August 11th, 2009
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 08/11/09

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Pres. Obama attended a town hall meeting on health care today in New Hampshire. The White House said nothing was off limits? Did the crowd approve of his message. We'll show you the video. Plus, investigators raiding a pharmacy used by Dr. Conrad Murray, who was with Michael Jackson the day he died. We'll have the latest on the search.

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  1. starr formerly known as vincent

    I am auditing a hospital bill for my neighbor as a favor.

    In 2 days, she was billed for 5 CAT Scans! For a total of $9000.00. This bill was accepted and Paid by Medicare.

    Pres. Obama is right about one thing! There are enormous savings that can be accomplished, if there was some modified tort reform & someone educated properly to Audit and Follow Up health care billing alone! Andm there are many, many other ways to save health care dollars.

    Dr. Gupta is right, wellness is a huge step to decreasing medical costs.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Donna in MD

    This conversation with Dr. Gupta was very helpful. Thanks, CNN!

    August 11, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Lynne Wheeler

    What about the rights of people who came with questions? People maybe angry but how do they learn anything if they don't search for answers?

    August 11, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Eva Winninger

    Please talk about some of us that need more a natural approach
    and have to pay out of pocket when we already pay for insurance and cant get them to let us have a choice and some of us are going to get very sic with conventional care

    August 11, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  5. Adam

    Regardless of what the plan will or will not cover the fact that the government will raise taxes (a lot) to pay for it is quite obvious. Quite a few Americans hardly make enough just to get by with out having to pay for other peoples problems.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Bill

    Medicare is, obviously, tied to our health care, but I keep hearing from some that Medicare is broke, or at least in financial trouble. Isn't the reason because, over the years, Congress has continued to dip into the Medicare fund, like they've done to Social Security, to fund non-related pet projects?

    August 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Mike

    If this bill passes it would be political suicide for the ones who vote for it.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  8. lampe

    Why would people who already have HealthCare, and they are Happy with what they have be made to change for someone else? Are you all willing to pay for everybodies Life Insurance policies, or how about their Auto Insurance?

    August 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  9. Sabrina In Los Angeles

    There is a hidden cost....called ER visits for uninsured that show up and know that hospitals will foot the bill, including the Taxi voucher for their ride home.

    If we cover them in the beginning it should cap that or reduce it.

    We have to let people know that they can't come every day or every week for care just because...that drives costs up...go only when needed!

    August 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  10. michelle

    Letitia, prob. because in addition to paying for their own insurance, they will also be paying for other peoples', ON TOP OF everything else they are already paying for...medicaid, etc...

    August 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  11. jennifer

    My thing is they can't control medicare , medicaid and Soccial Security so how are they going to control this?

    August 11, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  12. Robbie

    How can we not afford this bill...are we just let people get sick and die?

    August 11, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Isabel • Brazil

    The neighbor should see a doctor even though he has not enough money, right?

    August 11, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Chris mccullough

    Wow nancy you are so right what has he done yet for people to dislike or not trust him?

    August 11, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  15. Dave

    It bothers me that they don't hit the nail on the head when it comes to the real answer. I will tell you the answer REGULATE THE INSURANCE COMAPANIES. The insurance companies have ran so long and so out of control that they basically run the country. This is the answer, fix this, and you will fix health care.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  16. Andre, Lauderhill, Florida

    lol@ the staged statement, thats what you call it when people sensibly oppose health care, and actually debate in civilized manner?

    August 11, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  17. rich

    how many of the people have been bought by health care co.'s we need to change in this ctry, and although ins co and hmo's are buying politicians wholesale i truly pray that reason and understanding will prevail

    August 11, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  18. Gary

    Spector doesn't get it. Obama doesn't get it. We don't want the government in our health care or our business.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Rebecca

    Let's get the facts out there. I respect all the senators and representatives who are holding these town forums. Allowing people to speak their mind is a freedom for all Americans. I can't believe that there are people out there who would believe some of these inaccuracies about the health care legislation–seriously euthanizing all senior citizens? Where do they get these facts? If you believe that then the Easter Bunny is going to be fully covered too.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Rob Herholz

    Can someone explain (in reasonable terms) why the US is so scared of Health Care reforms?

