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September 10th, 2009
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What’s on Tap – Thursday September 10th, 2009

President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress September 9, 2009. (Getty Images)
President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress September 9, 2009. (Getty Images)

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • President Obama selling his health care plan, in a make or break speech to congress, and more importantly to the American people.  The president kept the public option on the table and called on lawmakers to work together.  But one yelled out that he was a liar in the middle of his speech.  Today, whether he could be censured for the outburst.  And whether you went to bed last night with a better understanding of what this is all about?  The entire AM team is breaking everything down for you this morning.  We have reaction from both sides, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
  • It's Bernie Madoff in his own words, telling colleagues how to dance around questions from the SEC.  In a just-released audio recording from 2005, the convicted swindler is heard coaching a potential witness about fooling regulators, saying "you don't have to be too brilliant" to get away with it.  And wait ‘till you hear the rest.
  • Tennis phenom Melanie Oudin's sensational U.S open run is over.  Number 9 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark defeated the 17-year-old American, 6-2, 6-2.  The teen tennis star apparently never expected to get as far as she did.  Her hotel reservation ran out mid week and she had to pack up and move to the hotel next door.  Oudin will be with us live to talk about her amazing ride.

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  1. OGT

    In 1961 when Jim Crow laws ran rampant throug the south, nobody had a problem with our system of government. There was a saying back then that went like this: "Love it or Leave it", meaning love America or leave it. If you don't like America's system of government the go back to your nation of origin. Everybody has one. To all you Neocons, I say Love it or Leave it! I wonder how many Republicans are being paid under the table (in cash) to keep health care refrom from happening? Capitalism at it's best.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  2. Thomas Chatman

    It is sad to see the stupidity portrayed by the American people. Why don't the American people who oppose having a black president just say that, instead of all the rhetoric. Fact, George Bush was obviously one of the worst presidents ever. Understand, he garnared nothing but support, no matter how many pointless decisions he made. The woman at the town hall meetting, South Carolina Congressman, and all the other neocons are examples to draw from. There are two kinds of Americans who oppose health care reform, they are, the one pay check away from poverty and I can pay for my health care out of pocket – I don't need issurance. Which are you?

    September 10, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  3. Pat

    Let's just continue to throw health care under the bridge. It will come up again when campaign season starts and each opponent will address how they can fix it. In the end it will be tossed around and then thrown out until it is time to include it on another campaign platform. So sad that it is only politics and not the true needs of the people.

    September 10, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  4. Irina

    Still, noone is mentioning what is actually in the bills that passed committees: big pharma supports it because they get 12 years to hold brand name drugs instead of the current 6 years before generic. Also, the "essential" policy does not cover procedures – from X-rays to surgeries, just labs. Also, the essential has a $5,000 deductible for individuals and $10,000 for families the first year, to be raised annually. You know that 80% that your insurance pays following your deductible and co-pays? Thanks to Conrad, it will be 65%. No pre-existing? Samantics – all the bills I read which passed committee have state high-risk pools. High risk pools are based on pre-existing. They have much higher premiums and deductibles, less covererage, and in many states a wait for the coverage to begin on the pre-existing conditions – in Texas it's two years! There is more – go to the committee web to read for yourself. Noone in the media is mentioning these actual issues, just the fictional issues like death panels. You have to look it up yourself. While we are distracted with non-issues, meetings are going on in the back rooms of congress which "reform" more money for the medical corporations!

    September 10, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  5. meL_

    Federal Sales Tax...


    Maybe that wouldn't hurt poor people that much.

    The fruit and vegetables in the
    unpackaged food displays
    are not taxed.

    Bread, margarine, and milk products
    except ice cream, are not taxed.

    Pharmacy products are not taxed.

    The rent is not taxed.

    People want choice.
    If they don't like the 11%
    they can consume less.. hopefully without
    destroying the economy.

    All the complaining WE see is a waste of energy !
    i just TRUST Pres. Obama !
    Simple !

    Please pass the sales tax idea on to
    Pres. Obama.

