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.

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soundoff (296 Responses)
  1. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Karl Penpaul is safe right now, he is doing great reporting from Chile.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Luria Dickson

    The Republicans have twisted the truth, frightened seniors and down right lied in this debate, very cynical- only 3 million of us worth saving when billions go to Haliburton contracts, Find the money in their pensions or the defense budget or the Corporate Farm subsides. Support our President and get us coverage.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  3. Kris

    I can't believe Washington is having such a hard time giving the American people health insurance. They have the best of the best health insurance. If this doesn't say to us that they don't care, nothing does. I believe this country should have the same health insurance as the elected officials. They are supposed to be working for us, not themselves. If we didn't have to worry about our jobs carrying our health insurance, our employers wouldn't have such a hold on us.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  4. Kim- Ohio

    I would like to know who the 5 poorest are because those are the people who can probably relate to the average American person.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  5. forreal

    Buy an election, there is just something morally wrong with this scenario.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  6. sara b

    I usually appreciate David Gergen's evenhanded approach, but don't agree with his assessment of the health care bill. Can't compare lack of republican support on this legislation to major bills of the past. Bipartisan support, cooperation for the good of the country is dead. Republicans smell blood. They think, and are probably right, this is a political winner for them. They have done a great job of frightening the public. Obama should have come out sooner. Democrats now damned if they do and damned if they don't. What a mess.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  7. mj

    Linda McMahon??? Really? Well, maybe she could pull out some wrestling moves and push through some bills...Seems like that's the only way to get things done.

    (but seriously? Gross. Buying elections.)

    March 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  8. Emily

    Her Husband is quite the wealthy man!!

    She sure sounds interesting...

    March 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  9. David, Indiana

    @Starr it is painfully obvious to me that they need to work together more than ever at this pt.

    This bill does a lot. Restructures the insurance industry across the country. Changes the ground rules of what insurance companies can require fo people. Those are huge changes.

    Interesting report by Dana Bash about the complexities of the reconciliation process.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  10. Tim - Emeryville, CA

    I agree heather. It is a shame that one can attempt to buy a political seat for office.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  11. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Add two and two. Insurance Reform IS about insurance companies. They are breaking our backs and they have broken the system. The real 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 (sounds like our banks, doesn't it?).

    March 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  12. Cessy-Chicago

    who cares about rich politicians? we NEED competent, trustworthy, dedicated politicians...

    March 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  13. starr, formerly known as vincent

    It's embarrassing to see so many Millionaires in Congress!

    We need voting reform so Any A,merican can run for office instead of all of these rich people.

    Another excellent and informative report by Randi-Kaye.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  14. Emily

    I bet Meg Whitman would do a Great job!
    I still wish that John McCain had chosen her for his V-P running mate. (if he wanted it to be a female)

    March 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  15. Laurence Ransom MD

    Barack Obama was elected by a majority of the American People to do the job needing done. This is particularly poignant after the disaster of two Bush administrations. So he is doing his job and representing the needs of the people. His party more fairly represents a cross section of the american public than the republicans who continue to represent a 'moral minority' of religious nutcases and highly judgemental political hacks.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  16. Ben

    Why is there no discussion of eliminating the antitrust exemption for health insurance companies??? If you want to see the politicians scramble for the exits, this would be the hot button. How can Republicans complain – free competition / free market. Demos get increased regulation and a hammer to hold over these companies that are driving the bus over individuals, small business and the country at large.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  17. larry hill

    One questions to all politicans. You can raise millions to be elected or reelected. Why cant you raise a penny to help the country?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  18. A. Smith, Oregon

    Ok, so with a great deal of money you can get elected and craft laws and bills for you to get richer and have more power = Democracy?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  19. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    It is utterly disgusting that politics is simply a game for the wealthy with the fate of millions in their hands. Politics is nothing more than a game of ego and power.

    My, Linda Mcahon is quite a lady isn't she?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  20. Shane, Henderson

    This below is a ring wing talker!!! and full of it!

    patti March 3rd, 2010 10:20 pm ET

    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 10:32 pm |
  21. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Why is it you have to be rich in order to be a politician?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  22. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Not surprised. The rich do not have the average American's best interest at heart. When are the voters going to get it?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  23. Jane - WI

    I thought that Republicans were the party of the rich. Of the top 5 richest, 4 are Democrats.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, Right..... Charles Rangel is also temporary step down short time.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  25. Tim - Emeryville, CA

    Al are you serious or just joking. Millionaires have enough tax cuts. All politicians are motivated by agree and political position no matter what party they represent and what the people of America want does not matter the slightest. We some people they care about getting the real issues solved in the House and Senate. So lets given them all there pick slips and start over.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  26. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Before they elected Rangel 20 times the people of his district repeatedly reelected another crook, Adam Clayton Powell. What is it with that district?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  27. Kerry Peay

    The GOP is running the biggest govt run healthcare system possible and having tax payers fund millionsof americans using emergency rooms and giving profits to insurance companies. That is socialized medicine!

