All the screaming, shouting and shoving we’re seeing at these health care reform town halls makes great TV. But too often, the real questions and concerns get lost in the noise. That’s why we’re doing all we can here in the CNN Newsroom to cut through the rhetoric and rumors to address your real concerns and fears about the future of your health care - and where this debate is leading our country.
Is all the fighting and frustration we’re seeing in these town halls a symptom of something bigger brewing in America? Do you fear a “big government” takeover? Does the prospect of doing nothing scare you even more? Most people agree something HAS to be done. But what?
We want to know what you think. Send us your comments, questions and concerns.
Most of these questions will take a little time to research so we won’t be able to get back to you right away. Once we’re able to answer your specific concerns, we’ll air them in the CNN Newsroom.
There’s plenty of coffee brewing while writers, producers, segment producers, bookers and the production crew prepare for this morning’s show. Here’s what we are working on right now in the CNN newsroom: A developing story out of Afghanistan... While you were sleeping a massive explosion rocked Kabul killing at least three people and injuring dozens. We’ll tell you who may be behind the attack.
Plus, the hot button topic of health care reform. People on both sides of the issue want their voices heard. They will get their chance at one of the many town hall forums going on across the country today. We’ll tell you where they will be happening. Also, the CNN Truth Squad will try to get to the bottom of this question: Will health care legislation give the government access to your bank account? Find out what our Josh Levs learned.
Earlier this week President Obama named the Medal of Freedom recipients. It’s America’s highest civilian honor. Reverend Joseph Lowery and actress/singer Chita Rivera were among the many recipients. Our Betty Nguyen will speak live with them both later this morning around 10:15am ET/7:15am PT.
The new book “Family Affair: What it Means to be African American” is a compilation of thought provoking essays written by a variety of celebrities discussing topics such as family, culture, relationships, community and self. Our T.J. Holmes sat down with soap actress Victoria Rowell who authored one of the essays.
We'll have those stories and much more this morning. So start your Saturday with T.J. Holmes and Betty Nguyen in the CNN Newsroom at 6am ET/3am PT.