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August 20th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 8/20/2009

Editor's Note: American Morning’s Thursday audience continued to express their opinions towards the Obama administration’s health care reform proposals. Viewers were split on whether a public option should be made available and viewers questioned how President Obama intends on paying for the reforms.

  • Carol: I wish that you would stop saying that we can keep our own insurance if a public plan is passed. Many clips of the president have been shown in which he says that eventually everyone will be on the public plan–either by choice or being forced on it. Businesses won't be able to afford the high taxes put upon them by the gov, so people who work for small businesses will be forced on the public plan. Also, what is going to happen when private insurance companies downsize or go out of business???–millions of middle class Americans who work for insurance companies will start to get laid off and they'll be without jobs. This will definitely put this country into a depression.
  • Larry: Why is it, if this health care bill is so good (per the US Congress) why did they exempt themselves from it? If it is good enough for us, shouldn't it be good enough for them?
  • Bernard: Good morning. I am surprise about the negative the Canadian health care that your country suppose to know about. The republican and some other organizations know what about our system. John Robert should know better as a Canadian. He should take a week to do interview and explain what our system is all about. It is not bad at all. Is it perfect? No, but it is working.
  • William: I just viewed your piece on how Obama's healthcare plan is similar to the universal healthcare plan in Massachusetts. Your piece seemed to reflect how successful this plan has been. Unfortunately, this is not the case. I was surprised that there was no interviewing done with doctors in some of the major hospitals in Boston. I know I have read articles in a health newsletter put out by Public Citizen that were written by these doctors and pointed out the several problems this program has produced.
  • Noah: not being discuss as an option for the shortage in Primary care providers, these provider have been practicing for decades

What do you think? Continue the conversation below:

Filed under: We Listen
August 20th, 2009
11:19 AM ET
August 20th, 2009
10:55 AM ET

The War at Home: Back from war and unemployed

In our special series "The War at Home," we're seeing just how difficult it can be to make the transition back home after months, in some cases years, on the battlefield.

One of the biggest problems facing young veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan – finding a job. CNN's Chris Lawrence talked to some returning soldiers about the challenges.

Filed under: Military • The War at Home
August 20th, 2009
09:53 AM ET

Debating religion and health care reform

President Obama's latest health care push – talking up reform to faith-based groups and religious leaders. In a conference call with at least 140-thousand people, the president called reform "a core ethical and moral obligation."

Rev. Jim Wallis, a member of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Partnerships, and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, debated the issue on "American Morning" Tuesday.

Filed under: Health • Politics
August 20th, 2009
08:49 AM ET

Bad credit = No small biz loan

Want to create jobs? One North Carolina restaurant owner says send some stimulus money his way and he'd create 50 jobs within three months. He just needs a loan.

But it's a new, tougher world out there. Entrepreneurs who want to expand their businesses are running into walls trying to get credit.

Filed under: Money & Main Street
August 20th, 2009
08:43 AM ET

Mass. could be model for national health care reform

With so many town halls descending into Jerry Springer Shows on whether "Obama Care" means "death panels" for seniors (it won't), Massachusetts enjoys near-universal health care and it isn't breaking the bank.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pushed through health care reform as governor of democratic Massachusetts three-years-ago. The result? 97 percent of the citizens in this state have health care. The program has a 69 percent approval rating and taxpayer watchdogs say it hasn't wasted public funds.

So what's the difference between "Romney Care" and "Obama Care"? In Massachusetts there's no public option. Citizens here are mandated to buy insurance or pay fines.

Romney says Democrats have only themselves to blame for the rowdy town halls on health care. But when asked whether Sarah Palin was wrong to say the president's plan would usher in "death panels," Romney would only say, "I don't read that in the bill."

Filed under: Health • Politics
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