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Health Care Reform / Town Hall Meetings / McCaskill Interview #942820

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Washington: Candy Crowley) The Iowa town hall meeting held by Senator Chuck Grassley about health care featured; scenes shown of many people asking him questions; details given about the "death panels" issue & what is really in the proposed bill. [GRASSLEY - says we should not have a government program to pull the plug on grandma; speaks about his town meetings.] How Grassley is softening what he said a little about the counseling panels discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A statement from Representative Lisa Murkowski noted. [At a town hall meeting, Senator Claire McCASKILL - talks to the crowd.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with McCaskill about health care & what Grassley said. [McCASKILL - says the counseling panel is just designed to explain procedures, not have the government take over; suggests the misinformation goes away if you study the bill, the people are confused & there is a heightened sense of fervor; comments on the issue of signs at her town hall meeting: that it was not about race.] Other material: "New York Times" columnist Paul Krugman's view that race is playing a role in the heat in the debate quoted.

Cooper, Anderson;
Crowley, Candy

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