September 11th, 2009
11:23 AM ET

Terror concerns dropping?

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CNN/Opinon Research Corporation

Concern about a terrorist attack in the United States is roughly half of what it was immediately after the September 11 attacks, according to a new national poll.

Thirty-four percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey released on the eve of the eighth anniversary of 9/11 say they think an act of terrorism in the U.S. over the next few weeks is likely, with 64 percent indicating such an attack is not likely. The 34 percent figure is down 20 points from three years ago and is nearly half the 66 percent who in late 2001 felt a terrorist attack was likely.

The poll also indicates that only one in 10 say that a terrorist attack is likely in the community where they live. More than six in 10 say they have confidence in the Obama administration's ability to protect the country from terrorism, although only one in four say they have a great deal of confidence.

Find full results to the poll here...

September 11th, 2009
11:03 AM ET

The Healthcare Hostage Crisis: Bankrupting the insured

Editor's Note: This article continues our 8-part series excerpted from the "Healthcare Hostage Crisis" chapter of AC360° contributor David Gewirtz's upcoming book, How To Save Jobs, which will be available in October. To learn more about the book, follow David on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/DavidGewirtz. Last week, we looked at how America's healthcare compared with other countries. This week, we start our look at how America's insurance system is failing those who are already insured.

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David Gewirtz | BIO
AC360° Contributor
Editor-in-Chief, ZATZ Publishing

Insurance coverage is another myth. We've all been led to believe that as long as we have insurance, we'll be taken care of. As insurance rates go up and up and up, we've been promised that even though it costs a lot more, it's worth it because our future is being assured.

But, like we've come to see with other aspects of the health care industry, health insurance is worse than broken - to many people, it seems more scam than service.

In August 2009, The American Journal of Medicine published a clinical research study entitled "Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study." The research team consisted of David Himmelstein, MD, of the Harvard Medical School, Deborah Thorne, Ph.D., of Ohio University, Elizabeth Warren, JD, of Harvard Law, and Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, also of Harvard Medical School.

I'm pointing out the research team here because I want you to understand that this is highly credible data.

There's one other thing I need to point out. This study was done in 2007, before the massive economic downturn that began during the 2008 presidential election cycle. What this means is the data presented provides far greater clarity about the health care industry's contribution to bankruptcy than it would have had the study been conducted later, when a lot of other bank failure-related issues might have muddied the mix.


Filed under: David Gewirtz • Health Care
September 11th, 2009
11:00 AM ET

Financial Dispatch: 9/11 Day of Service

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Gene Bloch
Managing Editor
CNN New York

On this eighth anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, as we remember the 2,976 people who died, we have the story of a trading firm that donates 100 percent of its profits on this day to charity. For the last five years, BGC, a firm spun off from Cantor Fitzgerald which lost 658 employees at the World Trade Center, has made the 9/11 anniversary a day of service. Susan Lisovicz is reporting on Newsroom and from the NYSE later today.

We’re looking ahead to another anniversary, marked next week – the collapse of Lehman Brothers. CNNMoney’s sister publication, Fortune Magazine, got special access to some of the people in the highest offices on Wall Street at the time of the collapse. We’ll share some of what they remember, what they say has changed, and what they’ve learned.

On the economic front, Monday will be a big day – as we mark the one year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers (note, the actual anniversary is Sept 15), President Obama will deliver what the White House is billing as a major speech on the financial crisis at Federal Hall in New York. He’s expected to discuss the steps that the Administration has taken to boost the economy, and steps that need to be taken to prevent such a crisis from reoccurring.


Filed under: Economy • Finance • Gene Bloch • September 11th Anniversary
September 11th, 2009
10:18 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Eight years after 9/11

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

All around the world today, people are pausing to remember the 9/11 attacks. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama held a moment of silence outside the White House today, as tribute services were held across the nation to remember the 2,752 people were who were killed in the attacks.

In New York, there was a moment of silence at the site of the former World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. – when the first jet struck the North Tower, followed by another at 9:03 a.m., when the South Tower was hit. According to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll, the level of concern in the U.S. about terrorism is about half of what it was right after 9/11. Do you agree? How concerned are you about the potential of another terrorist attack?

Anderson is live from Afghanistan tonight where he has been reporting from the front lines on the fight against the Taliban. He’s in Helmand province, where he’s been out on IED sweeps with Marines and patrols with the Afghan National Army. He reports on how this war has changed since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, right after the 9/11 attacks. Who are we still hunting? What kind of progress are we making? And what about the search for Osama bin Laden?


Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
September 11th, 2009
10:15 AM ET

Collateral damage in the ruckus over healthcare reform

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Steven M. Asch, Karl Lorenz, and Diane Meier
RAND Corporation

What can you choose when life restricts you to the narrow width of a hospital bed and your view is one of life’s final horizon? None of us can choose to live forever. But we can, usually, choose how to make the most of our remaining weeks, months, or years.

Helping patients choose how to live well at the end of life lies at the heart of advance-care planning. This is when patients, doctors, and loved ones talk things over and draw up a plan to match health care services to the patient’s goals. Such honest information, discussion, and choice were at the heart of the now-defunct provision in the proposed healthcare reform legislation that would have reimbursed doctors for counseling patients and their families at this crucial time. And yet, something so seemingly straightforward has still ended up at the center of a volley of political charges and countercharges, including a prominent mention in President Obama’s address to Congress on Wednesday night.

One of the provision’s critics, Sarah Palin, says she, not government bureaucrats, should choose what sort of medical care her developmentally delayed son might get. What parent would dispute her? Just this week Palin reiterated her opposition to advance-care planning provisions in health care reform in a Wall Street Journal commentary. But when a child is facing difficult medical treatment, Ms. Palin and virtually every other parent would need honest information about the medical alternatives and likely effects.


Filed under: Health Care
September 11th, 2009
08:47 AM ET

Dear President Obama #235: Bad memories and better days

Reporter's Note: More than a dozen Cabinet Secretaries and the like will help commemorate this anniversary of 9/11. President Obama has called for prayer and remembrance.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

I suppose one of the sadder duties of your new office is commemorating this day; all those innocent people killed, all that fear and chaos, and the sense that the security we lost that morning will likely never fully return, at least not in our lifetimes. I know that you and your Cabinet will be doing things to mark the moment, but I thought you might be interested to know what I do every year at this time: I count up some good things that have happened since 2001.

In the past eight years, commercial passenger jets have taken off and landed safely in this country more than 87-million times.

2-billion times, people went hiking, camping or fishing in our nation’s parks and wild places.

About 4-million patent applications were filed.

More than 1-million new books were published.

Close to 2-billion cartons of apples were grown.

Almost 18-million weddings took place.

More than 32-million babies were born, who will grow up saying 9/11 happened before they were even alive.


September 11th, 2009
08:09 AM ET

Acts of kindness to mark 9/11

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Jay S. Winuk
Special to CNN

The eighth anniversary of the attacks of September 11 raises a compelling question for millions of Americans: How should we best observe this uniquely tragic day in our nation's history?

Surely, it should not be a holiday. This is no time for days off from work and three-day weekends to enjoy barbeques and white sales.

No, September 11 is a day for reflection, and its historical and emotional significance should not lessen with time or be diminished in any way. It is a day to focus on the substantial lessons learned.

I'm a 9/11 family member. My brave brother, Glenn J. Winuk, was a partner at a large law firm, Holland & Knight, located two blocks from the World Trade Center.

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