March 19th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Health Care Fight, Dems Chasing Votes: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°,  the health care  endgame.  Will Democrats have enough votes to get the bill passed? Plus, Dr. Sanjay Gupta breaks down what's in the legislation and how it could impact you.  We also take you to Haiti to see what's being done to help clean up the camps washed out by rain. Actor and activist Sean Penn is in Port-au-Prince with the latest developments.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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  1. Lisa A., Philadelphia, PA

    maybe if these people voting and making life changing decisions for us, the gen public, stopped playing games and acting like spoiled children they could come up with reform that will help we the people. makes u wonder who is pulling their strings.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  2. Kim- Ohio

    Sean Penn you are doing a great job..thank you!!!

    @Suan, NJ your church donated these to Haiti? That's great.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  3. Marci from MN

    It is a sad state of affairs when we can't even protect the health of our citizens. Affordable health care should be a right, not a privilege. I know many people who aren't covered now. How can anyone NOT want to change that. This bill may not be perfect but at least it is a start. The only reason for NOT wanting to start to change our health care system is if you are the ones making big profits from the current system.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  4. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Where are all those trailers that were used in LA after Katrina?

    March 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am sorry your loss, My heart goes to you....... Hope you will take new heart for transplant as soon as possible, I can understand how you felt pain. I hope you will get back again. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  6. Miranda Huntington Beach CA

    What are we supposed to do about Haiti? It is overwhelming...

    March 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "All of the other celebrities have moved on it seems. They went to the Oscars, and it seems that most have forgotten about Haiti. ;("

    That is exactly what happened. They should have cancelled the Oscar parties and sent the money to Haiti instead.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  8. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I think the people should leave; I think the people should want to leave!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  9. mary from georgia

    in re : jane WI....couples making less than $88,000 yr are subsidized.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  10. Kathryn- Plym Mtg, PA

    Sean, thank you for your investment in your fellow man. ( I know that your rewards are personal. ) The world can only be better for your efforts. May you stay well and continue to do for all of us what we should be offering to do ourselves.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  11. Stan

    I just wonder do the Republicans belive that Health care cost will go down by itself? WE all deserve affordable Health Care and if the rich folks have to pay just a litle more in Taxes, I'am sure they would not mind, because it's the middle class people who keep them in business and go to the movies to watch the Stars and make them Rich as hell in the first place. WE all need Health Care, Republicans stop being bias and open your eyes to what the American people really want, Affordable Health Care. I do believe once you Republicans start working with our President instead of aganist him, the faster our recovery to positive things in this Country will be!!!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  12. gretchen

    @Ronnie,I'm so sorry for your suffering.I hope things will change for the better.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  13. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I hate Sean Penn's politics, but of all the celebrities, he appears to be walking the walk.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Sharon Hastings

    The whole Haiti thing is mindboggling and so tragic. I continue to admire people like Sean Penn, great actor, better person.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  15. Susan, NJ

    The "resilience" of the Haitian people is really an overadaptation to enormous poverty and economic abuse. They should be much angrier at their situation and hold people accountable for the massive corruption.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  16. Vivian - Mtl

    I honestly hope and pray that this bill does go threw... it will make life a lot more easier for people.

    Haiti- the government is trying to buy farmland from other citizens cause there is no where to build they new areas to relocate people.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  17. Giancarlo

    My vote as 'standing by' senator yea

    March 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  18. Emily

    Is there Violence?

    March 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  19. georgia Kruusi

    I have no med ins...haven't had for 18 yrs....income of 900 a month...how do you buy insurance and LIVE??? Medical care should be a right not just for the well endowed. I don't want to say wealthy...because I know a lot of people have insurance and pay huge amounts for it...I don't know what to think..the people reporting and the Washington people...WE pay for the Washington people's medical/dental....this should be for their people not their slot.....

    March 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  20. Paula, Colorado

    It's good to hear the update on Haiti–and the efforts to help. The misery there seems never-ending, though.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  21. Renee

    @ JoAnn: I think these celebrity types have too many parties and newspapers to pose for to really care for human life.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  22. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Did you all see the pig? He is right a home.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  23. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Once again it appears Haiti is unable to govern itself. The UN should declare it a failed state and move in and take over.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  24. Tim

    It’s really frightening how easy it is to delude the masses. The fact is, Americans pay twice as much for Health Care, per capita, as the countries with well run Health Care systems, and only have half as many doctors. This makes American health care 4 times more wasteful than the countries that do it right. All those people that fear this bill will cost money, relax. As the Congressional Budget Office has pointed out, America will be on course to save over a trillion dollars once this excellent legislation is passed.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  25. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    All of the other celebrities have moved on it seems. They went to the Oscars, and it seems that most have forgotten about Haiti. ;(

    March 19, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  26. Susan, NJ

    Our church has donated 600 semi permanent houses that have wood and tin components.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  27. Ola

    I lost my job in May 2009 and ran out of insurance a few months later.Due to a pre-existing condition called Ashermans Syndrome, hopsitals and doctors treat me like I am an alien and except I have close to $9000.00 cash for a same day procedure, I don 't even get audience. It's a terrible feeling and it is highly unfair that you cannot do anything to help yourself when you know you need help and no one is willing to help either. That's why the only glitter of hope I see for millions of Americans is the healthcare bill. The bill shows that soemone cares .

