August 21st, 2009
05:44 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Federal budget deficits now projected to be $9 trillion

President Obama finds himself squeezed by party liberals and Blue Dog Democrats in the debate on health care.

President Obama finds himself squeezed by party liberals and Blue Dog Democrats in the debate on health care.

Suvro Banerji
AC360° Intern

CNN has learned that the federal budget deficit is now projected to be $9-trillion, over 10 years. That's up from the previous estimate of $7-trillion. That red ink is proving to be red meat for critics of the Obama Administration, who say we simply can't afford bailouts, stimulus and, possibly, health care reform. Tom Foreman's got details of how this new number is changing the health care debate.

Also tonight, former Bush administration officials are knocking allegations from Tom Ridge, the former secretary of homeland security, who wrote in an upcoming book that key cabinet members tried to play politics with terror alert levels, just four days before the 2004 presidential election. We will dig deeper with CNN National Security Contributor and former Homeland Security Adviser to President Bush, Frances Townsend, and CNN political contributor and Democratic strategist Paul Begala.

Plus, confusion over a star athlete’s gender. 18-year old South African runner, Caster Semenya won the gold medal in the world women's 800 meter event in Berlin. But that achievement has been overshadowed by a gender verification test ordered by athletic officials . This amid claims that she is actually a man. Transgender medicine specialist, Dr. Maddie Deutsch will join us tonight to explain more.

Finally, new details in the murder of swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore. Her body was found in a bloody suitcase with her fingers and teeth removed. Prosecutors reveal today the body was so disfigured that authorities were forced to identify her by the serial numbers on her breast implants. There is new information on her fugitive alleged killer, a former reality show contestant. Northeastern University Criminologist James Fox will share his insight.

All these stories and much more tonight on 360° at 10pm ET. See you then!

soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. N. Manetavat

    The Govt. has deficits because the peoples do not pay enough taxes. The Govt. has to borrow and spends. The more the Govt. borrows and spends the more Americans getting richer. When the Govt. spends money, money will go back to American peoples directly or indirectly. The rich peoples get more benifit from Govt. spending because they have the money to invest. In 1985 we had 13 billionaires but now we have over 1000. At the sametime Govt. deficits went up. America has over 100 trillion dollars in asset, so don't worry about debts. The more the Govt. spends the more Americans will be richer. ENJOY.

    August 23, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  2. Janice

    I think president Obama shoult stop thinking o bougget and start thinking on somany people that need help for there education health and stop thinking whats is going to happing

    August 23, 2009 at 8:10 pm |
  3. Billy from Canada

    Having lived in both the USA and Canada, i can understand both sides of the health care argument. Any kind of reform is going to cost money. There is no way around it. Living in Canada i enjoy universal health care, i've never recieved a bill in mail. Nor do i worry if i have an emergency. However we in canada do pay a larger amount of tax.

    I've paid attention to this healthcare debate ever since it started. I have a gut feeling that the "status quo" is not going to change, and then the whole country will be in dire straits. Infliation will cause prices to go up so high that more and more people that can afford health care now, will not be able to afford it in the future.

    August 23, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    Now, this great scandal mongering and nothing else, for a few reasons:
    1) Even at $9 trillion many other so called advanced nations have a bigger national debt, Japan being one.
    2) As Einstien said it is all relative.
    3) The real punchline is stop being the worlds policeman and war fighter.
    The savings here can reduce the deficit, and invest half that into Health care, Clean energy,Infrastructure in US and put the US worker back to work. Methinks you'll have a surplus in 10 years time!!

    August 23, 2009 at 3:06 am |
  5. nea

    Yes this country have a deficit problem but some people dont need to complain about debt they just need to pay their taxes. Also maybe President Obama and his Adminstration should have let this country collaspe like G.Bush did then i wonder what people would say then. No bailouts,no tax cuts for the middle class no help from the government at all then i wonder really wonder what people would say then.

    August 23, 2009 at 1:02 am |
  6. Roger W. Aberathy, Ph.D.


    I do not understand why it seems that no one talks about prevention–not medical prevention, but teaching children from preschool on what the benefits of valuing, respecting and loving themselves and acting upon it 100% jcan do. Trillions of dollars would be saved. Why ignore this?

    I got into a somewhat healthful lifestyle on my own at age 11 because it made sense. I read some books on healthful living. I'll be 72 this year and I'm extremely healthy. I have an annual blood draw and that's all.
    I've been the same bodyweight for 58 years. I stopped growisng at age 14. Prevention doesn't have to be legislated–it can be taught.

