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March 3rd, 2010
09:52 PM ET

Health Care Power Play: Chat During AC360°

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Tonight on 360°, Pres. Obama's end game for health care reform. He's made some concessions and is calling on Congress to pass a bill now. We'll break it down of you. See what's in the bill and what it could mean for you and your family. Plus, we kick off a new series "Cost of Entry". Do rich candidates have a better chance of winning an election? See what Randi Kaye discovered.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)


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  1. Lydia

    Anderson, lets get this right...It is my understandig that the senate passed the HC bill with a senate majority of 60 votes ... that's done! The house of Reps will pass the current senate HC bill and the president will sign.

    In order to make the changes the house Reps wants, the dem senate will only need 51 votes to correct then pass those changes.

    This bill will get passed! And I don't agree with David Gergen's comment.... I think he is wrong on this one.

    If I'm right the statement you made about president Obama is incorrect ...the bill was passed with a Senate Majority already!! I hold CNN above the other News Neworks.

    Please correct; or correct my info.

    Thanks, Lydia

    March 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Rangel is just one more that needs to go. Is it unfair that I have the perception that our "leaders' are all unethical and only interested in themselves, with little integrity to back-up anything they say?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Ceil

    Why are we arguing about this nations need for healthcare?
    All of Western Europe has Universal healthcare. It's not perfect system but a requirement for a civilized society.
    Republicans are miscalculating this one!
    Ceil

    March 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  4. Vince

    Good evening all!

    There is a saying "don't throw the baby out with the bath water". Why should a bill where so much time and energy have been spent on by all the smart and capable individuals who the voters have elected be completely scraped to start all over again? Surely this entire bill cannot be so extremely bad that there is no part of it that is good and worth keeping after all these discussions and sessions... hope there can still be bipartisian in the end.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  5. Anthony

    Hello Anderson,
    I listened to your guests discussing the Presidents Health Care message. Here is the bottom line, we do not blame the President. The President have extended and Olive hand to the Republicans but all he got in returne is fist. Republicans do not want anything done. Americans are suffering and being taken for a ride by the Healthcare insurance. Democrats should go ahead and use the Reconsilation and pass Healthcare now.

    Bush used the reconcilation to pass massive tax cut to the rich. We should do the same to help all Americans.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "every piece of major legislation in the past has had at least some bipartisan support."

    Gergen knows what will happen if Obama forces this thro without bipartisan support.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  7. A. Smith, Oregon

    Chairman Rangel you didn't read the logo's, drink coasters, banners everywhere on one of the world's largest banks as pay-rolling your junket? Your creditability is down the drain Charlie, and there is no one to blame but yourself.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  8. Anne

    It is amazing to me that the Republicans know how "I" feel about the health care plan. To listen to each of the Republican lawmakers absolutely no one agrees with health care. Well guess what, they are all wrong. I do agree with the health care plan and am sure many more like me agree. Why do we have to listen to the Republicans on television tell us how we feel? Shame on them for being such poor losers and bellyaching about their failure to run the House and Senate. The current Republican party is just as big of a bully as their predecessor George Bush.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Cessy-Chicago

    how can you forget to report half a million dollars in assests? sounds shady to me.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    I read somewhere that
    Rangel took gifts also.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  11. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Everett – excellent post on health care ins. reform!

    @Megan – me too, i agree with you.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  12. Kelly

    Anderson – Do not let this guy get away with saying "the American people are against this bill" That is not true! Until he polls every single American, he can't substantiate it. I don't personally know anyone (my family, friends, colleagues) who has been polled, but of course not – we are all for the bill.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  13. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    FYI....COST=Insurance Companies. Add two and two. It IS about insurance companies. They are breaking our backs and they have broken the system. The issue is that we, as taxpayers, are now left to bailout the mess that insurance companies have created or just keep accepting the same abusive behavior forever.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Whoa,
    Donna Brazile and Bill Bennet are so argue each other, YIKES! And I also agree with David Gergen, too.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Jerry

    Rangel is a crook!! We need term limits in Congress!!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  16. mj

    It would be interesting to find out the ratio of Republicans vs. Democrats living without health insurance.

    People are dying, today, without health insurance. Let's get this moving.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  17. Karen

    David Gergen, I ask you how, in this climate *anything* can get done if you want bipartsan votes. We've seen it amply demonstrated no matter what the democrats take in to the bill, the republicans will eschew it. The congress of today is not the congress of yesterday. Nate Silver had a very telling graph up of how many more democrats were in the senate during FDR's tenure. Up to 73%. Also, there were not the ideological divides. I just don't believe we can compare today to yesterday. I also believe that "what the people want" or don't want is vastly mis-stated because of the way in which polls pose their questions (again look at the many posts by Nate Silver). The republicans have more than made clear there is simply *nothing* they will accept in this issue.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  18. Shane, Henderson

    All anyone has to do is go find the clip of the Republican Senator Judd Gregg on March 26, 2005 talking up and raving possitively about the use of Reconciliation speaking for the entire Republican Senate when they were going to use it again, one of their 16 uses of it since 1991,

    March 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  19. michael armstrong sr.

    This is a good thing Rangles cant fight for the draft now .

    March 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  20. Emily

    @Jerry

    "Sorry to say, but this Health Care Bill is being shoved down our throats. It will be rammed through!!"

    I think that more will hate it even more for this reason!
    Makes you feel like a juvenile...when your parents would "force" you to do things; 'shovel things down your throat'!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  21. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ Jean, the albatross do nothing hundred Billion taxpayer dollar Dept. Homeland Security cost the American taxpayers as much as it would have been to have Universal Health Care for all Americans a reality.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  22. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    When was the last time a member of Congress took a "leave of absence" for something like this? He's history!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  23. Al Best

    Guaranteed Republican OK on health bill: Free, unlimited health care for all verified millionaires - plus bonus for them with provision for
    100% tax cut.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  24. Cessy-Chicago

    good evening! sorry I'm a bit late...

    Hi Anderson! 🙂

    March 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  25. Jerry

    A democrat with ethical problems. Wow!! How could it be possible.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Greg, Austin Tx

    As fate would have it, their attempt to tackle this health care behemoth coincided exactly with one of the worst unemployment scenarios in history. I'm assuming that BTU'S have been diverted from the "eliminate joblessness" tasks since health care appears to dominate everything.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Shane, Henderson

    A majority of the country wants to stop the lies...A mojority really want. to put the argument to rest about an Up or Down vote on Health Care and the Republican stand on reconciliation stating it will destroy the government and is extreme.

    All anyone has to do is go find the clip of the Republican Senator Judd Gregg on March 2005 talking up and raving about the use of Reconciliation speaking for the entire Republican Senate, and how it is the rules of the Senate and it's just a normal process etc...The clip of him will put put to rest these lies and false outrage from Republicans about getting the bill passed and will stop the garbage coming from the right so this country can get real Health Care!!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  28. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    So Rangel 'temporarily' stepped down. He should be 'temporarily' incarcerated.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  29. james

    how much is coming from taxs and what kind of taxess. i heard he want to raise the medicare tax from 1.5% to 3to4% that we pay on our pay checks

    March 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Michael

    Anderson

    We need to discuss the Medicare cuts that went into effect Monday; there will be an additional 21% decrease in Medicare payments. This is truly devastating for many Docs. It will be impossible to see Medicare patients for $28 per patient for half an hour visit. You have to maintain the office, people, insurance an other costs. YOU can not allow this.

    Regards,

    Michael

    March 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  31. Matt in NH

    Actually, 50% are saying "WE WANT THIS!" and the other 50% are saying "WE DON'T WANT THIS!"

