December 16th, 2009
09:54 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/16/09

Is Pres. Obama flip-flopping on a promise to let Americans buy cheaper prescription drugs from other countries? We're keeping them honest on health care tonight.

We're also tracking a mysterious story out of Texas. A 10-year-old boy was taken from his school bus by uniformed officers and returned to his father. It was all caught on tape. We'll show you the video. At the time, court officials believed the father should have custody. But now a warrant has been issued for the father, who's accused of using incomplete Mexican court documents to get his son.Ever since the tense moment on that school bus last month, the boy and his father haven't been seen. Tonight, you'll hear from the boy's mother who wants her son returned.

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  1. Brenda

    Thank God, for David Goldman getting to go to Brazil. Let's hope they come home hand in hand this time. My prayers are with you and your son David.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I am so happy to hear that David Goldman is going to get his son back. I hope it works out for him and his son

    December 16, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  3. Jennifer - AZ

    Kids can be good at playing to emotions, but someone should have recognized the possibility that this kid was genuinely scared. I would never have let that kid go with those kinds of accusations. Anderson makes a great point of falsified documents. I'm guessing with those accusations, someone could have held the law at bay long enough to check things out.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Priscilla A, duluth ga

    Will you are so right.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  5. David Gergen

    Thanks for continuing the conversation about drugs and health reform - Jane, especially appreciated your comments. David

    December 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  6. A. Smith, Oregon

    For US lawmakers to take the 80 million dollar Big Pharma bribe to get them to support America's Health bill, and give up on reining in Big Pharma raking in 100 billion dollars in extra income from Americans is a tragic failure on behalf of US lawmakers to support those that are severely struggling to pay for their medications during these poor economic times.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  7. Dulcie - Denver

    @David Gergen,

    I don't want to be an Obama apologist, but considering the problems healthcare has had already, it was probably a deal with the devil that had to be done. I don't like it, but nothing gets done in government without compromise. The partisan gridlock is bad enough already.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  8. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    I am Brazilian and I think this is the right decision!

    The child should stay with the father. The father has rights over a child.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  9. Patty A Banks Palmdale,CA

    @ Isabel I'm in the live blog tonight!...i wanted to know what you think about that custody battle in your beautiful country of brazil, what are they saying over there?

    December 16, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  10. Shanny

    tough interview Cooper. Good job.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  11. Lori

    It sounds like the father's attorneys knew how to work the loop holes. it takes time to unravel these things.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  12. Emily

    This is heartbreaking. ;(

    I feel for this mother...of course, the child(ren) always end up paying!

    December 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  13. Jane

    That poor boy. And the mom, I feel so badly for them.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  14. Keith

    The lawyers should be charged with treason. They subverted everything America stands for – Truth and Justice!

    December 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  15. Jay (FL)

    Maybe I should start paying attention to all the cheap meds spam mail I receive. I was truly hoping true change would come about with this administration, but everything appears to be politics as usual. The biggest pocket always seems to win. The only difference I see between political parties is the rhetoric they use to insult each other, but at the end of the day they both have dollar bill spines. Losing faith, I really am....

    December 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  16. starr, formerly known as vincent

    My heart goes out to this mother and son, as well as my prayers that the boy is okay. I pray that he will be returned to his mother as soon as possible.

    I am astonished that No One listened to the boy?!

    December 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  17. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    This is horrible. The mom must be beside herself...

    December 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  18. Lisa A., Philadelphia, PA

    Good evening everyone, starting late. I can't believe those Texas police didn't at least call child protective services when the kid flipped out. What a shame.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  19. A. Smith, Oregon

    @Sam, exactly on target and right!

    Only the US federal Govt. can force Big Pharma to sell its drugs at the lowest price they sell those same drugs in other country's by law.

    No outside American Corporation is legally able nor capable of forcing Big Pharma to sell its drugs at drastically lower prices, despite what US Rep Ron Paul or any other Republican lawmaker states.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  20. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    I can not imagine such a situation!
    Poor child .... poor mother!

    December 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  21. Heather - Spokane, WA

    It would be clear to anyone else by the cries of that little boy that something is wrong and that he should not be with his father especially after the boy saying that his father hits him and that he is scared of him

    December 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  22. Emily


    "All other developed countries also control drug prices except the US. In addition the US is the only developed country that allows pharma companies to sdvertise their drugs direct to the consumer."

    I wonder just how much this is adding to the cost?
    The amount of money that they pay in advertising is outrageous!

    December 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  23. Bill

    Correct me if I am wrong but.....we keep hearing of these low numbers for those who approve of Health Care Reform eg; 30 to 35%. Of the people being surveyed 60% of the people have gov't health care, 10 to 20% have other health care. These people are happy with what they have so....that only leaves those without who are voting for reform. It will always look like the majority of the american people don't want health care reform.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  24. Jane

    @ David Gergen. No it wasn't right to cut a deal and it wasn't right to let Joe Lieberman hijack the bill they had worked out. I watched cspan today, could not believe what Sen. Colburn did to Sen. Sanders amendment. Berniie Sanders is my hero. Wish they were all that honest.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  25. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Bless her heart!