    August 22, 2009 at 9:21 pm |
  7. nea

    People can criticize this President all they want but whether they like it or not he is doing a good job. then some have a nerve to talk about the country being in debt but what about those rebate checks and tax cuts that you got before did you complain about debt then? no, because it was benefiting you, did you even try to send back the check and say its increasing the debt .And say what you want everybody in the U.S.probably recieved one. Even now some of you are cheating the government by not paying taxes or are getting some type of government benefit then you have a nerve to complain about deficit.

    August 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  8. pdw

    I think we should not forgot how much of a deficit the country was already in from the bush administration. How much of these trillions of dollars has come from a fruitless war over the last 6+ years? Without that, we could have funded healthcare reform, education reform, environmental reform, a greener energy policy, and the list goes on. Why are we forgetting this?

    August 22, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  9. J Wilborn

    Please explain the difference between Wii and Wee. The commentators got it wrong AGAIN. Wii-Wii-ing means flittering and flailing around like when you are playing Wii – it has nothing to do with releasing body fluids (DUH) You younger commentators should know what a Wii is- stop trying to trap and trip up Obama for saying the wrong thing. That's why he said what he said, Media grabs hold of something and runs with it not knowing what they are talking about

    August 22, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  10. RLWellman

    President Bush doubled the national debt and President Obama quadrupled the national debt. I guess you are right, President Obama is doing a better job.
    Guess what? I'm just going to quit working and you smart kids can pay everything for me too.

    August 22, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  11. Shy

    Now with the abortions. What if it was causing the women health problems? What if she was a rap victim and the baby was due to this? How do we know where to draw the line on health. Budgets are a big part of this. Both private and public health care needs help. Many people cant get this due to their income, taxes and many other bills that must be paid. How is it people can have health care but still have to pay the hospital more moeny. Its time for a change and people need to see that. There is to much to be said on this and how primordial people can be in such a new age. There are too many things that need to change because new health problems are being discovered.

    August 22, 2009 at 3:07 am |
  12. Sara Ray

    Theres always a trade off to everything: the more extreme the problem is, the greater the solution that is needed to solve it. The financial risk of this reform is undeniable, but the risk of not doing enough is wasted effort. We must be sure that the solution put forth is worthwhile. At this point there doesnt seem to be any real solution without reformation of the entire healthcare system. I certainly dont see it.

    August 22, 2009 at 2:49 am |
  13. Arland

    I personally am impressed that the deficit isn't higher. If you figure in the tax cuts for the rich, you know the "have mores", the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the medicare part D fiasco and the payments to the financial districts, not to mention the loss of revenue with outsourcing of jobs, you could imagine that it would be even higher. Good job Mr. President, now if you could reverse all of the disastrous decisions of the Bush years, we would see a fiscal surplus. Good luck with a difficult job.

    August 22, 2009 at 2:29 am |
  14. truthislove45

    Michael says a time is coming Jesus is a fairytale?! Who is the GREAT liar but he who denies the Son! Such is the antichrist. Follow such words to your own damnation.faith in Jesus Christ sets sinners FREE everday and thers nothing your mockerys and vain wisdom can do about that!!!

    August 22, 2009 at 2:09 am |
  15. mary

    Jeannine Smith
    You have GOT to be kidding!, you might be white, middle class, well educated, but NOT well informed, you have to go back to the Clinton administration to make a recount of ALL corruption and since then, to analyze that the majority of Congress are Democrats, so I suggest that next time try to get inform from a trustworthy source and learn what legitimate means, oops I forgot you are a smart woman

    August 22, 2009 at 2:08 am |
  16. truthislove45

    Dear Arland: since when do business ROB their unborn childrens bank accounts. How twisted to FORCE future children (whom many liberals condem via murder aka abortion) too sighn a check they didn't agree to or support a man only God knows if they would or not. Obama sits there smiling in his sin!! Only a blind fool would follow his corruption!

    August 22, 2009 at 2:02 am |
  17. truthislove45

    The wicked ROB from future generations. Your station treats Obama like he is so special! WAKE UP in Jesus name! Obama is playing many in the media like fools. Enough of the blame Bush excuses. Obama has dug a hole deeper in the last 7 months then Bush did in 8 years! If people do NOT give out of their hearts then God doesn't honor such giving. Obama seeks to FORCE people too be moral when that healthcare bill is SOOO far from GODS standards of righteousness! Obama is a huckster and wolf in sheeps clothing!

