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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  1. Mark B

    Senator McConnell's threat that if Democrats move the health care bill forward by a simple majority then Republicans will use health care against them in every election this fall implies that Republicans won't do so if Democrats yield to Republican concerns - yeah, right. There are no incentives for Democrats to work toward a compromise. It"s clearly time to ram it through.

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

    @Don, that's right this bill did pass the senate with 60 votes, great pt. There might only be 59 now, but those nine votes should hold.

    Good evening Briana Keilar.

    Is that five quakes around the pacific now?

    The report from the Center for Responsive Politics stands in interesting contrast to the reporting on income, though clearly having all that money makes it a lot easier for someone to get into an election in the first place.

    Is the question of increasing life expectancy a result of how prostate cancer is treated? I would think early screening would give the option of treatment or monitoring to see if greater intervention is needed

    March 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  3. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Id rather go with what the doctor says than the government.......

    March 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  4. dan

    Donna is on point...the republicans have consistently moved the goal post. Also, the dems have had their disagreements within their party. Healthcare reform is greatly needed and necessary to reduce all the fraud, greed and unncessary costs. One underlying fact is if healthcare is not reformed the total will continue to esculate. Another fact, we continue to see insurance bills increasing 39 percent and higher thus forcing individuals out of coverage and unable to pay outrageous premiums.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Wonz

    Good discussion with Sanjay - I always enjoy him weighing in on the medical/health care issues.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  6. FrankInOhio

    Hey Renee, do you think we'll be able to do that if we have universal health care? Just curious...

    March 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  7. Kim- Ohio

    @JoAnn and @Starr....agree....I would love to see caps put on election spending. I think it would put everyone on a more level playing ground and less chance of companies "buying" our gov't.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  8. michaela gorham

    If rich people want gov. jobs why don't they work for free. Maybe some of us middle class people that are on unemployment which are called freeloaders should run omg unemeployment pay not enough to make me rich just get by. Thats are problem the rich run the country they don't do it to help the country they do it for their enjoyment of going to fancy dinners, meeting movie stars and dignitarys from foreign countries.Oh yes when doomsday comes they want to be the first one in the underground tunnels under the new airport in Colorado.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  9. Syd

    Speaking of earthquakes, we had three (3) yesterday, 3.4, 1.7, and 1.7 all within 24 hours. I live on the New Madrid fault. Just more Birth pains!!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  10. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Casey – CA

    I'm liking your posts tonight. Keep them coming (smile).

    March 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  11. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    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 10:44 pm |
  12. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I'll take 10 prostate screenings if I can trade in one colonoscopy.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  13. Isabel Siaba

    It's important that the man know he has to do the Testicular self-examination every month.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  14. Dan

    The nation needs health care. The Republicans care only about protecting the assets of the wealthy and handing Obama a political defeat. The "solutions " they have offered will not work. The lies they have told are believed only by their supporters. The Democrats need to find the courage to pass what is bound to be an imperfect health care bill and then stick with it to fix it. Anyone who votes against the bill or tries to repeal it, Republican or Democrat, should be voted out of office.

    We want to make the world safe for democracy, but we must start at home by making our democracy work for all the people, not just big business and the wealthy few. We can start by passing health care.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  15. Renee

    I think Dr. Gupta just said to get with your doctor and not with the government for advice! Thanks Dr. Gupta you always make SO much sense!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  16. A. Smith, Oregon

    Thank-you Dr. Gupta for helping to outline the options for Prostrate Cancer questions.

    PLEASE look into the large number of returning soldiers with pulmonary problems which they totally feel is coming from the Burn-Pits on Afghanistan and Iraqi US Military Bases.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  17. Ann-Virginia

    David Gergen is right about this not being the way we should have a hc bill passed.We should have been able to have a hc bill that is bi-partisan.That has been made impossible by the Republican party.I'm so sick of hearing Mitch McConnell say that the American people don't want this bill & the polls show it.There may be some truth to that,but those Americans McConnell refers to have been misinformed by the Republicans & others intentionelly because it ihas been the goal of the Republican party to cause our President to fail.They have stated this publically(DeMitt).I want & need a good hc bill & I am confident the President will get it passed.It could have been better if the Republicans had worked to make it so instead of saying"NO" to everything the President wanted to do since he took office.It's obvious they are trying to make him fail& the Republicans selfishness over the welfair of Americans will come back to bite them.By the way,I'm also sick of the Republicans claiming such a big win in the Va.gov.race.It's fact that Va.has voted the party not in power on odd yr.elections for 27 yrs.,so that's a crock.The Republican party should be ashamed of themselves for the calous uncouth way they have treated President Obama.There have been things said & done to him that have never been said or done to any sitting president & all of them have been by the opposition & in very poor taste.It's time the Republicans wake up & put the countries' welfare first instead of their own selfish agenda.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  18. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Isn't this all the similar type of arguments that we've observed about screening for breast cancer? I understand progesterone is good for prevention.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  19. Emily

    I think that you men need some good role models for Prostate Cancer. just like women have had for breast cancer!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes! I agree with American Society Cancer, I always have take test each year, I hope I would have take screened. My dad died since 13 yrs ago due his prostate cancer. And I also agree with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  21. Cessy-Chicago

    good question, Anderson! why get screened if PSA doesnt work?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  22. Pat Ohio

    I wonder what polls our newscasters are reporting..every blog site I go on the people are for health reform and hopefully public option in it..

