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March 17th, 2010
09:44 PM ET

Closer to health care reform: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, the Democrats are one vote closer to passing health care reform, disturbing details about the 33 Haitian children taken by American missionaries, a French television documentary that is really causing a stir, and an update on the death investigation of Corey Haim.

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  1. mark

    we cant afford any more social welfare. ask if he would vote for it if it had no subsidies

    March 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  2. jane - Vt

    Good evening everyone

    March 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Lisa A., Philadelphia, PA

    its such a shame that something that started off with great ideas and noble intentions has turned into such a mess. how much of the noble ideas are left in healthcare reform?

    March 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Phil

    I agree with President Obama.
    The issue is most Americans are one heart attack or serious injury/illness away from bankruptcy or losing their homes. I recently had a grand-Mal seizure and even though I have "good" health care, we were hit with over $6K in hospital bills (for a 5 hours stay) and over $60.00 a month in life long medication bills. (after deductible).

    If we do not get health care under control I can only hope my next seizure ends in death where my wife can pay for all the bills with my life insurance and keep our home.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Devin

    Dennis seems to want the best for the country... at lest his trying to get it passed good going Dennis =)

    March 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  6. Sheila Toomey

    Even Dems are being flip floppers.

    What?! Dennis doesnt like the bill yet is saying YES to it?!

    Just do what Massachusetts did with Universal HC.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  7. Paul, Bryan

    Universal health care for all, all major Christian religions say it is a right....

    March 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "Isn't that extortion?"

    Are you really surprised? Chicago politics at its sleaziest.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Frank

    Two simple points
    1. Insurance companies control health care in no other country in the world
    2. In no other country does health catastrophe result in personal bankruptcy
    Fix this now!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  10. charlie

    The ammount of misinformation and unconfirmed rumors that float around make we wonder about the virtue of free speech. That concept is even more debased by the definition of money as being equivalent as speech. Whether left or right one poerson should have one equal vote and one equal voice, not aplified by personal or corporate Billions of $$$.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  11. john dankanyin third

    I,ve been collecting social security disability for 6 years so far i cant work due to diabetic retnaopothy and diabetic neropothy.Ive had juvinile diabetes since 1976 when i was 8 years old.I,m Very scared about the healthcare bill passing.Will i be limited on the amout of medications i take and doctors i see which is 4 of them every 3 months or will i be sent to die with no money and no way to afford all of my medications i take now.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Linda in Arizona

    You can't say "what it reveals about ALL of us" about the game show participants and their mob mentality. It only reveals what a bunch of people who would participate in a game show would do. I wouldn't be within a thousand miles of such a situation, and I answer to no one but myself.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  13. Lance

    I am shocked at the way the president was treated during his interview on the health care bill. When did it become ok for reporters to show such disrespect for the office of the president. The reporter could have asked the same questions in a more respectful manner and if he did not recieve an answer, re-ask the question until he recieved an answer or was able to make his point. Very disappointed to see this and feel there should be action against this reporter.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Dave M.

    Does anybody in Washington beyond the President actually know what's included in this upcoming bill? Despite my strong hope that it gets passed, I think everybody, including the public, has a right to know the specifics as to what's included in such a piece of legislation that is so very important to all of America.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  15. A. Smith, Oregon

    A public option is very important to have if the US Govt. is going to force the Mega Insurance Giants to lower their profit margins.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  16. Adrian

    I hope they pass this Helath Insurance legislation no matter what process they end up having to use. All this hooplah about legislative process is just insider chatter to me. We need this morally and economically. Just pass it already.

    Oh, and reform the Senate rules too. Right now Senate rules are crippling governance. No way should a few old rich guys be allowed hold America hostage. It's just so frustrating and it makes me furious.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @A. Smith, people who have fought for their country have EARNED their health care; unlike those covered by this bill.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  18. Valerie

    How in the world can you vote on a bill if you don't know what's in it?!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  19. gretchen

    Anderson,why won't anyone take the side of those who have no insurance. I do beleive you try to be honest or keep them honest,but honestly why won't the media show the people who are suffering because of what insurance company's have done,or the people who have died or are dying because they had no coverage and wasnt able to catch their cancer in time.If more of the people who are suffering were shown,then this would be a different argument.Only showing politicians and commentators makes it a cold and indiferrent process.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Bloggers,
    Good question! I think Republicans won't vote take a bill our health-care, I hope Democrats are willing take pass to say yes our health-care.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  21. Destiny Searcy scurry texas

    Hello Anderson 360 staff and fellow bloggers

    March 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  22. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone.

