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December 22nd, 2009
09:39 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/22/09

Tonight on 360°, all the angles on the Senate health care reform frenzy. We're tracking the cash. What lobbyists have spent pushing for reform and what it could cost you and your family. Plus, some of Anderson's most awkward moments on-air in 2009.

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  1. Dulcie - Denver

    Ha ha! Just what we needed – a little humor injected into the health care debate.

    Thanks so much for that!

    December 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  2. David Stahl

    The figures presented on the cost of health care for families at different income levels was interesting. However, I was disturbed about the fact that families earning $70,000 would pay $14,000 in insurance premiums, which is 20% of their income, while those making $200,000 would only pay about $18,000. Why not make the premium proportional to income, for example, 10%. Then the former family would pay $7,000 while the latter would pay $20,000. That seems more reasonable to me.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  3. James

    If the public option is supposed to do so well, it should have no problem competing with private companies. Why does the government have to hamstring private companies in order to make its own public option viable?

    December 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  4. David, Indiana

    Good evening Erica, Randi Kaye, Isabel, everyone. Quite a bit of information. What's the third reason Republicans are relenting on slowing the votes leading to passage of the legislation in the Senate? Those are truly eye popping numbers, "formulating policy" is wielding more influence than being a lobbyist isn't it? Many lobbyists on the dem side. That look at how premiums will be impacted is kind of revealing.

    Time schedule seems compressed.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  5. Edward

    The health care plan sounds very similar to the way it had been described previously...taking from the rich, to give to the poor; a type of communism/socialism if you will. The one problem that I have with this is the following trend that exists-those with a lower income tend to be less educated, and those who are less educated tend to make poorer choices about their health (i.e. poor diets, lack of exercise, etc), and those are the people who will be more likely to be responsible for a higher percentage of health care costs

    December 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Peter Calma

    Our elected reps must cut their pay which we generate and they must be made to utilize the health care plan as well as US. They should not have full benefits and retirement because of they served one term

    December 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Rand spokane wa.

    If you end up in a emergency room and spend a couple days in the hospital and have a few diagnostic test you'll recoop the cost of the annual premium in a hurry.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @A Smith, it's been the corrupt Democrats selling their votes, not Republicans.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  9. charlie

    An insurance based system will always drive those who have coverage to get as much as they can for thier premiums. So inflated cost is inevitable. First world democracies provide heath care to theor citizens, not allow an entire industry to exploit human suffering.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Mac

    i don't think they really care about us it seems they care more about cost then people

    December 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  11. Elizabeth

    Appalled about the "special" deals that some states are getting. That screams payolla and is unAmerican. We all pay taxes into this system, no special favors to buy votes! Speaking of votes, I'm ready to vote them all out of office. Pitiful that the USA cannot do better than the representation we have in Congress. Too many crooks and too little integrity.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  12. sandy miami fl

    What are the fines if I dont buy into the plan? I cant afford even the amounts mentioned. This plan is only helping the ins co's, not the people. I'd rather pay the fines!! I've been unemployed for 2 years.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  13. A. Smith, Oregon

    @michael armstrong, I believe they'll begin tackling 'cap and trade' and climate legislation. You think Big Pharma and their Republican puppets obstructed, just wait for Big Oil and their Republican puppets to yell and scream over cap and trade legislation to put a cap on Big Oil and its toxic spewing power plants.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  14. J Stroud-Greenville,SC

    If this health care will be so great as soon as Obama signs, all congresspeople need to shift to the plan he signs. Lead by example.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  15. Bill

    This bill is awful. Time for rationing and two year waiting lists for hip replacements. While senators pay each other off to solicit votes. The US at it's worst.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    who can say politicians lack senses of humor? haha

    December 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Barry Fine

    This healthcare reform is more like a casino with big bets as earmarks....this is the great American shame and I am ashamed to see perks for votes on an lifeline issue such as this....it is clear to that money for votes still prevails....this is a shame!!!

    December 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Marissa

    I still don't understand why someone who works so hard in school, incurs student loans to make himself a successful person has to foot the bill for others who did not work up to his or her potential. It's just not fair. Shouldn't the person who has worked hard be able to reap the benefits earned from long hours of hard work??

    December 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  19. steve- virginia beach, va

    @starr, formerly known as vincent- Goldman already said they will be able to visit the kid freely (unlike what they did to him).

    December 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  20. patricia

    Did I miss something? Just caught the end of cost of heath care for various levels of income. Why is out of pocket being figured in? Not everyone is necessarily going to have those kind of out of pocket expenses.
    P

    December 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  21. James

    How does the government justify charging a family that makes 70000 a year double that of a family making 35000 a year for the exact same insurance coverage! Seems to me this basically takes away any incentive to better ones self even though this is exactly what has made America the prosperous country it is!

