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Tonight, as Democrats and Republicans battle over health care reform, we dig deeper to find out what it all really means for you.
President Obama today tried to stand his ground in the face of a mounting onslaught of GOP attacks. And, in hopes of galvanizing his base, the president even returned to some of his campaign rhetoric.
"This is about a health care system that is breaking America's families, breaking America's businesses and breaking America's economy,” the president said today in Washington. “And we can't afford the politics of delay and defeat when it comes to health care. Not this time, not now."
But on the other side, Republican leaders see their opportunity and are going on the offensive – with one GOP senator even declaring this Pres. Obama’s “Waterloo” moment.
RNC Chaiman Michael Steele lambasted Obama’s plan calling it a “dangerous experiment” that the country “cannot afford.”
The mounting storm over health care has battered President Obama’s once sky-high poll numbers. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released today shows approval for Mr. Obama’s handling of health care has slipped 4 percentage points from last month and 9 points from April.
Is this just another case of partisan gridlock? Or do the republicans have legitimate concerns over health care reform?
We’ll discuss both the politics and the policy with Senior Political Analyst David Gergen and CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta.
Also on our radar, authorities are hinting at a new motive in the shocking double murder of Byrd and Melanie Billings, the Florida couple known for adopting special needs children. Sheriff David Morgan will join us once again tonight with all of the latest developments.
And discrimination in the waiting room? Some allege that America’s health care system is racist. 360° M.D. Sanjay Gupta talks with a man who went to the ER suffering from an infected paper cut. Wait till you see what he went through. We’re keeping them honest.
All of that, plus the latest in the fallout from Michael Jackson’s death and is Paula Abdul really done with American Idol? AC360° tonight at 10p ET.
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
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