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August 18th, 2009
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What’s on Tap – Tuesday August 18, 2009

President Barack Obama arrives on stage with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Commander-in-Chief Glen Gardner (R) to address the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention August 17, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama arrives on stage with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Commander-in-Chief Glen Gardner (R) to address the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention August 17, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Is the White House wavering?  It was billed as the backbone to his health care plan.  But is President Obama considering reform, this morning – without a government-backed public option? We're breaking through the politics and getting the real answers.
  • In a health care town hall in Arizona, a man was in the crowd toting, not just a gun, but two – legally.  There was an assault rifle on his back and a hand-gun at his waist.  The man says he was just exercising his rights while protesting the president's health care reform.  In fact, police say about a dozen people at the Phoenix event were armed. That has some political observers asking: is this the start of a disturbing new trend?  Or are people just exercising their rights?
  • The “x-files” released.  Thousands of pages of documents detailing all kinds of alleged UFO sightings.  But it turns out, people go alien crazy when Hollywood does.  Are these really close encounters, or are we just buying the hype?
  • Would you rather get a good night's sleep, or have great sex?  According to a Westin Hotel survey, sleep wins.  We do hear their beds are comfy. 51-percent of travelers say they'd rather have a perfect night's sleep than great sex.  Believe it or not, more men than women choose sleep over sex.  And "ohhh" Canada.  Our friends to the north, were the only group to pick sex over sleep.

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  1. mike-sey

    Re: Lawmakers retire, collect a pension, and continue to work and collect a salaray.

    Isn't this simple fraud since the lawmaker never actually retired or left his job. ? If he's doing it as a public service as one claims he should be donating his time.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  2. nancy

    Personally, my company insurance package SUCKS. I gladly await to see what the Governments got to offer.

    August 18, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  3. Father Tom

    We seem to be loosing track of what this entire healthcare situation is all about. The pundits that claim that the great majority of Americans are covered may be right, but we hear so little about the miserable circumstances that we are subjected to on the part of the companies that provide insurance. High rates, exclusions, co-pays that become exhorbitant and preclude us from using our benefits. Why, for example, do I get a better deal on my meds from Wal-Mart than from my Health Care Provider. Why are procedures which I need to operate without pain not covered or subject to "deductible?" If I pay more than $400 dollars a month, why must I pay for the steriod injections in my hand that supress the arthritis that impedes my work?
    Also, has anybody ever calculated the cost of paying for all those advocates and lobbyists, the ads and propaganda that seem to be filling the airwaves? I'll bet that we would see a sum of money more than likely far greater than the costs that the providers could pass on to their customers in terms of increased benefits.
    Whether the final situation is government backed or not, the answer is to remove the incentive for profit. Health care is a compassionate thing, not a business!

    August 18, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  4. Bertina

    American Morning has done everything to undermine any type of reform unless it's through Republican or conservative views. Way to go to show how partisan CNN news really is.

    August 18, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  5. joe

    It is interesting that as the Health care bill has had time to be digested (instead of being forced to a vote by Mr. Obama with little time to actually read the bill), many conflicting views have resulted due to the ambiguity of the language and my feeling is that if a bill is crafted with such ambiguous language that so much of it can be left open for interpretation, then it should not pass! Once we let the Government in, they will define it however they feel fit and whatever Mr. Obama is saying now he could easily go back on.

    August 18, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  6. Elizabeth

    What's on tap must mean yesterdays news as I'm watching AM news now and I'd like to comment on the Sen. that spoke from North Dakota. He mentioned a co-opt plan as though it was going to save us which is far from the truth. If you have prior medical conditions good luck getting onto one and then let's say one member gets cancer (we won't even imagine! more than one) then suddenly a small co-opt loses everything or they will find a way to kick out the person in need. That's just the facts of life people aren't really nice or understanding to others problems.
    I am in favor of a public plan, being middle class we pay out thousands of dollars to insurance only to have them fight us even on my childrens required shots let alone anything else. The moment you step out of area, something happens on vacation, then the insurance office says that it all goes towards your deductable which restarts every year.
    If we are to step away from the insurance factor then touch on just the pure cost of health care. Doctors are double dipping at least they are here. Hospitals cannot turn you away due to finacial status and there is paperwork you can fill out and this will take care of the cost of being admitted to the hospital, the hospital itself pays the doctor a salary to work there and then even if you are finacially having problems you still get a bill from that doctor in the mail to worry about for hundreds of dollars just for him to come into the room let alone if he sends off lab work.
    We have a serious problem in this country and reform needs to happen. Reform doesn't mean we have to have a public option but I have also not heard of the public option being the only option you can still keep your insurance. Thousands of people are on basically the public option already, mostly pregnant women, children, and the elderly. These are state run programs I haven't seen anyone standing outside all these years protesting those. I hope I never do otherwise there will be a lot of dead elderly, abortions will rise or children will die in birth or mothers will at a much higher rate.
    If it helps you... think of it as a national co-opt or do you have an irrational hatred of other fellow Americans?

