November 23rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/23/09

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Tonight on 360°, could a government panel's guidelines influence the law over what would be covered in the Senate health care reform bill? We're keeping them honest on Capitol Hill. Plus, former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks out against the 9/11 terror trials in New York. And, a bank robbery suspect is arrested by cops. And wait till you see what was caught on tape as he was handcuffed.

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  1. Patti Smith

    Have we totally forgotten about how many people get to the point of cancer.
    We need to look at the food industry that fills our plates with junk. The industries that are all about the almighty dollar not our health promotion ideas. The chemicals used in our lands where the food is grown. Have you seen the "new" diseases that the pharmacuical companies have invented so we can become even sicker from the side effects?
    My guestion is why in this time are they so many women with breast cancer? How can we learn to take better care of our health? Not by popping pills or having more and more x-rays but better nutritional choices, air to breathe and water that is clean.
    Really we need to educate our selves on health promotion not allow the fear of the disease care systems we have in place now in this country.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  2. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    We need to stop the U.S.'s patchwork healthcare system, and go with a single payer system, by moving our taxes up to 40% for everyone so that everyone is covered. We are spending so much money and getting far less then everyone else in the world, because our system is profit based, end that and cost will go down!

    November 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  3. Jane - Vt

    @Nancy. My thoughts exactly.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  4. Anne from Toronto Canada

    The United States has to take some lessons from Canada when it come's to health-care. Yes,the United States is so much bigger than Canada and with that said...Canada does have the best health care here.Why are so many people against having a health care system? You think it's bad in the U.S.A for high unemployment,keep in mind...Canada is your neighbour and we too have high unemployment here!!Presently,our unemployment is 8.6%. Always remember,whatever happens in the USA also affects Canada too! Please people...Obama is trying to do the best he can! Please get a health care system going! Your mind & body will thank-you for it!

    November 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  5. Ron from PA

    These breast cancer guidelines were deliberated on some time ago, under the Bush Administration. Now everyone thinks this emanated from the Obama Administration.

    The timing of the release of these guidelines was very suspicious–and the conservatives have been trying to link this to the Democrat's health plan. I think this is political trickery from the right wing.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  6. carolyn j

    wow..lieberman, and the repub...that is what this bill is about the public option, we the ppl..are the public..millions go to work every day and don't have insurance for their self or children.. public john q me..needs that option.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  7. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    @steve- virginia beach, va but it is still made up of the people that Bush put in there.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  8. nancy in denver

    Why SHOULDN'T plastic surgery be taxed when it's elective?

    November 23, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  9. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Hi Erica! good evening all... where's AC?

    November 23, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  10. steve- virginia beach, va

    It really doesn't matter who formed any task force. I'm not a fab of Bush but the fact is he is no longer President. Obama became in charge of the Executive Branch and it's employees and has had almost a year to either disband or replace the members of the task force. Likewise, the President is the policy maker in the Executive Branch; Bush lost that ability when Obama took office. At what point do we stop blaming Bush for the Obama administration's job performance?

    November 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  11. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    @ Jeri The panel was created by the Bush Administration not the Obama Administration! Get you facts straight!

    November 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  12. Ana

    I'd love to do away with mamograms. It's NOT a pleasant test. However, it saved my life by catching my breast cancer at age 41. Don't dismiss it's effectiveness – find a better way to detect cancer earlier!

    November 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  13. Jennifer

    Today my 40 year old friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. It's the size of pea. If she waited till she was 50. My friend would of died.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  14. ellen

    Sounds like they are picking on women issues. Will more than undo all thats been done in preventive care. Government has health insurance plans in place such as Child Health Plus and pro rated to income plans.Perhaps they could give Federal money to hospitals that treat patients and have to absorb costs.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  15. "starr, formerly known as vincent


    Your point is well stated. We do need to provide health care for everyone.

