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August 8, 2009

Saturday on LKL: Gen. Colin Powell

Posted: 12:34 PM ET

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told Larry King that    he has been subject to racial profiling.A look back at our newsmaking interview with Gen. Colin Powell.  He and Larry talk about everything from the Henry Gates controversy, Pres. Obama, Iraq, Afghanistan, and his comments on N. Korea are fascinating!

Plus, we want to hear from you:

If Colin Powell were to run for President, would you vote for him?

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Ted   August 8th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

So General Powell wants to make a comeback after four years of cooling his heels and watching what his lie at the UN caused in Iraq. Dead Americans and even more dead Iraqies.
As far as voting for him, no way!! Who can trust him? I am sure our country can come up with a better person who did not ruin his own name. Shame on you, Colin Powell.


Lisa S   August 8th, 2009 1:32 pm ET

Obama is young and fresh, from the modern times and the world needs to keep up with the 21 st century.

Judging from Clinton and Gore more work is being done by those who are not presidents....


Holland   August 8th, 2009 1:47 pm ET

Yes Obama is young and fresh but not mature and wise, nowhere near Clinton. He has an advantage of timing – when everyone has had enough Bush's administration.


bluedog   August 8th, 2009 2:06 pm ET

No- only because I feel he is afraid to speak up. Coming from the generation that he does I don't blame him, but still- that would make him an ineffective President. I would like to see him in the cabinet.


bluedog   August 8th, 2009 2:10 pm ET

Speaking of elections, I wish we could get a movement going for the adoption of term limits for ALL Congressional seats. We need a special referendum on the ballot in each state to limit Congressional terms to 6 years total. Then politicians can make the hard needed decisions without worrying about reelection. Please help to promote this Larry, or at least discuss it.


Lisa S   August 8th, 2009 2:34 pm ET

But Powell is nowhere near Clinton either


janette tx   August 8th, 2009 2:34 pm ET

Using you spsace here yo comment on Palin's latest
rants,once again she's exploiting her kids.This time
it's Trig.Her comment about Pres. Obama's so called
"death panel" deciding Trig's fate"(her words).Now I
know why she resigned....MONEY.When she's not making
money speaking to her "BASE". She can work as attack
dog against the President and his administration.I submit
she's being paid by one individual or a group bent on
attacking and discredit the President at every turn dogging
him hoping to make him fail.Rush,Steele, Hannity,Savage
Colter,McCain and the like are in on it and may even be
be financing her up and coming Attack Tour,Just watch.It's
just starting.And as for the townhall mobs it all ties in .


janette tx   August 8th, 2009 2:37 pm ET

Oops a few typos but you get the point.


Connie   August 8th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

WE NEED SOME MATURE WISE OLDER MALE OR FEMALE THAT IS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF OUR MILTARY ,THAT FIGHTS FOR OUR FREEDOM THAT TRULEY LOVES AND RESPECTS OUR SOLIDER,S THAT HAS WENT BY THE WAYSIDE FOR FAR TO LONG AND WE AS FREE AMERICANS SHOULD NOT TOLERATE THIS ANY LONGER WHEN OUR TROOPS CAN,T GET MEDICAL CARE THEY DESERVE OR HAVE TO WAIT YEARS ON THERE DISABILITES PAYMENTS, WHILE WE HAVE OUR PRESIDENT,S SENDING TRILLONS OF DOLLARS TO OTHER COUNTRIES!!!! NEED TO CLEAN CONGRESS ,OUT AND ALL OF THESE SENTORS,TAKE CARE OF THE HEROES AND OUR SENIORS FIRST, IF U WOULD HAVE ASK ME THAT 2 YEARS AGO I WOULD OF SAID COLIN POWELL NOT NOW !!! I CARE HOW HE VOTED AGAINST ONE OF OUR MITARY HEROES SOMEONE THAT TRULY LOVES OUR COUNTRY AND FIGHTS FOR ALL SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN STILL TO THIS DAY HE CAN,T FIGHT THIS FIGHT ALONE HE NEEDS HELP STAND UP FOR OUR SOILDERS!!!!. WE NEED TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT THAT ARE FLIP FLOPPERS!!!!!


