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obama who was then senator obama showing off his moves looking very liquid here on the ellen degeneres show during the campaign. >> yeah. he actually looks the most natural on the dance floor. >> he does. he's got groove, no question about that. we want you to continue the conversation on today's stories, go to our blog at cnn.com/amfix. and we're glad you're with us today. hope you'll join us again tomorrow. >> thanks so much for being with us. right now the news continues with "cnn newsroom" and heidi collins. three amigos meet south of the border. the summit on swine flu, trade, and the boarer. a u.s. helicopter gun ship in action in afghanistan. watch what happens next. and a restaurant worker, your health care, our focus in this make or break month. good morning, everybody, i'm heidi collins, it's monday, august 10th, and you are in the "cnn newsroom." well, this morning, the battle of health care reform.
congress is in recess, lawmakers are back at home, but voters are angry and they are on the offense. we'll talk more about that. also, people still getting in each other's faces as you see here is this hot issue going to cool down any time soon? or more of these town hall meetings erupt into shouting matches? and our suzanne malveaux is traveling with the president. his health care is the top priority, top domestic priority, that is. but this morning, he's south of the border and focusing on another major health concern. and that is where we get started this hour with worries about swine flu, dealing with the h1n1 virus on the top of the agenda at the summit with leaders. here's suzanne malveaux with the president's trip to guadalajara, mexico. >> reporter: dubbed the summit of the three amigos, with calderon and harper. all smiles in front of the cameras, but in the space of 20
hours, it is serious business, starting with the swine flu, which originated here in mexico and since has spread throughout the world. with the fall flu season expected to be even more deadly, a senior administration official says the leaders talked about the need to coordinate their efforts to contain it. >> we want to keep the cooperation going, keep the boards open, but we want to make sure our medical establishments are working with this. >> reporter: job losses in canada and mexico. how president obama steers americans out of this devastating recession will impact our neighbors. >> it may be the most important relationship we have, mexico is our second largest commercial partner, second largest destination for exports, third largest commercial partner. >> reporter: mexico is also a partner in the war against drugs, a war mexico's president is far from winning as the drug cartels gain strength. president obama says the u.s. shares responsibility. it provides the market for mexico's drugs and is the source
of many of the guns that have made the cartels so powerful. but the u.s. congress is holding off on sending $100 million in aid to help fight the drug battle until it's reassured the mexican military is not involved in violating human rights. a senior administration official said mr. obama addressed this with mr. calderon. emphasizing that defeating the cartels in the long run would require the commitment and confidence of all of the countries affected. >> suzanne malveaux live from guadalajara. how is the u.s. and mexico working together now on swine flu? >> reporter: well, you know, heidi, i was here actually when president obama went to mexico city the first go around in april. that is when president obama, nobody in the entourage knew anything about this. and one of his aides got sick, went back to the u.s., ended up being okay. but that was certainly a lesson learned here. the administration since has been in touch with the mexican government, there has been a lot of communication, which has been
very good and that's what they're vowing today. you're going to have a joint statement from all three leaders saying we are going to continue to communicate about vaccinations, about number of people who are actually infected, and how we are going to deal with this. last go around, they did not shut the border, there was talk, concern about the need to shut the border between the countries, did not happen, they don't want that to happen in the fall. so they say we've got to continue to talk with one another and cooperate because they believe it is going to be a serious and deadly problem come the fall, heidi. >> all right, suzanne malveaux this morning, traveling with the president. suzanne, thank you. and a reminder, president obama and the leaders of mexico and canada will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. eastern, of course you can watch it live right here on cnn. now, back to the health care debate and what could be a make or break month. lawmakers are back at home getting an earful from their constituents. that means these weeks could determine how they vote. the divisions run deep and the
passions sometimes run wild. >> not a single one of you had the decency to call my office and set up for a meeting. then do that. do that. >> that's georgia congressman david scott lashing out over health care questions in a town hall meeting. the democrat says it was an orchestrated effort to quote hijack a meeting that was supposed to focus on a highway project. >> some of the people who were there were saying it was the last question you got and pretty much the business of the highway had been taken care of and if you represent the people in this district why can't they ask you about -- >> because what you got on those tapes is what they want you to hear. that understand was unruly, intimidating, and i was not going to be intimidated. and i think congressmen are being held in effigy and i'm willing to stand up and fight
for the other side on this. and so, that was the whole point. >> the man who asked the question is actually a local doctor. he says he just wanted answers to what his patients have been asking him. where do people stand on the debate is often shaped by where they live. our next story from ohio, a hard-hit steel town struggling with huge unemployment. that doesn't mean there's a consensus of this issue. here now cnn national political correspondent jessica yellin. >> you go home and take your blood sugar before you eat? >> actually, i can't afford test strips. >> reporter: she has diabetes, a minimum wage job, and no health insurance. she gets her medical care at this free clinic. >> i'm very grateful because without this clinic, i would have no medical support at all, none. >> your meal planning is a big issue. >> right. >> reporter: most patients here are like thompson, the working poor who don't qualify for government aid, but can't afford
health insurance. >> typically these folks would end up in the emergency rooms or they would self-treat using, perhaps, aunt susie's medication or something left over. >> reporter: last year this clinic logged 3,000 patient visits, still, there's a long waiting list to get in. it's part of the story of this community. massive layoffs at three steel mills left tens of thousands of people without jobs or health insurance. in fact, 20,000 people in this county have no health insurance at all. that's almost a third of the population. volunteers here say they're sick over the thought of neighbors going without medical care. >> it makes me nauseous. it makes me very sad because i'm well aware that they don't have to live like that. and it doesn't take the resources that we think it does to help these people. it really doesn't. >> reporter: but across town, folks are deeply worried about the talk coming from washington, they fear the government would
make health care decisions for them. >> i would like to be in control of my own health care. i don't want the government to be in control of my health care. >> i feel like that's more like a big brother type of thing and people will be sorry if this does go through with the government in control of it. >> reporter: does sheila thompson want health care reform? her answer might surprise you. >> i think that would be a great thing if it didn't hurt the people who already had it. i don't want -- i wouldn't want to take away from them. >> reporter: jessica yellin, cnn, ohio. still ahead in the newsroom, we'll check in on more town hall meetings where the health care debate stirs anger and accusations. cnn congressional correspondent brianna keilar is in missouri this morning and we're going to go live to a town hall meeting with claire mccatskill. what if anything can we learn? also the cnn express, gassed up and ready to go. in a few hours, pulls out of atlanta for a long distance tour
through half dozen states. along the way, ali velshi and his team. ali velshi and his team will visit areas that could play a big role in the health care debate. and also, we want to hear from you as always. have you been to a town hall meeting that got pretty heated? do you feel passionate about health care reform yourself? if your story has a good argument for our against the proposed changes, we want to hear from you. go ahead and send us your videos. go to i-report.com. new questions today about the ability of iraqi forces to protect their people. we've got a live report on bombings in baghdad. i'm rob marciano in the cnn weather certain. we're tracking tropical storm felicia. also further west or east depending on how you look at it, couple of typhoons hitting asia or dramatic video coming out of taiwan, the worst flooding in 50 years.
