December 17th, 2009
09:47 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/17/09

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Tonight on 360°, crunch time for Pres. Obama. He's on his way to Copenhagen where there's no guarantee a deal will be signed to climate change policy. Plus, there's the fight on Capitol Hill over health care reform. We've got the raw politics. And, a police chief and two of his officers accused of covering-up a hate crime.

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  1. Cynthia, NC

    Good evening. The story of Roy Hallum's kidnapping ordeal is horrific. Glad he and Michael Ware are now survivors.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  2. Lisa A., Philadelphia, PA

    I didn't know Michael was taken and almost executed. What a horrible experience and what a testimony to his strength to not let that stop him from reporting to the world what's going on out there. I respect him even more now as a journalist.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  3. Emily

    Michael Ware, why do you keep going back there?

    your reporting is outstanding, however, your life is worth alot!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  4. Susan, NJ

    Michael that's insane. How does any family let their loved one go back into the war zone after that?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  5. A. Smith, Oregon

    Roy Hallums ordeal and story is riveting. Not knowing if at anytime you would be beheaded or simply left as they buried you with fresh concrete.

    Sadly, this would not even be a crime in any Islamic Ruled Country, nor would the Muslims that did that be punished in any way.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  6. Ivanka, Croatia

    It is a basic human right to get appropriate treatment and access to healthcare. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, you all should simplify it and vote for it.

    If it is doable in Croatia, it should be in the U.S.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  7. Robert

    The health care doesn't need to be change completely, all it needs is indv. bills to make changes to it like fixing medicare and also putting a freeze on the premiums. Issue another bill to add millions of people who don't have insurance etc.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  8. Susan, NJ

    They HAVE to make a movie of this.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  9. Ashley Kilgore

    Im 40 something married/blended family/4+ kids. I feel I can honestly try to represent the lower middle class families of America. 40K yearly salary or less, work 40+ hrs a week and either too tired to BLOG or do not have the access or desire to BLOG. Regardless, Im still compelled to share/voice the notion, that no one seems to accept, is the idea that 99% of all polls taken do not represent my/our income class. In addition, we cant afford my company's $700 family coverage health insurance premiums (150% increase in the past 2 yrs) therefore, we opted out this year. This is happening all over America. Eventually the Health Insurance companies will miss our payments/income/profits and become more competitive...I hope. Obama needs to focus on internal government operations, cut the fat, then work on ours.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  10. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I think I would consider suicide rather than THIS kind of captivity.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  11. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Michael Ware is amazing. And so is the story of this gentleman who was held for so long.

    Anderson, an amazing story, thank you for bringing it to us. I had not heard about this gentleman and his plight befoe.

    Also, amazing video too. God bless our troops and this gentleman too.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  12. Ed

    Considering the multiple issues involved with reforming the health care system. Common sense would dictate that this issue be addressed incrementally, for instance, address pre-existing conditions, portability, and tort reform this year and a few more issues in each of the following years. Bi-partisanship could have been obtained, budget issues would be simpler and progress could have been made. Hey Guys! A building is built one brick at a time not by the wave of a magic wand. For crying out loud, would these guys just quit bickering.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  13. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    I was not aware that Michael Ware was a captive too....You're a brave man Michael,for continuing to visit dangerous grounds for the sake of telling your stories.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  14. Susan, NJ

    God bless these super heroes.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  15. Antonio-elizabeth,NJ

    Oh My GOD!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  16. Emily

    Hi Erica Hill! 🙂
    Glad to see you back with us & on the blog.

    You were missed yesterday.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  17. Susan, NJ

    Why don't these guys have GPS chip implants?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  18. Susan, NJ

    I wonder how "optimism bias" factors into this. The idea, that it will never happen to me.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  19. Emily

    Michael Ware is always very good!
    What an interesting story here he is reporting and his own details, like when had been grabbed! Yikes!

    December 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  20. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Stalemate why is everything in stalemate could it be that theres to much fighting in congress .

    December 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  21. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I think I would lose my mind being held captive in that manner. This is so frightening. This is like living a nightmare.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  22. Jane

    The republicans say kill the bill and go back to the drawing board. We need to tackle jobs. People who have lost jobs lost healthcare or are paying COBRA rates. Everyone needs health reform, especially the unemployed right now.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  23. Rand, spokane

    I beleive President Obama is a man who looks at the big picture, how policies and actions will effect the country down the road 5 or 10 years. If that had been the case in the past maybe things would not have gotten so bad.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  24. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    This story is horrifying.....That poor man.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  25. Susan, NJ

    The real horror is never knowing the end game.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Susan, NJ,

    "Tear down the walls" of insurance exclusivity so that we can buy insurance across state lines.

