the House Reps. Bill and keep those critical sections intact.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Susan, NJ

    The White House should not be threatening the airbase in Nebraska. That's outrageous.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Would someone please explain to me where the approval ratings for the President come from? What and who are they based on and what is the process?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  43. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & entire Team 360.

    Good evening fellow bloggers.

    I am heartbroken for Mr. Goldman who was not able to bring his son home today.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Emily

    Isabel, wonder what things are like there in Brazil today!
    I understand that this now-late mother married into a very prominent family there....

    December 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. colleen

    The news is that the Senate has scheduled votes through next week (even middle of nights) on health care. But I thought they said they haven't even seen the bill yet – that it was drafted behind closed doors. What gives?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!

    Happy Thursday night!!!!! 🙂

    December 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Shanny

    Hello

    So much for "Hopenhagen'

    December 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Megan, Martina, & Bloggers!

    Lots of news here tonight!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Jane

    Good evening everyone.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Evening Everyone!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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