Editor's Note: The “Keeping Them Honest” segment on Wednesday night’s AC360° was very popular. Reporter Drew Griffin showed you the facts on how $32 billion in stimulus funds is being used to upgrade two remote and seldom used border crossings in northern Montana. Many of you were thrilled to see this kind of reporting and asked that more stories of stimulus money abuse be shown. We also received continued response on health care reform issues, including some from international viewers who voiced that there is too much “nonsense” being displayed over reform in the U.S. Take a look below at some of the comments we heard, and we’d love to hear what you have to say:
I saw the story on the stimulus money at the Canadian border. Keep doing stories like that uncovering abuses with stimulus money. Stay on top of the abuse in the system and with our hard earned tax dollars…I will keep on watching if you will keep reporting real news.
I was watching your segment about $15 million being spent on upgrades to one border crossings in Montana and was disgusted. The Sacramento Sheriff's Department in California just laid off 132 full-time paid deputies, demoted around 50 supervisors, cut detective levels by 50%, cut numerous specialty units because our budget was cut by our local board of supervisors. Our local economy has been devastated by the real estate disaster and the state economy has helped punch more holes in an already weak budget. Our department was unable to obtain much needed stimulus money through the COPS program and now our staffing levels have been rolled back to 15 years ago…
I was catching a flight today and had a conversation with a doctor from Wisconsin. He told me the following - that if I owned a medical insurance company and wanted to offer insurance to citizens of NY and NJ, I could not. According to him, the number of insurance companies that can compete are regulated in these states and argued that this was a good example of how money and insurance lobby was at play and working against sensible solutions to healthcare. Is this true? Why would we restrict insurance competition? If so, it certainly does not foster an environment of pricing competition and it seems that this should get some focus. Last point – why would we not simply expand the parameters of Medicaid and make that the public option?
The antics of American politicians and American people over this health care reform should be a total embarrassment to the people of the United States. The rest of the world is astonished by the nonsense being displayed over a proposed social reform which can only help millions of non-insured human beings. America – a great country to live in for the rich. But I am happy to be an average CANADIAN with my public health care system in place.
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