CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009
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(Washington: Sharyl Attkisson) The battle over health care reform updated; scenes shown of crowds in Maryland and New Jersey questioning, ranting and crying; details given about the 4 different versions of the bills and the uncertainty over the issues of abortion, illegal immigrants, cost and Congressional participation. [Senator Ben CARDIN- speaks.]
(Studio: Katie Couric) AARP’s denial of President Obama’s claim they endorsed reform legislation in the House noted.
(Los Angeles: Ben Tracy) The motives behind the anger at the town halls examined; details given of growing anti-government sentiment, the argument over whether the protests are organized, the role of conservative organizations, including Recess Rally and FreedomWorks, which is headed by health care lobbyist Dick Armey; the online memo “Rocking the Town Halls” quoted. [Health care bill opponent Nancy SNYDER- states her position.] [WOMAN – worries about a socialized country.] [USC Annenberg School for Communication Dan DURBIN- notes people feel threatened by change.] [National Tea Party Coalition Michael Patrick LEAHY- says it’s a million independent voices exercising their right to free speech.] [Americans for Prosperity Dave SCHWARTZ- states the yelling is hurting the cause.] [Health care bill supporter Pepper MASHAY- says the Republicans have talking points delivered through Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity that’s not true.]
(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.
(Adel, Iowa: Cynthia Bowers) Senator Charles Grassley’s series of town meetings in Iowa reviewed; details given of his opposition to a public insurance option. [GRASSLEY – states he has been criticized for working on a bipartisan bill.] [“Politico” Mike ALLEN- says both sides trust him.] [OBAMA – praises Grassley.] [2 WOMEN – complain about the government.]