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March 21st, 2010
08:58 PM ET

The Teaser

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

On health care:

7:10AM: Family reaction. Esther and Paul Hawkins have struggled to get health insurance for their 10-year-old son Jay, whose autism was considered a pre-existing condition. They’ve been following the health care debate closely and share their reaction to the big vote.

8:10AM: Dr. Bill Frist, former Republican Senate Majority Leader, and Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, offer an insiders perspective on the legislation, the politics and what we can expect next.

8:30AM: David Gergen looks at the political ramifications. Is it really a win for the president? David puts it in historical perspective and breaks it down like only he can.


6:30AM: Crime and punishment for the “sexting” generation. Teens caught sending dirty pictures are being charged with child pornography and put on the sex offender list. Some people say it’s too much for the teens and they’re fighting to change the laws. Paul Callan, professor of media law at Seton Hall University and Parry Aftab, executive director of weigh in.

7:30AM: A path forward on immigration reform. Two Senators have produced a bipartisan framework that would put America’s 11 million illegal immigrants on the path to citizenship. Frank Sharry, the founder and executive director of America's Voice talks about the challenges of getting the politically charged issue in front of Congress.

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  1. Esther Hawkins

    My son is healthy. He has autism. We can't buy insurance for him. Why should my family be a drain on the system when we can afford to pay for it?

    We are NOT naive. We are responsible parents who want the discrimination against our child to end. Ask yourself– wouldn't you feel the same way if it were your child? Why is it ok for your child to have health insurance and it's not ok for mine?

    April 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  2. bigtwin101

    Healthcare yes!! A government takeover absolutly NO!!!This is so much more than healthcare!Any of you that believe otherwise are ignorant to the man you voted for!

    March 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  3. Carol

    POlls – I simply would like to know where 2 out of 3 americans were against this bill. EVERYone I talk to wanted the Health Bill to pass, and no one can figure out where these polls came from, we didn't get a call, nor our neighbors, friends or relatives.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  4. Dan Samani

    All you folks that are "over joyed" this passed.....wait until you see the premiums. Remember there is no limit on what insurance companies can charge for these "new policies". You asked for it and now your going to get it folks!

    March 22, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  5. mary

    I was over-joyed last evening when the news broke into my favorite Sunday evening program to announce the passing of the health care bill.
    I know alot of people without healthcare. They go without the basic care, having to gamble that they don't get something very seriously wrong with themselves & their families, simply because they can't afford the ins. costs.
    I hear some people, who where raised on Minnesota Care, criticize the bill because NOW they are Republicans, apparently making over the 88K have good health ins. and now are too good (greedy) to Pay it Forward!!!!! SHAME on THEM!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  6. Jennifer

    Finally after 10 years something for american's that is good, and shows a valid promise for the future. I'm a 26 year old married woman with one child. I lost my job of 5 years due to downsizing. With the loss of my employment like many others, I lost my health coverage, for my family and myself.I Still made to much money on unemployment for county provided insurances.
    In my opinion Reform should not have taken this long. If Congress spent more time uniting to find solutions and less time calling each other out and bickering like children, maybe they would hear the american people and put a foot on the gas!!

    March 22, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  7. Brenda Lawson

    Who are the Rep. referring to when they say the American people don't what this bill? not I said an American or no one the American know. Everybody I know are to American and we want this healthcare change . No Rep. talked to me or my friends and family. I was a social service director before I losted my job and I talked with a lot of people and they all want health care changes they wecome this. No Rep. talked to them. So Rep. get over it . Get passed your selfish self and your selfish ideals. kittyunited59

    March 22, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  8. CJ Hillman

    I see that the moderator didn't like my comment on the "under served". So lets try this again. If we owe all this to the "under served" then what do they owe us? A simple thank you would suffice. I guess I'll work more overtime now that I have an additional 2 to 3 people to support. I should at least be able to claim them as dependents on my taxes.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  9. R N Gurin

    I'am a 73 year old "used-to-be-retired" engineer who spent three years mostly in and out of a hospital with seven major surgeries. I thought I had settled for contempt for the lack of performance by congress and honestly believed that this country could get past racism and plain stupidity when there was a real problem.