    December 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  22. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Grit your teeth and pull up your pants were getting it wheather we like it or not.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  23. Valerie NYC

    Pass the bill. We are a century late! Great job Erica.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  24. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    talk about a double-edged sword for healthcare options.

    the more you make, the more you pay. as long as the same services and procedures are available to all income brackets i can understand it. noone should be denied healthcare or procedures that are available to others simply because they dont have the money.

    on the other hand...(or side of the sword) why should people be penalized for making more money.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  25. jane

    what if I never get sick and never go to a doctor, can I get my money back? insurance is a farce for healthy people. I would rather put that money into a savings account and pay for disability insurance.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  26. Dodie

    Good evening Erica, hello Team 360.

    Good Evening A. Smith, Oregon, Brandon, Michael!

    December 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Anthonia-Bay Area
    There no secret at all from our president..... They would have budget our money what they have spend a bill our healthcare.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  28. Dulcie - Denver

    Tom Foreman's numbers don't really look too bad at all considering the cost of health insurance right now. I pay the premiums for a small city's employees and those numbers look big, but they're annual figures. Right now health care costs more than that for some policies.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  29. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    What unknown bill does the president have planed next after this finaly passes.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  30. Bobby

    Nice breakdown for married folks and folks with children ... what about single people ?

    December 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  31. Annie Kate

    Good evening everyone! Erica, glad to see you again tonight. I'm looking forward to the look back on the year with the funny things that happened on the set. I need a good laugh today.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  32. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hi Erica, hello entire Team 360.

    Hello fellow bloggers.

    @Isabel-Brazil, i don't know if you saw my thanks to you for informing us on the Goldman issue from Brazil.

    I am so happy that Sean will be able to be with his biological father. I hope, in time, that the "bad" feelings between the two families will ease and they wil be able to get together for holidays, etc. in the future.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  33. Nik

    Nobody really knows the impact of this bill. It's a patchwork of (poor) ideas.

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

    I'm deeply disappointed that the Federal Govt. took a direct bribe of 80 Million dollars from Big Pharma instead of passing legislature to prohibit drug company's charging outrageous prices for their drugs, to charge Americans only the lowest prices they sell those same drugs for in Canada.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  35. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Balancing the budget

    December 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  36. Anthonia-Bay Area

    Good Evening Everyone! 🙂

    I thought Obama said that he would not keep "secrets" within congress? Hmm...

    December 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  37. charlie

    Lobbying just about negates the US claims to be a democracy. This would be illegal in most first world democracies.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  38. A. Smith, Oregon

    The more money you make, the more influence you have thru corrupt Republican lawmakers provided you pad their pockets with some of it!

    December 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  39. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    I agree with the Senate side, except on the Public Option.

    IF charity or other forms will make it that people who don't qualify for government medical and can't afford medical on their own, regardless of pre-existing conditions, can actually get insured, then I agree with the Senate side.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  40. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    goodevening everyone. its been a while for me, hope all is well!

    December 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  41. A. Smith, Oregon

    Greetings Erica, Anderson and the CNN Staff and fellow bloggers

    December 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  42. Rand spokane wa.

    Hello there.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  43. Esra

    hello everyone:-)
    @Erica You are doing great!!

    December 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  44. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Brandon,
    I agree with you..... They are so interesting news tonight.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  45. Brandon

    This will be fun watching them TRY to marry these two bill together within a week...less really. Busy busy busy...

    December 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    @Erica,
    You are doing great job double duty tonight!!!!! Lot of busy tonight, Yay! 🙂

    December 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  47. Brandon

    Hello everyone...really interesting stuff on the news here lately! This has been making for some really great conversations and extremely heated debate.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Pat H

    Costs? Voting? Obama and the US gov't are failing everyone. Most citizens come in last as politicians' interests are first linked to special interest groups and their lobbyists ($$ contributors). Then comes the Electoral College (that's right – our popular vote doesn't really count) – how outdated and uneven. Then comes the rich and their contributions. Then comes the angry citizens who voice their opinions. Then comes the silent majority who votes. Then comes the poor. And for those who don't vote – does it really matter? Being from Nebraska, maybe we should learn a lesson from Sen. Nelson and hold out our vote to the highest bidder!

    December 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  49. charlie

    This 9 year old boy has lived half his life in Brazil. 4 of the last 5 years with his mother and one year with family including his grandmother in Brazil. It is probably best, but hardly clear cut , that it is better for him to be in the US.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    I am so exciting for David Goldman bring Sean home right away, Supreme Court is doing right thing to do for Sean!!!
    @Isabel,
    I was so surprised that I recieved news e-mail from CNN, Its says that Sean is belong to his father David Goldman bring them home in New Jersey! 🙂

    December 22, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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