    August 11, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  21. jorge

    Hi there again crew.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Letitia

    The misinformation and down-right lies out there on this issue is astounding..."death panels, lack of choice in health care options"...WOW! Looks a lot like thet way things are now...except it is the insurance companies that limit care and reduce choice NOT the government.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Jacqueline

    clearly the other 90% of town hall meetings are staged by the lobbiests against healthcare, i say it's time the other side got a chance to speak

    August 11, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Joseph

    What happened to a government that was for the people by the people. Now its for the government by the government! There more messed up here than just healthcare!

    August 11, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  25. phyllis

    call this anger over the health care debate what it is. look at the angry faces shouting. they seem very familiar from a time not long ago. they are masking their anger at the president we have behind a mask of health care. we can see you!

    August 11, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  26. Nancy

    The woman said she didn't trust Obama, that he hasn't told us the truth in the past. I'd like her to give me an example.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  27. mack h

    obama needs the facts to be out there but he is not telling me

    August 11, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  28. LorenaR

    yes, isn't that an interesting point?

    August 11, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Angela - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Good evening everyone 🙂 Hope everyone had a nice day

    Another day without Anderson... Hmm did he forget about us? 😛

    The health care battle keeps getting crazier and crazier!

    August 11, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  30. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hello John Roberts again, glad to see you (although we all want to know where Anderson is), hello to Team 370 too.

    Hellow fellow bloggers. Already very interesting and insightful comments on health care reform.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Gary

    It is evident that the Obama town hall was staged with his supporters.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  32. Andre, Lauderhill, Florida

    totalitarianism? Really ? Obama is not an absolute power, thats why he has to pray a bill gets pass both house and senate, the way our founding fathers wanted it.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  33. Isabel • Brazil

    What exists is not "socialized medicine." What exists is the creation of only one state health plan to improve the standards used by private companies.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  34. LorenaR

    can't understand why these people say, I dont want the government to get into health care, because i do not trust the government. what do they trust in, a state of anarchy? please, someone, really explain what their protest really is all about.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  35. mary

    How much of this is about healthcare and how much of it is about getting 15 minutes of fame. Seriously?????

    August 11, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Andre, Lauderhill, Florida

    The people for Health care need to get loud too, the other side is getting all media attention.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Krasi

    Health care and Hitler? Socialism? People don't even know anything about history cause none is taught in schools and yet, in cases like this, everyone is an expert at comparisons.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Minou, New York City

    "total socialism" . What? These ppl don't seem to know what socialism actually is! This country will never get the health care system an industrialized country should have with stupid idiots like those town hall folks.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Isabel • Brazil

    These heated debates should not scare. Because of this discussion may result in better health conditions for all, a health system more homogeneous.

    I really like that these discussions happen in my country.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  40. michelle

    One of the clips from a town hall meeting, a woman asked what will be done to restore this country back to how the founding fathers meant it to be. All of these people need to look into the Libertarian party, they just don't get enough coverage, thus less people know about it

    August 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Sabrina In Los Angeles

    We have to stop the toddler tantrum and get back to true debate...STATE your concerns, don't yell.

    We get true resolution by debating the issues and explaining what your concerns are.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  42. LorenaR

    these people are just downright rude. since when did speakers have to "soldier on" in order to finish their speech? these people have never heard of civil discourse or good manners.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  43. Dean Wilber

    I think the health care reform movement needs a cute cartoon mascot

    August 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  44. Anthonia-California

    Goodevening everyone!

    Man oh man, i didnt even know this health care issue would make people go berserk! (i just noticed theres alot of woman speaking up about health care... i wonder why that is?)

    August 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  45. Isabel • Brazil

    We aren't naïve to ignore that much more at stake than just the restructuring of the health system. In 6 months in power, a president super-popular is able to show people that the health system in the US today spends inordinately, generates injury and doesn't care the patient as well as in some other countries where health is successful.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  46. Letitia

    It is amazing to me that the overwhelming majority of those against health care reform are those with health care.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  47. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening John and all bloggers. I think I am learning more about the health care debate. Keep up providing good information.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Sabrina In Los Angeles

    I agree with Obama...get the facts out there.

    debate will do just that.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  49. Deanna Lynn, Antioch TN

    Shouting and fighting are great TV, but if senators and representatives were sincere about passing legislation that benefits their constituents and fellow citizens, they would ban TV cameras in townhalls. But that's probably expecting too much from our politicians, who seem to care less about being an effective legislator than their re-election.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Isabel • Brazil

    Good evening John, Erica, Suvro, David (Indiana) and friends!!!

    Definitely AC decided to enjoy life and forgot to us. He is missing! 🙂

    Very confused day today, huh!

    August 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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