September 14th, 2009
10:21 AM ET

Morning Buzz: How to deal with medical malpractice?

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Doctors make mistakes. It happens. But what should be done about it? Many on one side of the issue say taking doctors to court is really the only way of keeping them honest, diligent and thorough. But people on the other side say that’s what has caused doctors to practice so-called defensive medicine – which many argue leads to higher prices for everyone.

Medical malpractice has also come up in President’s Obama plan to reform the health care system. Gary Tuchman sits down with some lawyers who have spent decades working on medical malpractice suits. We’ll separate fact from fiction and cut through the noise over medical malpractice all week.

What a year! President Obama is in New York City today marking the one-year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The firm actually filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sept. 15, but Obama will deliver what the White House is billing as a major speech on the financial crisis. He is expected to make a strong case for immediate action on regulatory reform as well as discuss the steps that the Administration has taken to boost the economy. Ali Velshi will take stock of the financial upheaval we’ve all experienced over the past year and give us the break down of where we stand now, and what we may expect in the near future.


Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
September 14th, 2009
08:23 AM ET

Dear President Obama #238: The long run strategy

Reporter's Note: President Obama is launching a new week after a presumably relaxing weekend. I, on the other hand, am hobbling around looking for an ice bag and writing yet another letter to the White House.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

So the half marathon in the dawn light of Sunday was an unqualified success! I was unqualified to make it with my hit and miss training schedule, and yet I was successful anyway. About two miles in a knot developed in my right calf that felt like I’d suddenly had a baseball implanted in the muscle. Couldn’t shake it for the life of me, but since it was basically just a really painful cramp, not an injury, I kept going and completed the 13.1 miles in just under two hours. Hooray!

With a new week underway, it is fitting that I am writing about long runs, because that’s precisely what was on my mind when the Tea Party Express crowd rolled into DC over the weekend. Did you see these folks? Thousands of people gathered at the Capitol to celebrate the end of their cross country tour opposing your health care plan, objecting to taxes, and frankly rousing support from anyone they can for a long term goal: Taking Congress back from the Democrats, and pushing you out of the White House.

I’ve heard many Dems dismiss these people are somehow hopelessly strange and out of touch with reality; calling them all sorts of horrible names, just as the tea partiers are calling you names, too. But I think it is important to pay attention to how their message appears to be resonating with voters. Because in one particular way, the Tea Party campaign is tapping into the same unrest that put you into the White House.


September 14th, 2009
08:15 AM ET

Why the shock about Joe Wilson?

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Julian E. Zelizer
Special to CNN

When Rep. Joe Wilson interrupted President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress by yelling "You lie!" a livid House Speaker Nancy Pelosi looked as if she was about to jump out of her seat and give her colleague a five-minute "time out" for misbehavior.

Majority Whip Jim Clyburn warned that he supports reprimanding Wilson unless he goes to the well of the House and apologizes. Many pundits and politicians have subsequently lamented that the incident has revealed a new level of incivility in Congress.

And certainly this was an embarrassing moment for the GOP, which looked more like the party of Joseph McCarthy than Ronald Reagan. This has been a summer when some members of the Republican Party outside of Congress have chosen a strategy of yelling and screaming, rather than debating and legislating.

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