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August 14th, 2009
09:17 AM ET
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    Anderson didn't say that about Ramsey Clark – his guest did and you can't control everything your guest is going to say. If you could do that then you wouldn't need guests. Anderson did laugh at the claim about Clark, which to me said he thought it was a dubious claim but he didn't have time to debate it or the preparation to debate it.

    The anti-health insurance people started a few rumors that they knew would feed the hysteria of the masses on health care reform (medical institutions helped with this also) and got the negativism going. It doesn't matter how many times you try to correct this rumor someone in the crowd will have just heard it and will ask it again and get people going on about it again. It is an endless cycle. The only thing that will stop it is to pass a reform bill, get it in place and running, and then see what problems arise from it. The fixing comes last in the life cycle of a process. If we can get that far we might have a health care system that is not only advanced and performs well, we might just have it for every citizen.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:42 pm |
  2. tony

    I can tell you what is fueling the outrage in one word "lies". Anderson, you cannot be that out of touch that you think the "death panel" claims are legitimate. If you haven't let me fill you in. When the deather claims first came out they were debunked immediately 100% and all it took was the very language in the bill. Then the same lie came back and was again debunked. They are the facts, but facts are usless when people are allowed to broadcast lies at will and the so called main stream media is afraid to call them out, and hold them responsible. You let this Mark Williams make claims that war protests were manufactured. That was REAL passion. Some people hate war, and have hated all their lives, for good reason, but the people who are so passionate about the deficet now had no problem when Bush was running up trillions in debt. At least Obama is trying to do some good. Bush's debt only served to make things a lot worse. Which one sounds manufactured?
    You let Williams say Ramsey Clark was paying people to protest with him, and when you asked if he was sure his reply was I've run into Clark and his rent a mobs several times, I'm paraphraseing, and you accepted that. So now you let it go out on national tv that Ramsey Clark payed people to protest.
    I always believed if a reporter, or journalist put out information that couldn't be proved, they were pretty much washed up, like Dan Rather. That was BIG NEWS, but conservatives have intimidated the main street media to the point that nothing you hear or read can be assumed to be accurate anymore, which is perfect for the right because the truth is their worst enemy .

    August 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  3. Beverly

    The screamers and shouters at these "meetings", along with their Republican right wing puppet masters – they yell "SOCIALISM"! Well, isn't that what Congress isgetting with their health care coverage???? And you screamers and shouters – how many of you are on Medicare/Medicaid???? Both – Government sponsored programs..

    August 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  4. Judy

    This guy is a joke. To say that everyone who opposed the war in Iraq was funded is rediculous. We know what companies are backing the Tea Parties! He seemed a bit nervous in answering Anderson about believing that President Obama wants to turn our country into a socialist state. Could it be because he knows that's not true...but he's saying it anyway. I don't blame the Dems for not voting the bill thru yet because they know it's not ready!

    August 14, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  5. Sarah

    The war protests were manufactured? Does he honestly think that or was he just taking a page out of the typical shock-jock's playbook to get people's attention? I seriously hope it is the latter and his perception of reality is not so demented as he leads people to believe.

    The discussion on health-care, the size of government, the deficit, etc, are very important topics that need to be discussed and debated extensively with everyone's voice being heard. It does not need people like that out there muddying up the waters in their attempt to gather a few minutes of fame.

    Sarah

    August 14, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  6. Michael C. McHugh

    The public option is being badly misrepresented, and I have seen no one even trying to correct this.

    It is not a single payer system or national health insurance. It has a federal means test like Medicaid, and no one over 300-400% of the poverty level will even be eligible for it.

    I want to emphasize that: with a federal means test, many people will not even be able to get on it.

    Why is no one talking about this fact?

    August 14, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  7. earle,florida

