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April 28th, 2010
10:06 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Fraud in the health care system?

Eliza Browning
AC360°

We continue our series on the high cost of health care and tonight we're reporting on fraud in the health care system. How much money is wasted each year and what is being done to prevent it? Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to Harry Markopolos – yes, the same Markopolos who blew the whistle on Bernie Madoff but was ignored by the SEC. The former financial industry executive turned fraud investigator has now set his sights on health care. He’ll tell Sanjay what he's investigating and what concerns him the most.

We are following the situation in Haiti closely. Although we’re not reporting on the ground this week, we’re monitoring what’s going on for Haitians as best we can and we’re keeping you updated. Tonight we check in with Sean Penn, who has been working there with his organization, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, since the January 12 earthquake that rocked the nation. Don’t miss his live report tonight.

Democratic House members will hold a news conference today on Capitol Hill to denounce Arizona’s new immigration legislation and to make a push for federal immigration reform. The new policy, signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last Friday, will require state police officers to determine whether or not people are in the U.S. legally. Attorney General Eric Holder said a federal court challenge to the law isn’t out of the question. The Justice Department is apparently working with the Department of Homeland Security to determine how to respond to the law. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she is concerned it would siphon away resources that would otherwise be used to pursue individuals who commit major crimes. Will Arizona’s law spur federal immigration reform?

Yesterday, top Goldman Sachs executives were grilled for more than 10 hours by lawmakers about the firm’s role in the financial crisis. The representatives were asked about how the firm positioned itself just as the nation’s housing market started to unravel. So what does the hearing mean for Goldman? Meanwhile financial reform isn’t making much headway in the Senate. For the second straight day, the GOP blocked the start of debate on legislation to set new rules for the financial industry. Democrats are accusing the Republicans of siding with Wall Street, but the Republicans want to resolve numerous “sticking points” before debate. What do you think?

And we’ve been reporting all week on the story of a Good Samaritan in Queens, New York who saved a woman from a mugging but was fatally stabbed in the process. Hugo Tale-Yax was killed on April 18 and left to die in a pool of his own blood while people walked by. Surveillance video shows that it took nearly two hours for officials to arrive and pronounce him dead. Last night we reported on his background. We’ve heard from many of you about the ‘bystander effect’ and why people aren’t more willing to respond to crimes and violence. We’ll have a follow-up tonight.

What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET!


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