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new video putting you on the front lines in afghanistan as troops put their scopes on suspected militants. >> i got the -- in the road right there. >> okay, we got two guys digging on the road. >> yeah, they're trying to hide now. >> roger. >> currently observed one individual. he's back out the hole right now. looks like he's placing something in there. >> wire. >> wire. >> we're engaging. >> officials say the two men here were trying to set a roadside bomb. and we warn you, what happens next may be alarming. >> it's a guy in the road. hit the guy on the road. we're hitting the guy on the road you guys got the guy on the side. >> roger. >> okay.
>> fire? >> you're clear to fire. >> and seconds after that, a big explosion and machine gunfire as you see officials say the type of bomb has killed about 250 civilians so far this year. the top u.s. commander in afghanistan is warning of more u.s. casualties. a live report on that coming up from kabul. dozens killed and hundreds wounded in bombings across iraq today. the blasts are sparking new concerns about security and sectarian violence. live from baghdad with more on this. so give us the latest on the attacks. >> reporter: well, heidi, i have to say by 7:00 in the morning, dozens of iraqis were killed, hundreds more wounded in attacks that appeared to be mainly targeting iraq's shiite population. the deadliest attack coming in a small village outside the northern city of mosul where at
dawn residents woke up to two truck bombs that blew up there. the building is levelled. the images coming out of there, ones of sheer devastation. residents very angry because they were saying they had been asking the iraqi security forces to allow them to protect their own village because the iraqi security forces had been failing to do so. the forces had refused that, however, and the result was today's devastating attack. and then, of course, in baghdad, we had a number of attacks, roadside bombs that were targeting iraq's shiite community. and these are fuelling fears that iraq sectarian violence could be reignited even though officials that we're talking to with iraq's administrative interior are insisting iraq will never go down that route again. that still remains to be determined if iraq security forces continue to fail to protect the population, heidi. >> absolutely, obviously that's been a major concern ever since the withdrawals of the u.s.
combat forces began. but now that they are out of the cities, arwa, what is the feeling about whether or not they can protect those people? >> reporter: well, you know, the jury's still out on that one, heidi. i mean, look when u.s. combat troops completed their withdrawal on june 30th, they left a fairly significant security void. tens of thousands of u.s. troops that were aggressively patrolling these cities and towns, conducting combat operations, disruptive operations, and now that void that has to be filled by the iraqi security forces and the concern is that they won't want be able to do that. heidi. >> all right. arwa updating the situation for us in baghdad. thank you. a typhoon nearly 1,000 miles wide slamming into east asia. rob marciano's standing by looking a the this video with me. man, did you see that? >> yeah. >> one of the dramatic images we're seeing out of taiwan.
it's a popular six-story hotel, i guess, crashed right into those waters. typhoon morakot, am i saying that right? blamed for about two dozen deaths now. in china, almost 1 million people had to be evacuated, dozens of people are missing. so rob, what is the deal? my goodness. >> just a tremendous amount of rain with this particular typhoon that's well inland now that has weakened, but the rainfall and the moisture plume continues to come over taiwan and coastal areas of china. cornell colleague of mine e-mailed me and said it doesn't look like it's going to stop and not on the videos you saw, but some of the rivers inland are raging above and beyond what you'd expect. they're saying it could possibly go over the top of the flooding they say 50 years ago, which was unbelievable. all right. they're not going to see that. but we could see some flooding across hawaii. here's where tropical storm felicia is. we're looking at winds right now at about 50 miles an hour. the center of it is actually right about there. most of the action is north and
east of the center. that's because there's upper level winds that are sheering it apart. that's what's helping weakening it. but the track of it has been updated to bring it pretty much over honolulu here late tuesday into early wednesday as a minimal tropical storm. just going to bring some high surf, especially to the big island in through maui on the inward side of the island. and then, generally speaking anywhere in hawaii, so much mountains that lift is going to be enough to create some problems, regardless of where the moisture plume is. >> coming in from the gulf of mexico, adding to heat and humidity across parts of the northeast. most of the rain showers away from the i-95 corridor. we have in effect excessive heat warning for the city of philadelphia, temperatures there expected to get into the mid-90s with the humidity it'll feel a whole lot more than that. upstate new york, rough weather yesterday, thunderstorms possible, it'll be 99 degrees in washington, d.c. as measured in the shade, heidi.
they're finally getting some more typical summer time weather relatively cool start. >> yeah, sounds like. all right, rob marciano, thank you, we'll check back on later on. >> sure. one group was on the way to new jersey, the other was just a sight-seeing tour, but everything changed over the hudson river this weekend. going back out to the air crash in a moment. ♪ bicycle, what are we waiting for? the flowers are blooming. the air is sweet. and zyrtec® starts... relieving my allergies... 2 hours faster than claritin®.
