September 15th, 2009
10:13 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Who wins, who loses, who pays?

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Medical malpractice has become a buzz term in the debate over health care reform. We’re separating fact from fiction this week with a series that looks into the costs of malpractice suits. Who wins, who loses, who pays?

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’re cutting through the noise over medical malpractice all week.

According to a new CNN poll, support for the war in Afghanistan has hit a new low, with only 29 percent of the public favoring U.S. military action in the country. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services committee will hold a hearing today on the reappointment of Admiral Michael G. Mullen as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And in Afghanistan, a U.N.-backed monitoring body ordered Afghanistan’s election commission to recount ballots from about 10 percent of the country’s polling stations. This war seems to be increasingly contentious for many Americans – does the Obama administration need to garner more public support to move ahead in the war?

And the reaction to Rep. Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst during President Obama’s health care speech last week is still shaking out. Democrats in the House will pass a resolution of disapproval – essentially a reprimand – on his actions. Will the resolution hurt – or help – Rep. Wilson? And apparently state and local tourism officials are being flooded by emails and calls from people across the country who say they won’t vacation in South Carolina because they’re upset by Wilson’s interruption.

We’re also following the latest developments in the case of Annie Le, the Yale graduate student who was killed on campus last week. Tom Foreman is in New Haven where he is digging deeper on the investigation. Was this a random attack? What will Le’s case do for security measures at campuses across the country? More on the case of Le’s death tonight.

What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET!

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    Many are not interested in Afghanistan, though the coverage last week was tremendous. The majority of viewers seem only to want U.S. to end the war and bring our troops home. Should AC360 still cover Afghan elections, etc, if people are saturated with war news?

    September 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  2. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Good Morning Eliza

    It seemes that the tax paying people are always stuck with the bill it's not fair ! So many have lost so much with the economy job losses and how can we be expected to pay for prescriptions .The prices are too high and doctors are laughing all the way to bank at our expense.

    Thanks for the buzz
    Michelle D.

    September 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  3. Enough

    The tax payers will be footing the bill as usual. Those who pay no taxes will get it for free. Obama will not do much with malpractice, he is in the tank with the lawyers, jut like he is with the unions. Illegals will get treated, just as the always have........for free. Government does NOT need to be providing health insurance for free. Government needs to make sure health insurance is affordable and available for anyone who wants it to purchase it. His scare tactics no longer work, he has cried the sky is falling a few too many times and we all see how well the pork filled stimulus stopped the unemployment rate from going up.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:20 am |