November 5th, 2010
09:20 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Playing Politics with Health Care

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360, we’re Keeping Them Honest, pointing the double-talk mirror at politicians who said one thing on the campaign trail and are doing the opposite now. They slammed President Obama for putting health care reform first and jobs second. But now that they’ve won the election, health care reform suddenly is their number one focus. Tonight, playing politics with health care and jobs.

Also tonight, MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay. The network took action after it discovered that Olbermann donated money to three Democrats running in the midterm elections, a violation of NBC policy. Tonight, the revelation is raising questions about what Olbermann didn’t disclose when interviewing political candidates on air. Olbermann is known as a vocal critic of the corrosive effect of money in politics, and he rails against donors who do not disclose their giving. Keeping Them honest, has he been saying one thing and doing another?

President Obama is on his way to India, the first stop of his 10-day Asian tour. Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry is covering the trip. We’ll get a reality check from Ed on its cost. Some critics have claimed that the trip will cost American taxpayers $200 million a day. But that claim originated with the Press Trust of India, a news agency that quoted an anonymous Indian official. The White House has called the rumored price-tag wildly off-base. Tonight we’re doing some fact-checking.

We’ll also check in with actor-activist Sean Penn in Haiti, where heavy rains from Hurricane Tomas are raising the threat of floods and mudslides.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Of course the Republicans will work on repealing healthcare because President Obama has proven to be successful with improving the economy and jobs; they are trying to go thru the back door to make Americans think the economy is recovering because they repealed healthcare. Don't buy these Republicans BS, they haven't done anything to work for Americans over the past 10 years.

    November 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  2. victor

    If our health care system was designed using Kaiser Permanent as a foot print, it is going to be excellent. I have had it for over 31 years.

    November 6, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  3. Rondell, Indianapolis

    Repeal NAFTA. Not healthcare

    November 6, 2010 at 7:20 am |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    Hey Anderson please close the $200M a day out out of programming even if we dont know some things.
    1) 2000 going is ridiculous maybe 500 overall directly and travelling.
    say per person salary $500 ( 162,500 p.a) a day Hotel room assume $600 food and plus per diem 200 a day.
    Air tickets say total average $8,700 ( inluding transfer flights, miscellaneous on top say 1500 per day $11,500 X500 X9 $51,750,000.
    2) I still dont believe 500 (200 max) are involved.
    If you add in Airforce One I think thats nonsense, but the cost of fuel and pilots well that maybe another $5,500,000.

    November 6, 2010 at 2:16 am |
  5. Joyce

    Pre-election accusation, Obama was prioritizing healthcare and not jobs.. Now per Dana loesch, on why republicans prioritizing healthcare re-peal-"healthcare incredibly tied to jobs". Does anyone see the blatant contradiction there ..and does'nt that mean that Obama was on the rigt track all along.
    I believe the republicans insult their electorates intelligence with unblushing misinformation.

    November 6, 2010 at 1:28 am |
  6. Jon

    It seems to me just two years ago Obama won the pres. on the health care reform platform but it was gridlock all the way. I believe people are getting tired of this kind of government and want to see new faces. and if it's the same in two years people would probably vote indepenent

    November 5, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  7. Gary in NC

    All we need is more government programs that we can not afford. We have to many people living off the tax payers. How about a program to teach people to live within their means. These left wing progressives only want to destroy this county and take it down the road of socialism. We are a great county going down the tubes because the government has to be involved in every facet of our lives. Many democrats voted for republicans because we are fed up with our Unions telling us who to vote for. Check it out!!!

    November 5, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
  8. Gale

    Job creators are afraid of obamacare. The added costs to employers will be enormous. Jobs will be created when the health insurance law is replaced.

    November 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  9. Tima (Toronto, Canada)

    I'm from Canada & we got a pretty descent healthcare system, do you think a similar healthcare system would work for US even though Canada's population is less than that of State of California!

    November 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm |