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March 15th, 2012
05:18 PM ET

"Rogue base" has violent history

Brooke Baldwin talks to Jorge Gonzalez about a string of violent acts committed by soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.
The veterans advocate calls the U.S. military installation a "rogue base". Gonzalez says there has been little to no oversight as to why this military base suffers a high suicide rate and extraordinarily high diagnoses of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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March 15th, 2012
04:48 PM ET

As Supreme Court arguments near, does the U.S. really have the best health care system?

Dave Schechter
Senior National Editor

The United States has the best health care system in the world – don’t mess with it!

The U.S. health care system needs to be fixed so that everyone can afford the care they need!

Those competing refrains from the 2009 summer of contentious health care reform town halls (example: Ybor City, Florida) will be heard again March 26-28 when the Supreme Court of the United States hears three days of historic argument over whether elements of the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama in two years ago this month violate or are within the bounds of the U.S. Constitution.

Interestingly, 14 percent of Americans believe the Supreme Court already has struck down the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In line with other polls, most respondents (51 percent) to the Kaiser survey believe the law’s requirement that Americans purchase insurance is unconstitutional, while 28 percent felt it constitutional. By a similar margin of 53 percent to 33 percent, most respondents expect the Supreme Court to overturn the law.

Pending those rulings by the Supreme Court, provisions of the law will continue to take effect.

"I believe that the health care bill that was enacted by the current Congress will kill jobs in America, ruin the best health care system in the world, and bankrupt our country," House Speaker John Boehner, A Republican from Ohio, said in November 2010. "That means we have to do everything we can to try to repeal this bill and replace it with common sense reforms to bring down the cost of health care.”

Wendell Potter, a former executive of the CIGNA insurance company and a critic of the industry, this past November wrote a rebuke to the opinion voiced by Boehner and others: “Well, those guys need to get out more. Out of the country, in fact. They need to travel to at least one of the many countries that are doing a much better job of delivering high quality care at much lower costs than the good old USA.”

If you like your doctor, if your insurance works, if you feel that you’re getting good value for your health care dollar, then in your view the U.S. system may rank high. If you don’t have a regular doctor, if you’re without insurance or underinsured, if you’re swamped by medical bills, then in your view the U.S. system may not rank so high. And this is aside from debate over the role of government in the health care system.


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March 15th, 2012
03:12 PM ET

Out of "Luck"

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux talks with Showbiz Tonight's Kareen Wynter about HBO canceling "Luck", its show about horse racing

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