    August 18, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  7. Jim, Ok.

    There are already co-ops, The unionsAre their own insurance but they hire a PPO to handle the insurance. Cost is lower but the cost goes up every year and coverage goes down. Even with a co-op where is the coverage for the ones that can't afford the cost the preium or even the deductible of &1000 + copay office visit + the 25% to 20% of the cost of the bill? Public health should be offered. Then prices would go down.

    August 18, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  8. chris

    I'm dissapointed in prez Obama! Why cant a majority pass Health Care??The american people voted for change. Where is it?!! No public option!?! The town halls DONT represent the majority of americans, who voted Obama in. We want a public option!!!!! The Republicans and Bush can get us in a war nobody wanted and passed the infamous Patriot bill, but the usually soft Dems buckle to Republican 'swift boat' pressure. They listen to polls ( like Fox News) and dont realize that these polls aren't America but just loyal viewers to that particular show. GET HEALTH CARE PASSED!!!!!! I voted for a democrat and so did most of America!!! Where is he?! Obama, grow some stones already!!!

    August 18, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  9. JO

    The Public Option in the health care reform bill is certainly not the only way to reduce the cost of health care but it is a viable option. Just consider the fact that Medicare, which is a US Government managed health care plan for the elderly, has administrative cost of just over 5% which means that 95% of every dollar spent goes directly to provide direct medical care for seniors. Most private insurance spend roughtly 75% of every dollar on direct medical care. The remaining 25% covers administrative cost and profit. So, a public option would virtually eliminate 20% of the cost as soon as it becomes available. If everyone switched to the public option. The annual savings could be as much as $300 billion or $3 trillion over 10 years and that's without doing anything about the inefficiencies we all know exists in the health care delivery system. So taking the public option off the plate would be criminal. The current private health care system has as many blunders as universal government run systems around the world. Let's face it, there is no perfect solution but the current system in the US is appalling and simply unaffordable. This system does put America at a competitive disadvantage and, frankly, is killing us! As a business owner, the current system must be completely overhauled and that includes a government option.

    August 18, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  10. Brian

    I have no doubt many ufo sightings are just "hype" and that people may be impacted by the movies that present these occurrences. Jacques Vallee is a ufo researcher who thoroughly documents the ufo phenomena in Brazil in the 1950's and 60's, where a science fiction film culture didn't exist. It was an area with hardly a radio, yet their descriptions were strikingly similar to science fiction movies. There is also the Disclosure Project which contains many American government/military witnesses willing to testify to Congress about their UFO experiences, such as former astronauts. I just wanted to share some interesting data in hopes that people can improve their knowledge and understanding of the ufo phenomena.

    August 18, 2009 at 8:12 am |
  11. Denise Roberts

    Pleae use the Truth-o-Meter on Rep Weiner.....he just spewed a pile of BS! Here are just a few examples:

    Starting with his claim that the Public Option is the "only" way to hold down costs!! Does he think we're stupid?! There are many, many way to hold down health care costs, but the Public Option is the big grab for the Dems as medicine is the keystone in the arch to socialism. The more people they can get on public assistance the better chance they have of maintaining power. They don't care about "the little guy", they only care about the next election.

    Weiner also claimed that "only the gov't could put together a plan on day 1 that's ready to compete". He must be living in a fairy tale! Our gov't is the must bloated, inefficient, corrupt organization on the planet. Good luck with that Weiner!

    Another infuriating, spurious assertion he made: "right now employers are choosing high price plans employees can't afford". He can't be serious!! We're to believe that employers purposely select expensive plans. As an employer I can tell you, nothing could be further from the truth. We work very hard at picking the best plan we can possibly find for our employees at the best price - despite the limited options, and significant increases in costs each year. Remember, employers share that cost with their employees, and unlike gov't, we don't look for ways to spend more money! Also, the overwhelming majority of employers do right by their employees and always have their best interest at heart. I am tired of politicians making the employers, and business in general, the villains. Clearly most members of the house have never been employers, and clearly, based on the way they spend money, most of them have never run organization or been responsible for keeping it in the black. If businesses operated the way our gov't does, all businesses would fail.

    August 18, 2009 at 7:54 am |
  12. RJ

    I`d just like to say that I`m a vet with a honorable discharge and had signed up back then for the Montgomery G.I. Bill in which I had to pay into this bill. Got out in 1992 and about 5 years later I recieved a letter from the government saying I forfeited my money for not using it in their timeframe. This is an example of how our people treats our vets! They like their cushy lives and their suv`s and suburbs but cant pay whats owed to the man who has provided them with such a lifestyle! Makes me sick!

    August 18, 2009 at 7:32 am |