    Thanks in advance.
    Economic growth has a limit.
    That limit is social calamity.
    Don't reject Your Intuition on that fact.
    Your Intuition comes out like an arrow.
    Pres. Obama is NOT interested in calamity.

    September 10, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  6. Samuel Mann

    Mr. President's health plan was thoroughly and clearly explained. The positives of the plan dwarf the negatives (the negatives are difficult to define). Let us (republicans, democrats, conservatives, and independents) go for it!

    Samuel Mann

    September 10, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  7. Tom G

    So that was specifics? The President talked about Scare tactics then tried to scare us all that something must be done immediately? We went from 47 million uninsured to 30 million...a 1 trillion plus plan went to now only 900 billion? This plan will be paid for mostly by cutting fraud and abuse he and others seem to know about but havn't been able to cut in the past? Huh? read the bills folks! This dog don't hunt! Sorry Mr. President I'm not with you on this one! how do I rate the speech?
    "Mr. Obama, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."Read More

    September 10, 2009 at 8:48 am |
  8. Marion W. Benson

    I knew before the speech the Republicans would not support the President. That just is not going to happen no matter what the issue.
    As far as the South Carolina Congressman, he is a reflection of the people in the Southeast. He does not have the facts and even when the President tells him "it ain't so", he still believes what he wants to believe. He will receive accolades from his constituents because they are the same. Most probably did not listen to the President, rather they will tune in to Fox and Rush and let them tell what the President said and meant.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:45 am |
  9. Andy D. Florida

    Rudy obviously "forgot" that the Presidents with the largest deficits to date, are Ronald Reagen and Geo. W. Bush. Both gave tax cuts to the rich without a way to pay for them, and of course, Bush found a way to start two unfunded wars and other budget atrocities. In fact, the twelve years of a republican congress an 8 years of a republican president, DOUBLED the DEFICIT from 5 trillion which it took 200 plus years to create, to 10 trillion when he left office!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:44 am |
  10. Pam

    The Democratic Party obviously knows that the "Healthcare Reform Bill"–in the form that it is in now–is not what the MAJORITY of the AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. Because they have MORE than enough in the House and the Senate to pass any Bill they want to pass. But still you hear the Democrats belly-aching about those stubborn Republicans. I say, if the President and Congressional Democrats want the Healthcare Bill as it is so badly, go ahead and pass it and quit whining about the Republicans! The reason they won't is because the ones who are up for re-election in 2010 know that they will be looking for a new job if they go ahead and pass that "cobbled-up" excuse for a Bill! And President Obama has made the Healthcare Bill the "Star" of his first term. And that "star" is falling fast...just like his poll numbers! The Democrats in Congress have not allowed the Republicans to have a hand in shaping the core part of this Healthcare Bill. A few have been in the five committees, but that is all. And the Republicans have had some GREAT ideas that don't include completely taking over the health care system and putting our nation into even more debt. But their ideas have all been shot down by the Democrats in Congress! What happened to all of the bi-partisanship that Obama talked about during his campaign, all of the transparency (over 30 czars that are not vetted–no one knows anything about them)–last night's speech was not even given to the Senators and Congressmen, just a laminated sheet with talking points! Everything that he discussed on the campaign trail, he is not doing. And he expects Americans to trust him now? Those czars are just now starting to come out. There are going to be a lot more trouble from them!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:41 am |
  11. jay m

    Private insurers have held Americans hostage for way too long. I have seen too many people go broke over denied coverage,we need more options.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  12. William

    Private schools and Public schools coexist. Duke gets her share of
    students, so does UNC Charlotte. Private health and Public health
    can coexist. President Obama is right. Lets take care of the poor, the
    weak, and the sick.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:38 am |
  13. Felix Bonilla