    August 22, 2009 at 1:56 am |
  18. mary

    It's outrageous to watch such a serious journalist like you, Anderson working for CNN, where such contributors as Paul Begala and so many others twisting the Truth and are just motivated like the liberals, greedy, corrupt and evil minds that are manipulating all this HEALTH CARE ... to make millions, at expenses of the American people.

    August 22, 2009 at 1:50 am |
  19. Arland

    Dear Dave, have you ever even heard of "to earn money you need to spend money". It takes on the average, just for a small business owner in America, $100,000 and 2-4 years of debt to even begin to earn a profit. Why do you even think that a country of 350,000,000 people would be different. I find it amusing that you think it is so easy that in 8 months time we could even begin to reverse the perverse business practices of the last 8 years. If you have the time and energy to type your allegations without performing any sincere research then you deserve this type of rhetoric.

    August 22, 2009 at 1:42 am |
  20. Cindy

    Thanks Dave for your comments... People do forget that the Dems have been the majority in Congress since 2006. When are people going to get their heads out of the sand and see that this has been a long time coming but what Obama has spent in the past six months is staggering!! I am all for the first family taking a vacation but don't think now is the time and spending $35,000 a week on accommodations is ridiculous! Stop spending Obama!!

    August 22, 2009 at 1:32 am |
  21. Linda Carel

    I still want to talk about the last story...when you re-run the segments, people out west see them after the fact, and the comments are closed before we get a chance to say anything. Who is running your internet?
    Public opinion is more important now than ever, they want to be heard.
    Huff Post...they leave the comments OPEN, so people can weigh in and debate.

    Anderson, you keep people honest, your questions are perfect...
    I believe! I LOVE how you don't let guests get away with manufactured comments, like that blonde on the Security Level/Politics segment.
    Do these people really believe what they're saying? Or will they just
    say anything to prove someone else wrong? Thanks so much for keeping it REAL – and smart.

    August 22, 2009 at 1:28 am |
  22. dave

    Obama just announced the deficit will go to 9 trillion – that's due to HIS brilliant plan to spend our way to financial prosperity. You forget that the later part of the Bush presidency the Democrats were the majority in Congress.
    When are the Democrats going to take some responsibility for the mess they are creating. There is obvious tons of confusion going on now, with a Democratic president, house and senate. They're not even united within their own party – why? because the policies they have been trying to ram through congress stink. All americans, no just republicans are fed up.
    Obama should scrap his health care plan and focus on fixing one thing at a time.

    August 22, 2009 at 12:25 am |
  23. Michael

    "I'm changing the subject and am going to direct the attention to what your about to read and learn. Let's talk about "GOD" or "THE CREATOR" as well as those who worship Jesus before God. I know the truth about why christians were taught to love Jesus Christ and worship him on that cross. "REMEMBER TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO BE DECIEVED" The world needs to know that GOD who is "THE CREATOR" is who everyone should pray to if you believe. If you don't believe in GOD than I suggest you start believing soon if not sooner. I will never bow down to a carved image on a piece of wood. or worship any false idol for that matter. The TRUTH ABOUT GOD AND THE FAIRYTALE ABOUT JESUS IS ABOUT TO GET REVEALED TO THE WHOLE WORLD BY SOME WORDS OF WISDOM. THE EMPIRE HAS CREATED THE FLOOD, (and it's not by any means with water) IT'S THE FLOOD OF LIES THAT GENERATIONS HAVE BEEN TAUGHT AND LED TO BELIEVE THAT YES I AM GOING TO SAY IT SO GET READY FOR IT. DON'T WORSHIP JESUS ANYMORE IF YOU WANT TO BE SAVED BY GOD. WORSHIP GOD ONLY BECAUSE GOD IS WHAT ITS ABOUT. iT'S NOT ABOUT JESUS OR THE CARVED

    August 22, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  24. Michael

    "I'm changing the subject and am going to direct the attention to what your about to read and learn. Let's talk about "GOD" or "THE CREATOR" as well as those who worship Jesus before God. I know the truth about why christians were taught to love Jesus Christ and worship him on that cross. "REMEMBER TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO BE DECIEVED" The world needs to know that GOD who is "THE CREATOR" is who everyone should pray to if you believe. If you don't believe in GOD than I suggest you start believing soon if not sooner. I will never bow down to a carved image on a piece of wood. or worship any false idol for that matter. The TRUTH ABOUT GOD AND THE FAIRYTALE ABOUT JESUS IS ABOUT TO GET REVEALED TO THE WHOLE WORLD BY SOME WORDS OF WISDOM. THE EMPIRE HAS CREATED THE FLOOD, (and it's not by any means with water) IT'S THE FLOOD OF LIES THAT GENERATIONS HAVE BEEN TAUGHT AND LED TO BELIEVE THAT YES I AM GOING TO SAY IT SO GET READY FOR IT. DON'T WORSHIP JESUS ANYMORE IF YOU WANT TO BE SAVED BY GOD. WORSHIP GOD ONLY BECAUSE GOD IS WHAT ITS ABOUT. iT'S NOT ABOUT JESUS OR THE CARVED IMAGE.

    August 22, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  25. Jeremy

    How to pay for health care in America: 1. cut salary after serving in congress. *no more salaries for life
    2. cut presidents salary after serving in office and minimal security after leaving office.
    3. cut health care benefits for life for congressional/presidential people after their term they can get a job with health benefits after leaving office.
    4. cut waste in military, we are not the guardians of the world our business should mainly be focused on the US and foreign policy left to congress. don't put up missile defense systems in other countries and try to play it off as security for ours!
    Those are just 4 simple steps to helping cut costs and give money for healthcare reform

    August 21, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  26. Ashli

    physicians* (typo)
    nurse patient ratios* (typo)

    August 21, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  27. Ashli

    I caught a little bit of the show tonight about healthcare. There were comments made on talking about incentive strategies we can do as a country to get people to take more action in preventitive health care and how we can recruit more individuals to pursue careers as primary care physcicians. I agree about trying to motivate and educate individuals on more preventitive health care, but what about recruiting more nurses?? Not only is there a shortage and the problems we already face with access to care and nurse patient rations, but I believe Nurse practitioners are going to be key health care leaders in the primary care role as well.

    August 21, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  28. beverly varfeka

    Medicare does not pay all bills. Most of us have a supplemental insurance policy to cover all that medicare does not pay. We buy from as Obama would say the "greedy" insurance companies. My husband and I pay over $7,600 in supplemental insurance and it down not cover dental or eye care.

    Only the past two years has our drug costs been covered by medicare part d

    August 21, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  29. melissa

    Dear Mr. Cooper –
    I have to wonder where the "government" gets most of their information for creating policy on health care. It is not from the "common providers". I am a provider for health care in a small under served area. The number of people who are on "government assistance" and drive 4 door diesel duallies, wear Tommy Hilfiger and etc. is ridiculous. Also, some live in Mexico and yet receive multiple assistance from the government. It is my belief that if the government would enforce current policy regarding citizenship to receive assistance, preform a proper checks and balances regarding assistance and evenly support everyone, the health care in this country would be improved at a much less cost. Thank you.

    August 21, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  30. Sharon Sussman

    Healthcare reform is essential for this country. If you think because you are insured today you are covered, think again! Tomorrow you could be 1 of the 50 M uncovered. We need to shift the focus of healthcare to primary care and prevention instead of disease focused. Patient education is critical to keeping America healthy. This is where the savings in cost is. Keep the lines of communication open and support reform.

    August 21, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  31. Carol Newton

    If we're talking about HealthCARE reform, why is the conversation about INSURANCE???? if we eliminated insurance and used generic drugs wouldn't that provide a huge cut in medical costs??? Why are we letting insurance companies run our HealthCARE?????

    August 21, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  32. Virginia Hammon

    When Obama took office we were $10.6 trillion in debt, and it cost us $440 billion in interest in 2008.

    77% of that debt was incurred by just three Republican presidents: Reagan ($1.76 trillion), Bush I ($1.5 trillion), Bush II/Cheney ($4.9 trillion).

    Both Clinton and Obama made 10 year projections. Bush II/Cheney made 5 year projections. You punish the Democrats for their prudence by emphasizing the projected 10 year total. It's clear from comments that people hear the amount, not the increase over time.

    August 21, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  33. Dionigi

    I actually have Healthcare (Aetna) and my urgent care visit was only covered 80%, so I'm stuck with a huge medical bill. Also many specialists like dermatologists require that you pay about $200 for you visit and that you ask your insurance to reimburse you.

