President Obama, America's Doctors and Healthcare Reform
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President Obama, America's Doctors and Healthcare Reform

President Obama was interrupted many times by applause today in a speech asking the American Medical Association for help in enacting healthcare reform. He included a pitch for the so-called “public option” to compete with private insurance. We get a progress report and the prospects for reducing skyrocketing medical costs.  On an extended Reporter's Notebook, a half-million Iranians defied a ban on political protest today. They were allowed to hear from the official loser in last week's election. We hear from Tehran and Washington.


Banner image: Members listen as President Barack Obama addresses the annual meeting of the American Medical Association in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

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President Obama, America's Doctors and Healthcare Reform ()

The American Medical Association applauded today when the President said doctors are rewarded for the quantity of the care they provide, not the quality. They also applauded when he said that doctors were forced to provide more care — and charge more — than they need to, turning a "calling" into a business. But applause may or may not result in support for a so-called "public option" to private insurance. We get a progress report on healthcare reform and the prospects for reducing skyrocketing medical costs.

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Reporter's Notebook

Iranians in Uproar as Ahmadinejad Wins Election ()

Despite three days of violent repression, political protesters defied a ban and gathered today by the tens of thousands in downtown Tehran. Iran's supreme leader called for investigating last week's controversial vote count. Is real change in store? What's the role of the military?

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