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September 18th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 9/17/2009

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:

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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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  1. Sara Smith

    i was watching your show last night (9-16-09) and you had a segment on health care in McAllen, Tx. I have lived here for 30 or so years and the state of health care down here is horrible. Doctors Hospital is the worst place to go. You really should do a segment on keeping them honest. I applaud Dr. Dyke for his fortitude and speaking out against the system down here. If you can help us shed some light on the situation down here it will only benefit the surrounding area.

    Sara Smith

    September 18, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  2. susan

    You did nurses a disservice last evening by introducing a man that finished a 3 month technicians program as a nurse. There are specific educational qualifications, boards and experience that qualify someone to be called a nurse. One of the major issues in our health care is the lack of degreed and experienced nurses. The the numbers are growing as those of us who are worked in the field are retiring. A technician is not s sub for a nurse and should not be introduce as one. Technicians and aids need to introduce themselves as who they are not try to present themselves as having finished a professional training that they did not complete.

    September 18, 2009 at 1:13 pm |