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AC360° Associate Producer
The ramped up debate over health care reform may be about more than just health care. What’s fueling the intensity behind the protests? Is it only the health care system or are protesters using this issue as a way of expressing their concern about the administration? We’re looking at the arguments of the protesters – both those who oppose the proposed reform and those who support it – and digging deeper on their real concerns.
President Obama is headed to Montana today to try to calm this rising tide of contention. He’ll be speaking at a town hall to about his plan to overhaul the country’s health care system. Montana Senator Max Baucus is a key figure in this issue, as he’s one of the lawmakers trying to draft a bipartisan plan. The proposals seem like pie-in-the-sky to some in big sky country and protesters definitely want his attention.
In all of the health care rhetoric, we’ve heard a lot about so-called “death panels” and “care rationing.” While these two fears may be unfounded, we talk to the people at the heart of this debate – senior citizens. We meet three sisters – all of them close to 80 – who have had their share of various hip and knee operations. They talk to Dr. Sanjay Gupta about their experience and why they think their surgery was so worthwhile.
As Congress debates health care reform, millions of Americans are suffering without the most basic of medical services. A national organization is trying to help these people by getting hundreds of doctors, dentists and nurses to volunteer their time and set up shop in the former home of the Los Angeles Lakers for a few days. Tens of thousands of people are flooding the arena for basic medical care. The organization was initially organized to bring medical services to remote parts of third world nations, but in recent years it has expanded to include stops in the U.S. as well. More from Ted Rowlands tonight.
And in Taiwan, rescuers are attempting to reach thousands of people still trapped in mountain villages. More than 50,000 troops were struggling to cross raging rivers and fallen bridges to reach victims of the Typhoon Morakot. Many of these stranded people have been without food and water since the typhoon struck last weekend and more than 31,000 people have been pulled from inundated villages. More than 30 countries have offered money, helicopters, medication and other supplies. More on the situation from John Vause tonight.
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