    It a real shame that the greatest country in the free world has had to come to this shameful behaviour to the rest of the world.Let us not forget that when the other party was in power,we went to war in two fronts.We had tons of surpplus left by the previous administration that the party in power at the time did away with it in two years or less.Let us look at the last eight years in our country before we can start a war among ourselves.Also ask how many lobbiest does our goverment have in Washington scaring the american people today.Let us not forget that the insurance companies in this country can do what ever they want with our health.The bottom line line to asll of this is the mighty dollar.We must as a country unite and come to peaceful solution to the high cost of healtcare in this country.When was the last time a doctor told you that he was going to cure your ailment? None?Then can we work with that?Just let us unite and stop the nonesense.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  14. Pam

    Suzi September 10th, 2009 7:43 am ET

    Thank you, John Roberts, for not letting Rudy Giuliani get away with just spewing partisan rhetoric during your interview. It is ludicrous that Giuliani is trying to say the deficit is Obama’s fault and denying the Bush Administration’s role in creating it!

    SUZI–There is a MAJOR difference between the National DEFICIT and the National DEBT. The DEFICIT is the DIFFERENCE between how much money a nation actually brings in and how much it spends. And, if I am not mistaken, it is calculated yearly. It is much like a household budget: If you bring home $2000 per month, but spend $2500 per month. Then you have a $500 DEFICIT. The NATIONAL DEBT is HOW MUCH A NATION SPENDS AND OWES INCLUDING WHAT HAS BEEN BORROWED FROM THE FEDERAL BANK, OTHER COUNTRIES AND INTEREST ON THOSE LOANS–WHICH HAS FAR-REACHING REPERCUSSIONS ON A NATION'S FINANCIAL STABILITY. Because it's just paper money being printed without the "Gold Standard" that used to be what backed up our American Dollar. And now other countries are losing trust in America's economy, because we are so far in debt. We owe China Trillions of dollars! Yes, George W. Bush STARTED the spending. But he cannot hold a light to what Obama has done to our economy!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:17 am |
  15. Frank

    Suzi is right on target with "Rudy". When you are not in office you can say just about anything you want on behalf of your party!

    On the subject of the public's view on health care, I noticed the following:
    Where my wife works, there is a lot of "anti-Obama" talk and hardly anyone is in favor of health care for the masses. This also occurs on most golf courses I frequent. None of the people we hear complaining have a clue as to any of the facts, but rather are repeating politically created sound bites. ALL of the "outspoken" opponents in these instances, if asked, have health insurance. It remains strange in this country, how It is still a matter of the "haves" complaining the loudest, while the "have-nots" are silent.
    Frank W., N.Y.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:06 am |
  16. Diane Winter

    A woman you interviewed earlier today who had spoken at a town hall meeting, I suppose, made the statement that our country has "the best healthcare in the world." However, on your very show a couple of weeks ago, you had a gentleman who had gone to all the major countries with a pain in his shoulder in order to see how his complaint would be handled. In the end, he said that the Netherlands and France had the best systems of healthcare. France has private but non-profit insurance companies, but, he said, they provide universal and efficient, competent healthcare. Perhaps you should remind viewers of the fact that we do NOT have the best healthcare system in the world!

    September 10, 2009 at 7:55 am |
  17. Pam Bartley

    President Obama spoke a lot about others using "fear tactics," but he doesn't seem to have any problem doing the same thing! He has learned that is the most proficient way to get a bill passed is to SCARE the public into thinking something disastrous is going to happen if HIS bill is not passed immediately, if not sooner! Claiming that people will even die if HIS version of the "Health Care Reform Bill" is not passed as quickly as possible! If that is not "scare tactics," I don't know what is. And as far as what Congressman Wilson said, he was out of line saying it while the President was addressing a joint session of Congress. BUT THAT MAY HAVE BEEN THE ONLY TRUTH THAT WAS SPOKEN THE WHOLE NIGHT!

    September 10, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  18. Allen in Bloomington Illinois

    I am ashamed of the republican party. They are now resorting to calling OUR president a liar!!!!!!!!! Joe Wilson should be ousted immediately. His complete lack of respect for the office of the president of the United States is unexcuseable and disgusting. The actions of the Republicans brings me back to my childhood and how we would pout and stomp our feet when we did not get our way.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:45 am |
  19. Suzi

    Thank you, John Roberts, for not letting Rudy Giuliani get away with just spewing partisan rhetoric during your interview. It is ludicrous that Giuliani is trying to say the deficit is Obama's fault and denying the Bush Administration's role in creating it!

