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August 14th, 2009
07:46 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 8/13/09

Editor's Note: Following Thursday night’s AC360° health care coverage, viewers continued to sound off on the controversial topic. Along with general comments on the topic itself, we also heard from some of you who were disappointed that the panel featured on the show did not include a health care advocate and from those frustrated with the citizen response at the town hall meetings. Here’s some of what we heard, and we’d love to hear from you:

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I have to admit that due to all of the publicity, I am cynical about the Health Care proposal. Even Obama's own doctor doesn't think it will work and feels Obama is more pragmatic than practical. So, I don't think a public option will work well and I don't think tackling this issue now should have been a top priority, given the economy. Maybe Obama should have tried it after he got a second term. But then again, there's the cost of not having a public option. My first choice would have been to fix the system we have now, so that the insurers wouldn't get away with as much as they do, but then people would claim that Obama's taking over another private business, so - he's a socialist either way.

I have two cousins and many friends who are doctors. They all say that the main reason they order too many tests is to protect themselves from potential frivolous lawsuits. Since too many unnecessary tests are a major problem with our health care costs, why in heavens name won't the democrats make torte reform part of their health reform? It is just plain common sense.

Followed your 3 panel guests who continued on with the premise that health care reform just may not work because more and more people are starting to believe these wackos showing up at the town halls with their staged questions and fears due to misinformation…. You could have at least had one health care advocate (and there are many) voice their opinions.

I used to be such an admirer of the American Town Hall, symbolized for me by the weather worn face in Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms. The news coverage of the last week in contrast reveals a populace that is economically unsophisticated, easily bamboozled by fear-mongering illiterates and fundamentally uncivil, i.e. opposed to freedom of speech and lacking respect for the public servants working on their behalf. Everywhere internationally Obama is admired and trusted but not it seems by grass roots Americans.


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  1. arthur parham

    I mean anderson, you guys look alike.

    August 15, 2009 at 1:26 am |
  2. Isabel • Brazil

    Venezuela: After violence and intense discussion, polemics law on education was adopted

    I would like to watch about this in AC360.
    This project is being criticized by several currents in the world and much of the public ecause the objective of the project is increasing the control of the state on schools and universities.

    The educational environment is a place where there is debate, difference of ideas and thoughts. Only then the human minds flourish.

    August 14, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  3. Isabel • Brazil

    The amanpour christiana's special was very good, but my complaint is that because it invaded the hour of the AC360, CNN International has ceased to exhibit AC360.

    It's too bad to finish the day without AC360.
    Here is my protest! 🙂

    August 14, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  4. george

    @Mr. cynical !
    all your friends are covered right?...and no no one rob ing your life's of acceptable purpose and meanings...of-course it does not.
    will too, the rest of Americans(legal)citizens would like to be covered us-well at a reasonable cost that could be affordable to average ,not that they are asking for a hand-out...Mr. cooper!
    @Mr. cooper!
    your CNN office needs research topic/issues and provide us ,your views with facts, important standard reliable information on the proposed health-care plan(is not a bill and make that clear please) and make it clear to a diverse public that's also includes some of absent minded ounces.
    CNN reports are confusing and misleading the issue that should be easily understood-ed or some what.
    CNN should do more of a job that is responsibly in its reports ,not not agitates and chaos create for company comparative ratings.
    CNN news requires deep profound shift in thinking...(not soaps mobs and not extremists)talk-points.

    August 14, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  5. arthur parham

    Tony, I've sold insurance for about 40 years, and they offer tier programs on health insurance, i.e. 100%, 60%, 30%. Why can we have a national health insurance that you can elect to have 100% coverage at no cost (good coverage) , 60% coverage, you pay 40% (better coverage) and 30% coverage, you pay 70% (best coverage). This would give everyone 100% coverage and allow those who can afford private or personal health coverage to do so. All doctors and hospitals must take a percentage of each.

    August 14, 2009 at 11:50 am |

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