November 5th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Playing Politics with Health Care: Join the Live Chat

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.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

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  1. lisal -canada

    sounds like a little currency conversion problem

    – first thing i thought of was "if it originated in india, WHY would they be quoting in US dollars?" – reports from Britain are usually in pounds, etc... (one would ASSUME that a country would use it's own local currency for a report, no?)

    November 5, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  2. Emily

    Who came up with that outrageous figure of $200 million for that trip?
    Now, whatever the cost ends up, will seem like it's pennies in comparison to that figure!

    November 5, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  3. Fran

    The opposition party (Republicans) had a chance to tweak the healthcare bill. This is one of several distractions strategically planned by the Republicans. The American People has spoken: "Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Thank you Mr. President for all your hard work!

    November 5, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  4. Jonas

    Let this myth serve as an example of the oblivion and ignorance within the United States government. Too many representatives of our country make statements that they know may not even be true. We need to stop solely trying to aid our arguments, but instead educate the public. This is absurd.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  5. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    OK, so the trip isn't costing $200 million, so what is it costing and how many are going?

    November 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  6. Wilfred

    I can clearly remember earlier in the year when Republicans kept stating that they would wait until after the mid terms to reveal their ideas, and yet we still get this two step when asked for specifics , what about all those great plans that they had in the hole like pocket aces. yeah right...

    November 5, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Kaytee

    There are plenty of sound bites that show Boehner saying that their main goal is to make Obama a one term president. Shameful. Not the economy, not jobs, but Obama.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  8. Josh Morgan from Kansas


    By all means I understand what happened with this election. There is nothing we can do about it now, BUT we can look to the future. What we need to do is empower the apathetic youth, sadly my generation.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  9. Deano

    wow i think they should take away all the goverment healthcare for the polititions.and cut back on there paychecks, that we the tax payers are paying.Then see how they feel.I havent had health care for almost 4 years.and.and if your are unimployed the chances are you dont have health care either.Its time we the people get the health care these jerks in washington have...

    November 5, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  10. John Burik

    The *difference* (doh) between Keith and Fox personnel is that they actively campaign for and raise money for candidates on the air as well as makes appearances for them. Keith's contribution in contrast were his as a private individual. I appreciate that NBC and MSNBC (in contrast to Fox) actually has some concern about journalistic standards, but the suspension is a bit stiff.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  11. Nigel

    This is insane, News Pundits on BOTH sides should be allowed to donate...Hannity, Olbermann, both fair.

    The problem is when comparing Keith's outcry against NEWSCORP donating money...not their individual hosts...I totally think it's fair for hosts on both sides to donate themselves...but Keith is NOT an organization like NEWSCORP...

    Common sense people...this is not a double standard issue, it is a mis-information issue...

    November 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  12. david

    I think not only should republicans decline heath care but also their pay. How does any republican accept government pay, perks, and health care then complain about big government? John Boehner has been working for the government for two decade collecting big government salaries.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  13. L in Cali

    Hi everybody. This shows what happens after the supreme court ruling millions of dollars poured in targeted in areas to change the house. Business are estimated sitting on over a trillion dollars in cash but many are not hiring for 2 reason. They want a better business climate all the areas where they were making money on the middle class are being closed. By funding just say no to everything has landed them the house. Expect a lot of gridlock in the future in an attempt to get the White house back

    November 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  14. Josh Morgan from Kansas


    I'm a recent college graduate, who has three different degrees, and cannot find employment either. Without the new law, I will be forced off my mom's insurance. I'm planning on going to grad school, eventually, but don't have the money right now. It's a double edged sword for most people in the nation - I feel for you and your son. Republicans DO NOT CARE...expect for the insurance companies that fund their campaigns.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  15. Barry Cohen

    Health reform is a political diversion for BOTH sides of the aisle.

    The real issue is the unrelenting demand for services by an increasingly unhealthy population.

    We spent $2.3 trillion in 2007 fixing people. Private health insurance company profits were $16 billion (.7% of the total spend).

    Health is a much bigger issue than healthcare!


    November 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  16. Mike Nichols

    Obermann suspended. Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Rupert Murdock donate millions to republicans. What a joke. I'm sure Fox News when stand behind Obermann like they did when Juan Williams was fired from NPR. Don't hold your breath.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  17. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Josh, Democrats lost more seats than either party since Herbert Hoover. It was a total repudiation of Obama's agenda.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  18. Sharon Hastings

    @Mike re: raising your insurance by 50%. They are doing that because they know the changes are coming, so they're going do their dirty tricks before they can't any more. It's pretty clear these guys are just out to milk profits wherever they can. If we had single payor you wouldn't have this problem.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  19. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    If MSNBC's policy is not to give money to any political candidates, then Mr. Olbermann is in the wrong.

    If the policy is unclear and Mr. Olbermann did not know the policy, then something is unfair.

    It seems to me, that all of us should be able to give to any candidate we wish.

    The panel however, make excellent points about disclosure.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  20. Emily

    Regardless of what people think the rules should be, the fact is that Keith Olbermann broke his employers' rules.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  21. lisal -canada

    if someone says that they stand by something, whether an action taken or not taken by the person is LEGAL or ALLOWED is NOT THE POINT. it is more an issue of personal ethics and respect.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  22. Peter

    Jobs were the first to be addressed via the bail out and the stimulis. If the republicans cooperated with the President it would not have taken a year to pass health-reform. Then the President could have readdressed the job problem much earlier. The problem was created by the republicans.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  23. Leah

    Good evening. Just wanted to say that I am so tried of republicans making statements that are flat out lies and stating them as factual truths. They just keep saying them until they seem like it is the truth because if you keep hearing it over and over again most people begin to believe their lies. They say that most americans do not like the healthcare plan. I don't believe it. I want to see where they got that statment.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  24. Jerry

    We the people, on extended umemployment benefits, had our benefits expire 2 weeks ago, are the Republicans & Democrats going to extend benefits so we can continue to survive or are they too busy bickering amongst each other to think about us.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  25. Jonas

    Keith Olbermann is officially the Dick Vitale of non-athletic news-casting.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Mike

    Ken Maxwell agrees with Paul. Being a federal worker we were told that Obamacare would save us $2,500 and yet our premiums are going up 9%. Federal workers and congressmen purchase private health insurance.....so once again Paul Begala speaks with fork tongue....

