While lawmakers debate a health care plan on the Hill, President Obama is taking his case to the public. Last night he held a nationally televised town hall-style meeting. For a post mortem on Obama’s plan, we have assembled a roundtable of physicians and citizens who are paying close attention to the issue. Joining the conversation is Dr. Peter Ubel, physician and a behavioral scientist. His latest book is Free Market Madness: Why Human Nature is at Odds with Economics--and Why it Matters
. Also joining us is Dr. Moitri Savard, a family physician with a private practice in Queens, New York, Precious Lowe, a self-insured Atlanta resident, and Noreen Thompsen. She and her husband run a small hotel on Cape Cod in Eastham, Mass.
Watch UPI's report to see how other people around the country are reacting to President Obama's proposed health care reform:
It was the Case of the Missing Governor. After a seven-day disappearance, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford resurfaced with news that he had been in Argentina (not hiking the Appalachian Trail as his staff reported). At first he claimed he needed to “recharge” somewhere “exotic,” but at a press conference yesterday, he admitted to having an affair with a woman in Argentina. For more of the story The Takeaway turns to Yvonne Wenger, a reporter for the South Carolina Post & Courier who has been following this story.
To see Governor Sanford's comments on the affair, watch the video below.
It's been thirteen days since the results in Iran's presidential election swept President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad back to power and thousands of protesters into the streets. For Arab leaders who have seen President Ahmadinejad as a destabilizing force in the region, it's a win-win situation. For more on the continued unrest and its effect on the region, Michael Slackman, a reporter with our partners The New York Times, joins us from Cairo, Egypt.
President Obama met with a group of U.S. state governors yesterday to talk about health care reform. Among those who spoke with the president was Michigan Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. She’s been working to reform health care in Michigan. The state is struggling with an unemployment rate that reached 14.1 percent in May. The Governor joins The Takeaway this morning to talk about how the meeting went and what the most pressing concerns are in her state.
"We have a saying that the auto companies are really health care companies who make cars to pay for it. We don’t want to see other companies or other states go through what Michigan is going through."
— Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
For more on President Obama's meeting with the governors, watch the video below.
South Carolina's missing governor, Mark Sanford, returned—and brought some news. He had been in Argentina having an extramarital affair. Joining us is another South Carolinian: Mark Quinn is the host of South Carolina ETV and Radio’s Public Affairs Program, The Big Picture.
The situation of admitted adulterer Governor Sanford is not unique. From Illinois to New Jersey to South Carolina to New York echoes the sound of gubernatorial apologies. New York Times columnist Gail Collins joins The Takeaway as we take an historical tour of the worst governors and their best antics.
On Capitol Hill, Bank of America’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch is coming under serious scrutiny. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is going before the committee today as lawmakers say the Fed hid some unsavory parts of the deal from other agencies in order to make the merger go through. Bank of America received billions in federal bailout funds as it struggled to absorb Merrill’s financial liabilities. For more of the story, The Takeaway talks to Peter Morici, professor of international business at the University of Maryland.
"There is always pressure present when a private company negotiates with the government."
— University of Maryland Professor Peter Morici
Twenty-five-years-ago, an upstart from Minnesota shot into superstardom with the release of "Purple Rain," the film and its accompanying soundtrack. The album produced hits like the title track, “Let’s Go Crazy” and its biggest hit, “When Doves Cry.” Brian Raftery is a contributing writer for SPIN Magazine, and he has the cover story on its next issue commemorating Purple Rain’s 25th anniversary. It includes interviews from most of the major players involved in the groundbreaking film and album.
Because of copyright restrictions, we can't show you the real video for "When Doves Cry." Instead, here is Clay Aiken singing the famous song. Yes, this is the problem with copyright law.
To see Dave Chapelle's take on the iconic Prince, watch the video below. (Warning: Some content may be not safe for work. Also, there's a lot of bleeping.)
The Obama administration announced yesterday that the president will appoint a U.S. Ambassador to Syria. The U.S. has not had an official presence in Damascus since the Bush administration yanked its ambassador in 2005 after the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The move appears to show how much Obama wants Syria’s cooperation on a host of issues from Iran to Iraq to a Mideast peace deal. The Takeaway talks to Andrew Tabler, a Syria expert with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
As Washington works to overhaul our health care, we’re talking to health care leaders across the country about their ideas for change. This week we’ve been looking at models of health care systems at home and abroad. Today, for a reality check on how much reform our society can really tolerate, we are joined by Bernice Pescosolido. She is a distinguished Professor of Sociology at Indiana University and the Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research.