Healthcare Reform: Angry Crowds and the 'Public Option'
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Two weeks into the Congressional recess, angry crowds are still showing up to vent their anger against healthcare reform. Is the Obama White House caving in on a controversial provision? Will it lose liberal Democrats in the effort to appease Republicans? Also President Obama discusses the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with vets, and third world conditions in suburban Los Angeles.
Banner image: Two opposing groups of protestors argue their positions outside of the high school where President Obama was conducting a town hall meeting on August 11, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Photo: Robert Spencer/Getty Images
Obama Discusses the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with Vets ()
Speaking to the Veterans of Foreign War convention in Phoenix today, President Obama explained his buildup in Afghanistan. He said American troops are protecting the daily lives of Afghans and their right to participate in this week’s presidential elections. Craig Gordon is White House editor of Politico.
- Craig Gordon: White House Reporter, Politico
Healthcare Reform: Angry Crowds and the 'Public Option' ()
On a Sunday talk show, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the so-called "public option" is "not an essential part" of healthcare reform. That was yesterday, but this is today, with the White House insisting that Sebelius "misspoke" and that the President still thinks it’s the best way to go. Meantime, Blue Dog Democrats are still being challenged by crowds that are clearly riled up about much more than healthcare reform. Is the White House muddling the message? Is it being not just diverted, but intimidated, by the number of protesters and the volume of their voices?
- Marc Ambinder: Political Editor, The Atlantic, @marcambinder
- Eric Boehlert: Senior Fellow, Media Matters, @EricBoehlert
- Drew Westen: Professor of Psychology, Emory University
- Rod Dreher: Editorial Columnist, Dallas Morning News, @roddreher
- James Antle: Associate Editor, American Spectator, @jimantle
Eight Days of Healthcare in Inglewood ()
New teeth, X-rays, blood pressure checks, mammograms, immunizations, insulin for a diabetic amputee who hadn't been treated for months. Thousands of people have been lining up for the past week to get free medical care in one of the world's richest neighborhoods. Stan Brock started Remote Area Medical in 1985 to bring medical care to Third World countries. In 1992, he began getting similar requests in the most prosperous country on Earth. Earlier this year, he was in suburban Virginia. Today, he finishes a week in Inglewood, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.
- Stan Brock: Founder and volunteer CEO, Remote Area Medical
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