    However, appropriate medical treatment, etc. Is an important issue for everyone. Under this bill, You hopefully will received insurance and you should care too, that your insurance covers what is medically appropriate for You.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  16. Shannon

    Cammie explain to me why Bush setting up this panel matters. It was the Obama administration that said they were to gold standard in making these kinds of recommendations. and it was the Obama administration that said they would have no say in setting guidelines, and it's in their bill that they do. How exactly is that Bush's fault. This was Kathleen Sebelious either willfully misleading us, or not knowing what she is talking about. Bush is guilty of a lot, but not this, this is an Obama administration screw up

    November 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  17. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Did she say womb? sperm? and testicles? And I thought this might be zzzzzzzz

    November 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  18. Mitch, Boston

    Isn't it obvious that this was a trial balloon for the continually denied accusation of inevitable rationing once the government gets involved in healthcare decisions? Forget the politics. Deal with rationing now.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  19. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    Women are never going to be treated right in the U.S.'s healthcare system, It is not meant for women, children, or any other people but white men. White men are used as the base for the norms in our healthcare system, that is why they miss so many symptoms in everyone else, that is why so many suffer and die.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  20. Holly

    Hi Erica! Good to see such an intelligent and appropriate group of women discussing this subject. Very informative. Like others have said, please point out that these are not the Obama guidelines!

    November 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Frank

    My wife has been fighting breast cancer for 8 yrs. found it during self exam at age 36. now stage 3. on 24/7 pain IV. bones in leg attacked. this panel rights her off as an acceptable lose! this health care plan does as well.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  22. Andrew-PV

    One thing being overlooked in the current discussion on mammograms is that currently insurance companies are standing between patients and their doctors. My mother was a breast cancer survivor but her insurance company would not pay for annual mammograms.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  23. Lisa

    Where does Gloria get that abortion stat? I believe it's " will have" not "need."

    and when you google it the same stat is quoted for uk and Aussie women...

    You might want to do some checking on the stat

    November 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  24. carolyn j

    @ christopher..health care insurance reform.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Andre

    So I understand that the bill says procedures labeled as A and B can not be denied, but where does it say that those in category C can be? I keep hearing that the task force said not to get mammograms but whe I read the report it said that procedures should be developed be the patient and doctor on an individual basis. The way I read that is that rather than require every woman over 40 to get a mammogram, it allows that each woman develop an individualized plan with their doctor to fit her needs.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Paul

    Can you please explain the reasons of the task force to change the guidelines? Can you please make explain, contrary what most Americans believe, that more care is not always better?
    In addition to breast cancer survivors, can you interview as well the women that suffered because of cancer care that was not necessary and care that caused harm and damage by itself?
    Want to talk about women's issues in health care? Why do women pay more insurance premiums than men?

    November 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  27. Jane - Vt

    Good evening everyone.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  28. nancy in denver

    Health care is ALREADY rationed by how much money you can afford to pay. Come on, wake up people – the health insurance industry MUST be regulated and their current practices of the best health care for only the elite must end. Shouldn't all Americans receive the best care? And why did Congress (under Reagan-Bush) make health care related companies exempt from anti-trust laws? Because they (Repubs & Dems) are highly paid by the health care industry! The industry mission is to make money rather than care for people; this should be a public service rather than the corporate conglomerate it has become, health care reform is imperative.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  29. Ramona

    I am 23 yrs old and I shudder to think of the ramifications of this bill on my country and women all over the world. Ms Steinem's idea of individualized care is quite noble as well.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  30. Cyndi

    I certainly hope you can get back to the issue that Gloria Steinem brought up – 1 in 8 women get breast cancer but 1 in 3 need an abortion. I understand it is a contentious issue – always has been and always will be – and I hope that some organization (NOW, Planned Parenthood) can step up and take the heat off Congress to help those 1 in 3 women (many in their teens) that need an abortion at some time in their life.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  31. Jeri

    I would not be alive today under new guidelines. Katheleen Sebelius and Obama administration should be ashamed of themselvesf for
    politicizing BRCA. Cancer is not a political issue unless we accept nationalized rationalized healthcare bill. Dems and Reps should be able to agree on that.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  32. Sharon S.

