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February 25th, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Morning Buzz: The Health Care Summit

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released yesterday indicates that only a quarter of the public want Congress to stop all work on health care, with nearly three quarters saying lawmakers should pass some kind of reform.

Maybe that will give bipartisan leaders the impetus they need to hit the ground running today as they gather at the Blair House for a health care summit hosted by the White House. We’ll be covering the summit all day long with special input from our political team.

The summit discussions will be based around four themes – controlling costs, insurance reforms, reducing the deficit and expanding coverage. Vice President Joe Biden said that Democrats are ready to work with any good idea Republicans bring to the meeting today, but he went on to say it could be “pure theater.” Do you think anything will be accomplished in the meeting? Dr. Sanjay Gupta will have the latest developments about what happened in the meeting and how decisions made could impact access to care and your bottom line.

We’re also taking a look at gerrymandering, also known as redistricting. In some states, many of the congressional districts seem to resemble a Rorschach test. Critics argue the gerrymandering of political districts has contributed to the polarization and partisanship in the country. What do you think? What kind of authority is in place to prevent aggressive gerrymandering? Does it make a difference? According to another CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll nearly six in ten of those polled say they are dissatisfied with the way democracy is working in this country. Is this just another sign of broken government?

If you were in the middle of a budget crisis in your own home, would you go out and spend money on a new car, a new couch or a new chair? Tonight we investigate why one state did exactly that … and who’s being held accountable.

And in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath police shot six people and killed two as they crossed a bridge in search of food. The case – often referred to as the Danziger Bridge Case – reflected the confusion and chaos that spread in New Orleans after the hurricane. Yesterday, a retired lieutenant, who supervised the police department’s investigation into the shootings, pleaded guilty to orchestrating a cover-up to conceal that police gunned down armed civilians. Prosecutors said the lieutenant and other officers conspired to falsify reports and plant a gun to make it appear the killings were justified. The investigation is ongoing. Will other officials be involved? Are there other instances cover-ups like this one?

What else are you following today? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Tim Gibson

    In a budget crisis I would not even buy a bag of beans I do not plan to cook soon, much less a non-essential item. While much attention is drawn into the health care debate we might want to give a closer look at the situation in Greece as the dominoes begin to fall.

    February 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  2. larry campbell

    still have not heard how much a n uninsured person will have to pay for health care per month

    February 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  3. Denise Barlow

    The first comment about the health reform issue pretty much mirrors my thoughts. I don't think I can add anymore without sounding repetative.
    I personally don't spend money I don't have. It's insane to think anyone can get away with doing that sort of thing and not finding themselves in serious debt. I learned my lesson the hard way and am very careful about money spending.

    February 25, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  4. Isabel

    Hello Eliza!!!

    In our house, or our business or our lives, we only spend money when we can, we prioritize the needs, we save money for the most appropriate time, but governments not always do that (in any country is so). Maybe it's because they have easy access to money and a large quantity, but care should be the same.

    It's a interesting discussion!

    Thanks!

    February 25, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  5. DENNIS RUSSELL

    This summit demonstrates what most Americans now know, our Congress is dysfunctional. They have lost their way. They can be fixed by getting back to the basics of problem solving. A "top down structured" problem solving process designed to get closure, led by a facilitator trained in problem solving, can greatly repair this root dysfunction. We hire a Congress to methodically lead and solve issues. We do not hire them for their verbal rhetoric and fabulous stories.

    The President, in my opinion, did an excellent job as the leader of our Country. It is the bureauracracy of our Congress, the inability to employ problem solving skills to gain closure, that is decaying our country and this need for Health reform.

    I did not vote for Mr. Obama but I would today. He may also sound good but he clearly exhibits skils to "get closure".

    February 25, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  6. Corve DaCosta

    Hope good sense will prevail

    February 25, 2010 at 10:23 am |