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August 17th, 2009
05:30 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Monday August 17, 2009

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Tropical Storm Claudette is seen off the coast of Destin, Florida, on Sunday afternoon. "]

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Is the White House giving ground on health care reform?  Administration officials say a controversial, government-run public insurance option isn't make-or-break for the president.  We'll look at how and why President Obama is now keeping his options open, and whether a plan without the public option is real change or a waste of money.
  • The Florida panhandle takes a hit.  Tropical Storm "Claudette" is raining down on Florida’s gulf coast this morning.  It's the first tropical storm to hit the U.S. mainland this year, but forecasters are already watching another storm behind it.  The season's first hurricane just formed in the Atlantic.
  • Michael Vick says he cried in prison.  The newly signed Philadelphia Eagle is getting back on the field and trying to get back in America’s good graces.  Vick gave his first interview to “60 Minutes” since his release from prison for running a brutal dog fighting ring.  We’ll talk to the man who scooped everyone else, CBS Sports’ James Brown.

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  1. Bernice

    Jezabel, you did not even read your booklet until it was past the time where you could not even work? Did I read that right??? But, yet in your next statement, you say that the founding fathers warned this country about listening to uneducated masses in governing? I, along with many, get hurt, read the booklet, and get the care needed. You govern differently than most do! The forefathers warned against NOT listening to the American People! You have to listen to your People! It's kind of like having to read your book first! It would have helped you and in the end you may not have had any problems.

    Jezebel, you seem quite racist, and even more so hateful! I will pray for you. You should not hate the man, but the actions in which he has done. You hold hate for man.. Even the "good book" tells us that! Maybe if you would only read that first, you may have known that, too.

    August 18, 2009 at 9:02 am |
  2. Zion

    JEZEBEL58 August 17th, 2009 8:39 am ET

    I have been watching CNN since I have been off sick for the last few months and can’t believe the ignorance of some of these people who I am sure is more educated than most.The majority of the Americans are not satisfied with their health benefits but the mere fact that people who don’t have any coverage like minorities may be covered is where all the negativity comes in,so all the picketing is not for the possibility of the reform but for who is trying to pass it.


    Any reform that is made in this country is not meant to benefit minorities, it is meant to help poor white folk. Every government program that has ever been created originally started out with the intent of helping poor whites. So, in other words, you are so blinded by your hatred until you would do without just to deprive someone else who is more than likely....white like you. Minorities, sweetheart, have become college educated and middle to upper class. There will always be some on the bottom because well, it's capitalism. NEVER, NEVER mistake that the majority of the poor are WHITE. You guys keep screaming about the founding fathers. The founding fathers warned this country about listening to the uneducated masses when governing....I guess they were right.

    August 17, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  3. Steven

    Well, there it is, the right has shown that it can lose(decisively) and with the backing of huge corporations and huge sums of money, in less than 10 months, they can defeat any idea, proposal, or legislation package that they consider a threat to their power and wealth.
    Without a viable and strong public option, health care reform will be a JOKE!!!!!! We know what happens now, the special interest groups(pharma/insurance) now have their foot in the door and, of course, they will be writing the language of the legislation(What! you don't actually believe our congressmen write these things) and it will end up being nothing more than even more protections and safeguards for the insurance and drug companies and watered down, window dressing "reform" doomed to failure.
    WANTED by the Democratic leadership : intestinal fortitude and a spine!!!!!!
    Ronvan, you are so right, they are laughing.........all the way to their bank accounts in Switzerland, Beijing, Dudai and else where.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  4. Carole

    Anyone who thinks that one thinks 'more' of an animal than people got it wrong.

    It is about respecting the world and we are the caretakers of the creatures large and the bible if you are religious. That meant unless for food, do not abuse the creatures being animals.

    Vick disgusts me, with him crying in prison. Cry me a river. He slept well when all those dogs were living not just in prison but hell.

    August 17, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  5. ronvan

    Just goes back to what alot of us have been saying. Health care is and continues to be all about the $$$$$$. Those who are making it are so deeply entrenched in continuing to make money, and afraid they might loose control of us that THEY are paying for all the lies, disinformation to their "cronies" to intimidate the american people.
    And IT IS WORKING, like a well oiled military machine! I can just imagine those in control, sitting back laughing, while we the people, can't agree on what color of pants to wear.

    August 17, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  6. Colleen

    Say it ain't so! The insurance companies have contributed to our economic woes as much as the banking and financial industry. Again, it's all about greed. The CEO's of insurance are as guilty of multi-million dollar salaries and bonuses as the other's. It's a for-profit industry, why doesn't anyone realize that? While they are living the high life, they are denying services and claims.

    Their HMO's make the decisions as to whom will get coverage for certain services, based on who has the knowledge and ability to appeal claims, or who can afford attorneys. The rest continue to have their claims denied based on the policy guidelines.

    A government health care "option" will NOT put private carriers out of business. IF it did, why should we care? It's not going to eliminate jobs if they went out of business. The only thing it would do is eliminate the executives salaries. If anything, there will be thousands of jobs created if everyone is insured, as someone will need to administer all of the new claims. The fact is, insurance executives don't want to give up their multi-million dollars salaries, corporate jets and the other perks that we were all screaming about the financial and auto executives of having, while the rest of us suffered. This is no different.