    Kerry NC

    March 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  28. Emily

    John Kerry's Wife is Very Rich!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  29. Kim- Ohio

    @molly ...good guess there!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  30. GAEL

    I am very annoyed with every Republican representative stating that "the American People are against this health reform bill" I am a senior citizen and an American voter, who strongly believes these reforms are in the Best interest of the 'American People" . As President Obama was voted into office by the 'American People" the Republicans are once again shamefully misinformed.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  31. Erica Doing

    We elected President Obama knowing that he will reform health care. So why are the Republicans saying that "the people don't want this bill"? Were they not listening during the election? Yes, we want health care reform; and yes, we want this bill to pass and yes, we want all people to have access to health care.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  32. A. Smith, Oregon

    Meg Witman is certainly trying to buy the California governorship, McMann is trying to do the same for her Senate campaign. Only the very wealthy are actually electable now days, poor and unknown candidate's need not apply. Sound familiar?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  33. Sharon Hastings

    @LaSonya, I agree. Starting over is not an option and will get us nowhere. No one has the stomach for that and the same problems would surface again.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  34. Charlotte

    Anderson you are so funny that really is a bad picture of Rangel but you could not take a bad picture.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  35. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Cost = Insurance Company manipulation. Add two and two. Reform 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 10:28 pm |
  36. Luria Dickson

    I don't believe that the majority of Americans don't want this Health Care Reform Bill, there are millions of us quiet folk out here that are just trying to survive, if they don't pass it they will really hear a roar. No one polled me or anyone I know in many states. I wonder what the vote would be if we demanded that any Congress person who voted against this reform should have their Public health insurance cancelled, and they would have to seek insurance on the individual market. I wonder how many Republican votes you would get then?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  37. Everett

    There is no justification to starting again. We cannot as a nation continue to wait for resolution of political in fighting to be disspelled beofre addressing reform. This issue has been on the table for over 14months and not to mention the last attempt to resolve the crissis by the Clinton administration. Fore those who think this is merely an issue of cost that is holding up Republicans getting onboard, you are fooling yourselves. All the noise being generated by the Tea Party movement and others; I say, where were you when the previous administration put this nation in the debt hole that we are currently in. Believe , the Democrats marched alongside the Republicans in approving resolution after resolution to fund two wars without an idea how to pay for it. Please do not cry foul when a last we have a President wanting do something that actually benifits the American people and not some group or nation overseas.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  38. jane - Vt

    @ Al, I totally agree. I wonder if they are going to run on more tax cuts for the rich. They are so against the bank bailout, but seems they don't want any regulations to keep it from happening again.

    I pray Americans don't fall for the republicans lies again. We need more than a 4 year breather from them.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  39. Shane, Henderson

    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!!!!

    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.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  40. Anne, Texas

    I do not believe, as some do, that passing anything would be better than doing nothing. Passing GOOD legislation is what I expect of our government servants, our elected officials. We put them in these positions and we, the people, pay their salaries with our taxes. We should expect the best legislation possible. Not "just something" to push through because of a political agenda. That doesn't work for many Americans. We do need healthcare reform. But we need the right healthcare reform. And I do not feel that, at this time, we have that in either of the bills that have been initially passed in Congress. I think that a new bill could be drafted in little time, with bipartisan support and cost-saving ideas from both parties. This is too important to be politicized, yet that is just what has happened. We need our members of Congress to begin again and put together truly good legislation for all Americans. It is that important.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  41. LaSonya, Nashville


    Thank You! healthcare is a neccessity for our survival! WAR is not, US rather put trillions of dollars in a war than invest in our own people.

    @ dominion republic, the people who are against the healthcare reform are physician, hospital corporation, republicans "listening to the masses" " for the business", and hospital insurance co.

    Poor and middle class " hard working" people, democrats "for the people", and "victims of circumstances" are for healthcare reform NOW!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  42. larry hill

    The republicans have been opposed to everything Obama has attempted to do since taking office. They dont want him to get anything done, because be won the office in a landslide or maybe because of his color. So they push back for every step he attempts to take forward. I will say this until I am blue in the face. The true problem with all insurance in the US, medical, property & auto is Lawyers filing bogus lawsuits. The insurance to cover these bogus lawsuits continues to rise and in turn the cost is offset to the consumer. Put a stop to the lawyers will solve the entire insurance industry problems. I know this will never happen because all of DC elite are all a part of the problem.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  43. Irene

    All I keep hearing the Republicans say is what the people do not want. Well why not have another vote and if it does not pass then have an election where the people get to vote and we will see what the people really want.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  44. Karen

    @patti, that is simply not true. This is not about providing "massages" and junk coverage. Would you like to provide specific passages?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  45. Molly

    I'll put my money on Kerry as the richest!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  46. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Capitol hill scandals are vacation time for them!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  47. David

    I think that there should be refororm to health care.
    I hear of doctors doing unnessary test for people that have insurance,but will not even look at a patient that needs help.
    health insurnce is too expensive for my familyto afford and still be able to pay or living expenses.
    our family income is about 25,000 per year, we have to have assistance from time to time.
    i have health problems that keep me from being able to work but i can get no help for them and because of the lack of health care available to me. what is going to happen to us ?
    i have heard that we could get fined for not having insurance.is that true? will reform make it any easier for me and my family to receive health care?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  48. Emily


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

    Agreed! Wow, did he sound very petulant there too.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  49. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Since when is ignorance of the law an excuse? It was Rangel's staff and he's responsible.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Tin -Emeryville, I agree with you on that

    March 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
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