a short police chase in california with long-term consequences. the death toll is now eight. most of them children. police tried to pull over a car, which allegedly took off and hit a pickup. five children in the truck, ages 1, 3, 4, 7, and 8 all died. so did three adults in the car. it happened in california, no word yet on charges. search crews back on the hudson river this morning where a small plane collided with a helicopter over the weekend. seven bodies found so far of the nine people believed to be dead. our susan candiotti live from hoboken, new jersey. susan, what's happening at the crash site today? >> reporter: good morning, heidi. well, divers have been back in the water for about two hours
now. i counted at least ten boats out there if you scan from north to south in the hudson river. including a crane, a crane that was also used yesterday to pull up the helicopter wreckage. but right now divers are concentrating on trying to pinpoint the wreckage of the small plane. you can see a motorized raft out there where some divers are working right now. they believe that the small plane's wreckage is east of where the helicopter was pulled up yesterday and two victims on that plane remain missing. today divers will make another attempt to find the two remaining victims of the small plane that spiralled into the river saturday after colliding with a sightseeing helicopter, nine people were killed. sunday began with the recovery of four more victims, each pain stakingly lifted from waters up to 50 feet deep, divers worked in near zero visibility. >> the divers had extremely
challenging conditions with current visibility at times the visibility with no more than 1 foot in front of them. our investigators have advised me that the helicopter sustained significant damage. >> reporter: recovery teams transferred victims from motorized rafts to police boat. the process of identification and autopsies is well underway. by early afternoon, a crane using heavy chains pulled the sightseeing helicopter from the river. trapped inside, two more victims. a blue tarp was put up to hide a delicate effort to remove the bodies. the remains were taken to the medical examiner's office under police escort. investigators will examine every bit of twisted debris from the chopper. the sightseeing company in business since 1986 has had several accidents in the last 14 years. >> the safety board has a record of eight accidents and one
incident involving liberty helicopters. the first accident was in 1995. >> reporter: in this july 2007 incident, a chopper crash landed in the water, but no one was hurt. in a statement, a spokesman for liberty tours told cnn the company quote is cooperating fully to get all the facts. at this time, their priority is to help with the family of their pilot and, of course, the families that were involved in the accident. pilot jeremy clark reportedly engaged to be married was killed so were five italian tourists including two teenagers. on the small plane, 15-year-old douglas altman, his father and uncle lost their lives. his friends put a video tribute of him on youtube. and back out here live, you can see again that motorized raft, divers aboard it. as we look at that, we'll again raise one of the key questions that a lot of people are talking about and that is naturally why
did the small plane and the sightseeing helicopter collide? and are more rules and restrictions necessary over this air space over the hudson river and the east river on the other side of manhattan? as you may recall, pilots in this area are flying under visual flight rules and that means that they have to count on each other to look out for each other. and use frequencies to let the other one know where they are. did that happen here? one of the areas at the national transportation safety board is looking at and one of the things, certainly, the victims' families would like to know. heidi? >> no question about it. susan and i knew the pilot and flew with him in his helicopter a couple of months ago right over the hudson there and really, really sad news, of course, for everyone. we will continue to follow this and the follow-up with the ntsb investigation. thanks so much. live there at the hudson river. your health care at stake. talk about a hot button issue.
well, as you know, this could be a make or break month for health care reform. obviously everybody seems to be talking about that right now. even though members of congress, of course, back home on recess really getting an earful from their constituents. and of course, you the voters. we want to get an earful from you now if you would.
there you have the opening bell for this monday morning. in fact, those stocks continued to rally last week as the nation's unemployment rate fell. but the enthusiasm isn't really carrying over to this week. i want to get a preview of the day right now. good morning to you, felicia. >> good morning to you, heidi. investors are moving beyond last week's surprisingly upbeat jobs report and now looking ahead to the upcoming fed meeting. earnings from several big retailers are on tap from walmart and macy's some insight. nobel prize winning economist says we've actually managed to
avoid a second great depression, but he also thinks that a full recovery is at least two years away. but some companies are faring pretty well, mcdonald's sales rose more than 4% in july. the fast food giant benefitted from new products like it's mccafe espresso coffee. meanwhile, priceline reported a nearly 35% jump in second quarter profit. the company best known for its name your own price auction says that despite the recession, it remains strong partly because of all of the discounts that are now being offered. shares are up about 9% so far today. and overall the dow industrial closed friday at a nine-month high. today the dow industrials are off about .5% as is the nasdaq and the s&p. >> exactly what you meant. >> thank you. >> i literally ran in here.
>> we'll check back in with you later on. thanks so much, polish sha. felicia. it's a make or break month for president obama's health care reform plan while congress is in recess for a month. you'll be hearing more about the issue. elaine quijano has a look at what's happening across the country as the debate heats up. >> it reads like something that was brought up in the early is 1930s in germany. >> reporter: with lawmakers back home, anger is boiling over. democratic senator tom harkin got shouted down at this health care meeting in iowa. in georgia, signs the debate is taking a toll. >> those of you here who have taken and came and hijacked this event that we're dealing with here. >> reporter: democratic congressman david scott lashed out after a doctor from his district asked -- >> why are you voting for a health care plan that has shown not to work in massachusetts and
why are you going to institute that in a nationwide manner? >> reporter: at first scott says he wasn't sure how he would vote, then he let loose. >> don't come and take advantage of what these individuals have done! you want a meeting with me on health care? i'll give it to you. >> reporter: in texas, for republican congressman michael burgess. >> this doesn't look like a mob, it looks like home. >> reporter: the crowd stayed calm, but some of the questions pointed. >> when the republicans controlled congress and the senate, why didn't you introduce and pass health care reform? >> reporter: in austin, supporters of health care reform are getting fired up. this crowd booed as republican senator john cornyn tried leaving after touring a community health clinic. and more fuel to stoke the fighting on her facebook page friday, republican sarah palin wrote the america i know and love is not one in which my
parents or my baby with down syndrome will have to stand in front of obama's death panel. so his bureaucrats can decide whether they are worthy of health care. such a system is downright evil. in his weekly address, president obama fired back at opponents. >> and let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia or cut medicaid or bring about a government takeover of health care. that's simply not true. >> this week the president heads to new hampshire for a town hall meeting on health care. later, he'll visit montana, home state of max baucus, a key democrat trying to negotiate a deal on health care reform. elaine quijano, cnn, the white house. >> and of course, we do want to hear your thoughts on health care. send us your i-reports at ireport.com. president obama holding talks at the top of the hour with the leaders of canada and mexico. the north american summit taking place in guadalajara is focusing on the fight against swine flu.
plus regional trade issues and the drug war. the summit is following one of mexico's deadliest months in fighting drug cartels. one of the most notorious kingpins to be believed in hiding el chapo, one of the world's richest men. he escaped from a mexican jail back in 2001. >> chapo is the face, he's the guy currently at war against the government of mexico, against law enforcement and military forces. >> cnn's michael ware is joining us live from guadalajara with more on el chapo. >> i understand he has robin hood type appeal. >> reporter: yeah, that's very much correct, heidi. the drug enforcement agency says that this robin hood persona that he has created, this public image comes from work that he
does within the community, money he spreads around the villages and the towns. this, of course, engenders public support. it's a common tactic. pab pab pablo escobar doing the same thing decades ago, we see the lebanese militia organization in hezbollah doing that in lebanon. and in u.s. military what el chapo is doing is winning the hearts and minds of the people around him, which, of course, allows him to hide and to operate, heidi. >> well, what does the u.s. have to offer in this drug war, michael? >> reporter: well, that's a really sad answer to a probing question. america each year is contributing to the drug war here in mexico approximately half of the personal net worth of el chapo himself.
