March 17th, 2010
08:56 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Kucinich switches health care vote from No to Yes

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Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Democrats scrambling to pass health care reform need 216 votes and tonight they are one vote closer.

After intense lobbying by President Obama, Rep. Dennis Kucinich said today he will, in fact, support the health care bill coming up for a vote in the House. Until now, he had opposed reform without a robust public plan and possible state single-payer plans.

We’ll talk to the Ohio congressman tonight about his change of mind. Plus, a Keeping Them Honest report on what’s actually in the bill. President Obama said special favors would be stripped out. But were they? Ed Henry tells us what he found.

We also have a disturbing update on those 33 Haitian children taken by American missionary Laura Silsby. It turned out they aren’t orphans; they have families. Now they are being returned to their relatives. But for many of these children, it’s not the happy homecoming you might imagine. We’ll show you why tonight in our 360 Follow.

Have you heard about the French television documentary that’s causing such a stir? The filmmakers created a fake game show called “Game of Death” to see how far ordinary people would actually stray from their sense of right and wrong. Could you do what they did? Push a button to deliver a near lethal jolt of electricity into another person’s body?

You’ll be horrified to learn how many people ignored their moral compasses and blindly followed orders. We'll take you up close.

In Crime and Punishment tonight, there’s been an arrest in connection with the death of actor Corey Haim. It comes just days after authorities launched an investigation into a prescription drug ring linked to the former child star. Investigators say dozens of doctors gave Haim prescriptions for pills that could have harmed him. We’ll talk to senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky about the new development, including how big a problem these prescription drug rings have become.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern, and don’t forget to join the live chat during the program!

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Amy

    One vote closer, thank god. So many of us are screaming for health care for all... An approved bill can be the start, and we can always build on it. Please let others follow his example and make it happen this time!

    March 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
  2. Cindy

    Dennis Kucinich flipped...is anyone really shocked? I mean really!?

    I can't believe that so many people have so little disregard for life that even on a game show they will give huge shocks to people just because everyone is goading them into it. It just goes to show that most people follow the sheep mentality...what one does or wants to do they all will do.

    I heard earlier that all but one of the 33 Haitian children were given back to their families. I'm looking forward to seeing what the deal is with this story.


    March 17, 2010 at 9:16 pm |
  3. Merrylee Reisinger

    I'm glad Rep. Kucinich has decided to change his mind. He seemed like a pretty smart fellow during the primaries and now I feel very certain that he is one intelligent legislator in the House (of ill repute).
    Thanks for choosing to interview him. Anderson, you're always on top of things.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
  4. SophieLavoi

    Wow, lots of good topics. I should tune in

    March 17, 2010 at 9:11 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    This show sounds like a wild one – Dennis Kucinich changing his vote from no to yes on health care – this is one interview I can hardly wait to see. I figured Kucinich would stay with his no until the end; hopefully, he can relieve a few minds by explaining the rationale behind his vote change. At any rate, Kucinich is fun to watch so that has to be a winner.

    As far as special favors being stripped out of the health care plan I doubt that any were stripped out and that its loaded with them – like the 12 years for drug companies on the biologics. Everyone is getting a favor except the voters it sounds like.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:03 pm |