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. sue

    If you were without health care no question you would be singing a different song. Especially if you had a family.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  2. Bill From Tampa

    Was Micheal Moore the producer of the hidden ACORN videos? If so, Oscar time for the big fellow!!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  3. Simeon Orram-Canada

    So, what happened to all the GOP complaints on foreign policy?..President Obama has a gonzo week at the UN Gen.Assembly, the G20, and not a peep from them....No surprise there, they have bugger all to offer, but complain and moan..5, that is right, so far 5 bills on health care reform are going through Congress..It is over, the American people have looked into the eyes of the GOP, and there is nothing there, zero, zilch, nada, nothing..

    September 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  4. WIlliam Rogers

    Senator Bacus plan is handing the Insurance companies their monies worth. Next election there are some fence sitting (Insurance compromised) Democrats that I for one, will remember for their lack of Spine from sitting lopsided on their fat wallets. Single Payer should have been the Goal, and Public Option is the line in the sand!!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Steve Dennis

    Just show the amount of money donated by the health insurance companies to the Congressmen who are opposed to health care. This is why health care is not passing.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Camille

    Just because these people claim to be democrats doesnt mean they are at heart people are people after all and they get selfish when it comes to things that will benefit them. A "person" might want change but "people" get corrupt. They dont care about the american public. look at katrina and look at who was the last president. its all some sick game that they only know the rules and get the rewards

    September 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Joni Remer

    Support a public option trial run!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  8. peter schultz

    since Mr. Moore couldn't get people to listen to his half-cocked opinions as a comedian, i guess he will do it by posing as a documentary producer. i again realize why i don't normally watch this type of show...i like to read the news and decide my own opinion,and not watch it created by these pundits.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Jose

    I'm with M. Moore. I'm so angry. The feeling of betrayal is overwhelming. I'm an independent and will not for for any Democrat or Republican, ever.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  10. edward kuehnel, MD

    I am in favor of a health care reform bill with a public option. The cost of health insurance is frightening. It is hard to run a business because of it. SO MANY OF OUR PATIENTS NEED HEALTH CARE AND HAVE NO INSURANCE.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Rick

    Not sure what polls Michale Moore reads, but government already has too much power over us as it is. Can't wait until the next election to vote this 60 seat majority out.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    I agree with Moore. We have to have a public option to insure everyone....go to clinic or urgent care for uninsured. We are covering them on the back end via ER already.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  13. dbrown

    I would like for Michael's movie to be the rallying point for those who support the Public Option. Ask Michael if he will curtail his profits from this movie and investing them in support for the fight to save the Public Option!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  14. Katie

    Good Evening, Mr. Anderson.
    Michael Moore is absolutely correct in his assessment. Without a Public Option this legislation will not be a reform. Its about choice. We the people should not be denied.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Sue

    If Michael Moore is the best you can offer to support the Public Health Options, that should let everyone know we don't need it.
    We should not think that our government is responsible for everything in our lives. The government should protect us from foreign invasion not run our lives or take care of us. We have enough public programs, somebody in this country needs to know they have to work for what they get.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  16. Amrit

    The public health care option will provide good coverage for working class Americans who then will not have to fear the effects of health financially.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  17. CURTIS

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

    I think this is because we don't necessarily think Obama's plan is the best. I was HOPING our representatives would figure out the best options, but it's obvious they don't care enough about us to make it happen (on both sides).

    September 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  18. John

    It is a bit disappointing to see the public option fall through, but it should be expected in the end. The health insurance industry would more than likely take a big blow with a public "non profit" option to compete with, and while the American people might suffer from this, at least the insurance industry gets to make larger profits, right?

    September 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  19. karina

    It is mind boggling to watch the opposition.. Obama sadly has been too soft on this issue and this was probably the most important issue that the public voted him in office for. Want to see true health care reform shouldve been universal..

    September 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  20. Victor Palmer

    Health care reform without a public option is caving in to special interests,. There should be no compromise.
    Support President Obama !

    September 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Lori from IL, If that were true, the Democrats would all be in agreement, but they are not. They are afraid of losing the next election.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  22. Letitia

    Jo Ann, et al.: Michael Moore happens to be right. Those most in need of the public option are unfortunately too busy trying to make a living to go to town hall meetings to scream down those who are ridiculously opposed. All civilized Western nations have coverage for all of their citizens. What's wrong with us?

    September 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  23. Shannon

    Why can't the Americans follow the same policy that the Canadians have.? People of middle, upper & lower class all get coverage

    September 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  24. J.D Dadras

    Mr. Moore is right, after all Rush and Co. Sacre Tactic worked

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Paula

    Michael is so right. People in our family have lost jobs, hard-working people who now need the public option of health care. Congress gets health care, so why can't we?

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Janine from PA.

