Blogs, Facebook, Twitter or just general conversation - the hot topic is the new mammogram recommendations announced earlier this week. According to a new task force report, most women should start mammograms at age 50 rather than 40 as previously recommended. Some women are outraged and others are just plain confused.
This morning at 9 ET in the CNN Newsroom, we will devote a half-hour to health care and speak live with a doctor who will answer your questions as we try to get to the bottom of this mammogram controversy. If you have a question you'd like the doctor to address, you can post it here.
Should you get the H1N1 vaccine or should you give it to your child? It's a conversation we've been having here in the newsroom and it's probably one of many questions you have as well.
So we're dedicating the whole 9am half-hour to talk about health care and H1N1 on CNN Newsroom Saturday. We will have a pediatrician live on set to help you sort through it all.
Send us your questions and watch CNN Newsroom Saturday at 9am ET to see if we answer them on air.
Producers, writers and bookers are hard at work preparing a great show for you this weekend. Here's a little bit of what we have on tap... A weekend of protests. We'll take a look at what we can expect when the "Tea Party express" rolls into Washington to rally against what they call out of control government and "Obama care".
As you know President Obama gave more details about his health care plan earlier this week. Did his speech change your opinion either way? What did you think of Republican Congressman Joe Wilson's outburst? It came after Obama said extending health care to all Americans who seek it would not mean insuring illegal immigrants. We want to hear your thoughts. We may read some of your responses on-air.
Plus, our T.J. Holmes talks with Jeanne Ashe, the wife of late tennis great Arthur Ashe. They discuss the U.S. Open and her husband’s impact on the game and the diversity within the sport.
And, this weekend marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Ike. Our Betty Nguyen traveled to Galveston, Texas. She spoke with the city's mayor about recovery efforts and how much longer it will take to fully rebuild.
Also on our radar, the gender controversy surrounding world-champion South African runner Caster Semenya. Should she be disqualified from future events? Is she being treated fairly? Tell us what you think. Weigh in on our our blog.
You can see these stories and so much more Saturday starting at 6am ET/3am PT right here on CNN Saturday morning with T.J. Holmes, Betty Nguyen and Reynolds Wolf.
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.
President Obama hit the road yesterday to talk health care reform. At a town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin he laid out his case for revamping the nation’s health care system, highlighting vast differences in the quality and cost of health care across the country. The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world; we spend almost 50 percent more per person than any other country. President Obama emphasized health care as the biggest threat to the federal deficit and a vital part of fixing the overall economy.
Americans are also struggling with their own personal debt, in large part due to health care costs. A recent Harvard study found that more than 60 percent of bankruptcy filings are due to medical costs. From 2001 to 2007 the number of bankruptcies related to medical expenses rose 50 percent. In his remarks yesterday President Obama said, “Within a decade we will be spending one out of every five dollars we earn on health care. In thirty years, it will be one out of every three.” With hopes of having a new health care bill on his desk by October, there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered. So far there is little support for government-sponsored health care among Republicans, and little faith from Democrats in fixing the current system.
The President will continue to push his agenda on Monday as he heads to Chicago to convince America’s largest physician organization, the American Medical Association, which earlier this week said that they are opposed to a government-sponsored health care system. Another option that has been gaining in popularity as a potential compromise between a full fledged government-run system and a solely private option are non-profit health insurance cooperatives.
At 10:30am ET we’ll get the views and opinions from three different people in our Snapshot Across America. Heidi Collins will speak with Michael Cannon from the Cannon Institute, Dr. Jane Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, and Chris Woleske, Executive Vice President of Biden Health Care.
What are your thoughts on the issue? Post your suggestions and opinions.