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February 25th, 2010
09:35 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/25/10

While many of you were at work or in school today, Democrats and Republicans were duking it out again over health care—this time at President Obama’s health care reform summit.

If you missed some or all of the debate, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. 360 MD Sanjay Gupta will be anchoring a special hour tonight, focusing on what some say is a make-or-break moment in the battle. We’ll give you all the highlights and key moments of today’s summit and tell you what it all means going forward—for your health, your wallet and your peace of mind.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
February 25th, 2010
09:30 PM ET

What was on the menu?

AC360°

President Obama and Republican and Democratic leaders engaged in a spirited but civil debate at a health care summit Thursday, finding agreement on some issues but appearing to find little common ground on how to move forward in a bipartisan way.

Analysts are weighing in on what took place during the summit and what it will mean for health care reform.

But we were wondering what was on the menu for lunch. One of our producers reports that it was on the healthy side - no surprise there.

Take a look at the choices:

HOT FOOD: Chicken with vegetables and spinach, grilled salmon, rice, seasonal vegetables

COLD FOOD: Salads, smoked turkey, grilled tenderloin

Apparently, when Obama was walking back to Blair House from the White House, to resume the meeting a reporter shouted a question asking what he had for lunch.

"Chicken," he called back.

February 25th, 2010
09:02 PM ET

Now what? Democratic plans tomorrow, the same as yesterday

President Obama said Democratic leaders in the House and Senate were working out differences in bills already passed.

President Obama said Democratic leaders in the House and Senate were working out differences in bills already passed.

Dana Bash | BIO
CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent

Although the Democrats’ public stance will be to let the dust from the bipartisan summit settle, several senior congressional Democratic sources concede to CNN that their plans moving forward on health care are not likely to be much different tomorrow than they were yesterday.

Democrats are actively looking into using the parliamentary short cut known as reconciliation to get a health care bill to the President's desk.

They are specifically exploring two issues: The ins and outs of how complicated process could work, and whether the votes are there in the Senate and House to execute this strategy.

FULL POST


Filed under: Dana Bash • Democrats • Health Care • Republicans
February 25th, 2010
07:20 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Dr. Sanjay Gupta dissects the health care summit

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

While many of you were at work or in school today, Democrats and Republicans were duking it out again over health care—this time at President Obama’s health care reform summit.

It lasted for a good part for the day, and there was plenty of drama and sparks. But did the summit actually push Congress any closer to passing a bill?

If you missed some or all of the debate, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. 360 MD Sanjay Gupta will be anchoring a special hour tonight, focusing on what some say is a make-or-break moment in the battle. We’ll give you all the highlights and key moments of today’s summit and tell you what it all means going forward—for your health, your wallet and your peace of mind.

FULL POST


Filed under: Cate Vojdik • The Buzz
February 25th, 2010
06:14 PM ET
February 25th, 2010
06:10 PM ET

Health summit a 'stunt' and 'spectacle,' analysts say

President Obama discusses health reform Thursday alongside Democrats and Republicans.

President Obama discusses health reform Thursday alongside Democrats and Republicans.

Ed Hornick
CNN

Heated partisan exchanges and in-depth policy discussions at the bipartisan health care summit on Thursday are unlikely to sway both parties in finding common ground, analysts said as the summit was going on.

One said the summit makes an argument against televising hearings. Another said it will reinforce doubts about whether Washington can resolve the health care impasse.

"I think it's reasonable to expect that an exchange like this is not going to change the public's skepticism about the way Washington works," said Michael Murakami, a visiting professor of government at Georgetown University.

Keep reading...


Filed under: Democrats • Health Care • John McCain • President Barack Obama • Republicans
February 25th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

Low-cost, quality health care possible

President Obama meets with congressional leaders, including (from left) Reps. Steny Hoyer, John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi.

President Obama meets with congressional leaders, including (from left) Reps. Steny Hoyer, John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi.

Jason Hwang
Special to CNN

We have met the enemy, and he is us. Debate on health care reform has once again become a miserable exhibition of seemingly irreconcilable differences, which President Obama is trying to address in his health care summit.

There is a path forward, and it starts with understanding that waiting for the government to lead an uncertain reform effort isn't necessary.

Prepaid integrated health systems like Kaiser Permanente, Geisinger Health System, Group Health Cooperative and HealthPartners are succeeding and innovative. It's no coincidence that these organizations are often mentioned when describing health care providers that offer high quality care while staying affordable.

Keep reading...

February 25th, 2010
05:57 PM ET
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February 25th, 2010
04:23 PM ET

Beat 360° 2/25/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

House Minority Leader John Boehner, left, and Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona speak before the start of a bipartisan summit on health care with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. (Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

Beat 360° Winners:

Staff:

Tracy Dorsey

"With respect to Frank (Zappa) … 'Watch out where the doggies go and don’t you eat that yellow snow…'"

Viewer:

Kevin Moss, Atlanta

"Woof Blizzard here, reporting live! Snow slowly turning yellow, one puddle at a time."

_________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge


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