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March 4th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 3/4/2010

Editor's Note: American Morning’s Thursday audience revisited the health care debate, one day after President Obama laid down the gauntlet for the final vote on reform. Though all accepted the premise that “something needs to be done on health care reform,” many argued pros and cons of the proposed plan; others offered alternatives.

  • RP: Ya know this healthcare problem really doesn't seem so complicated. The government already has the infrastructure components to implement "Healthcare" without creating a new layer of government. The private insurance companies only want to "insure" those most probable to not have health problems. So allow "chronic illness" people access to medicare at both ends of the life spectrum (birth-defects, chronic conditions, and elderly/aging) to set health plan coverage (funding mechanism is already in place). Allow private insurance to market to those at less-risk but, have a income surtax.....based on "reasonable returns on capital" of their profits. The surtax would then be used to fund coverages for the chronically ill and educational programs through school that promote a preventative, healthy lifestyle. […]
  • Betty: Interesting that all the pro health care people (like the lady that was just on) say Oh I can't say what the public thinks – like its a mortal sin – If polls favored the health care I'm sure they would love to repeat what the public thinks. I'm opposed to the health care bill more because of the cuts in the care we receive and low payments to the doctors than even the tremendous cost. Of course that is the excuse that will 'pay' for it all. It’s the plan, not the dysfunctional government that is holding up the bill.
  • Nancy: Where do you get your poll numbers from? I don't agree that 48% want health care reform to start over. If CNN and other news networks would have scrutinized the spending of the Bush administration on the Iraq war and tax relief for big business the way they are the health care bill, we may not have the deficit we have today. Could one of the reasons be because of all the advertising dollars that drug companies spend that we are hearing mostly negative news on health care reform? As a nation ranking 37th in health care, I think we can all agree that something needs fixed. I love this country and am dismayed by all the misinformation and hate I hear on the news. I support our President and hope that health care reform passes. No one wants to pay taxes but everyone wants the government, both state and federal, to provide services.

What do you think? Continue the conversation below.

Filed under: We Listen
March 4th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

How the Pentagon helps movie makers

(CNN) – The military is a major theme in the race for Oscar gold this year. Often the producers of war movies turn to the Pentagon to help spice up their special effects.

But as our Barbara Starr found out, the relationship between the military and Hollywood goes way back.

Filed under: Entertainment • Military
March 4th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Is the filibuster busted?

(CNN) – A late-night vote in the Senate this week is putting an old-school tactic back in the spotlight: the filibuster. But we didn't see hours of talking-on-end and there were no senators napping on cots.

So what's changed? Has the filibuster lost its political punch? Our Jim Acosta has the report for our original series, "Broken Government."

Filed under: Broken Government • Politics
March 4th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Inside a crowded classroom

(CNN) – Dozens of nationwide protests are planned today in defense of education. Demonstrators in more than thirty states are taking to the streets, tired of budget cuts that are bloating classrooms and burdening teachers.

Our Casey Wian visited with one first grade teacher in California who's trying hard to cope with shrinking budgets and increased class sizes in light of threatened lay-offs.

Read more: Students to protest funding cuts

Sound off: What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with education cuts? Are the cuts affecting you? What alternatives do you suggest? Post your comments below.

Filed under: Education cuts
March 4th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

'Smart bomb' vaccine attacks aggressive brain cancer

(CNN) – For today's AM house call, we're checking up on a woman who, according to statistics, should probably be dead by now.

But doctors say a cancer vaccine they developed is working on her and what seems like a medical miracle could become the norm. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta has her remarkable story.

Filed under: Health
March 4th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

The next step for health care reform

(CNN) – Let's get it done. That's what President Obama is telling Congress about health care reform.

After a year of facing intense opposition, the Democrats are on the verge of doing it all alone. But are they united enough? Our Dana Bash takes us through the final critical steps.

Read more: Obama outlines final health care plan

Filed under: Politics
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