    I was wrong. The republicans have proved that it is not only possible to act stupidly but to do it as a group. My whole life I have been a supporter of the basic republican goals but no longer.

    If we (the American people) do NOT throw these people out and keep them from getting their fingers into the pie ever again, we deserve any end result. The kindest act they could perform is to simply resign. I have actually come to hate to listen to them and to look at the smirks that seem to be the official face of the party of "No".

    March 22, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  10. CJ Hillman

    The majority of people didn't want this bill and to pass it anyway begs the question. Who are out reps representing? Let's not forget that war has been waged over taxation without representation once before in America. God help us all.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  11. Carol

    Polls: my question is, where are they getting these polls the republicans are talking about, no one including us have been polled about our oponion. All the republicans can say is no to everything.
    PREEXISTING CONDITIONS; My daughter and husband were in a bad car wreck Dec 24, 2000 in upstate NY. Their doctor died from kidney cancer, next one retired. She finally found a doctor who told her if he knew she had all these preexiting conditions, for her husband, her and the 4 kids, he would have not taken her, he was so angry, so fearing being dropped. She has been on the phone looking and finally found a doctor for her kids and one for her husband. She called so many doctors – all would not take them because of the preexisting conditions from the car wreck. THANK GOD, the law passed.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  12. CJ Hillman

    Last night we watched politicians sacrifice themselves on the alter of another unsustainable give away to the "under served" (under motivated) at the expense of those of us who will have to pay the bill. These fools are so out of touch that they don't even realize they are courting open revolt.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  13. Marty Quigley

    In our history we have never had the power of the media to tell us what we are thinking or to tell us what to think by the weight of the reporting. As hard as you might try to be impartial you will continue to have to keep people interested in more and different ways to justify your own existence.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  14. Glenda Bridges

    Hooray for healthcare. I'm so sick of opponents using the emotional "abortion" excuse for opposing helping the American people's health care. First, how much of the actual cost of health care is abortion procedures? I'd bet "tiny"!! Second, for god's sake, no one is for abortion, no one, even the ones having them. Legal abortion is to protect people's lives from having them in the back of a pickup truck. Abortion is just one of the emotional issues that Republicans always jump on as an excuse for opposing healthcare. 32 million people with no health care, dying or going to emergency rooms vs. a very tiny no. getting abortions – how cost effective is that?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  15. kevin

    Of course the bill passed! Every crooked sleezy congressman got what they wanted. They named it and obama gave it! Well I hope there all celebrating now....Because I feel an uprising coming on!!! THis is not how this country was built. So us average joe americans that have never voted or never registered to..I CALL ON YOU! I will go to my town hall, every street corner..YOU want to hear the people...SO YOU SHALL! WE need to come together go to d.c. and take our white house back!! WE pay the morgage there, and all the employess as well! Put all the crooked congress In cuffs and start a new! President have done this nation wrong..we the people shall MAKE IT RIGHT!! GO RUN AND TELL THAT!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  16. richard johnson

    I could not be happier this bill has passed (and I vote!) – fairness for all is being spread by this health legislation – It's amazing to hear the continious greed and resentment in the voices of those that oppose it.....the republicans, in particular, continue to show the world their selfishness and arrogance with their opposition – their attitude does nothing but continue the notion that it's fine to stomp on the less fortuante....this was once a country of people that cared for eachother – what's wrong with doing something to help ALL the people and putting aside personal gain for once???

    March 22, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  17. Joan

    Why don't the news media interviewers ask the Republicans like Frist, Boehner, McConnell, etc. why they didn't do something about health care during their eight years? Everyone lets them rant on and on about how bad the health care bill is and how they would do it correctly. If they have so much credibility and knowledge about how it should have been done, why didn't they do it when they had the chance? Aren't they being pretty hypocritical? For a party that pretends to be based on Christian principles, they sure seem pretty greedy and out of touch with the less fortunate people in America. Of course the Republicans and the right wing media are going to make this bill sound like the worst thing that has happened since 911. However, the international community now can see that the US finally has shown some integrity and conscience on this issue and President Obama is a man of his word.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  18. Paula Raeburn

