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Economy: Deficit / Health Care Reform #942802

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) A record deficit as the government spends to combat the recession & the resulting backlash over health care reform cited.

(White House: Jake Tapper) The mounting debt featured; ABC News/"Washington Post" poll approval ratings for President Obama's handling of the deficit cited. [Several AMERICANS - question their Congressmen.] [Senator Ben CARDIN - backs health care reform.] [President OBAMA - promises not to add to the deficit with health care.] [The Concord Coalition Robert BIXBY†- says they are not tackling the cost drivers.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson, Tim Johnson) How the government is already involved in health care via Medicare, the Congressional insurance program for federal employees & the public option in an eventual health care bill discussed.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Fact Check report introduced.

(Studio: Kate Snow) The ad campaigns for & against health care reform examined; several ads shown; details given about the facts on taxes, cuts to vital tests, whether there will be savings via a government plan or for business, pre-existing conditions etc. [ Brooks JACKSON†- comments on the ads, what is misleading about cuts in benefits & mandating business coverage.]

Gibson, Charles;
Tapper, Jake;
Tim, Charles Gibson,;
Snow, Kate

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