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. Vivian - Mtl

    I have faith too , I pray God knocks some sense into these people.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  2. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @ Anderson

    It was great to have Sean Penn live in Haiti.
    I would like AC360 had more live reports from there, if possible.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ Vivian, she is still very bitter about the horrific child abuse she saw when those children were brought into the hospital and then actively treating them if it were still possible to save their young lives.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yikes for Lady Gaga, Wow....... Not good day for Lady Gaga.... I hope she willing pay him back.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Susan, NJ

    I read the story about the couple who has been targeted by police 50 times, and it highlights the problem that once government messes something up involving your ID – it's very difficult to get it corrected.

    Remember the 8 year old who was on the HOmeland SEcurity WAtch list – no matter what the parents did they couldn't get him off.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Jessica

    Btw, the filmmaker (whose originally from Haiti & does "listening" work there) also said that some of the most effective aid (from HER limited perspective) is occurring (in addition to groups such as PIH & Yele Haiti) through immigrant based groups here in the U.S. (delegations going over/sending money to relatives). Also, that local U.S. Haitian groups are seeing more stress as those who could leave are now living here. These might be interesting angles to feature in upcoming shows.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  7. misty

    Re: the Girl Scout Cookie Thief~

    I live in the Seattle area and just want people to know that folks in our community really stepped up to help the Girl Scout.

    As soon as the story was aired here, many people immmediately donated money to the girl including the store she was located at. In fact, more money was donated to her than she lost!

    Gotta love the Pacific Northwest!!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If this group thinks that what they are doing is right then why not come on the show and defend themselves?

    March 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  9. starr, formerly known as vincent

    i believe in spiritual healing in concert with medical assistance too.

    it is a crime to allow your child/children to die of curable illnesses.

    God bless those children and i pray their parents will have a change of heart and take them for medical care along with their prayers.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    God created the medical, science, man's ability to do drugs too!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  11. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Over and over rights of parents seem to outweigh health and safety of children. Courts should be more willing to end parental rights when health and safety are at risk.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  12. David, Indiana

    Sean Penn is describing and overwhelming situation in Haiti. How many tents and other more durable shelters are being sent or are on hand in Haiti and what is going on with distributing those shelters?

    @Isabel, I agree and the reports on how these rains are affecting the camps in Haiti show a massive secondary emergency developing.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  13. gretchen

    Idea,why not take some construction workers from america,pay them some of the money donated to haiti to build substantial shelters for the people of haiti.I mean if ever there was a shovel ready job ,haiti is it.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  14. Cessy-Chicago

    TOOBIN in the house!!!! yeah 🙂

    March 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  15. A. Smith, Oregon

    Jeffrey Toobin, Oregon is actively pushing the law against a Religious organizations. Many, many States have the same if not worse problem with children dieing from mere diabetic conditions and their religious parents prevent them from adequate medical treatment. Many States are very slow in arresting religious clergy instead of 'protecting' them.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, Erica is great looking good. 🙂

    March 19, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  17. Emily


    Thanks for your post. That's heart breaking to read. 🙁

    March 19, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  18. Vivian - Mtl

    A.Smith -Oregon
    I'd be spitting nails too. Very heart-breaking story.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  19. Charlotte Scurry texas

    How is withholding medical care different from not giving kids their shots

    March 19, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  20. Kenya

    Well having faith only goes so far...then science has to step in.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  21. Sherry Mc

    I am interested in finding out how this will affect a low income high risk person like myself who can not afford insurance now. Hopefully they will make it affordable for those of us who do not make a lot of money and really can barely make ends meet now. Will the premiums still be too high for me? Or will they have some kind of sliding fee scale? I guess we all will see.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  22. Emily


    "Jehovahs Witnesses they dont believe in seeking medical help either...my friend is one..."

    Really? I knew that they didn't believe in blood transfusions, etc, however, I didn't know that they didn't believe in not seeking medical help at all.

    I'm surprised that parents who do not get help for their children, (under 18yrs), and they pass away, are not charged with their deaths. (at least until now!)

    March 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  23. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Erica is so funny woman I have seen her teasing AC!!!!