forbes magazine says he's worth about $1 billion, just him alone, yet over three years, america is only contributing about $1.4 billion. so we're talking about america in a so-called drug war that honestly it's not fighting. trying to defeat a multi-billion dollar business by throwing just a few hundred million dollars at the problem. meanwhile it's mexican blood that's being spilt, and the blood too often of innocents on the streets here in a war being waged for the right to supply america the elicit drugs it demands and america, as i said does not appear to be really putting its heart into this fight, heidi. >> is the kingpin not located in mexico, michael? >> reporter: the crimes are happening across latin america
and north america. you've got american teenagers who are recruited and trained as hit men for the cartels, and they're doing assassinations inside the u.s. the cartels cross the u.s. border and drag their victims back into mexico. and it's a regional problem, heidi. this is what america needs to understand. this is not about the american border. this is a fundamental dynamic that begins in the andies where there's a production of cocaine, to central america where you have warehousing and trained shipments of cocaine, banking in panama, retail in mexico, and distribution in the united states. this touches the very streets of the united states, heidi. >> yeah, clearly a lot of responsibility on both sides of both of these countries. michael ware for us live in guadalajara, thank you, michael. and a reminder, president obama and the leaders of mexico and canada will hold a
severe thunderstorms, hail, and an emergency declaration in through parts of iowa. you get the picture of what happened this weekend. clean-up crews are working to clear some of the debris. obviously lots of damage in that particular house right there. winds over 70 miles an hour will do that sort of thing. two people were slightly hurt, national weather service said this is what one of the stronger thunderstorms in iowa or one of the strongest this season. my goodness, old homes there, as well. welcome back to the cnn weather center. we do have a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for parts of western kansas, storms rolling through there, and then east of kansas city through missouri also some thunderstorms. we're trying to see some thunderstorms develop across upstate new york. by the way, buffalo got hit hard over the weekend, last night, we're trying to get video in to show you what happened there last night. meanwhile the heat is building in across the east, excessive heat warnings and watches and advisories for the rest of the northeast. this is the first real heat that some of these cities have gotten after a relatively cool start.
thunderstorms will fire north along this particular frontal boundary. and temperatures will be in the upper 90s in dallas, 93 degrees in new york, that doesn't include the humidity. with the humidity, those areas will feel like up and over 100 maybe 105. that's the latest from here. heidi, you there? >> i am here. >> you're back. >> all right. thank you. we'll check back a little later on. see ya, rob. july was the deadliest month for u.s. troops in afghanistan and already this month, a dozen troops have died. now the top u.s. commander in afghanistan said u.s. casualties will remain high for quite some time. in an interview in today's "wall street journal" general stanley mcchrystal says this. it's a very aggressive enemy right now. we've got to stop their momentum, stop their initiative. it is hard work. live now from kabul with more on this. why is the general raising these concerns now? it's always been hard in afghanistan.
>> reporter: that's absolutely right, heidi. but to put it simply, he's just being honest with the american public and not just the u.s. public, but also with the coalition countries involved in afghanist afghanistan. the u.s. and these coalition countries have been here in afghanistan for the past eight years and it's not slowing down and, in fact, it's ramping up. as you mentioned the largest casualties in july for u.s. troops and coalition troops combined and the cold hard fact is with thousands of u.s. troops pouring in, thousands of coalition troops, that death told could increase. also with the new tactics to protect civilians and to prevent civilian casualties is going to put these lives in jeopardy. he says it's necessary to win over the afghan people because no war in afghanistan has ever been won without that support from the afghan populous. >> i know you were embedded with u.s. troops in afghanistan.
it's a lot of hard work there. how are they feeling at this point about the mission? >> reporter: well, heidi, we've been with the army, with the marines, we've spoken to the men and women that were within the navy. the morale is still high. they believe in the mission in afghanistan. some of these soldiers, some of these marines have been to both iraq and afghanistan and they see why they are here. they know why they are here and they want to win this battle in afghanistan. they say that they want to make this country better for the afghan people and that's why they keep coming back on their deployment in either war. >> yeah, understood, and we still appreciate their service. thanks so much. live from kabul, afghanistan this morning. meanwhile, what do harleys and health care have in common? this doctor in new york, and don't let the leather and tattoos fool you. he's at the forefront of health care. the plan he's come up with and how it could work nationally. (announcer) this is nine generations of the world's most revered luxury sedan.
make or break month for health care reform here. but what's health care like in other countries? the germans have a health insurance system they've been running for more than 100 years. the question is, how smoothly? while it promises equal treatment for everyone, doctors seem to be losing out. our frederick pleitgen takes a look at what works and what doesn't in germany. >> reporter: the most important thing if you want to go to the doctor in germany is your health insurance card. i am publicly insured, which is not a problem here. hello, how are you doing, sir? thank you very much, sir. germany has two strands of health insurance. public and private. >> you put it on. >> all the way to the top? >> under any plan, visits like my routine physical with the doctor are covered. >> they are treated and doesn't matter if they're private or they're normal patients. >> reporter: universal health care, germany has one of the oldest systems in the world founded in 1883 by the first
german chancellor with a principle that remains unchanged till today. everyone must be covered. and ideally everyone should get. most germans are insured under the public plan, which is not funded by taxes. and employees paid half the premium while employers pay the other half to insurance companies heavily regulated by the government. here at the berlin hospital, the director says that means world class health care for everyone. and even with universal health care, the cost is lower for germany and the u.s. sound too good to be true? it is. at least if you're a doctor. they make much less than
physicians in the u.s., switzerland, or the uk. so many doctors travel there on the weekends to better their paycheck. i make about six times as much here in the uk as i would in germany. >> first, i try to get a general impression of your body. >> my general health insurance office won't pay for. >> i don't even have to come to you with this, then? >> no. >> those that have special treatments can opt out of the system and private insurance costs more but the main principle stays the same. everyone must be insured. cnn, berlin. >> nearly 90% of people in germany are covered by the couple poll sorry health insurance program. what is interesting, out of the 20% eligible for private insurance, as many as 25% still
opt for private insurance. less than 1% have no coverage at all. cnn crew is in place and beginning with congressional correspondent, brianna keilar. >> good morning, heidi. >> and democrat and vow and bring the event and suzanne malveaux, in new mexico, the three amigos, president obama with the leader and as well as across the border trade and speaking of swine flu, studies are under way as we speak and will the vaccine be safe and do you want to get it? i'll have those answers.
