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Dr. Sanjay Gupta anchors tonight and kicks off our weeklong series on the cost of health care in America. We begin by asking a difficult question: How much would you spend to save the life of a loved one? Amanda Bennett tells the story of her husband’s battle against kidney cancer over the course of seven years. In the end, it cost $618,000 to save him, with the Bennetts shouldering approximately $10,000 of the total cost. Randi Kaye talks to Bennett about how money inevitably plays into end-of-life decisions. She tells Randi she was shocked by how expensive the health care costs were and how insurance companies seemed to succeed in raising the price of care. Despite the spiraling costs, she says she’d do it all over again.
As part of our health care coverage, we’ll also be looking at the cost of health care for the elderly. What percentage of your lifetime health care expenditures comes in the last five years of your life? Is it money well spent? Could that money be better spent at other times in your life? Don’t miss Sanjay’s report tonight.
Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s internal watchdog said that he will launch an investigation into the SEC’s decision to pursue fraud charges against Goldman Sachs. The SEC Inspector said the probe will examine “serious allegations” raised by several Republican congressmen regarding the charges. Is this an investigation into the investigation?
Meanwhile, a deal is apparently close on a Senate financial reform bill, but Republicans warn they are not yet prepared to launch debate on the measure. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has set a showdown vote for later on today to move ahead on the reform but does he have enough votes? We’ll have the latest developments tonight.
We’re also following Florida Governor Charlie Crist as he makes his big decision: will he abandon the GOP and run for the Senate as an Independent, or not at all? He trails the young Cuban-American Marco Rubio by double digits as they fight it out for the Republican nomination. Rubio has the support of Tea Party activists and other conservatives. Crist has until this Friday to decide, and the entire country will be watching. Florida has long been a bellwether for national politics, and a defection by Crist may be seen as a sign of growing Tea Party influence in the state. John Zarrella is reporting on the story from Florida.
And there could be significant developments in court today in Haiti in the case of the 10 American missionaries charged with kidnapping 22 Haitian children and trying to take them to the Dominican Republic. Nine of those Americans have been released from custody and returned to the U.S., but Laura Silsby – the leader of the group – remains in Haiti and her case will likely be the focus of today’s court action.
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