    Noooo! you are not loser yet!!! LOL!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  24. A. Smith, Oregon

    Its refreshing to see after all these years that States like Oregon and others are willing to call religious organizations onto the carpet over obvious abuse of children and their care. For far to many decades these kinds of abuses were simply swept under the carpet.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  25. Rod

    gosh! i believe God heals and that doctors and hospitals are also instruments of that healing. this story breaks my heart.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  26. charlie

    @ Cessy. Preventative care costs much less than emergency care. Quality healthcare is mostly prevention and much cheaper. See cost level in any other country outside the US.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  27. Nicole from the Netherlands

    Hello Everyone!! Hi Anderson!!. How great so see Erica Hill on AC360, missed you Erica! Yesterday I thought the button thing was a little... Thanks Erica....
    Sad reports from Haiti... 🙁
    No press here no more on Haiti

    March 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  28. carla

    ok i get that people should have children checked by a doctor but if they are over 18 isn't it their right not to go to a doctor if they do not wih ....this is america don't we still have freedom of choice....

    March 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  29. Miranda Huntington Beach CA

    Jeffery Tobin yay He is a really smart man...I hate it when people use bible verses out of context and the church used that bible verse out of context...that is all I will say...

    March 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  30. Isabel Siaba, Brazil


    I agree with you... It's pretty cool review Erica Hill!!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  31. Sharon Hastings

    Hasn't this always been the case with various religious groups? If you are an adult and choose to follow this path and decline medical treatment, that is one thing. But little children are helpless. They cannot make that decision for themselves and so they rely on adults to keep them safe and healthy. I can't stand to see a child suffering even when they are getting treatment. I can't imagine just letting them die.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    People do insane things in the name of religion.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  33. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    It's a obligation of parents taking care of the welfare of children, right?

    March 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  34. Debby, MI

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian people! I wish all the donations could have efficiently rebuilt areas of Port a Prince before the rains started-these poor people never seem to get ahead! Seems all the relief organizations need to work together to git 'er done. You said you are going back to Haiti- when will that happen? Do you ever run out of energy? Anderson on Jeopardy-wish I could have seen it! God bless you for all you do!!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  35. Jo Ann

    Lisa, use your search...tents for Haiti.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  36. Cessy-Chicago

    this is a tough issue...

    March 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  37. Vivian - Mtl

    @Jessica - You are very right! Most agencies have to buy their own supplies that have been sent to Haiti or pay bribes at the ports just to get their containers.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  38. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Why isn't this considered child abuse or neglect?

    March 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  39. Susan, NJ

    God is the author of all science, so faith and science fit hand and glove. Survival without medicine is not a test of faith.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  40. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    When my son gets sick, I try anything. For my son to stay healthy, I might even try something that I don't believe.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  41. gretchen

    Again,people using religion to promote cruelty.They should be arrested for murder.Isnt this worse than abortion?

    March 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  42. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    What nonsense story! I can not understand how it is possible for parents to see their child sick and suffering and not try anything to help.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  43. charlie

    Only 16 months? Astonishing.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  44. Annette

    Please keep discussing the epic battle of U.S. healthcare. Once the middle class has healthcare and is stabilized financially, the majority of middle class Americans (which is the majority of the U.S. population) will be able to give more to help those in Haiti, Africa, etc.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  45. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @ dulcie

    you are braver than me. because of the tension, i may have to do or watch something else. i don't handle stree and tension well.

    i think you are right though, it will likely pass.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  46. LaSonya, Nashville

    I think the only way to drive cost down on healthcare is to implement free healthcare for all American's. Employee physicians and ban for profit hospitals, labs and so forth.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  47. David, Indiana

    @Susan NJ I wonder about the cuts to Medicare and want to hear more details, impact to the industry on that, but how do you reconcile the CBO projection about a 1 trillion reduction in cost with what you're saying about premiums skyrocketting?

    Oh that's a nice surprise. Hello Erica Hill! and thank God you're calling Anderson on the buzzer excuse. You're being the voice of reason. Very nice to see you.

    Anderson maybe you're being a little hard on yourself...

    March 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, I agree with you! I am enjoy his show, too. (Sanjay)

    March 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  49. Beth

    I have missed Erica. What a treat for a Friday night !!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  50. gisele

    Erica!!! I miss you!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
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