    December 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  26. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. Does sound like a sweetheart deal btwn WH and pharmaceutical industry but 80B is big bucks. Competition w Canadian retails does lower prices but what about being closer to consumers? Congress is btwn a rock and a hard placem, but I feel HCR legislation is being stripped down to most effective provisions.

    Sorry to be late, computer problems had to reenter this post three times.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  27. Michael

    Canada purchases drugs in the world market. Manufacturers are not supervised by the FDA. Second, the US market subsidizes most of the pharmaceutical research for the rest of the world. We pay, the world benefits. Third, prescription drugs are still the most cost-efficient method of disease management and prevention. how much is an admission to an ER?

    December 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  28. Lori

    How terrifying for that child. Most kids are abducted by one or another parent. I think it takes a lot for a young kid to accuse someone of abuse.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Lou - St.Louis

    I would like to see Health Care as service, not as business

    December 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Will

    Where does it all end....Now the ax to out of country prescription drugs, a failed economic stimulus, government transparency???? Have Americans awakened themselves to what this man and the democratic party are doing to this country?????

    December 16, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  31. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Jerry,what page are you on now? ; )

    December 16, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  32. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    That is ridiculous. The video makes me sick. What the hell is wrong with Texas officers?

    December 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  33. Adelaide

    Poor kid!

    December 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  34. Gary

    This is what politics is all about. The taxpayer always loses. We have millionaires managing the affairs of hard-working Americans. The pharmacuticals companies spend millions lobbying the legislature and they get their way. We the people, which is what this country was established on, lose out and pay the politicians tab!

    December 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  35. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @ David Gergen

    If drugs become more accessible to people, why not import them?
    I just think this is a problem for the strong pharmaceutical industry.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  36. Emily

    It looks like the pharmaceutical companies have much more power than even the President!
    Their advertising budgets are unbelievable.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  37. Monica M. Williams

    Quoting reliable sources:
    Why are Sarah Palin's comments worthy of news coverage? Since when did Facebook commentary become a creditable information link?

    December 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  38. darwin drake

    Polls are showing fewer people like the idea of health care reform most likely because the republicans have scared people to death with their partial truths and out of context statements attributed to democrats.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  39. LisaL - Canada

    i have always wondered if palin has a ghost-writer for her media posting pages and twitter and such ... does she personally endorse the postings? does anyone know? just curious... (i haven't actually bothered to compare her words vs her postings, but just wondering if anyone has)

    December 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  40. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Poor Jerry!

    December 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Carol Lynn

    Why is this Health Care issue not on the Ballot for everyone to vote on? This is OUR money not the Congress or Senate. No matter what is tried, nothing will work until people are back to work so they can spend to bring this economy back. Outsourcing is the worst thing the government ever did. This Senate and Congress are not spending our money they are spending China's money, then it becomes our debt to pay back. What is going on in our country? Big brother is taking over sorry to say.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  42. Jennifer - AZ

    I really think Sarah Palin is the stereotypic politician. I'm sure she's not too bright, but I can't believe even she believes half the stuff she says. She seems more like a celebrity looking for controversy and publicity than actually caring about this country.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  43. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @steve- virginia beach, va,

    "I thought Obama was going to rid our his administration of lobbyist influence. His list of lies is longer than his list of truths."

    And the list will continue to grow because Obama knows that the American people who voted for him, and the MSM are unwilling to keep him honest.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  44. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - thanks for joining up again tonight. So what do you think: was it right for the White House and Senate Democrats to cut a deal with the pharmaceuticals - in effect, if you pledge to make $80 billion in cuts over 10 years and support health reform, we won't allow Americans to import cheaper drugs from Canada, Mexico and other foreign countries? Was this a good deal for you and the country?

    December 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  45. Keith

    Palin vs Arnold in Terminator 4

    December 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  46. Paula, Colorado

    I hope Sarah Palin sticks just to opinion writing.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  47. starr, formerly known as vincent

    T;here is no relationship between CA's financial problems and climate change.

    It seems Palin is determined to not learn anything more than she aleady does.

    December 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Renee

    You have to love Meg Whitman! Billionaire, working mother and CEO!

    December 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  49. Emily

    @Jo Ann,

    "The more things "change," the more they stay the same."

    It's sure looking that way!!

    December 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  50. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Palin tried to tie California's budget problems with the effort to curbing California emissions. That's just plain stupid. Does Palin actually research anything (or read anything for that matter) before she speaks as an "expert?"

    December 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
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