    I have what is called an Accident and emergency health care policy. It is not major medical. I could not find affordable major medical. I am self employed. I pay $280/month for this coverage and know I can at least get in the door of a hospital and then worry about paying for treatment later. I make less that $88 K. Will there be a major medical policy affordable for me? I had Aetna but they raised their rates to $800/mo. and I simply could not afford the policy.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  19. Dan Samani, MD


    excellent point! Why can't Senators, Legislators, news people and the American public understand that simple point? While all of these people celebrate passage of this bill, WE THE PEOPLE will suffer with dramatically increased taxes for another inefficient government program, and the insurance companies will only INCREASE premiums to cover the costs of new government intervention and mandates!

    I am not saying reform isn't needed but my GOD, these politicians are idiots! They just don't understand this mess. 2500 pages of legislation to solve what problem? I can do this with one page of legislation. Regulate health insurance rates, caps and limits on pre-existing conditions, cap pharmaceutical profits, remove limits on physician charges to allow competition, remove regional protections allowing monopolies by insurance companies...increasing interstate competition will lower rates, limit rewards on malpractice lawsuits and regulate frivolous lawsuits..tort reform. YES it IS that easy!

    March 22, 2010 at 7:42 am |
  20. Dan Samani, MD

    The remarks by the parents with an autistic child show how naive people are about this bill and what it can do. Here these people already had insurance for their autistic child with medicaid, managed by the states (far more efficiently than the federal government could manage our money). So they cheer on a bill which will dramatically increase the federal debt and which will not provide anything better for their child in terms of insurance coverage. Why don't people understand that SOMEONE has to pay for the cost of caring for a child's medical care? If they are thrilled because they can now "buy" insurance for their child's expensive lifelong health care, it is because they simply don't realize that the taxpayer has to subsidize the cost of the child's care in order to make the insurance "affordable" to the parents. Wouldn't it be better to keep the child in medicaid as it is now than go into a federal program which will provide no better care for the child but at significantly higher cost to the taxpayer? Remember, it is difficult to find physicians to accept medicaid because it pays below a physician's costs to "do business". It will be equally hard to find a physician to accept these new federal insurance policies for the same reason. The government will continue to grind down reimbursement to physicians whether through federal subsidized programs or medicare. Historically, there is NOTHING the federal government can do better than the private sector...NOTHING. The American public is in danger of losing quality health care and we will suffer dearly when the tax bills start rolling in during then next decade. God help us!

    March 22, 2010 at 7:27 am |
  21. Steve Sanow

    It is not a surprise that this health care bill passed but it makes absolutely no sense.
    The insurance companies are fine. Please do not worry about them.
    But this I can tell you. I have a preexisting condition. As an individual my insurance costs are 17,000 dollars a year.
    There is no immediate relief for the rate increases I am facing. This year it was 25%. VA is a 'mandatory issue" state.
    As with credit card regulation you can be sure that the insurance companies are going to sure that they "insure" their future before they are possibly capped in 2014.
    With that being said my taxes will go up, my insurance costs will go up and the populace will have to purchase insurance that they cannot afford. At least those that are not perfectly healthy. The supporters of this bill including my very liberal family suggest that this is a great beginning and you have to start somewhere. We can fix it later. If anyone thinks for a New York minute that costs are going to go down for individuals or employers to cover the cost of health care they are out of their minds.
    I heard some crazy Democrat ranting last night about how we would now have insurance just like those that serve in congress enjoy. Huh? They don't pay for it! God bless the poor fool. He is clueless, and the people in this country are going to be very disappointed when they actually get to the heart of this legislation.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  22. Jeff Romanowski

    This is the best thing that's ever happened! I now can leave my job and start my own business and now worry about my kids not having health insurance!

    March 22, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  23. Larry

    Make lobbying a crime.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  24. Jennifer Watkins

    I am a big fan of Parry Aftab's. Why is she on so early? any plans to air it later in the show? I try and watch her whenever I can, but 6:30???

    Anyway, I saw her on the View a few weeks ago and had a question for her. Ask her if we are sending the wrong message to our teens if we legalize sexting. Does it tell them its ok to take and send sexual images to others?


    March 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm |