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Health Care Reform / Obama / A Discussion #942911

CNN Evening News for Friday, Aug 14, 2009
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Big Sky, Montana: Ed Henry) President Obama's town hall meeting in Montana about health care reform featured; scenes shown of a man complaining about the costs. [OBAMA - praises Senator Max Baucus; admits he cannot cover 46 million more; reiterates his promise not to raise taxes on the middle class.] The problems in getting a bipartisan deal in the fall discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with "Chicago Tribune" reporter Clarence Page, former Bush speechwriter David Frumm & Politico's Nia-Malika Henderson about the politics of health care reform. [PAGE - says Obama was caught off guard by the town hall meetings; indicates the blue dog Democrats are skittish; comments on the anxiety over the federal debt & the economy.] [FRUMM - says there is the possibility of a compromise with the Democrats scaling back ambitions; indicates there can be big achievements.] [HENDERSON - says Obama may rankle the left; comments on the town hall complaints about bigger government.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Henry, Ed

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