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February 26th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Now what?

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

The day after the bipartisan health care summit, many are wondering whether or not it will have an impact on health care reform. Several senior congressional Democratic sources conceded to CNN that their plans moving forward are unlikely to be much different than they were before the meeting. What was your reaction? How did you think it played out and do you think the seven hours of deliberation will influence the health care debate?

But we're looking beyond the politics surrounding health care. Tonight, Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores a growing phenomenon in America’s health care system: a shortage of doctors. How does this affect your access to care – not to mention your bottom line? Don’t miss his report tonight.

Do you think the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses a threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens? According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, 56 percent of Americans do.

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? Probably not, right? Well, that’s just what the state of California did. Despite its budget crisis, California spent $75 million on vehicles and office furniture. The expenditures were outlined in a report released this week by a committee focused on accountability. Ted Rowlands reports on the top spenders and how they justify their expenditures given the state’s fiscal problems.

Suicide bombers attacked Kabul earlier today, triggering a series of explosions and gun battles that left at least 17 people dead in a residential area. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks, which came as thousands of U.S., Afghan and NATO soldiers were in their second week of a major offensive against a Taliban stronghold in the town of Marjah in southern Afghanistan.

And Gary Tuchman is in Haiti where he reports on how difficult it is for many family members to reunite after the earthquake. He profiles one woman who spent a week searching for her son after the 7.0-magnitude devastated the country. She finally learned that he had been transported to a hospital in Northern Haiti where he remains today. Now, weeks after he was airlifted to safety, she has been unable to get him back. The hospital says it needs permission to release him but without documents to establish kinship, they remain stuck in what many refer to as a “bureaucratic nightmare.”

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


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Reinet, Chile

    On Haiti......or did we forget?

    How is it possible that the Haiti government can impound goods sent there for emergency aid until aid agencies pay the import "taxes"???
    How come the Haiti government can NOW suddenly decide what is needed for their people.....what may come in untaxed and what not???

    How come they decided there is no more emergency in Haiti?

    Please explain this to us on AC360!!!!

    February 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  2. Denise Barlow

    Good morning Eliza, AC 360 and CNN

    I was honestly happy to hear political analystsgiving President Obama an 'A' for effort. It still sounds to me like a bunch of kids screaming "it's not fair". Mr Obama just might have to take things in his own hands and get the job done.
    I'm also wondering why Sea World doesn't just release the whale back into the ocean where he belongs. If he's that dangerous then obviously he can't be trusted to be safe to the general public who come to visit Sea World daily. Let the whale go.
    Still watching the goings-on in Haiti. With the monsoon season rolling in where are the shelters these people need to protect themselves from the elements. Gary Tuchman's story is so sad. Even after so much tragedy families are still finding it hard to come together. What is it going to take?

    February 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  3. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Hello Eliza!

    This is crazy! They spent $ 75 million on vehicles and office furniture.
    And the basic needs? How much was spent on health, education, security, et al?

    On Afghanistan, I would like a sign that the war on Taliban could come to an end, (someday?), But I can not see it.

    Happy Friday, Eliza!

    See you .... Bye

    February 26, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  4. TJ Harvey

    It is difficult to choose a career in Healthcare, esp Dr. You graduate with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. You are restricted from doing what is best for the patient by the bean counters who do not look this "unit" in the eyes, Then you have to pay astronomical malpractice insurance and pay several people high salary just to do the billing. And the amount you bill will not cover your overhead because of insurance allowance. Those who would talk about the high cost of health care need to look at the wasted time in redundant paperwork and repetitive procedures required by the insurance companies before you can do the definitive treatment that would solve the problem

    February 26, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  5. Tim Gibson

    We no longer live in a world where we can close out the world for the night with our front door. Our government has gone above and beyond to become not of the governed, but the governors. A line has been crossed not through invitation, but through reverse osmosis and examples of reckless behavior in the chairs and vechiles of tax waste.

    Our leadership have made themselves to be above the people, and we just cannot understand how it works, or so some think. The horse and pony show only says, let it be written, let it be so, when health care reformed is shoved into our laps under the favor of reconciliation and budget.

    So do I think the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses a threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens? I can only say YES, the direction leadership is headed in the path of Greece-d lighting.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:27 am |