divided over the president's health care reform plan. john king spoke with majority senator dick durbin and john cornyn on state of the union yesterday. >> i support a public auction. yes, i am open. just understand, after we pass this bill and i hope we do in the senate, it will go to conference committee and we'll have a chance to work out all of our differences. >> that's why i'm glad we had the august recess. we can talk to our constituents and let's keep working together to try to talk about something that makes sense. >> just a reminder, you can always watch the video with john king, 9:00 a.m. eastern every morning on cnn. >> a harley driving tatoo
physician. he's a pioneer in the health care cooperative for health care workers. >> i like motorcycles because it's like a roller coaster that goes anywhere. most doctors don't have tattoos and it's really fun. >> my name is dr. david orie and i've been practicing medicine since 1987. here to talk about the restaurant and health care cooperative which is health care for all of you guys, i started the health care cooperative six or eight months ago. it's a little local community health system where people work in restaurants. restaurants, that is the owners and management contribute a small amount of money into a common fund and it's used to
treat the workers and staff with any kind of medical issue or problem that they have. >> we want to take care of our people but financially we're only capable of doing so much. this is so affordable, it's like a win-win that we are really excited about it because it's like you're being part of something that could really change things. >> i'm not particular ticklish. >> somebody is looking out for their backs. >> the last 10 or 15 years, they have no help and nowhere to go, someone to turn to. lots of other people, too, but you've got to start somewhere. the idea of not for profit, the fact is that this is a restaurant worker is one thing. but this not for profit notion can work in any industry. i think it is special and i think it is great. but it's hard for those things.
it should not be special, it should not be great. it should be the way things work. >> dna testing will determine whether the top terrorist was killed. thought they had their man. the body was too badly disfigured. >> a special legislative session is at 10:00 p.m. today. they want a vote to authorize most payrolls and jefferson county. a judge ruled against continuing against the tax in january but the money is still being collected. some lawmakers believe it is time to tap into those unspecified funds or risk taking the -- >> more than three dozen inmates wounded in a prison riot and no
prison staff was injured. >> the health care debate and what could be a make or break month. congress is in recess. lawmakers are back home and voters are on the offensive. they are giving their representatives an earful. and that ultimately could determine how the lawmakers vote. more and more town hall meetings are growing angry and sometimes disruptive. many lawmakers say they've been shouted down and intimidated. democrats say many of these protests are orchestrated by republicans and special interests opposed to health care reform. opponents deny that. they say they are merely demanding answers on one of the most significant pieces of legislation of their lifetime.
>> reporter: good morning, and it's on the sign when you roll into town, this is the home town of sheryl crow. folks are very proud of that. >> certainly, as i said, conservative strong hold and we are here at a town hall meeting about to get under way. that's why i'm trying to be quiet. she's a democrat and a supporter of the government-run insurance program and so she is definitely going to be facing some tough questions from some of her constituents, including one woman that we spoke with that made the long drive down overnight from st. louis to be here. >> they don't think that we are
real. we have been aligned by people in washington, saying that we are -- our grass does not grow roots. and it's not true. i am a real person. i am not paid by any insurance company or special interest. i have spent my own money in time to be here. >> i also spoke with a man attending this town hall meeting, a retired cotton farmer from just a few miles down the street here who said that he recognizes about two-thirds of the people right outside the window here, these are people holding signs as folks come into the town hall meeting. these are health care supporters of the democrat efforts for health care reform. things are just getting under
way leer. senator mcchrystal is taking the microphone. we'll keep an eye on this and see what kind of questions are answered. >> i will be very interested to hear that. quickly, though, we understand that a forum has been canceled? >> that's right. it was supposed to have a similar event and the high school canceled it. they were concerned about security. i have to tell you that there were a lot of police on hand. so far there has not been any need for it. it was a just in case situation. i guess it's too much for that high school. >> a big, big city. st. louis, obviously. well, thank you so much. >> and we do want to hear from you. go to my blog and tell me all about it. call the hotline, the number on
your screen 1-877-742-5760. search crews back on the hudson river this morning where a small plane and helicopter collided over the weekend. seven bodies found so far. two others still missing. susan candiotti joins us live with the very latest. susan, obviously they are still trying to recover those two bodies. >> that's right. and they've been at it for about three hours now. the work is not easy, as you can well imagine. it's saturday trying to see what they can find. usually when they spot something, they will put up orange bayous to mark that spot as one to concentrate on. taking a look now, you can see one of the platforms and when they retrieve something, they will bring it up to the surface and put it on that boat and transfer it to another boat or to a pier. up river and down river, so that they can hold on to it for national transportation board investigator to take a closer
look. there is a raft with divers just beyond that boat that you are looking at at this time. they've been at it for full speed for the last two days. yesterday they managed to pull off the wreckage of the helicopter on which and now the conditions of the working under is not a very easy one. near visibility. there's a strong current so they can barely see in front of them. and that's what is taking them so long, not only to locate the victims but also even using
sonar to locate and pinpoint where the wreckage is of the small plane. they think they know where it is at this time. but among the questions people keep talking about, of course, why did the collision have to happen and do they need tighter rules governing the air space here over the hudson river? we spoke earlier today with the national transportation safety chairman, debbie. >> we will look to determine what is happening. >> so among the many things investigators are doing today is to try to locate more still photographs and any still videos that might exist taken during the time of that collision. as you know, when we had the crash landing in the hudson last year, that helped investigators with a much happier ending in this case.
and it's specially crucial to try to get down to the bottom here. heidi? >> susan candiotti for the very latest on the collision that happened over the weekend. susan, thank you. >> president obama at this hour with the leaders of canada and mexico. the new york american summit taking place in guadalajara trade issues and the ongoing drug war. swine flu is also being covered. suzanne malveaux is covering the summit. >> dubbed the summit of the three amigos. president barack obama and steven harper all smiles in front of the cameras but in the space of 20 hours, it's serious business. starting with the swine flu, which originated here in mexico and has since spread throughout the world. >> we want to keep this
cooperation going and keep the borders opened and make sure the establishment is working with each other to prevent this. >> trade is another key issue. the u.s. has met job losses in canada and mexico. how president obama steers them out of the recession will impact the neighbors. >> maybe the most important relationship we have, mexico is our second largest commercial partner and -- >> reporter: mexico is a partner in the war against drugs. the president is against far from winning as the drug cartels gain strength. it provides the market for mexico's drugs and the source of many of the guns that have made the cartels so powerful. but the u.s. congress is holding off on sending $100 million in aid to help fight the drug battle until it's reassured that the mexican military is not involved in violating human rights. a senior official said that mr.
obama addressed this with mr. calderon emphasizing that the confidence of all of the countries affected. >> suzanne malveaux is joining us live from guadalajara. what is the country doing about the h1n1, the swine flu, as this flu season approaches. there's a lot to talk about. >> absolutely. i actually flew commercial to get here. one of the first thing that i was met with is a bottle of purel who squeezes it in your hand before you get through to your luggage. that's one of the things that i was doing here. and president obama didn't know, his enfor rauj didn't know. one of his aides got sick. the president never came down with any kind of flu or flu-like symptoms.
it definitely was immediately after that when the administration as well as the mexican government got together and started talking about it. what were they dealing with and this is a dialogue and talking initially about the border never happened. they don't want to close the border this go around but they know that it's going to be deadly and make sure that they don't panic. >> thank you, suzanne. meanwhile, participating in the trial and when can we expect results? those answers coming up in today's daily dose. i quickly want to show you this. we've been mentioning senator clair mccastle talking about
health care reform. it's one of those town hall meet thags we've been talking about. our brianna keilar is there monitoring the situation. we want to bring up the sound and see what is going on. >> all of the health care providers out there and finally how are we going to pay for it? >> that's one of the things. i won't vote for a bill that is -- >> you know, i got this weird voting record that kind of, i think, makes it uniquely -- i don't vote with my party as often as most members of the democratic party. i split ways. in fact, i split ways on a variety of different things. but most of them have to do with
money. and i'm the only member of the missouri delegation that is earmarked. i am one of a few that doesn't earmark. because it's a broad process. it's about who you are and who you know instead of whether or not we've done a thorough job of analyzing whether they spend money. and if you're an appropriate for, you get a lot more money than if you are not. i will give you one example. we did an appropriation bill. this had to do with water and energy. with all due respect, with folks in utah and north dakota there's not a huge amount of people. those two senators alone spent 150 million earmarked for the entire state of pennsylvania that 500,000. there gives you an idea of how
out of whack it is. it's what committee you serve on as opposed to whether or not your proposal has merit. all the proposals, in fact, the proposal that will probably come out of the finance committee will in fact attack insurance companies and hopefully somebody will talk about that today. i'd like to run through statistics for you about what has happened in the industry in the last decade. the average salary, the ten largest health insurance companies in the country. the average salary of their ceo is $10 million a year. $10 million a year.
the health insurance companies in the year 2000, the ten largest publicly traded health insurance companies that insure most of you sitting here made 2.4 billion in profits. in 2007 they made 12.9 billion in profit. so we've got to do something about health insurance reform. and they have the right if you get really sick, they have a right to say, we're not going to insure you anymore. if you get really sick and lose your job, they have a right to say, we're not going to give you insurance. that's what we're really -- that's the focus. that's my focus. and i think it's most of the member's focus. it's how we fix that problem and in the process, hopefully,
breakdown costs. so the finance version of the senate is going to be funded by taxing the insurance company. and we'll see what we end up with but we all know that we have a way to pay for it in the short run. in the long run, it's going to bring down costs. >> how many of you have seen an ad for a scooter? i'm not saying that there are a few people out there that need scooters. that's what we're trying to work on. how many of you have had the
same test performed on you three different times within a month, depending on whether you're a doctor's office, a hospital, or another doctor's office. raise your hand. that's what we're talking about, is the multiple tests done over and over again that don't set any value in terms of your health care. that's what we're working on. and i think we've got a good shot of making an improvement. okay. next question? >> okay. this is from lea. is she here? there you are. okay. >> sorry, i was just trying to get you the question there. obviously the audio is pretty difficult for us to hear. to give you an idea of the
flavor, we're listening in to a town hall meeting. and they will ask their own questions going around the room and handling anything that comes her way there. so, again, our brianna keilar is in the area and listening in to this and monitoring it, we, of course, will be on top of it for you. as a matter of fact, we'll go back to her once again. and we want to make sure that the decisions are with a patient so who wrote the bill? in the bill that came out, the
only senate bill to look at, there were 55 hearings. there's, i think, ten democrats and eight republicans on the committee. the markup lasted three days. markup is where everybody puts their ideas in and amendments were submitted. there were 47 democratic amendments added to the bill. there were 130 amendments added to the bill. i'm happy to give you those details. i can give you all of the amendments. it would be fair to say that this bill was written by a combination. now, after all of those republican amendments were on the bill, none of the republicans voted for the bill. but there were literally over 100 -- i want to say 142. i don't want to give you a number. it's not exactly right. but literally there were republican amendments. they helped write the bill but they didn't fund the bill.
all of the members are listed right there and those are the people that wrote the bill. and -- we'll be happy to do it. it may take a week or two. i love it. now, this is what we're talking about. we'll get together later, guys. get together later. okay. next question. >> all right. once again, we want to give you a little bit of a flavor.
we've been seeing a lot of town halls taking place regarding health care reform. lawmakers are going home and will listen to what the constituents have to say. we will continue to watch that. our brianna keilar will let us know what we need to let you know about. meanwhile, fighting for the swine flu. testing is happening right now but will the vaccine work and will it be ready when it's supposed to be? elizabeth cohen is next. when you think about all you can do in an all-wheel-drive subaru... you'll find there is a lot to love. that's why we created the subaru a lot to love event. where you can get a great deal on any new 2009 subaru. and see theee really is a lot to love. hurry in and lease a 2009 impreza for $179 ppr month. now through august 31st.