    Good evening Mr. Cooper & AC360
    I think this health reform needs to come in baby steps. First keep companies from denying insurance to people with pre existing conditions. Also they cannot deny treatment and act like doctors. And with HMO, there should not be rules that if you are out of the network you have problems. There should not be an outside anything for medical care.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  27. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    There are plenty of reforms that everyone agrees with, like removal of pre-existing conditions, and not allowing insurance companies to drop customers who get sick. Let's do that first.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  28. Emily

    People with an attitude like Michael Moore, who's attitude is "it's my way or the highway"; I hate that!!! There was just 8yrs of that... What about listening to what ideas everyone has?
    Also, why is so much attention being put on health care right now?
    A lot of terrorist just were arrested and Iran is firing missiles!

    Did Michael Moore just complain that "the other side won't budge"?
    Did I hear the pot calling the kettle black?

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  29. e-dog

    There must be a real choice for americans in need of medical care – the insurance companies are doing everything they can to prevent real change – it is disgusting that our government can continue to be bought – Pass Real Change Now!!!!!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  30. Tea Sury

    Moore is certainly shedding some lights in US..

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  31. Dodie - California

    I am outraged. We can support a 3 Trillion dollar war in Iraq for 8 years, bail out Wall Street & Banks for hundreds of billions of dollars, who are now giving themselves more bonuses, but we are Not willing to take care of our own people??

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  32. Maureen T, Canada

    Good evening Anderson. Let's hear it for Michael Moore!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  33. Becky Miller

    Sad. Very disappointed.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  34. Jennifer from Oswego, NY

    Hello Anderson, Michael Moore and all, Appalled and ashamed, again. We need to vote these jokers out. We need, demand, the same health care as they receive. Once again, hypocrites beyond description. I devote over 50% of my pay to health care for my kids and me and we are Healthy! War mongers and health hogs. Michael Moore I applaud you, thank you and join you with all my energy. Give me the same health care options as they so readily vote for themselves. Shame on the 15 senators who voted down the so-called public option. Someday, may you find yourselves in a situation of your own making, a poisonous stew of bs.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  35. Paul Wilkins

    Good Evening Anderson:
    What is the best way for younger people to get involved with the health care reform movement? I am really upset with our North Dakota Senator for voting against the public option. Senator Conrad knows how much money it will cost the North Dakota citizen and has done nothing for change in a progressive manner.
    How do I get involved and really make my voice heard?
    Thank you.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  36. Debra

    Hi Anderson,

    We need the public option. Many people have lost their jobs and can't afford Cobra. My husband lost his job as a painter for NYC after 20 years and now will have to pay 1400 a month for insurance. Where are the Democrats we voted in?

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  37. Max

    Doesn't medicare or already have a "trigger" in it that has always been ignored?

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  38. lisa yaconelli

    People ARE coming out for the public option in townhall meetings. CNN should have checked out Athens, GA. The support for the public option was huge and they tried to voice that to Paul Braun, Republican just the other night.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  39. Janmarie

    Couldn't agree more with Michael Moore. Evan Bayh, Dem India, has lost my support for good!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  40. Jeremy - MN

    @Brad, I agree totally. I also agree that Michael Moore doesn't know the first thing about business. He also doesn't understand that politicians will say whatever they need to in order to get elected. None of this chatter matters. People need to apply the rules of law is a way that will help themselves. The government is never going to take care of you. Nor should they.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |

    Just look at this feedback. Can you believe that the Senate really voted against the American people? Democrats and Republicans!!! Get to the streets, people...

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  42. Lucy Muller

    I admire Michael Moore and he is right that we need people to be able to get the best health care without worrying about the payments. I think people should have to pay, but perhaps it could be in $10.00 monthly payments.
    Thank you.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  43. mark

    I'm with Michael Moore! Like him I'm mad as hell with what is going on, we need to mobilize!!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  44. kirsty

    I agree with Michael Moore. The public option (preferably single payer) is a requirement to promote competition. Without it, the insurers will continue to rake in obscene profits at public expense.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  45. chris

    i agree with micheal,he has been on the money,no pun intended

    September 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  46. tony

    Mr. Moore is right on point. Democrats and Republicans do not care about
    the working class only care about the rich and corporations insurance companies and Wall street. We need to take back our country

    September 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Michael Brown

    I absolutely agree with Mr. Moore. There is no more important issue in determining how I'll vote in the next election. Insurance companies may have more money to sway incumbents but there are more votes amoung those of us watching. Just as republicans were ousted a few years ago, the same can happen to Dems the next time.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Rob - Manitoba Canada

    The problem with your congress comes down to the money they receive from so many special interest groups. Canada has restricted those contributions from both the left and the right so that true ideas can be shared. The fears of a National Health Care system or a public option are insane. I feel sorry for your country that the poorest of poor do not recieve adequate health care. Shame on your politicians.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  49. sue

    Jeeze get this health care reform done. Give us the public option.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  50. steve

    A public option would be an inefficient Govt run program that will cost much more than it provides

    September 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
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