    There are a litany of reasons for the current outrage,with prior pent-up frustration going back several administrations starting with the Clinton Presidency,and fomenting through the GW Bush #43 Administration. I can remember as if it were yesterday when the far-right neo-cons went after President Clinton for having an illicit affair with a young female intern. Impeach him, was the war cry for lying to the public under oath. Impeach a sitting president who's personal life had nothing to do with the incredible job he was doing for the country. Why was he put in this situation in the first place? Think about it for awhile,and get back to me. Was this the same situation that Richard Nixon incurred that called for his resignation,or was it character assasination to the Nth degree? You decide which crime was worse? How many presidents have we heard of that have had a mistress? This my freinds was a witch-hunt,a set-up, and basically stalled the Clinton Administration for the remainder of his second term,disgusting is the only word to describe what happened. Now,on to President Bush,Rumsfeld,Cheney,Rove, Gonzalas,Meirs,and Andrew Card. They lied outright about Iraq's "WMD's" after 911,knowing quite well it was Usama Ben Laden,an Arab from Kuwait,and all of the other Arabs from different Arab states in the region. None of the terrorist were from Iraq,or Iran,but these Arab creeps I mentioned that were holed-up in Tora-Tora in Afghanistan,period! President Bush bombs the daylight out of Iraq killing untold countless innocents,and costing our country thousands of US Soldiers lives under false pretenses. Now,if any reason for impeachment,I would say personally he's in that category! But no,he get's us deeper in muddy lies,how? He starts a secret program to monitor every american in the country,wire-taps,open-mail,phone-conversations,e-mails,etc. and the list goes on! Remember what I said in the front piece about pent-up frustration,and the feeling of hopelessness as a citizen.Mr Bush #43 as I call him today,and his handling of "Drugs from Mexico",and letting his administration jail two border patrol agents for "Ten Years" each for shooting a repeat trafficing drug offender,and sets him free? But wait there's more,VP Cheney has a private meeting with all the big oil companies in 2001,and has the names sealed from public viewing with the help of the "Right Sided Supreme Court",and that's that! Finally, when every-thing under the sun is considered "National Security",not for the publics eye's the people realize that something is a miss. It's boiling over into President Obama's Administration for the same reason created by the prior administrations,absolutely no transparency,and just plain arrogance regarding Joe Public! That' my oipinon,hope it helps,....

    August 14, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  8. Paul

    It’s funny we hear Republicans say that they do not want “faceless bureaucrats” making medical decisions but they have no problem with “private sector” “faceless bureaucrats” daily declining medical coverage and financially ruining good hard working people (honestly where can they go with a pre-condition). And who says that the “private sector” is always right, do we forget failures like Long-Term Capital, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Enron, Tyco, AIG and Lehman Brothers. Of course the federal government will destroy heathcare by getting involved, Oh but wait, Medicare and Medicaid and our military men and women and the Senate and Congress get the best heathcare in the world, and oh, that’s right, its run by our federal government. I can understand why some may think that the federal government will fail, if you look at the past eight years as a current history, with failures like the financial meltdown and Katrina but the facts is they can and if we support them they will succeed.

    How does shouting down to stop the conversation of the healthcare debate at town hall meetings, endears them to anyone. Especially when the organizations that are telling them where to go and what to do and say are Republicans political operatives, not real grassroots. How does shouting someone down or chasing them out like a “lynch mob” advanced the debate, it does not. So I think the American people will see through all of this and know, like the teabagger, the birthers, these lynch mobs types AKA “screamers” are just the same, people who have to resort to these tactics because they have no leadership to articulate what they real want. It’s easy to pickup a bus load of people who hate, and that’s all I been seeing, they hate and can’t debate. Too bad.

    August 14, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  9. tlc

    Funny how easily the republicians forget that under their leadership our economy collasped,the auto industry almost went belly up,and loads of people have loss their homes.Now they want to blame our current situation on Obama and say he is a socialist. We as a country need health care .Even though there are a small number of uneducated,mind controlled citizens making alot of noise and false allegations, the truth will prevail.

    August 14, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  10. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    Thank you Anderson. That was a very good piece. I personally am not going to chime in with my opinion yet, because I just don't know what I feel about it right now. It's the shouting thing! It really turns me away! Yes, I agree we "all" need good healthcare. It should be available for everyone. I just wish everyone would calm down about it and quit showing thier crazy side.

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    August 14, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  11. joe

    I know for myself the outrage comes from this administration NOT listening. From this administration promising transparency which does not exits. From a President who is stubborn. From a super majority that is spending money like crazy. European nations are coming out of the recession without spending a fraction of what we have! My outrage comes from knowing inflation is creeping up (China is demanding a higher interest rate from us to continue to lend to us). It comes from the lack of job growth Obama promised, from the lack of a green industry he promised. It comes from his targeting hard working American's who happen to earn $250,000 a year as rich (does anyone realize that a couplt that graduates from a medical fellowship may earn $250,000 a year, but have something like $600,000 in debt to have put themselves through school – that is not rich). So Mr. Obama targets us as the bad ones, but in the end we all know it will be the higher taxes the hard working, educated American's will have to pay that is the real outrage! We will have to bail out his manic spending spree and people are waking up to that fact. And the 1000 page document of socialized medicine Mr. Obama is planning clearly states the Government will decide on end-of-life care and will help doctors decide on correct treatment. Choice is a basic freedom in this country that this President is trying to take away. These are the sources of my outrage!

    August 14, 2009 at 11:26 am |