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protection against the swine flu. medical testing started up on friday. elizabeth cohen is joining us now. that's a big deal. >> the status is that as we speak they are beginning the process of giving shots to 2400 people. young people, old people, men, women, all sorts of ethnic background to see if the swine flu shot works and let's take a look. where they are doing this. they are everywhere from ohio to -- you can see that they are all over the place. what they are going to do is say is it safe and is it effective. and if it is, they hope by mid-october to start vaccinating people.
it won't be available to absolutely everyone at the beginning. it will be sort of a first choice people at the front of the line. i think it bears repeating, who is going to get the swine flu shot. pregnant women? everyone ages six months to 24 years? parents and caregivers of babies under six months of age. emergency and health care workers and senior citizens with any under lying competition. and they have been around for four or five months now. when it comes down to it, it really is just a flu shot. >> and are they really going to be ready to vaccinate people mid-october? >> mid-october. it's hard to imagine that they
are really now just kind of getting under way. they have to give everybody a shot. they have to really give them a second shot and then they have to wait two weeks to find out if they have an immune response. that's five weeks just to get the shots done, basically, and then they have the data and the officials that. >> elizabeth cohen, protecting students from the swine flu. as kids get ready to go back to class. we'll be talking with school and health officials about what is being done to keep them from getting sick. the fate of your health care. a hot button issue. people are going off over the president's plan. the war of words as both sides fight for reform.
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and save 50% on pads and shoes. meineke. we want to take you outside southeast missouri where health care reform is under way. clair mckas sill is at the podium. brianna keilar is there this morning. this is a conservative strong hold, this area in missouri, right? >> that's right, it is. here in rural southeast missouri, senator mckas sill is a democrat. not only does she support that government run insurance program, that's part of the reason we wanted to be here, to see what kind of question she
feels, especially since and she started out by saying, raise your hand if you are sa mad about federal health care reform that you can't see straight. she actually picked some of them about a bucket of questions about people here in the audience have put together and the first question she got, heidi, was does she agree with house speaker nancy pel loss see. people pelosi are unamerican or and she said, this is democracy in action. she said, how will congress pay for it?
she held up her rei am not going to pay for a bill that makes the federal deficit grow. she's trying to make sure that this group doesn't get rowdy but she's fielding a lot of tough questions. >> yeah, we've been listening in and i know you have as well. it's generally really an interesting discussion. i know that you are watching for us. brianna keilar, thanks so much. >> you've seen some of these people getting mad and getting loud. our elaine has more now and here they are on both sides. >> with lawmakers back home, they are angry. he got shouted down at this health care meeting in iowa. in georgia, the debate is taking
a toll. >> those of you are here who are taken in pain and hijacked this event that we are dealing with here david scott lashed out. >> why are you voting for a health care program and why are you going to institute that stayed wide? >> at first scott said he wasn't sure how he would vote. then he let loose you want a meeting with me on health care? i'll give it to you. >> in texas, where republican congressman michael burgess, the crowd stayed calm. but some of the questions pointed. >> why didn't you pass health care reform.
>> health care reform are getting fired up. this crowd booed as republican senator john cornyn tried leaving a community tour health clinic and more started fighting on her facebook page on friday and wrote, the america i know and love is not one that is and will have to stand in front of obama's death panel so his bureaucrats can decide, whether they are worthy of health care such a system is downright evil. >> there are outlandish rumors that ut nash sha or bring about -- >> this town hall meeting on health care, later he negotiated a deal on health care reform.
-- and play a big role in the health care debate. and we are asking you to sound off on health care this morning. why don't you just find out how you feel about your health care? here is dr. charles west. as painful as it is to say this, the health care world has changed since the 1960s. now there are scan, mris, organ transplants, and as much as we would all like to have these for free, nothing is for free. it's painful. some form of rationing is inevitable.
now, we need to know that it's eye fish ent. even if we really needed massive health care reform, must it be added to our out of control debt while we're trying to recover from a major recession. i want to remind you that it's not too late to weigh in. tell us what you feel about health care reform. the health care that you have right now, the two cents. if go ahead and contact us on our blog. cnn.com/heidi. call 1-877-742-5760. the new general motors says that it has a plan to explode the showroom. will it turn to profitability? that's clearly the question. fell lish sha taylor will look at the latest offering, the latest idea.
hi, there, felicia. >> hi, heidi. >> buying a car got a lot simpler. gm now wants buying a new car to be as easy as clicking a button. gm plans to sell its new cars on ebay. the trial starts tomorrow and lasts four weeks. 225 california dealers are going to list 20,000 vehicles. if this program is successful, it could expand nationwide. the idea of selling car also hopefully turn them to profitability now that it's out of bankruptcy. heidi? >> i don't know. i don't even buy shoes. >> i don't either. when it comes to buying expensive things, like cars, and a lot of people like to see and touch, obviously, can gm real lift clee overcome that, a purchase that big? >> i don't know. it's hoping to.
many use the internet to research cars. people say getting drethly involved in online sales could give more security about buying on the internet. it's not that much buying on wall street now. stocks are running a big product and dow is down about 11 points. that's about a fifth of one percent and the nasdaq and s&p are following. >> do you know what that is? >> you are good. >> all right. thank you. we'll check back later on. the pace of job losses is slowing but the next bubble in the recession could be about to burst. unemployment benefits running out for hundreds of thousands of americans. poppy harlow has our breakdown now on this. good morning to you, poppy. >> it's interesting, heidi, because the focus has gone away so much from how many people are unemployed to the folks that unemployed and when will their
benefits run out? that will be 1.5 million by the end of the year. that's according to the national law project. those are carry numbers. the benefits, you should know how many you have in your state because it varies state by state. take a look at this 50.2%, up to 79 weeks of unemployment benefits there, that is good news, welcome news, news that they need. when you look at alabama, they are in the middle. you have 10.1% unemployment. 5.7%, national average and 46 weeks of benefits and heidi, there is just some pressure among people on their lawmakers who passed another extension on
top of what was on the stimulus package to extend those benefits to even further yobd what they've been extended. some people say because the case of is falling a bit. >> tens and thousands of people have already used up their benefits. how are they getting by at this point? >> we're putting a face on this crisis because we talk about the numbers and there's an interesting and her benefits expired last month and just found out she may be eligible for additional line of unemployment benefits. she's waiting to find out. in the meantime, she's got a job at the local maul. but she said that she and her partner want to have a kid. they can't afford to right now. they can't even afford to repair the dishwasher.
hopefully mary will get that extension. and then there's patrick and benefits ran out last month. the job for patrick erwin, he was told he was overqualified because he couldn't get the job even though he wanted it. i'm going to quote him here to leave it there. he said, it's like someone pressing a button on my entire working career. share your stories with us. >> poppy, thank you. >> getting the right classes, making new friends. where to sit in the cafeteria. back to school as the swine flu virus, how districts are getting ready as your kids go back to school. (marco andretti) i race to win. i know when it's the perfect time to change my tires.