Michael C. McHugh   August 8th, 2009 3:35 pm ET

I would seriously consider voting for Powell, but not in 2012 since I am going to support Obama.

I can't stand the Republican Party, though, especially Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, the C Street Boys, and so on–and when I once WAS a Republican. It was become too Southern, though, too racist, and too ignorant for people like me. When they start saying that Obama is planning to exterminate the elderly and children with disabilities, well, they are doing themselves terrible damage. You just don't say things like that.

Colin Powell is much better than his party, or at least what his party has become.


Lori   August 8th, 2009 3:44 pm ET

I'd vote for the Gen. Powell if he decided to run


Adrienne   August 8th, 2009 3:54 pm ET

I would vote for Powell.


Elisheva, Jerusalem/Israel   August 8th, 2009 3:58 pm ET

Powell is very popular in Israel. In his childhood he befriended orthodox Jews in NYC and learned some jiddisch from their children.


Malaika   August 8th, 2009 5:04 pm ET

by the way... i wld vote 4 Gen Powell at any given time.


Jean F Colin   August 8th, 2009 5:34 pm ET

Gen. Colin Powell has done enough for America. I wish he would devote more time to the development of the Caribbean and Africa.
I would rather see him at the UN as Secretary General.


David Bickmeier   August 8th, 2009 6:34 pm ET

In my opinion,Colin Powell is the most capable public figure, at this time, in the world. His range of experience is unparalleled and his record is solid in all aspects.
Most importantly, he generates a level of confidence unmatched by any politician.
If he were to run for office, I would vote for him.


Mara   August 8th, 2009 7:12 pm ET

CNN can actually connect the email address to the computer IP address and nail down the home address of the person sending that comment.


inez   August 8th, 2009 7:15 pm ET

maybe he can help to end the 2 wars ,,,


Toni   August 8th, 2009 8:30 pm ET

Hey Susan, I was concerned about an 11 yr old little girl reading the trash people like you say about this man. At the time, this was the only blog going, so this is the one I hoped CNN was watching . It was probably a sick joke, but I wasnt going to take that chance. Just because you dont care about it doesnt mean I cant.

For the record, I really like Colin Powell, and yes I would vote for him!!!!!


Mark in St. Louis   August 8th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

He's a man with no party, the cons and libs don't want him.

Would I vote for him for President?
Answer: NO


Apple   August 8th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I love you Larry! You are such a humble man who seem to have such a lovely heart and spirit. I love Colin Powel too....


Apple   August 8th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

It is people like Palin with a bully attack attitude why the rest of the world so hate Americans


Apple   August 8th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

How can Obama succeed when these white people, even those in his party refuse to give him a chance?

They put Steele at the front to attack Obama as they did years ago when they set black on blacks. Steele is so fioolish! Had Obama not won the presidency, he would NEVER have been in the seta that the white GOP puts him now! Stupid Steele


Apple   August 8th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Obama promised change in Washington. He is trying to bring change but noone is giving him a chance.

The GOP will do everything to stop Obama giving Americans healthcare options because if they support it, the monies that many of them get from these insurance companies to run their political campaigns will be gone! When are Americans going to wake up from their delusion and see and decide for themselves??!


Alesia   August 8th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I Liked Colin Powell and at one time I would even have voted for him for President even though he was a Republican and I was a Democrat, but since him Towing the Line of a President that was so Incompetent as Bush and telling untruths that Bush had spread and had him spread my feelings turned just to the oposit I had Looked upto him admired him and Respected him but after Bush and his townig the line the way he did for Lying Corrupt President I have no Feeling for him and wouldent evn vote for him for Mayor even if he ran as a Democrat I am very disapointed in his decisions.


kenneth   August 8th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

why is Palin being so vindictive?,,,will she be making negative comments for the next 4 yrs,,just like Cheney will ?..sad....she isn't even well educated, she should return to school ...