    Happy St. Patrick's day all!

    Aside from the special deals, how will medicare recipients be affected by cuts to medicare advantage?

    Should the legislation pass, what will individuals have to do to get insurance and to meet compulsory ins requirements?

    It is good to see much of the deal making stripped from the bill.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Democrats seem on the verge of hysteria. There are reports that Obama has told Democratic lawmakers that they either support him, or he won't support their reelection. Isn't that extortion?

    March 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Al

    If the ranking House members have to run around soliciting votes and strong arming people to vote Yes, then this bill is garbage, needs to be scrapped, and they should start over from the beginning!!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  25. starr, formerly known as vincent

    medicade advantage programs have been proven to cost more than medicare...

    it's a program that may provide extras to seniors, however, they bill medicare more than what medicare would normally allow. in this way, medicare is losing lots of money besides fraudulent billing, etc.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Sheila Toomey

    i would NOT shock anyone with that many volts of electricity! wow

    March 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  27. Claus

    This bill will only increase our debt and healthcare expenses. It is healthcare expansion, not healthcare reform.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  28. michael armstrong sr.

    I think the health care bill will not pass and if Nancy forces it threw it will hang in limbo in the federal courts .

    March 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    @Sharon
    Good point! I think so. Agreed! 🙂

    March 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  30. A. Smith, Oregon

    I wonder how American Veterans would feel about Sen. McCain if he did away with their socialized medical care and handed them voucher coupons instead?

    March 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    How can they change the Senate bill without having the Senate vote on it again? Both houses need to pass the exact same version of the bill.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Kim- Ohio

    That's kind of scary they don't know all the details of the HCR bill yet. Who knows what gets thrown in there.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Sheila Toomey

    Happy St Patricks Day.

    why are they going to vote on this Bill on my Birthday?!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    What really in the bill, is to pay your medical expenses when you favorite medical insurance refuse to pay that what's in the bill!"

    March 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Andre'

    Can someone explain why most of the important provisions of the expected health-care bill don't go in to effect until another 4 years or longer?! Democrats are touting, bragging about items like "preventing insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions", even though people in need right now won't benefit from provisions like it and many will die or suffer needlessly because of the delay.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh my gosh!!!! Wow!! That is so lot of million or trillion dollars! What a waste our money! Thanks Ed Henry!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening everyone. It's down to the wire for the health care bill. I do think it would be nice to know what they are voting for or against.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    So how many states qualify for the special deal other than LA?

    March 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Claus

    Good evening, everyone.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  40. charlie

    Mc Cain's comments are probably applicable to any number of bills. That is a fundaemntal of the US's weak government system.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Sheila Toomey

    I find it funny when Obama told Brett in the interview that He himself will know whats in the bill before the vote starts.

    Even Obama doesnt know whats in this bill!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  42. A. Smith, Oregon

    Good evening Anderson Cooper, AC360, CNN Staffers and fellow bloggers! Happy St. Pattys Day to each of you.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Good evening Anderson!
    Hello David (Indiana), Megan, Starr, Gabriela, Emily and everyone!!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  44. starr, formerly known as vincent

    good evening anderson & team 360 (caps problem again)

    Hello, david, isabele, nichole, devin, emily, dodie, megan, a. smith, claus, mike, kim, nancy, everyone....happy st. pat's

    March 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Maureen T., Mississauga, Canada

    Happy St. Patrick's Day Anderson and fellow bloggers!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Hello Everyone!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  47. charlie

    Fillibuster are routinely enforced by "deeming" rather than by actually making the senators block all business by talking endlessly. Why is this "deeming" any worse?

    March 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  48. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Let the President speak!"

    March 17, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  49. Kim- Ohio

    Hi Anderson, 360 Team, fellow Bloggers!!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Stephanie, Megan, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Starr and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Happy Wednesday night & Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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