    November 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Olbermann has never been impartial. You can't call him a newsman, he's a liberal spokesman.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  28. Keith

    Since the Republicans are so against "Obamacare," what is their solution to the problem? The only response I have seen is to back up (2 years) and to virtually continue with the prior healthcare system. This is not a solution.

    I wish there would be more specific information to Obama's plan. Easy to read information would be great – perhaps a FAQ to this system would be helpful. From the beginning it seems that Obama's plan has been somewhat secretive.

    This is not a sports game with two teams – this is our country and our livelihood. Cooperation and an open mind from all could solve the healthcare crisis.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    The focus (depending on the party) seems to be jobs and repealing healthcare. Yet, let's not forget the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts. If nothing is done during this holiday period, expect higher taxes taken from paychecks starting in January. So many problems (fiscally) and yet where does one begin?

    November 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Nancy Houtz

    I am having my own bumper sticker made online for $4.98 that will read: Yes! Obama-cares!

    Everyone who cares about our country should do the same thing. No apology for supporting our President who is the best one of my 74 years of life! He has done an amazing job in 2 years.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  31. Nancy in Oregon

    I've sensed that too, Kaytee. Not just heard it here or there but sensed it deeply, even when not overtly voiced.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Josh Morgan from Kansas

    @Mike from Syracuse:

    Yes, Independents came out for the GOP this year...BUT an estimated 14 million young voters did not vote, most of which voted for Obama. Dems only lost by 5-6 million votes nation-wide.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Sharon Hastings

    He violated a rule. Let them handle it. Hope he doesn't get fired for it. I have no big opinion on it.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  34. Emily

    welcome to the blog!

    November 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  35. Jonas

    Oh, Keith, what a joker...

    November 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  36. Mike Thomas

    I learned today at my place of employment that they will be raising my insurance premiums by 50% on the 1st of January, we don't need reformed healthcare, ya right!!!!

    November 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  37. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I used to watch Keith Olbermann religiously and continued to watch for quite a long time simply because I found him to be extremely articulate (and thus, entertaining). After a while (I got tired of him) I found 360 which I enjoy much more.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  38. Jay

    They pull this crap on a Friday weekend! They better hire Keith back!!!!! Didnt Joe Scarborough donate to his Republicans? What about the others?

    November 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  39. Bonnie Hammond

    Dana Lash says that Healthcare is tied to jobs. The poor dear really doesn't understand how right she is.

    Canada has been a grateful recipient of tens of thousands of jobs hemmoraged out of the U.S. by Corporations desperate to escape the backbreaking burden of Healthcare & other benefits. It represents millions in savings off their bottom line because in Canada they needn't worry about it.

    What I don't understand is why the Democrats never made an effort to explain to the American People that Jobs WERE tied to the American Healthcare mess!

    November 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  40. Rosell

    Republican are asking democrats "where the jobs?" yet, once elected the first thing they wanna do is repeal Obama's healthcare reform.

    Lets all work on putting people back to work.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  41. Karen

    Hi everyone, first time here. Addicted to this show.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  42. Katinainct

    My 19 year old son won't be in school come March. I can not afford his asthma medicine, at $400 a month without insurance. He can't find a job. With the new law, he can stay on MY insurance till age 26. That's great! If the new law goes backwards, he will have to come off my insurance. Can the GOP see that would hurt hard working families like mine?

    November 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  43. dh

    Nina, you want a microwave meal, which isn't half as good as a meal cooked in a convection oven. This economy took years to get to this point, it isn't going to be fixed in 23 months.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Emily

    Keith Olbermann is in much more hot water because he was very vocal against it!

    November 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Mike

    Kieth Olbermann broke his contract and now the liberals are blamming fox news.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Jonas

    Will somebody please explain to me why patients with cancer should not be entitled to the same insurance rights as I am?

    November 5, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  47. Josh Morgan from Kansas

    Of course the GOP is focusing on Health Care. They do not have real action plans to help tackle the economy or job creation. A major problem with this past election cycle is that the voters were too upset to realize the GOP is funded by the US Chamber of Commerce. The COC has a lot to gain from jobs being "shipped out" to other countries. Also, tax cuts for the wealthy 2% will be detrimental to the economy, but conservatives don't understand.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Ken Maxwell

    I think Paul is quite right, let the speaker-to-be repeal his own health care. I don't believe the majority of Americans are against what is called "Obamacare". I think the President is aware it was not going to be perfect, but the president took what he can get in the midst of the political wrangling. So let's work on improving health care. I tell you politics without virtues is going to destroy the very things we are trying to uphold.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  49. william

    I believe that republican, is not going to do anything serious.they are going to keep playing the game.why their priority is to repeal health care? why they don't talk about jobs,why they don't want to compromise?their goals are,to fail President Obama.I am sorry for them, same thing will happen to them on 2012

    November 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  50. Emily

    Keith Olbermann is also a hypocrite? Surprise!

    November 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
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