    If I hadn't had my annual mammogram when I was over 50, I would not be here today to write this comment. My cancer was caught early ONLY because I had an annual mammogram.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  33. David, Indiana

    Good evening Erica, Isabel. Lots of important pts in this rept and in the panel discussion. Care shld be driven by patient and physician, UPSTF recommends against self exams too, and HHS Sec is caught in the middle of a contradiction. One upshot is the impression that UPSTF could be setting care guidelines for health ins under forthcoming HCR legislation. Situation is different when the panel recommends to a largely private ins industry.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  34. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    It seems that there is an extreme increase in incidents of breast cancer. Could it be something in our food or water or air?

    November 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  35. Shannon

    We were flat out lied to, they said this board would have no influence in the health care debate. I don't care who set the board up, they made that statement, and now it turns out not to be true. First the abortion restrictions, then mammogram restrictions, add in the pap smear testing, and we'll get healthcare on the backs of women. How can anyone trust this administration. They say one thing and than bury the truth deep in the bill. Outrageous!

    November 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  36. Cammie

    You are missing one important point – the have nots. Those woman who have NO healthcare! So your uproar over mamograms missing an entire segment of society. I am one of those woman & not one of you ever mention this segment of society. The people with health insurance are so self centered they can't see the forest for the trees. It's outrageous to me to see how this segment is ignored. Where is the uproar? No, just when it affects the Haves is there an uproar! OUTRAGEOUS. rationing? We already have rationing. Not being able to be covered with health insurance is rationing. Death squads – yup, those too. We are the forgotten. This makes me so angry.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  37. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Andrew & Kay.

    I know i was unaware that this was created by Bush.

    I have to say it sounded off tone for this Administration. However, i am still concerned about how uneducated non medical senators will know or understand what is necessary regarding testing and other medical issues.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  38. Craig kalthoff RNP-C

    As A Nurse Practitioner in the Department of General Surgery I am amazed at this so-called revised recommendations. The increase in my practice of women from there upper 30's to mid 40's has increased due to early findings on self breast exams followed by mammograms. If the committee doubts this fact, let them spend a week with me seeing these patients

    Craig kalthoff MSN, RNP-C
    Registered Nurse Practitioner

    November 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  39. carolyn j

    signing a little late but wanted to give you some gurl support !!!

    November 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  40. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Good evening everyone! Thank God I got away from that football game~

    November 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  41. Christopher Smith

    What is the name of the senate health care bill?

    November 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  42. Susan Spaulding

    That was a low blow when Randy said the breast mammography panel came from Sabelis's department ... you should have given credit where credit was due and at least let viewer know the non-experts appointed to that panel was done by the Bush administration.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  43. Kelli

    I cannot believe what Randi-Kaye just reported! This is unbelieveable! Think of the number of women who would not be alive today if they did not have a mammogram or do monthly self exams! I know of too many women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer that wouldn't be alive today if they hadn't been proactive in their own health. What will they try to take away from us next?

    November 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  44. Kay Smith

    You guys have it all wrong – the Task Force was not organized by this current administration. It was formed by the Bush administration. Also, this administration did not have a chance to read the recommendation before it was published. Please get the facts correct – this issue is far too great to mislead people.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  45. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    This is incredible, the same task force making 'recommendations' is in the middle of writing the law.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  46. Andrew-PV

    Could you please at least state that the task force was founded by the BUSH administration. Just trying to keep you honest though at this point I don't know if that is possible.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  47. Anthonia-Bay Area!

    Happy "Turkey Week" Everyone!!

    Hopefully this mammogram confusion would clear up later on this week!

    November 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  48. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hi Erica, good to see you in the big chair!! Hello Team 360 too.

    Hi fellow bloggers.

    This info reported by Randi-Kaye is outrageous!!

    November 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  49. Kathy Chicago

    I watched all of the Sun shows, and it sounds like a way to cut coverage and change procedures to reduce costs and care. Less testing will lower cost whether they are needed or not-so much for new changes.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  50. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Hey everyone: Erica, David (Indiana), friends and bloggers!

    Happy Monday!!!!

    November 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
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