December 14th, 2009
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/14/09

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We've got breaking news from Capitol Hill on health care reform. There's word of a possible about-face from Senate Democrats on the idea of allowing Americans to buy into Medicare starting at the age of 55. We've got the raw politics. Plus, big banks under fire. President Obama urged banking executives to provide more loans to small businesses. We're keeping them honest. Should banks be doing enough to rebuild the economy?

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  1. anna

    This is outragous that public option is not in health care bill. If we have mandate to buy health insurance then insurance companies can charge us anything and we can not do anything about this. This is just good for business that sends our jobs offshore then they will send our health care offshore just because is less expensive.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  2. starr, formerly known as vincent

    The lobby numbers are staggering! How many business loans & employment would that money have developed?!

    The banks' behavior is appalling. I ;have to believe that there either is a law or a law can be made to penalize these banks for their incredibly selfish behavior.

    What happened to helping your country. The same country that helped you, where you do your business, etc. etc. This is a complete outrage!
    Great report by Ed Henry.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  3. Dulcie - Denver

    I say follow that lobbying money and disqualify anyone who's received funds from the Banks from voting on any banking regulations.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  4. Emily

    Does Richard Davis really think that people are going to buy that?!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  5. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Those crazy banks, don't lend them any more money when they are down and out!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  6. Shanny

    Ohhhhhhhhh so NOW they understand risk and reward management ??!! and you're supposed to trust their judgment NOW ??!!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  7. Larry

    Are we looking at 'sub-prime' loans to small business?

    December 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  8. Gail Duncan

    Folks, we must rise up and let the banks and government know we won't take it anymore. Rise up and email, lobby, picket, write, do what it takes to be heard. Make this our government once more.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Wasn't the original cause of all this due to banks giving out too many risky loans such as mortgages to those who couldn't afford them? Do we want a repeat?

    December 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Casey Jones – Boston, MA,
    Yes, I agree with you...... I know what you mean.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  11. Rick U

    If I was President of America I would have split the bailout money. Half to corporate Banks (as if they deserved it) and half to the American Taxpayer. The American taxpayer would have put back the money into the economy (Banks, Mortgage, Car Dealers and consumer goods. We the American Taxpayer would have used the money better and faster into all of economy than the Corporate Banks. Instead the money just sits in the Banks and it slowley trickles to the american Taxpayer. Corporate Companies dont drive the economy >its the American Taxpayer and Buyers that keep the system alive ..God Bless The American People.
    Cnn get this message to President Obama and have him send the American Taxpayer a Bailout Check. In return we will send it Back to the Corporate Fat Cats

    December 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  12. Casey Jones - Boston, MA

    @Starr...I would like to know what Liberman's "deal" is.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  13. Kathy Chicago

    Yikes! Those Bankers are thieving buzzards.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  14. rick

    Funny that in such a large country with nearly 50 million people without health care, it all comes down to one fickle turncoat's vote to allow them to have which all western nations have had for centuries; HEALTH CARE.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  15. Monica M. Williams

    The Team Tiger Brand has been fractured but it is far from broken. I’m not versed in his marketing portfolio, however I suspect many of his product endorsements are male dominate products. Unless Feminist groups begin to campaign nationally against him, I do not see large corporations such as Gillette or Nike dropping Tiger any time soon for his dalliances. I am sure they plan to ride out the storm.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  16. Keith

    The Banks don't want Obama in the White House. They will play this game with the President and the American people.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  17. carla

    where is the banking czar......off with their heads

    December 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  18. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @ Anderson

    The numbers are astronomical – impressive!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  20. Emily

    are the banks paying that money back with interest?!
    and at rates like 28%, etc?

    December 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  21. Shanny

    OMG this makes me want to barf. Sooooooooo egotistical to give themselves bonuses and spend relief money lobbying

    December 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  22. Lori

    30 Billion is a lot of bonus money!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  23. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    And nothing actually came from the presidents meeting with the banks today .

    December 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  24. Casey Jones - Boston, MA

    Consumers should bail on the TARP recipients. We should all support our local and regional financial institutions by moving our accounts accordingly. I suggest everyone find a credit union.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  25. Brandon

    Hey michael armstrong sr. TX good to see you again lol...

    December 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  26. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! Happy Monday.
    I hope the health care bill is worked out before the holidays. It would be disappointing to continue in uncertainty.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  27. Emily

    @Casey Jones,
    the health care bill is very frustrating if all they are trying to do is pass 'something' just before the end of the year....which is approaching soon.

    nothing good seems to come when it's rushed.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  28. Brandon

    @Emily oh definitely! I'm sure he's only taking a stand because it puts him into the public eye and gives him a little popularity. He'll pick whatever the statistics say he should pick according to what will most likely get him voted back in again...and again....

    December 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Dulcie - Denver

    Huh, Lieberman's reasons seem flimsy to me. I feel like someone got to him for him to reverse his idea so quickly and emphatically.

    Very, very disappointing. But no real surprise. I'm resigned to be disappointed by the partisanship of health care reform. The whole issue is simply shameful.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  30. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Casey ones-Boston MA

    I agree with your post 100%! I too am totally confused.

    I am also disgusted with Lieberman!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  31. carla

    when the banks go broke this time ........they will go broke

    December 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Wow!!! Joe Lieberman drop out of our healthcare!! I am surprised that he opposed the bill health care reform, I am so sad for old people who can't afford insurance.......

    December 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Health is so important and it is bankrupt in so many places. This is so sad and disturbing!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  34. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    If this health care bill is so fragile then why dont they just fix the old bill .

    December 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Emily

    Sounds like Sen. Lieberman is enjoying all this power!
    He seems to be able to control quite a bit there and is enjoying it, as he "flip-flops" quite alot.

    His reasons, they seem weak.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Adelaide

    Good evening!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Brandon

    Yeah but his reasoning is kind of funny right? I mean he did support the idea years ago but I guess we all change our minds...

    December 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Jesse

    Lieberman is bought and paid for by health industry lobbyists like half of Congress. This is pitiful. Everyone in this country should have equal health care instead of just Congress and the wealthy.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  39. carla

    good ole joe playing bad politics if he wants to be a republican go to the right

    December 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Lori

    Hello Anderson, Erica, 360 and Everyone! Happy Monday night.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Brandon

    Good ole' Joe....lol...They are going to do whatever to pass this or at least get it a step further before the christmas break...

    December 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Casey Jones - Boston, MA

    I'm frustrated with the healthcare bill process because, at this point, I have virtually no idea what's actually in the bill–it's a constantly moving target. Joe Lieberman made two good points over the weekend, but I can't reconcile either of the points.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Good that Leiberman is his own man. Medicare is almost bankrupt and can't support more people.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all bloggers. Keeping my fingers crossed for health care reform but seems like it's getting more and more watered down.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson, Erica & entire Team 360.

    Good evening fellow bloggers.

    hope everyone had a great weekend!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Gail Duncan

    Howdy folks! Time again to keep it real and keep them honest.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Megan, Martina, and Bloggers!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Brandon

    Good evening everyone! Look forward to tonight's topics and discussion.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening Anderson and Erica!
    Hello David (Indiana), friends and bloggers!

    Happy Monday!!!!!

    Another week begins .... I hope everything goes right for us !!!!! 🙂

    December 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Hope you have a great weekend!!!!!!
    Happy Monday!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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