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September 29th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 09/29/09

We've got the raw politics of the today's health care reform vote on Capitol Hill. Democrats battle Democrats. Is the fight doomed? Plus, a father's fight. He goes to Japan to get his kidnapped children back and he ends up in jail. And, an earthquake hits near American Samoa prompting tsunami warnings and advisories - even along the U.S. west coast.

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  1. Patricia B.

    My heart broke when I heard that there will be no public option. I can just feel the despair of those who had hoped for health care help. It's a sad day for America.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  2. Justin

    The public option needs to be put in. Too much control is given to insurers and they basically control a monopoly or at least, an oligopoly, in pricing every citizen's healthcare.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  3. Mary

    I agree with Michael Moore. If the government-run option is dead then health care reform is dead! My family cannot afford anything else.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  4. donna

    When needed our health is just as important as the fire or police deptpartments and should be run the same way, not for profit.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  5. Marius Bor

    I applaud Michael Moore and you Anderson for furthering the discussion on health care. I am from Holland, have relatives in Canada and Europe and can assure you that NONE would change to our system. Our politicians are bowing to interest pressure once more.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  6. Steve Clutter

    I agree with Micheal ,we should have a public optoon.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  7. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The people need the public option; otherwise, find another office job!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Polls say 70% of Americans want a public option, but only 50% support Omamacare. What with that?

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I have to agree with Michael Moore. Im not in agreement about going after everyone who doesnt pass the public option, but I agree that the public option does need to be in the bill.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  10. Karen Gonyea

    I agree! We need the public option.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  11. Antonio

    Our politicians are being held hostage by the insurance companies. This is pathetic.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  12. Alexis Watson

    What can we do now if we want the public option? Is it too late?

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  13. Susan Leese

    I'm with Michael Moore and I will help him in find new canidates for the primaries. WE WANT PUBLIC OPTION. Why can't they hear us?

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Anthonia-Bay Area,California

    GoodEvening Everyone!!

    @Gady-Maybe public option is dead because the health care system is down..waay down..

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  15. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. Maybe no full blown public option as it stands now, but the House bill and the Baucus bill both make health insurance mandatory for everyone and the house bill anyway massively expands Medicaid and Medicare (not as sure how the Medicare part works) giving assistance to people who can't afford insurance, so the whole thing is sort of the public option in effect. Though I can understand the feeling that w/o the public option as proposed, there's nothing for private insurers to run against as far as competition.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  16. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    I like Michael Moore because he's not scared to stand up for what he believes in. I may not always agree with him, but I respect the way he goes about voicing his concerns.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Gary Douglas

    Re: Michael Moore comments.... Mike! Thanks for telling the truth! You are RIGHT ON brother!!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Yvane

    As a nurse i believe the public option for health care insurance is a must.please help

    September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Joe

    Michael Moore doesn't understand business.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Cessy, Chicago IL

    I dont like not having options....

    September 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  21. john Vann

    Public Option is a must

    September 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Why is it that celebrities like Michael Moore are even interviewed for serious topics? I really don't care what they say whether it's Kermit the frog to Brad Pitt.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  23. cindy goodwin

    Michael Moore should run for office. He's got my vote!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Brad

    The thing that Michael Moore does not understand (or chooses not to understand) is that Pure Democracy is not a good thing. Intelligent choices must be made by informed representatives. Otherwise, we end up giving everything to everyone without anyone paying for it. People will always vote for something they get that is paid for with other people's money. That is human nature.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Lori from IL

    @ Jo Ann -

    the majority of people agree with Michael Moore - unfortunately, congress seems to be listening to the town hall "yellers"!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Jamie

    Where did Michael Moore get his facts and stats on what the American people think about socialized healthcare? It sounds like more of an assumption.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  27. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Hello Anderson, David (Indiana), friends and bloggers…

    September 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  28. Lynne

    I'm really sick and tired of people saying that Roman Palanski is the victim! He never paid for what he did! As a victim of rape his excuses are just that excuses!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    That's right JoAnne, Michael Moore doesn't speak for all the American people–he only speaks for the majority of Americans.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  30. PS Tapatio

    Thank you Michael Moore. Why not start with those in congress who are beholden to the insurance lobby, medical provider lobby, and the AMA, among others? Those should be the first targets as they stand in the way of finally ending this 40 year+ battle for universal healthcare!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Theresa, Des Moines

    Michael Moore seems out of touch. Polls I've seen show that people want health care reform but are against public option.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Jane - Vt

    I think Michael Moore is right, Sen. Baucus and the other Dems will be sorry they stood up for the insurance and drug companies and not their constituents.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I'm not necessarily for a public option, but I am for regulation over cost and treatments aimed at insurance companies and commercial healthcare providers.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Lori

    Hello Erica and Anderson! Hello Bloggers! Happy Tuesday!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Michael Moore doesn't speak for all the American people.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Who cares what Michael Moore says? If the Dems vote for a public option I think the American people will vote them out of office.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Happy Tuesday night! 🙂

    September 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Obama cant even score a point .

    September 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Lori from IL

    We need a public option, to cut healthcare costs - Why are people so afraid of the public option?

    September 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  40. starr, formerly known as vncent

    Good evening Anderson, Erica & entire Team 360.
    Good evening fellow bloggers.

    I am deeply disappointed about the defeat of the Public Option in the health care insurance reform. I do not trust insurance company's to be disaplined enough finacially to offer the people affordable insurance, which would require a decrease in profits.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Cessy, Chicago IL

    good evening, everyone... Hi Anderson!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Neither side expected a victory today. The point was to get the comittee members to state publicly their position. Besides, we already have government health care folks. It's called Medicare.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    There are better ways to get competition than having the government run health care. If they opened to border to Canadian drugs and allowed insurance companies to sell across state lines, prices would drop drastically.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    g' evening bloggers

    September 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Jane - Vt

    I hope they are able to get the public option into law. The majority of the people want health care reform with the public option.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Tracey - Boston

    howdy

    September 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Jane - Vt

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, and everyone.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all. So much going on, it's hard to keep up with it all. We desperately need health care reform.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! May you all are doing well.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Good Evening Anderson and everyone. Sounds like tonight is going to be an interesting one.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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