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new lunch boxes, new notebooks, and new health concerns for kids going back to school now. now some began the school year in parts of the country. how are districts preparing for possible outbreaks of the swine flu? with the maryland department of education, she's joining us live from baltimore. how worried are you about swine flu? >> well, i think we need to be prepared to see an uptick in influenza. every year in the winter as the weather cools off and people
come indoors and spend time indoors, i think this year it will likely correspond with an earlier than usual and potentially a more widespread increase in flu activity. >> so as you hear that from the doctor, how do you feel about the situation, being with the state board of education in maryland? >> well, the maryland state department of education and the state department of health and mental hygiene have already collaborated. we've convened. the local school superintendent to begin to prepare for this school year. we're feeling that we have that preparation under way and we have messages that we want to give to families, to students, and school staff to help them be safe and healthy throughout the school year. >> are you doing anything different? are you really focusing in on this particular strain of the flu, if you will, the h1n1, differently than any other year as you go back to school? >> absolutely, heidi, local
school districts are collaborating with their local school districts and other community partners so they can determine what is the best way to handle perhaps selective school districts and as it's required. school nurses are prepared to screen students and staff to be sure that they have a handle on influenza-like illness and to handle that as appropriate. >> and the third factor is very -- and there was no talk among the parents about the swine threw. i didn't see anything different going on. it's clear that we should all be aware, but it's still the same type of hygiene and cleaning off the desk and anti-septic and so
forth. same procedure? >> absolutely. i think we have to be aware that the flew is here but it's certainly not a time to remember anxiety. remember what our grandmothers always told us about washing hands regularly. and one of the things that is very important, educating parents and teachers that sick kids really do need to be home. they don't need to be in class and i think that is an important point. >> a couple of weeks ago, we talked about it here, regarding whether or not school systems should actually close down if there is an incident or a case of swine flu in their schools. and at the beginning it seems like it seems drastic to close the schools down. but it really seems to work and now we are hearing sort of a backing off of that. not to be too quick to shut down schools.
>> that's right, heidi. the cdc has issued new guidance on how to determine what schools need to close because of swine flu or h1n1 outbreak. and that -- the decisions are made on a community level and that's why school districts have the partnership with local health departments and state department of education so that they can make those decisions as they are required, keeping hands clean, washing them, at least 20 seconds, singing happy birthday, covering closets. that's important. >> before i let you ladies go, want to know what you thought about this vaccine. the fact that the swine flu vaccine is being tested right now, i believe it's again on friday, it's going to take a while to get through that testing process and actually be able to have the vaccine available to people. what do you think about the process so far, doctor?
>> well, we are anticipating a vaccine and a safe and effective one most likely. and everything that we are hearing is still that the vaccine will very possibly be available in mid-october. so we are enthusiastic about that. but i think you raised the point earlier that is very relevant, we can't be surprised if it is in fact in the fall. and i think, we do anticipate a vaccine. the flu is already here. the timing under we need to try to take the same safety precautions. >> i would like families to know that they can get further updates at flu.gov.
>> good point, ladies. we appreciate the discussion. the school year has begun, that's for sure. state department of education and thank you so much. >> thank you. well, it is august. it's supposed to be hot, right? but there are some excessive heat warnings to tell you about across the country. we'll show you where in just a moment. you could buy 300 bottles of water. or just one brita filter. ( drop plinks ) brita-- better for the environment and your wallet.
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and also the video, unbelievable. >> it's just crazy. this is in taiwan, a six-story hotel going splash. i mean, a belly flop into that river. it's always great to have a water front property and when you get to parts of taiwan and inland china, got over seven feet of water. of rainfall from this. it's huge and the moisture plume is there. that is the use of chinese ven knack cue lar. and that is -- well, i don't have -- do i have the iowa shot? let's show it state side. look at this dablg omage out of. it came through this year. serious amount of damage went through this house. 70-mile-an-hour wind with hail. where are the thunderstorms today? very slowly and not making much rotation, although it will bring
a little relief out to places like chicago and minneapolis. we do have this thunderstorm watch box in effect for salina for the next few hours. i can't remember if it was 3 or 4:00 local time. some thunderstorms east of kansas city, thunderstorms across upstate new york, buffalo, you got hammered yesterday. right now there's not a lot going on. most of the action is north of the i-5 corridor. they'd like to have it here because the heat that they have not seen in quite a long time. with indices over 90 and 100 degrees in spots. what's going on with felicia? winds are up to 45 miles an hour. it's weak and hitting serious sheer. it's conducive for hurricane development. the forecast, heidi, that we can see right now, still bringing it towards hawaii, it seems like they decreased the intensity for
landfall to a tropical depression. we'll try to grab that for you. here it is. that's the forecast right over maui. it looks like late tuesday into wednesday morning. heavy surf and flooding rain. in that area it could produce mudslides. >> we know that you are on top of it. sure do appreciate it. meanwhile, health care in kmu nift china. it's a poor country with a huge population. how do think find affordable coverage? we'll take a look at 15-cent health care experiment. so this time, my doctor gave me symbicort to help control my asthma. it combines two medicines that help control inflammation and constriction. so i'm breathing more freely day and night, and that feels good to me. and symbicort is an asthma controller that starts to open my airways within 15 minutes. very unexpected. symbicort will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms.
and should not be taken more than twice a day. symbicort contains formoterol. medicines like formoterol may increase the chance of asthma-related death. so, it is not for people whose asthma is well controlled on other asthma medicines. see your doctor if your asthma does not improve or gets worse. i know symbicort won't replace a rescue inhaler. it helps control my asthma and starts to open my airways within 15 minutes. ask your doctor if symbicort is right for you. (announcer) if you cannot afford your prescription, astrazeneca may be able to help.
getting good health care can be difficult. but china is experimenting with a plan that charged $3 a year to provide treatment for 30 basic illnesses with 40 common -- >> he's bedridden, broke, and dying. >> to get treatment, we need money. i don't have money. a year ago he was healthy and then his kidneys began failing. within a month, hospital bills wiped out the family's life savings, almost 7,000 u.s. dollars that he borrowed from his parents. joe says the hospital sent him home. his wife works double shifts at a beijing cheese factory. her wages can barry and on and
on she goes. total 150 u.s. dollars and joe's story is common in a country where hundreds and millions are facing health care and northwest china. under a trial program, they charged the patients just one u.n. and that's 15 u.s. cents. villagers who has annual insurance premium, about 3 u.s. dollars and the government covers the rest. the treatment of 30 mild illnesses like cold and cough, prescriptions limited to 74 types of medication. here if you have a