    March 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  28. andrea

    Hi AC,

    congress should hang it's collective head in shame for their lack of respect for their constituents. a comprehensive healthcare bill is essential for the health of the majority (read the working poor, the "middle class", etc.) of citizens. Pres.Obama campaigned on this issue, but I guess half of the Senate wasn't aware. They were all asked to contribute to this bill. They offered nothing. They can only blame themselves, not the Pres, not the Dems. We, the people, need to vote them out of office. The only one who seems unconcerned about being re-elected is the Pres.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  29. Joy

    I have high blood pressure , I am a working 58 year old woman, I pay for insurance $110.00 per month. They( the insurance company )denies all claims(pre-exiting condition). I owe my doctor $750.00, I owe the hospital for test $5200. I can not afford my medicine. I can not afford to go to the doctors. We need health care reform. I will not be covered by insurance until September.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  30. Janine from PA.

    Good evening AC 360;
    I don't understand why preexisting condition laws take effect in months and years from now, it should be immediate! In fact as soon as President Obama was sworn in a bill should have been ready for him to sign to ban being denied coverage because of preexisting conditions, plus the cap the insurance companies put on coverage should have been banned last year already. Then they could have started working on the rest of this bill after that. This will give these companies ample time to purge their rolls of whomever they want until then.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  31. Susie Q

    I believe that the children should be taken away if they are in harms way... from the Dominican Republic we have a close view of the situation in Haiti and though Haitians are a hard working people they are also a disorganized and untamed society... it´s difficult to function as a whole under those conditions... so yes, any help that they can receive is good but they need more than just rice. They need to become self-sustainable... and I´m so happy to hear that Sean Penn felt so strongly, as to go to Haiti to help!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  32. A. Smith, Oregon

    Haitian relief has received over 2 Billion dollars, where are the permanent buildings and shelters as a result? Appears to be ZERO.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  33. starr, formerly known as vincent

    God bless sean penn for the work he is doing in haiti.

    i truly fear for the people of haiti, especially disease.

    again, the gov. and politics are the enemy.

    please, please people, don't give up on haiti. i think i will go through the clinton foundation or their recommendations for my future donations.

    @ megan and kim-thanks for your posts

    March 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  34. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    The people of Haiti can not be forgotten. There are human beings who need so many help.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  35. Emily

    To hear that these heavy rains have hit Haiti, it is very sad.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  36. Dulcie - Denver

    Thanks! @starr (formerly known as vincent)

    I'll be checking in over the weekend to see how this all turns out. I think it'll pass, though there may be a lot of 11th hour wrangling.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  37. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    The people and the nation Haitian as a whole are lost and need much help.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  38. gretchen

    Why can't the people of haiti be evacuated from there.Also that weak corrupt government need to be taken down.All that money pouring into haiti and the government of haiti still have not done anything for haiti.What a pitiful shame.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  39. Rick,MN.

    I have several pre-existing conditions,degenerative arthritic discs in my back and neck,bi-lateral carpal tunnel,and two open heart surgeries,what am i supposed to think,nobody will insure me and i am on S.S.disability so i can't afford insurance anyway,i personally hope the healthcare bill passes.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  40. Alsandra

    Has CNN given information about health organizations–doctors, interns hospitals– that support health reform? Have you covered this subjet, and I possibly missed it? I think this would be important information.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  41. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    The Brazilian actress Maite Proença, described what he saw in Haiti, after spending a week in volunteer work: "I saw the devil laughing. It is as if the whole thing was a great irony of the devil."

    March 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  42. Jane - WI

    I have a high deductible plan. What in this bill will guarantee me that my doctor and hospital will charge me lower fees? I pay the first $5000. What I need is lower charges from my doctor. Is that in the bill?

    March 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  43. RichardLewis

    As a Disabed Veteran, Who is NOW in the hospital, and awaiting a new heart, I want to say that IF this bill is not passed I feel that I will not live long enough to have it stated ALL over again. ( What kind of Crap is that)We have needed this type bill to be passed for years, and those that are fighting it, well to me it seems that they either or a family member has not been in this situation.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  44. Cessy-Chicago

    this is a nightmare for the Haitians again...especially for the children. What is our country doing to help?

    March 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  45. Emily

    "Wild, this health care is getting more and more interesting!"

    Boring it is not! That is for sure.
    I think that it has gotten others interested in politics who would not be so otherwise also.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  46. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I have to give Penn a lot of credit, but where are all of his celebrity buddies?

    March 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  47. Jodi in AK

    I really don't understand why people say that the public doesn't want health care reform. We need reform and we need it now. It is a drag that to try and get votes there is a four year wait for adults on reforms in the health care bill. I have a good job and health insurance, but even I am not completely happy with it. We need to get rid of caps, denying coverage because of preexisting conditions, and preventative treatments should be covered 100%. Just because you have insurance doesn't mean that everyone does and I for one want to see my tax dollars helping them.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  48. LaSonya, Nashville

    @Jason, this is only the beginning. Hopefully we will get it.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  49. Dwayne


    As always I love your show. However, on the issue of pre-existing illness, I am a 48 years old male. I have suffered from polycythemia since 1986. With the proper medical treatments I should live a normal life. Due to this illness that insurances list as a terminal illness, I have recently been denied medical coverage. Currently, I have lost my job and I have no medical insurance and the costs of medical treatments are destroying me. I turned to my regular insurance agent State Farm with whom I have had car and home insurance for years and they also denied me because the illness is pre-existing.

    It is so sad politicians are fighting against what is right when Americans are dying because we cannot get medical coverage.

    Thanks for being there for America!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  50. Vivian - Mtl

    How devastating again for Haiti!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
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