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Health Care Reform / Obama / Protests / RAM Clinics #952214

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced. NOTE: Local weather bulletin on screen.

(Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Chuck Todd) President Obama’s town hall meeting in New Hampshire to explain his health care plan reviewed; scenes shown of the mostly polite crowd inside and the demonstrations outside. [OBAMA – describes his plan; mentions rumors about “death panels” and his “enemies list”; responds to a girl’s comment on the protestors and to Mainer Ben Hershenson††’s question about a public option.] [HERSHENSON – says we need reform.] [With Obama/Hitler poster, protestor Janet DILLON‡; Obama supporters Gordon MILLER, Danny BURKE‡– express views.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Studio: Anne Thompson) The anxiety over health care reform featured; scenes shown of people ranting at Senator Arlen Specter and the disruption at Senator Claire McCaskill’s town hall meeting. [WOMAN - says a 74-year-old man with cancer will be written off.] [SPECTER – says it’s a vicious rumor.] [Former presidential advisor David GERGEN†- says the fear is mixed with anxiety.] [In Maryland and Alaska, 3 PEOPLE – comment.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Miguel Almaguer) The free health clinics run by Remote Area Medical {RAM} volunteers featured; scenes shown of the crowds at the Los Angeles Forum; details given about RAM’s work in developing countries and rural areas and the decision to hold events in major cities. [Dental patient Angel RIVERA‡, uninsured Danine POWELL‡- comment.] [RAM founder Stan BROCK††- says the people don’t have access or cannot afford the care they need.] [Volunteer Dr. Natalie NEVINS†- says the need is here.]

Williams, Brian;
Todd, Chuck;
Thompson, Anne;
Almaguer, Miguel

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