February 26th, 2010
09:40 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk

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Tonight we're looking into what's causing the shortage of primary care physicians in the United States. What impact will health care reform have on this trend? We're also digging deeper on what really caused the attack of the killer whale on the trainer at Sea World this week. What do you think? Join the conversation on the live blog.

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Claus

    But truthfully however much less it is costing, it's because citizens are making up the difference in what they are paying in income tax. It's not free any way that we have it; it will always be costly.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  2. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    So what if the team was celebrating? Look at the bright side, be thankful they were only smoking cigars.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  3. Kim- Ohio

    Another great show!!! Thanks Dr. Gupta for filling in for Anderson. You have been an amazing fill in.

    Hope to see Anderson next week.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  4. Cessy-Chicago

    Agree. Media ALWAYS is the problem.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  5. Emily

    Why are they apologizing?

    February 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  6. Emily

    Good to hear that Jaycee may sue!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  7. Bill Ellis

    Before people attack the killer whale for having "killed" two others before. Check out the facts. One was a homelss person, hid after hours and apparently went swimming. Found drowned the next day, no wounds. The other involved three killer whales. Usually there's more to consider.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Kim- Ohio

    @LisaL...so true!!!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Vivian – mtl.
    Good point question, I don't know how long whale knew see her breathing as well underwater.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  10. michael armstrong sr.

    That whales not going to survive in captivity either sooner or later the laws going to condem it to death set it free .

    February 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  11. Emily

    That's Great Dr. Gupta!
    I bet that Myron Rolle will do outstanding! What an amazing story!
    There is someone for all youth to look up too!

    Congrats Myron Rolle!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  12. Mike Miller

    Very Impressive Mr Rolle..Good Luck to you !!!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  13. Cessy-Chicago

    Myron Rolle is.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Charlotte

    Great show tonight!! We miss you anderson! Hope to see you Monday everyone have a great weekend.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Vivian - mtl.

    Wow–Oxford! What a great achievement for Rolle! I hope for great things for his future! Good luck!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  16. starr, formerly known as vincent

    What a story about this young football player!

    Congrats to him for going to Oxford first!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  17. Pooja Munshi

    The Sea World incident follows a relatively recent, graphic documentary on the plight of show dolphins. " The Cove"
    Hopefully this incident will throw light on these entertainment centers, where natural habitats of these mammals are snatched away, forcing them towards neurosis.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  18. Emily


    Thanks for that extra info. 🙂

    I wish that she had been told about her hair. To put it up in a bun or something. She was doing something great for kids with cancer, and her career with animals....so tragic. Also, I missed the first half and joined just time in time to hear the trophy remark.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  19. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I like this story. A sports star that's not a knucklehead.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  20. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ Dorothy, Willie-Kiko the Orcha rescued from a Mexican resort by Oregonians was rehabbed and released into the Ocean where she lived the rest of her 10 years, free and died free several years ago.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  21. LisaL -Canada

    it is nice to see happy stories mixed in with the sad – without all of the negative there would be no chance to appreciate the positive i suppose

    February 26, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  22. Alex

    Stop blaming the whale!!! Its name speeks for it all. They should of left it in the wild where it belongs. If you get in that line of work you should know anything could happen at any time regardless if the animal is trained. Its a wild animal and is always going to have its predator instincts.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  23. David, Indiana

    Very moving story about Eclane and Kervins. Heart wrenching to think of the waiting. How does the int'l Red Cross reunite children with their parents? How is planning and building shelter in Haiti going?

    February 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point Starr and Emily, Agreed!

    Yes, Gary is doing great job to look for her son and found boy reunited with his mom! Yes! 🙂

    February 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  25. Emily

    That's great that Myron Rolle went to Oxford!
    I wish I was that smart!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  26. Emily


    Where have you lived, if you don't mind me asking?
    There are different plans all over the world!

    (Health Care in so interesting, esp. as we age.)

