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June 25th, 2009
07:47 AM ET

Edie Falco: Health care reform can't wait

Editor's Note: Edie Falco is an Emmy Award-winning actress best known for her character "Carmela Soprano” in the groundbreaking HBO series "The Sopranos." She is now starring in the new series "Nurse Jackie" that premiered on Showtime in early June 2009.

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By Edie Falco
Special to CNN

Health care is something that affects everyone in America, and I am glad that we are having a national conversation about it. I am supporting Health Care for America Now because we are at a moment in time when we can actually make change that impacts peoples’ lives in a very real way.

We have got to fix health care, and we have got to do it right now. Health care reform cannot wait.

As a struggling artist, I spent many years without health coverage. I know the feeling of hoping your symptoms go away before you have to get money together to see a doctor. I know worrying about it makes it even harder to get better. I still have friends and family in this position.

It’s true, I have health care now. I have good doctors and I'm treated very well, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this. But I believe no one person is any more worthy of such treatment than any other person who may be sitting at home right now worried about their own health or the health of a loved one, knowing they don't have the money to take care of it. With all of the wealth and ingenuity in our country, I know we can do better. We can fix this.

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Filed under: Commentary • Health
June 25th, 2009
07:32 AM ET

President playing favorites?

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It is unusual for a town hall meeting to be held in the White House, but President Obama knows how to use the media. But that doesn’t mean the media is allowing itself to be used, although as Republican Congressman Lamar Smith puts it, “Right now I think they (voters) are not getting the facts and therefore it’s hard to make good decisions, and therefore our democracy is threatened.”

But in the world of broadcast journalism, last night ABC New’s “Questions for the President: Prescription for America” was a “coup” and a political football. The Republican National Committee went on the offense and ran an ad saying, "Today a national network turns its airwaves over to President pitch for government run healthcare.

A not-so-veiled attempt, some say, to paint not only President Obama's healthcare plan as "socialist" but make the media a willing partner. Independent analyst and Daily Beast columnist, John Avlon says, “I think what you have is the newest incarnation of the oldest story that so many of us are sick of, which is partisan talking points clouding all common sense.”

Fair criticism or not, some say the President is fueling the fire by playing favorites. Before holding a press conference Tuesday, the White House gave Nico Pitney from The Huffington Post a heads-up the President was going to "call on him."

President Obama: “Nico, I know that you, and all across the Internet, we've been seeing a lot of reports coming directly out of Iran. Do you have a question?"

In short – that's unusual. And it didn't sit well with some journalists.

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Filed under: Controversy • Health • Politics
June 25th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Thursday June 25, 2009

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol June 24, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina.Getty Images
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol June 24, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina.Getty Images

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • It's been a mystery for days. Now we know missing South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford left the country.  The conservative politician tearfully admitted he’s been cheating on his wife with a woman in Buenos Aires. But did taxpayers pay for any of this?  There are now personal e-mails out, very personal, giving us more information about the alleged other woman. We’ll have them for you.
  • The crackdown in Iran – much more bloody and brutal than we thought. Our correspondent – Reza Sayeh has been on the ground there for days. Now he's back, and can tell you what he couldn't 24 hours ago.
  • Plus, the president is calling for better medical care for all Americans. So why was only one news network allowed to carry his town hall meeting on healthcare? We're breaking down President Obama's plan and the claims of media bias this morning.
  • You loved her on “The Sopranos,” now Edie Falco is playing a nurse on her new Showtime drama. Find out why healthcare reform is near and dear to her heart. She joins us live.

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