    We, the people can't agree. This is news?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  32. jane - Vt

    @Rafael, I support the bill. I would like it a lot better if it had a public option. Bernie Sanders is one of my senators and I am so proud of him.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  33. Adelaide

    It is amazing how republicans do not miss a chance to stick in the political price democrats will pay if health care reform is passed. I can only conclude that their position on the issue is strictly political and unrelated to what is best for the country–only what is best for them to stay in office.
    Shame on them!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  34. Jennifer- Chicago

    I hope the bill is passed. I'm not rich and if the government is going to tax me a few extra dollars to provide affordable health care for more americans...then why not?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  35. Laurence Ransom MD

    Why does Mr Bennett assume that because all democrats do not agree that this is bad. Seems like democracy. Whereas the republicans are being told by Mr Boehner not to vote for a bill that will help the american people. IT seems to me there is more democracy in the democrat party than in the republican where one has a totalitarian regime.

    The american people do support this bill when they are told the specifics.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  36. Tim - Emeryville, CA

    Tim, I agree. it seems to me and I hate saying this, if Obama was not in the White house this would be a difficult issue to result. I hate this and it hurts my heart that there is still so much under the surface racism in this country. Judge not on the color of ones skin but judge on what is inside.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  37. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They all get comfortable in those positions, and then they think that they are untouchable!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  38. Jose Ventura

    I think health care will be looked back upon in the near future as one of the greatest decisions made by a president. Many americans thought it was wasteful spending to buy alaska, but it had oil. Many americans were scared of socialism when medicare and medicaid passed, but it has led to better living. It is going to be a momentous occasion when it passes.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  39. starr, formerly known as vincent

    David Gergen, as always, makes some excellent points. But, if is painfully obvious that the Republicans do not want to work with the Dems At All.

    So, what can be done?

    Remember, one Republican state that health care ins. reform would be Obama's "Waterloo"

    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  40. james wallace

    who can pay for health care if people have no jobs to pay heath care

    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Rick Kammerer

    let the people decide what they want

    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  42. A. Smith, Oregon

    New laws which help stop the massive fraud and corruption in America's health care industry and health insurance company's will save American taxpayers many billions every year as a bonus.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  43. Barbara Dancy

    Mr. Bennett...so can't assume that Americans don't want THIS bill. When poll questions are more specific, Americans support in large majority. Only oppose "THIS" bill as a single entity because of the way it has been mis-characterized by Republicans (death panels, loss of medicare benefits, government takeover)...scare tactics that are typical Republican tactics. Pass this bill and Americans will see how good it is!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  44. Charlotte

    I hope Karl is safe

    March 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Mark,
    Yes, It is.... I think so I remember it was former president Bush was cut by health-care or employment. I know people aren't afford all these.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  46. Jean R Chery

    It's funny how Americans worry about the cost of healthcare for every American but do not worry about the cost of the wars. Americans need to wake up before it's too late, we, the people have the power to change Washington and Obama's election is the first step!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  47. patti

    As an RN married to a primary care Dr., I can tell you this is a mistake. We are already receiving notices from Medicare about decrease of reimbursements for Medicare. We will have to either stop seeing Medicare patients or close the doors. If you read the bill, we will be paying for organic gardening and massage therapy, whether you want to or not, while taking away care for the elderly. The reason the bill is 2700 pages is because they are hiding so much "junk". Get ready for longer waits and less care, especially cancer drugs and surgeries.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  48. Jeff K

    Hi, Lets have the Tabaco companies contribute some of their profits to help subsidize the health care reform costs. They are oner of the biggest contributers to Pre-existing conditions, as well as one the biiggest causes of health problems..

    March 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  49. Rick Kammerer

    put healthcare up to the vote in nov.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  50. Jo Anne Craig

    I am pleased to hear that the health bill will include more money for physicians to accept lower income people. I feel that the health bill is a good bill, and I hope that the (D) will pass it which ever way they have to. I do not feel that President Obama has damaged hisre-election for another four year term. I agree with him what he has opposed for me an Afro-American Citizen. If he can only pass this bill with the democratic vote, then so be it just get it done soon. The Republicans are hurting the middle class people in this USA behind the fact that there is a Black president, whom they blatenly do not respect. Comments that they make when our President delivers any address, show total disrespect for President Obama. I being an American Citizen first of all, secondly an Afro American am sick of seeing and hearing the disrespect that they give our President.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
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