August 13th, 2009
07:35 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 8/12/09

Editor's Note: The conversations and debate around health care continued following last night’s program. Confusion, rumors and lack of understanding around specific points about the health care reform drew the highest response from our viewers. Many of you also responded to the story on the possible serial killer in North Carolina. Read below some of what we heard and tell us what you think:


Regarding the health care reform - end of life decisions are made by the person and/or family with a lawyer, not the doctor, and then put into a living will, etc. Get this subject off the bill.

I believe the town hall meetings are showing people’s frustration with how fast everything is pushed through Congress without debate or discussion. We saw this with the stimulus bill and cap and trade. We are seeing this same rush to pass health reform, and people are fed up. These are not people who are paid to show up as Acorn did during the election. We want our Congressmen to read and debate a bill before they vote on it. I encourage everyone to be vocal but respectful during discussions. Get involved and let your President and Congress hear from you.

To imply that the current dissatisfaction with the health care bill, which by the way no one seems to know the actual provisions of, is a product of citizens who simply are too stupid to understand and is yet another example of the play book of talking points by which this and other programs on CNN seem to adhere. Since when is it appropriate for a congresswoman to stand up in front of a room full of individuals and speak to them as if they are first graders? Furthermore, since when did it become a requirement that one had to speak in a well modulated and polite tone of voice in a civil dissent? This attitude which this station is promoting only widens the gap between average citizens and the self appointed elite. Why don't you spend time in reporting actual facts and telling the audience the real truth which is that there is no actual bill being endorsed that can be truly analyzed at this time?

As a public health professional for more than 40 years, I strongly believe that health care should be a human right for ALL American citizens. Just as we can no longer imagine the days and faulty rationale for children not having the right to a free and appropriate public education, or for women and African-Americans not having the right to vote...so let us be people of conscience and do the right thing regarding health care. There MUST be a government-payer option to protect forgotten people–and this CANNOT be called "socialistic"...as it clearly is not.

I do not understand all of this hoopla! Americans are reacting as though their rights are going to be revoked. Americans should ensure that their Congressman is aware of their concerns and expectations. America is a democracy. It will take more than one man to change that. President Obama is for the common good of the country. There needs to be healthcare reform. Health insurance cost rises every year. Americans each year review their renewals for coverage and notice the increase in cost. I don't have answers but, I do have concerns. So, let's work together and express our concerns rationally and respectfully.

Thank you so much for featuring this horrible crime in my home town. Edgecombe County is a part of NC that has been forgotten about on a number of fronts. Poverty, no new business development and the City of Rocky Mount has had the same Mayor as long as I have been alive….

Thank you so much for airing this segment on the serial killings! I am a white, upper-class, middle-aged female and I am appalled that law enforcement has neglected these murders. I do think it is because the women are African-American and lead a less than desirable lifestyle. No one deserves to die like this! There should have been a red-flag raised after the second murder. Thank you so much for highlighting these murders!

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  1. Patricia

    Very informative show tonight...thank you for the small number of speakers who allow each other to speak...mainly I wanted to say how great Candy Crowley looks...just fab and gorgegous...just wanted her to know someone noticed.

    August 14, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  2. Coxb7

    I think you have the story wrong on the militia. The cause of these groups has nothing to do with a black mans rise to power. It has to do with the American people can see that there country is being socialized. The greatest threat this country faces today has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans, Iran or Iraq, or North Korea. The greatest threat this country faces today is progressive / Socializm.

    August 13, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  3. Jim

    The Meteriod Shower was overated. I heard that you were supposed to see 80 an hour – I only saw 8 in 3 hours.
    On Health care Story- You say one thing then show a comercial that says the opposite.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:47 am |