February 25th, 2010
07:20 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Dr. Sanjay Gupta dissects the health care summit

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Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

While many of you were at work or in school today, Democrats and Republicans were duking it out again over health care—this time at President Obama’s health care reform summit.

It lasted for a good part for the day, and there was plenty of drama and sparks. But did the summit actually push Congress any closer to passing a bill?

If you missed some or all of the debate, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. 360 MD Sanjay Gupta will be anchoring a special hour tonight, focusing on what some say is a make-or-break moment in the battle. We’ll give you all the highlights and key moments of today’s summit and tell you what it all means going forward—for your health, your wallet and your peace of mind.

You may have heard that Democrats are preparing to use a parliamentary short-cut to pass the bill they want. It’s called reconciliation. It would allow them to pass health reform legislation with a simple majority instead of a 60-vote supermajority. The Republicans are crying foul, but it turns out that both parties have used the tactic in the past—22 times since 1981 to be exact.

We’ll also hear from doctors who are in the trenches practicing medicine, including some who say their professions are shirking because of the high cost of medical malpractice insurance. President Obama seems willing to cede more ground on tort reform. Why is this issue such a big deal for medical professionals? We’ll look at that tonight as well.

Plus, Dan Buettner, author of "Blue Zones," will share tips on how to stay healthy and do your part to hold down health care costs. Sanjay has written a lot about this in his book, “Chasing Life.” It should be an interesting and lively conversation.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern.

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  1. Annie Kate

    A special hour with Sanjay – we ought to learn a lot. The meeting today must have been high drama but I wonder if it really changed anything. I'm looking forward to hearing what Sanjay thinks the meeting accomplished and what it didn't accomplish. Looking forward to tonight's show.

    February 25, 2010 at 7:29 pm |