    That is exactly what needs to happen, but they won't do it.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  27. Susan, NJ

    Every soldier and contractor should prepare for this horror.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  28. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. can't imagine what that must be like – to have cement covering over and then chipped away repeatedly. nightmare doesnt begin to describe it

    December 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  29. Susan, NJ

    Like being buried alive.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  30. Susan, NJ

    Looks like a spider hole.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  31. reid

    I really believe that if they don't get something passed in healthcare it's just another sign that the quality of life in this country is not going to be what it was. Meaning the life our parents visioned for us. With jobs taking years to come back to what we had, the Chinese are ahead of us in production of solar panels and wind mill turbines (green technologies) , and a long list of other items we are falling behind in (education in science and math)...and competition for energy resources that are surely to become contentous in years to come.... i am wondering if our best years are behind us

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

    @David, Indiana......If both major parties agree on insurance reform then why haven't we moved forward all these years? I can't help think they just don't care–they have their coverage so who cares about the constituents.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  33. Henya, Ca

    I totally agree with James we will pass health care I hope the Senate moves on this, and stop acting like little children, Lieberman/ Nelson
    just think positive people our President is doing a great job on our Behalf,

    December 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  34. Dulcie - Denver

    I think the economy is doing much better. Everyone knew that jobs would be a lagging indicator of economic recovery. We were told that from the very beginning. To consistently carp about it when there has been significant slowing of job losses seems petty.

    The Republicans simply change the subject when one economic indicator improves – they just begin carping about another. Suck it up, GOP! The recovery is working despite all your gloom and doom.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  35. Victoria

    Are Americans aware that some of the large insurance companies outsource their customer service jobs to India and the Phillipines? These are jobs that should go to Americans.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  36. Kathryn

    I agree that there needs to be attention paid to economy and jobs- it is difficult for many, but I also know that paying attention to climate change will result in the creation of more jobs within the growing "green" industry.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Lisa A., Philadelphia, PA

    g' evening all ... all this healthcare talk, there's a he said she said thing going on and somewhere in the middle is the truth.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Susan, NJ

    We run a tactical school that teaches escape from unlawful custody and subsequent evasion tactics. Can't wait for this next segment.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  39. Rodgerick

    I have noticed that we can pay to kill people, but we can't pay to heal people. There is certainly a need for Health Care Reform in the United States. I have worked in Healthcare for half of my life and uninsured patients take a large amount of our resources. Americans are going to pay for uninsured healthcare benefits one way or another- either through lower insurance covered doctor visits or the uninsured will continue to use the emergency rooms as a clinic for a higher cost. The same people that are screaming about the cost of Healthcare reform are the same people that didn't have anything to say about the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  40. Jennifer - AZ

    Evening Anderson and everyone,

    I'm not happy with the health care bill the way it is, but I'm not sure throwing it out is the solution. Maybe just getting something passed is a good and necessary start that we can iron out details on later. Hopefully without wasting money on compromised programs that don't work.

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

    @ane & Casey ones in CA(i have one key that is broken on my laptop and it is in both of your names).

    Yes, it makes me very angry & frustrated not only on the healthcare, but as one of you so aptly pointed out, there are dozens of other issues that that they seem to have great difficulty understanding, unless it pertains to their re-elction.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  42. Janine from PA.

    Good Evening AC 360:
    This shows that our government does not work. How hard is it to get after insurance companies for the nonsense they have pulled all these years at the expense of the people. When will they decide to break themselves from the control of the very companies they are working to change? How about they call in experts from other nations to show them how its done.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Andrew

    I keep wondering why the mother took her son to Brazil and never returned. I am also wondering why the boys stepfather is trying so hard to keep him in Brazil. Recently we saw a very disturbing film of a boy on a bus begging not to handed over to his bological father. Do we really know both sides of the full story? I don't think so. So what is really going on here?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Jane

    Did Joe Leiberman get considerable campaign contributions from insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies? Does anyone know how much?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Annie Kate

    From what I have read this health bill right now only improves the lot of the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical companies. The climate bill is another big disappointment; the way Congress is dragging its feet our planet is going to the dogs and all those green jobs are still just a dream.....

    December 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  46. lisal .canada

    the most recent healthcare twists and turns are actually very interesting to watch - as well as the strategists' and analysts' remarks. some factions of the political world seem kind of removed from reality ... all those poor people waiting for healthcare can't just stop needing healthcare because it happens to be christmas. they should all stay until the issues are resolved.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Jerry g.

    ridiculous. It's all about greed. We should care for others. I bring in $40,000 and live within my means and have a decent retirement to look forward to. Shame on insurance companies, Shame on the health professionals. What comes first: your bank account or human beings?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Emily

    Was that Sarah Palin or Tina Fey?

    Perhaps that was McCain's cap there that she was wearing?!
    Did she take his? Is her name on it also?

    December 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  49. sheila

    I think the whole issue is they want the president and the democrats to fell. This is something that the republicans have been doing for so long. They could care less if America has good health care. They carry the name greed and self.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Daniel

    Anderson,it's scary to see what is going with this health care,the senate should come up with a good solution for amaricans and not just a bill.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
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