    September 10, 2009 at 7:43 am |
  20. Andy D.

    On Tuesday, Sept. 8., USAToday reported about workers Health Care costs. The numbers include both premium payments and other out of pocket costs ie. deductibles and co-pays. 2004 costs: $2,225. vs 2009 costs: $3,826. That is a 71% increase in 5 years. Did our pay increase 71%? Projections into the future are worse. The middle class and senior citizens better worry if health care doesn't pass and soon! This is important for all to know, please share!

    September 10, 2009 at 7:32 am |
  21. Ana

    I am watching while eating my breakfast, when your anchor Carol asked the senator from Missouri if legal immigrants should be covered by ins. Then she asked if non citizens? I was dumb founded. We send non citizens to war, they pay taxes, but don't want to pay for insurance? Give me a break. I cannot believe how ignorant even the media is. Many times in the last 2 months, I got the feeling that the media made things worse. Instead of clarifying the facts, they add fuel to the fire to those people who really don't know the facts. Please lets start healing this country. By the way I am a US citizen.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:31 am |
  22. Romal

    I am glad that Obama has addressed congress, the nation, and the critics. While the scare tactics are going on, Americans are still without health care. It's time for the Dems to take the lead and help our President in providing coverage to all Americans. To all of the critics and those using scare tactics, let's grow up, get a clue, and get a grip. This is not a battle about you versus the President, its about helping fellow Americans.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:23 am |
  23. Sonja Fullen

    First, Representative Joe Wilson's outburst was appalling It is disturbing to me that any elected official would show such public disdain for the President of our country. There's a deeper message in his behavior.

    Second, I feel the President's speech was great. I think we can all agree that healthcare reform is needed. Hopefully, Congress will now move forward and craft a bill that offers affordable insurance to those without health care coverage and for those with pre-existing conditions that prevent coverage.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:21 am |
  24. Rich Basler

    I was diagnosed with Leukemia at 17. Now I am 25 and because I have a preexisting condition, it is impossible for me to get health insurance. I am in school full time even thought I've completed my degree and stay on my parents insurance because it is cheaper for me to pay tuition than COBRA payments that are twice my rent. It doesn't help that the job market is so bad which makes it even more difficult to get a job with benefits. Something needs to be done. Make it illegal to deny people insurance because of pre existing conditions. Funny how people who need it the most can't get it.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:17 am |
  25. Sadie

    PRESIDENT Obama's speech was very engaging and somewhat informative to people. However, the behavior of Congress was disgraceful. Mr. Wilson simply verbalize the faces of those in attendance. What are we teaching our children? We should honor those in authority over us. Honor is what is missing in this great United States of America. We can disagree but still show that we honor President Obama who is a person of superior standing because of his office.

    Honor where honor is due!

    September 10, 2009 at 7:16 am |
  26. BigD Lks, Mn USA

    Ya Gotta Love the CNN FORMAT of John Roberts + The Beautiful Knock-Out, Morning Gals, Girls. John, You Got It Made!

    Carol Costello + Christine Romans, Rob Marciano-Kiran Chetry +
    Others On Board Today & Other Days Not to Leave Anyone Out!

    CNN amFix – GOTTA HAVE-IT!

    September 10, 2009 at 6:52 am |
  27. Ann Hoover

    Why the fuss over a "government run" health plan? We have a government run Medicare plan, Medicaid plan, Social Security plan - Income Tax plan, etc. etc. Why not a government run health plan? I don't get it.

    September 10, 2009 at 6:37 am |
  28. Lisa Lander

    Pres. Obama states that nothing in his health care plan will force someone to change coverage if they are already covered at work. He neglects to mention that they will be forced to change plans since his plan will tax the small businesses so much that they won't be able to offer coverage any longer.

    September 10, 2009 at 6:20 am |