    March 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  23. Tim

    Where does Bennett get off on speaking for the majority of Americans? He appears as confused about this as he is about American history. The Louisiana Purchase is ancient history and really has no bearing on the current healthcare debate. The tea bags suffer under similar delusions. In order for a Democracy to prosper, the voters need the acumen to select good leaders. Whipping up lug-heads with befuddled references to history, will only result in a government not dissimilar to those that took America to the brink of disaster prior to the last Presidential election.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  24. Jose Ventura

    Mrs. McMahon has the money, but i dont think she will get elected in.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  25. MichaelJReeves

    Is anyone else concerned about the frequency of earth quakes.floods.increasingly strong storms.snow.wind.rain or is it just me and Al Gore?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  26. starr, formerly known as vincent

    oAnnn, Royalton OH – great post regarding a cap on election spending! And, excellent point on getting reps in WA DC that understand the middle class.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  27. Shane

    I think We should getg on tract with the rest of the world and take care of our own first.

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

    Rich politicians ... it's been that way since the Founding Father's days. Isn't that how Sen. Kerry got his money? I assume his "wealth" doesn't include the Heinz money.

    Why can't Linda MacMahon spend her own money Bloomberg bought 3 elections now. Whats fair for the men should be fair for both. Even thou clearly money gets the votes because they can outspend their rivals. There should be strict limits on what could be spent and who can give candidates money in my opinion.

    I am so sick of hearing about the next election the day after the polls close. They shouldn't be allowed to spend so much time on campaigning and get some work done in DC in my opinion.

    Love the photo of Rangel .... not a good look!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  29. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @ Emily: What do you think of Grant possibly being replaced on the 50$ bill?

    It's too soon. He needs to be gone longer.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  30. Ceil

    Anderson, how about some good investigative reports about
    the some members of both houses and their ties to the
    insurance companies?. That should be the role of good journalism
    not just a constant back and forth about political positions...
    It becomes tiresome and it does not serve the American people.
    Corruption should be exposed or we are on our way to becoming
    a paralyzed nation like our neighbor to the South. That is how a great democracy is compromised.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  31. mj

    We need to stop confusing people aboubt cancer screenings! Get screened. The end.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  32. Luria Dickson

    Starting over is Republican code for killing real health reform for the next ten or twenty years, ask one of CNN's Congressional reporters how many hearings and debates were held on this bill, and how many Republican amendments were incorporated in it. I bet you would be very suprised. We can't afford not to have health reform for the next ten years, How many people will suffer and die, and guess what if you get a pink slip tomorrow it might be you or someone you love.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  33. Vince

    Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Chile. Coupled with the aftershocks there is also fear of the Tsunami...

    March 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  34. Emily

    What do you think of Grant possibly being replaced on the 50$ bill?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  35. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I agree there should be caps on campaign spending, at all levels of government.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  36. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @LIsa L same here, and two of the deadly sins is envy and greed

    March 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  37. Shane

    Why are we debating this subject of health care?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  38. Kelly

    McMahon has gained her BILLIONS on the backs of "wrestlers" who ALL take illegal steroids! Just what we need, another CROOK in office!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  39. Tim - Emeryville, CA

    I want someone in office who really cares about the issues of this country and not for there own personal gain.

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

    "When you have the people to back you up financially, it bring it on and especially, when you have the value of a shoe string!"

    March 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  41. Laurence Ransom MD

    Why are we in this mess? Well more recently it is because of the greed of wall street but the premise upon which all this was built had to do with Mr. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy. Voodoo economics. Clinton had a surplus but Mr. Bush sank us before the banking crisis was even born.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  42. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    NO to on Reagan on the $50 bill. How insulting to Grant. I hold Reagan responsible for the pronounced economic failures of the 80s.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  43. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    So why is it a problem for someone to spend their own money to get elected, but not a problem to spend massive amounts of other people's money like Obama did?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  44. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If we would just put a cap on how much the people running for office can spend, maybe we would get some representatives in office who really understand the struggles of the middle class.

    The amount should be something an average American can come up with.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  45. Stan

    Health Care with a Public option is a no brainer!! Americans deserve affordable Health care and we all need it. Republicans are only trying to protect the drug Companys that are making Billions off the drugs their selling to Americans. Why is it so Dam hard to get anything done in Washington? You would think that, all the people that the Americans have voted into office would actually realize who they really work for, the American people!! Lets stop all the Polictical Posturing in Washington and start getting things done that will actually help Americans.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  46. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ Emily, I wish McCain would have chosen Whitman also. Now both McCain and Whitman appear to be un-elected in the next round. Perhaps Palin-Romney 2012?

    Greetings Brianna 360

    March 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  47. Karen

    The majority of Americans do not wish to have this health care bill forced through our legislative government by reconciliation. If the President insists upon this action, I see American voters going to the polls and conducting a good old fashioned Fall house cleaning of all those who jump aboard the President's soon to be 'sinking ship.' Those who do will soon be searching for a new job.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    Wow I keep my word and my mind about what I said yesterday, all (or almost all) the politicians just think about Money, money and more money (and power) and they don't care too much about us, the people and our needs!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  49. LisaL -Canada

    i don't really understand people's fascination with how much money other people make – it's just another extension of the whole reality craze. it's not about what you have – it's about what you do with it.

    it makes me shake my head to see the monetary figures associated with both politics and professional sports. it seems like such a waste when there is so much suffering in the world.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Would you really want someone like Linda McMahon to reprsent you in congress? Especially one who likes the attention limelight that much.......

    March 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
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