    Is the discussion about healthcare ASSURANCE, that all Americans have the right to be served medically, or is that about heathcare INSURANCE companies and trying to compensate them after they've been robbing people for decades? Why aren't the big insurance companies speaking about, in their defense, saying that they will try to accomodate even those with pre-existing conditions? Where are the CEOs of these insurance companies? I believe most Americans fear the unknown, but after living abroad in Europe I can attest that a public option is the best way to reform healthcare assurance. Also in companies like France and Italy, where universal healthcare thrives very effectively, citizens do also have the option to chose private HMO plans!

    August 21, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  34. Carolyn -Austin TX

    Anderson... can anyone show the details of what things are creating our deficit from what time.. not just going forward. Although we can not change the past, we can ask compensation back from those who benefited from past expenditures/tax cuts, We need some good accountants on your show!

    August 21, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  35. Tony Thornton

    can doctors perform an Xray to determine gender?
    i find it hard to believe that with today's technology, we cann't determine gender ID with in a reasonable amount of time.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  36. Mary J.

    Anderson.....Why do you allow comments/lies by nay-saying Republicans to be the LAST WORD ON YOUR SHOW??
    (8/21/2009 @ 10:15 or so) . mj

    August 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  37. Jeannine Smith

    2009. NOT 2008. Typo.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  38. Mitra

    Reform is needed as any cost. In our education system and healthcare. Without those two, we are no better than a 3rd world country. If we want a stronger and safer country from terorists nand drugs, we have to pay.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  39. Jeannine Smith

    You have GOT to be kidding! Are you really trying to pin our economic turmoil on the guy who inherited this job in January 2008? Get a sense of news, will you people! I am a middle- class, white, well -educated woman, and I can tell you I am disgusted with any dimwit who wants or tries to suggest this disaster-of- an-economy was created , or even enabled, over the past eight months. Please, do some factual reporting about where our economic disasters originated. Obviously, you and the Republican public are unaware.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  40. Malou

    The budget deficit is enormous. I don't see how president obama can realistically expect health care reform. I say take care of the budget first.I am afraid for future of this country and our kids.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Tabitha

    Don't people understand that yelling all through the town meetings isn't the way to get things done?

    August 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  42. Tabitha

    Good evening everybody! My friends and I are excited to watch the show on healthcare.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  43. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Time to invoke the 25th Amendment. We clearly have a President incapacitated by insanity if he thinks we can afford health care on top on this.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  44. tom

    It is so hard for me to comprehend how the members of congress are so hell bent on passing this healthcare plan at any cost. They refuse to listen to opposing ideas. Reform is needed, but at what cost? I like my healthcare coverage. I have never had a procedure denied by my health insurance...can the same be said for Obamacare? I don't want this country to spend more money for less or rationed care.

    August 21, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  45. Joe R

    Hey Anderson,

    Why are you wasting our time reporting about terror risk levels from 4 years ago, when there are tax cheat in Obama's administration, when Axelrod is getting rich on health care videos, and other atrocities by officials?

    Are you trying to divert attention from the Obama administration?

    August 21, 2009 at 9:44 pm |
  46. Lisa

    Dear Anderson Cooper, I know this is not about your show but I would like to emphasize something so distubing to me. Campbell Brown showed a map in her show with creating a country called Kurdistan in the middle of Republic of Turkey. There is no such country and I expect such a news organization to know better. This is more than disrespect. CNN should immediately correct this issue and apologize for insulting Turkish nation.

    August 21, 2009 at 9:11 pm |
  47. lampe

    How in GOD'S name are we ever going to be able to pay off this debt? This thing is getting way out of hand, and somebody better take a step back from all this madness, and think long and hard before we do anything else to add to this.

    August 21, 2009 at 9:08 pm |
  48. Annie Kate

    9 trillion dollars.....what happens when a country is insolvent? Instead of handing out aid to other countries we need to pay our bills first, otherwise the other countries may have to send us aid!

    The murder of that model is just hideous and to be able to identify her only by the serial numbers on her implants....at least they had that and I'm sure the comedians will make the most of it too.

    August 21, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  49. corvedacosta

    I can't wait to watch tonight's program. There is no way we can afford this health care bill. It is not fair for our children to pay for the debts we will create. My heart goes out to Obama. He started this debate way too early. He should have sorted out the economy first and then put this on the agenda. We are fighting wars, a recession etc. we simply cannot afford it.

    Keep em honest Anderson.

    August 21, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
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