ED   August 8th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

PALIN IS DOING EXACTLY WHAT WAS DONE TO HER AND HER FAMILY, NEVER IN ANY PRESIDENTIAL RACE HAS ANY CANDIDENT CHILDREN BEEN CANNON FODDER TILL NOW IT NOT RIGHT!!! SO HOW YOU FEEL IF SOMEONE ATTACK YOUR KIDS YOU WOULD BE PISSED!!!! I GIVE HER A AA FOR MOTHERHOOD!!!! WHAT ARE U PEOPLE SO SCARED ABOUT THAT SHE HONEST, BEAUTIFUL, AND SMART, AND NOT A PUSH OVER SHE DON'T GO WITH THE FLOW!!


LA from LA   August 8th, 2009 11:47 pm ET

I highly admired General Powell for the longest time, until he started criticizing President Bush when the government started taking heat for the Iraq war.

It seemed so cowardly to me, to join in with every one else to criticize and disrespect the President, just to make yourself look good to the public again, to get the attention off of your own mistakes. He should have had the President's back, standing united together with him to handle the situation, since it was from the General's advice that we went to war in the first place. Instead, he chose to try to save himself, and left his President behind.

No, would never elect him into office. In that act of cowardice, he has shown his true character.


Gerald Wood   August 9th, 2009 12:35 am ET

Larry, regarding Professor Gates being angry towards the Officer; What i never read from any newspaper was what did the Officer due to reassure Mr. Gates that he was indeed doing his job. Sample: While responding to a call by dispactcher, (...when not conducting a field interview), When a Law Officer arrives on scene he will interview the witness, purpose to eliminate bias. The Officer is required under law to do this...in the press, i hear how the elimination of bias was done only by identification from the call to the 911 center. That call does not supersede the field Officer from speaking to the citizen and asking more critical questions. For the field Officer to not interview the witness will always leave open the question...is subterfuge present in this incident.


Jay from Texas   August 9th, 2009 3:54 am ET

I would not vote for Ret. Gen Colin Powell. I respect him...yes. Vote for him to become president? No. He is such a nice guy that I could not bear to see him ruined by becoming president.


Lisa S   August 9th, 2009 5:14 am ET

I dont think it is a good idea to mix military and goverment. It is better to have another sort of people in the goverment and let the militair people stay with and organize the military.


Emeka Oparah   August 9th, 2009 5:22 am ET

I am not American, but I would vote for Powel if I had the opportunity. He is one of the icons of American freedom charter. He's a courageous soldier and honest statesman. He speaks with such remarkable candour that I see him as one of my idols. I am glad I met him, shook his hands and got him to autograph a copy of his biography, Soldier, by Karen De Young. Yes. Yes. Yes. I will vote for him, if I get the chance.


eJay   August 9th, 2009 7:41 am ET

I will vote for him, but not as a GOPer.


Bill Clay   August 9th, 2009 8:47 am ET

Although I think Powell is an honest man, I doubt I could trust the other GOP members who would take over our government if Powell was ever elected President. I'd prefer to vote for him as an Independent candidate.


Fred   August 9th, 2009 11:33 am ET

No, I would not vote for him at all. No way


joe   August 9th, 2009 11:39 am ET

YES! Mr. Powell at least has experience. Our current President had never been involved in crafting a bill before winning the election – he had very little political experience and the American Public has entrusted him with trillions of dollars in debt, trying to overhaul many of our rights as American's in the name of Socialism. I would be honored to vote for someone with experience, with world diplomatic skills and an understanding of what drives ALL of America, not just a one class view.


Gary Chandler in Canada   August 9th, 2009 12:42 pm ET

One thing overlooked about Palin: it was McCain's huge mistake to choose her, not her's.
-----------–
Palin is going to learn something big time. Her 'celebrity' status was based on her political status.
Without that 'dagger' in her pocket she will NOT be able to compete with real and skilled entertainers.
Can you imagine folks switching from Limbaugh and/or Hannity to tune inot the Palin talk show!!!??? NOT
There is ONE way she could be a succesful entertainer. Hire MJ's former agent, who has the experience, skills and knowledge on how to run a freak show.
She is NOT a VP candidate, she is NOT a governor, she is NOT a political contender for dog catcher in Fairbanks. She does NOT have media skills.
What network, who has to answer to shareholders, will pay her with no proof she can deliver RATINGS???
[Now if she put an offer to buy the elephant man's bones, all of America would be watching!]