    February 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  27. charlie

    Maybe the term "sickness management industry" is too kind "Exploitation of suffering industry" might be more accurate considering that 36 counties, most or all with "socialized medicne" achieve better heathcare outcomes than the US and all do it for less than 50% of the cost per person in the US.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  28. stella

    The killer whale had already been involved in other killings with humans. These animals are wild, what are they thinking? Sea World killed this lates trainer by negligence. Period.
    Healthcare professionals are stiffled due to malpractice fears. You break your patients nail and they will sue. We are a sue crazy society.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  29. Dorothy - Douglassville, PA

    It is very sad for the trainer and the whale, but once it has killed in any form, he has that in him now...no telling when he'd do it again.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  30. Claus

    @Emily, I don't think Jack is trying to blame the trainer but it was said earlier today that she was in error to lie down and that she would be the first to admit it if she were alive. By doing so, it may have repositioned her pony tail in a way that the whale became more aware of it. I will never believe it was an act of aggression. Also, as
    A. Smith said, it was also said the object around her neck did resemble the fish the whale was being fed.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  31. Charlotte

    I am so glad the mom and son are back together. Hope they will be ok in the tent. My kids do have a pop up barbie tent that is bigger than that.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  32. Kim- Ohio

    So glad to see her get her baby back. I bet there are so many families like that in the same situation...so sad.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  33. Dorothy - Douglassville, PA

    The whale would never survive in the wild. People working with wild animals in captivity know the risk, just like the police, a guard, a bridge construction worker, etc

    February 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  34. A. Smith, Oregon

    A hopeful future and a positive prognosis for that infant whose very life was in question mere weeks earlier. I wish America and all of the nations performing similar outstanding humanitarian efforts in Haiti would tell the world what good works come by such dedication.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  35. Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    Thanks Gary for tell us this amazing stories about Haiti, specially the ones with a happy ending like the one that you are showing us tonight!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  36. Linda in Arizona

    She was swinging her ponytail back and forth, and he was following it with his head movements. I think he thought it was a fish or something he should grab. She didn't usually wear her hair that way. She was growing it out for cancer patients. I think it was a horrible mistake, by the trainer, and by Tilicum. He didn't attack her, and the fact that he didn't release her afterward proves NOTHING. That man with the eyepatch sounded like he wants the whale to die, that it was intentional, and somehow the whale's FAULT! The fault lies with the exploitative corporation that owns SeaWorld.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  37. Vivian - mtl.

    I agree about Seaworld setting a time limit for keeping these animals captive.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  38. Emily


    I know, re. Jack Hanna. I didn't hear everything as I missed the first part of the show, however, I joined just in time to hear him blaming her. (He did the same thing last night too).

    February 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  39. michael armstrong sr.

    So good evening Doc. whats up .

    February 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  40. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Once again, Gary Tuchman trumps a story!

    I know, as a mother, nothing would keep me from trying to find my child...it is a biological and emotional imperative!

    This story is really terrific! I am so Happy that they found each other! Red tape and all!

    I appreciate ongoing info from Haiti and trust AC360 to continue converage. I am grateful for your ongoing interest in Haiti.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  41. Gillian

    Sad about the sea world trainer, but I feel that they should not be making these beautiful creatures do tricks anyway. Seaworld should stop making these mamals look like fun pets that you can go and play with. Accidents will happen to blame the whale and for some to demand for it to be killed is wrong.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  42. charlie

    Having lived much of my life under care of "Socialized medicine", those reports about primary care are simply apalling. I agree with the term sickness management, for what the US proivides compared to heathcare which is what most developed countries provide.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  43. Jennifer Sanchez

    The killer whale that attacked and killed trainer should be euthanized and not kept for breeding purposes. Sea World should recognize that no animal's life is above a human's life. Wouldn't keeping him around for breeding pass along this undesirable trait to it's offsprings?

    February 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  44. Emily

    Great Story by Gary Tuchman.

    This is amazing! What a great story of love by a mother searching for her son. They look SO happy! 🙂

    What a great story Gary!!! 😛

    So glad that you are still there in Haiti!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  45. jack

    here's an over sized dolphin the size of a small school bus.
    It can throw seals 20ft in the air for fun. who would want to try to train
    that. and it's knicked name killer whale

    February 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  46. David, Indiana

    I don't know exactly what happened at sea world, but working with wild animals is dangerous work to begin with. It's possible sea world has to look at it's ways of doing things. Very sad about this.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  47. A. Smith, Oregon

    Life without Parole is what these captive Orcha's face for their bleak existance, they should be released into the wild for no less than 1/2 their natural lifespan. Oregon proved you can successfully rehab and release Orchas back into Orcha pods in the wild.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  48. Cessy-Chicago

    I'm curious as to why a lot of people now are talking about removing the whale from the park when we know about what happened before. Where were these people fighting to rid of the whale or kill it back then?

    February 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  49. Fazli Sameer

    Now that its imposible to set the animal free back into the wild its better to keep him in the tank and not allow any direct human interaction at all. Animals must not be used for human pleasure

    February 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  50. Vivian - mtl.

    Great story about this family in Haiti!

    February 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
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