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Tonight we continue our eye-opening series on medical malpractice. If you think tort reform will result in a decline of costs and spending, you may be surprised by Gary Tuchman’s report tonight. He went to a town in Texas, where despite caps on medical malpractice awards, treatment and tests for Medicare patients costs almost $15,000 per year, per patient! That is about double the national average for Medicare spending. Do you think tort reform is a necessary part of the health care overhaul?
Four days ago Annie Le’s body was discovered in the walls of a Yale medical lab, and today Raymond Clark was charged for her death. Police collected over 250 pieces of evidence before arresting him at a Super 8 motel this morning. Clark is being held on $3 million bond. Police describe the crime as an incident of “workplace violence.” Both Le and Clark worked in the lab, but authorities still have not released details on their relationship. We are digging deeper and will have more information tonight on Clark and the investigation.
Today President Obama announced a significant change in U.S. policy and strategy toward Iran. He canceled the Bush Administration initiative to create a long range missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. The President said there will be a new approach based on updated intelligence indicating a need to protect from short and medium range missiles. Defense Secretary Gates, who also served under the Bush Administration, spoke after President Obama today stating that the new program is better than the one he supported three years ago. Former Presidential candidate, John McCain reacted immediately, calling the decision “misguided” with the “growing threats posed by Iran’s missile and nuclear programs.” More Republican backlash is sure to follow, but Russia, which opposed to the missile defense system, is probably delighted by the news.
We’ll also follow up on the conversation about race and politics in America. Today Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) said racist attitudes are not welcome in the GOP, and opposition to the President is based solely on policy. Boehner called the election of President Obama a “defining moment” for the country. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the protests remind her of the violent clashes over gay rights in the 1970s. Do you think it’s that bad? Did President Carter’s comments help or hurt the conversation? Do we need President Obama to address all of the rhetoric in order for the country to move on?
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