CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 16, 2009
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(Washington: Nancy Cordes) The efforts to close out health care reform by Christmas with a Senate bill featured; details given about what Senator Ben Nelson wants: a ban on abortion coverage, the Republicans' stalling tactics on the Senate floor, the call from former DNC chairman Howard Dean for the bill to be killed & how the bill would have to be merged with a House bill. [Senator Richard DURBIN - reads a tweet.] [Representative Anthony WEINER - criticizes President Obama.] [Senator Byron DORGAN- criticizes the pharmaceutical industry.] The White House push for a Christmas deadline discussed.
(Studio: Katie Couric) The winners & losers in health care reform introduced.
(Washington: Sharyl Attkisson) How the health care industry is the winner in the debate examined; details given about the death of drug re-importation after Obama struck a deal with the pharmaceutical industry, about health care lobbying by doctors, hospitals & insurance companies & their opposition to the Medicare buy-in & the death of the public option, which is another win for the insurance industry. [Cato Inst. health care policy studies director Michael CANNON- says 30 million Americans will buy more drugs; notes private insurance will get rich.] [October 4, 2008, OBAMA - backs re-importation.]
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