    August 17, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  7. JEZEBEL58

    I have been watching CNN since I have been off sick for the last few months and can't believe the ignorance of some of these people who I am sure is more educated than most.The majority of the Americans are not satisfied with their health benefits but the mere fact that people who don't have any coverage like minorities may be covered is where all the negativity comes in,so all the picketing is not for the possibility of the reform but for who is trying to pass it.For eight years thes people were wearing blinders,change has come and no one wants it.As for Michael Vick,all this hate for him has been stored up for the last ten months,I think they would have forgiven a caucasian murderer who had killed a human being and rolled out the red carpet of forgiveness for him.These people should think for themselves and not allow the internet make up their minds,Sharon is right most of these people who work in the claims department are rewarded for saving the companies money,I have been waiting for the last three months for my claim to come through and was told that I am not sick enough and more info is needed,either you are too sick and it's not covered or not sick enough we should always read our booklets or certificates and if we don't understand certain things,ask questions.I did not read my booklet until after I was to ill to work.

    August 17, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  8. eliz wolfgang

    Regarding HCR: President Obama should stick to his guns on what he wants HCR to be. Do not succumb to what is expected from the GOP. They will not vote for anything that the Democrats come up with anyway. They just want to see if the Democrates will back down. Bipartisanship is out the window.

    They (GOP) do not care about the people. They have no intention in voting for HCR in any capacity. Keep on listening to the "idiot" Palin and the "blow it out of your ears or a$$" Rush.

    Open your eyes America: the GOP rhetoric is the same. They only care about their own agenda; making big bucks off of you. GOP is walking hand in hand with the Devil and spreading their fear amongst you (insurance and drug companies) and you are being lead by the nose.

    You, as a people, know what is best for you and your families, not them. I don't care what the Congress has to do, but they have to do something, even if they have to raise taxes. Raise mines, but get the GOPs off of your backs.

    August 17, 2009 at 8:36 am |
  9. Don Johnson

    Mr. Presendent please keep the public option. The president should not cave in to legislators like NC senator Richard Burr who is bought and paid for by the health insurance industry. It is the health insurance industry who are against the public option because they can not stand the competition.

    August 17, 2009 at 8:26 am |
  10. Nancy G

    No public option is "non-optional". Why bother to have health care reform if it's not included. I'm tired of listening to the self centered vocal minority whose only aim is to make the President look bad. The media isn't helping either by focusing solely on the "spoiled brats". The reform is badly needed and you'd be wise to fight for Americans interest vs. the bottom line of corporations.

    August 17, 2009 at 8:21 am |
  11. Steve Beai

    Without a public option, it's not health care reform. We might as well stop trying. America gets what it deserves - the status quo for apathetic, misinformed citizens. What a waste.

    August 17, 2009 at 8:13 am |
  12. Heyward

    No Public Option, no second term for Obama. It's just that simple.

    August 17, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  13. Robert

    Please don't spend so much air time with Vick. He is just a second string q back, I am very tired with all the coverage. BTW John looks very good without the tie.

    August 17, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  14. sharon

    As far as healthcare is concerned america should be ashamed of itself. Alot of these so called protesters are one paycheck or job in jeopardy from losing their healthcare. Maybe the american people are so dumbed down from listening to the idiot media and radio to think for themselves. Be a person that has healthcare coverage and find out that your insurance is suppose to cover something but they have a person in the claim department deny your care knowing they make more from denying you. WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICA.

    August 17, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  15. sharon

    It is funny how some people think more of their animals then people. The NFL has drug addicts and wife beaters but the public forgives them. The so called christian public is full of themselves. Whites love to cry we are christians but don't follow the bible themselves on forgiveness. When it comes to minorities the white public will never give them forgiveness but they better remember what the white public does to minorities.

    August 17, 2009 at 7:45 am |
  16. Reagan

    No public option is no option at all. Democrats...unite and let your voices be heard. We've allowed the republicans to get the upper hand on this fight...they've been louder and better's time to change all of that. Write your congressman, donate $5, $10, $25 to the cause...any amount will help. Just like we got him elected when he was way down in the polls we can help him win this most important battle. This is our only chance for any true reform. Obama is trying to do the right thing...let's make sure he has the tools he needs to get the job done!

    August 17, 2009 at 7:13 am |
  17. Zion

    Pres. Obama is correct, the media loves a ruckus, and as a result, we lost REAL health care reform because the media made sure that it covered the most uninformed, and uneducated masses within the US. Now, news media such as CNN feels that they can exonerate themselves with a "truth squad" now that the milk has been spilled. It's too little too late, and now Americans will do without once again. So long public option, we were close, but just not enough.

    August 17, 2009 at 7:12 am |
  18. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    If the Obama Adminstriation becomes weak kneeded now, they might as well just give up on the whole bill, And this will have been a big waste of time and money. We need a public option, and we need single payer, that is the only way to keep costs down. Health care should have never been a profit based business in the first place.

    Either you fight for what is right, or you will be come the punching bag for the Republican Party that is shambles!

    August 17, 2009 at 6:51 am |
  19. Don Johnson

    I urge the congress and the administration: Do not bow to the insurance industry push to water down the health care bill by backing away from the public option.

    To solve the health care insurance problem the billions of dollars of profits paid to the insurance industry must be faced.

    August 17, 2009 at 6:33 am |
  20. Eva Koepsell

    The White House is backing off the ONE proposal that gives Health Care Reform teeth. Without a public plan option, there is simply no incentive for insurance companies to do the things that would really help folks afford premiums, stay insured when they are unemployed and not be kicked out for pre-existing conditions. Truly another example of a small, loud vocal group hijackiing the democratic process and politicians wanting victory instead of real solutions for the people of the country. Very disappointing

    August 17, 2009 at 6:23 am |
  21. Seymour Leshne

    People are afraid of the public option in reform. Why aren't they more afraid of thr likes of Enron. AIG, General Motors, Hedge Fund Operators, Savings and Loan Gangstersc. having control pof our health care. The gdvernment may be innefficient but they are trying to do the right thing and not primarily concerned with bonuses and the price of their stock on the marketr.

    August 17, 2009 at 6:12 am |