omar   August 9th, 2009 1:45 pm ET

If he was a chalice worthy of worship, would to!


omar   August 9th, 2009 1:58 pm ET

I think he is a very down to earth person and i genuinely like him, he will get my vote, regardless of wether he runs for presidency or not, but i woud rather see a woman go for the post..er..from where i'm at, i reckon i could see russia to!.no it' not a subliminal endorsment!. Hillary Rocks!..let the Kenyan who offered dowr for Chesea's hand beware!..humph..imagine that..no amount of lifestock can buy her hand!..and tha to as second wife!??..NEVER!!!.

I can offer a much better dowry..perpetual good weather conditions.music, art..and a tremollo massage with odles of wuv.. im just saying:(


J Cummings   August 9th, 2009 2:21 pm ET

I love Colin Powell...this man is such a CLASS ACT...only it is no
"act" – he is so genuine. Why can't the rest of Washington DC
be like that! I would trust WHATEVER he says to be the truth.

J Cummings
San Antonio, Tx


Honorine   August 9th, 2009 2:26 pm ET

Yes! I'll definitely VOTE FOR HIM.


truthseeking   August 9th, 2009 3:20 pm ET

The amount & type of venting & emoting that is posted is a perfect indicator of how much issues related to race are yet unresolved.

On one hand, this a great paltform for those who have been waiting for a chance to SCREAM away the issue while on the other its serving as site for thoughtful & sober comments.

Thank you to those who right with insight. To those who are venting, please consider these points: 1) it is heplful to genralize?
2) when you write "get over it" & "chips on their shoulders" etc.. consider for a moment how you would fell if your life were denegrated, minimized & adversely affected on a daily basis in ways that are so covert that the average passer by would never notice & you knew that there was a good chance that your children would grow up & experience the same.


Susan   August 9th, 2009 6:03 pm ET

Hey Toni, I don't know what you were reading, or if there is another Susan posting, but it wasn't me. Pull your head outta your butt! Colin Powell is an exceptional human being. His "color" is a non-issue. He is a great man. I would vote for him in a heartbeat, but I doubt he'll ever run, and I don't blame him. He deserves a quiet life now.


lana   August 9th, 2009 7:48 pm ET

his wife, Ama, doesn't want hm to run, they both want the quiet life can't blame them, he could still help the Pres. just like B Clinton is..think Hil Clinton will win in 8 yrs & B clinton will be bk in white house,,,then he can help his wife, OK w/me ...


kelcee. chicago,il.   August 9th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I would seriously consider it.


Tawnya   August 9th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

as to Colin Powell run for pres of corse i would vote for him wanted him to years ago he is an amazing man


Tawnya   August 9th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

TO APPLE WHITE PEOPLE VOTED FOR OUR PRES TO WHEN ARE WE NOT GIVING HIM A CHANCE IN YOUR MIND?


Tawnya   August 9th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

AND AS FOR MIXING MILITARY WITH GOV MILITARY IS GOV AND IF YOUR WILLING TO DIE FOR YOUR COUNTRY WOULD THAT NOT MAKE A GOOD PRESIDENT


Lynda   August 9th, 2009 11:37 pm ET

I would love to see Colin Powell run for the office of
Commander, and Chief. I think that he would be an
excellent choice, and an excellent role model for our
youth! His knowledge, and experience is unsurpassed,
and this country needs, and deserves a true leader!


Lynda   August 9th, 2009 11:48 pm ET

I also want to say, that anyone who may be President,
should have served in our Military! I think the President of
this great country should be more involved with the Operations
of the different branches of Service that we depend on for our
security! Having served should be a pre-requisite to becoming President of the United States of America!


BHO - fan   August 9th, 2009 11:51 pm ET

@ Ed,

I sorry! . . but you're WRONG about PALIN being HONEST. After she pulled that stunt the other night by CALLING THE REPORTER FROM POLITICO to let him know that she's at a certain RESTURANT IN NYC where she could be seen. That . . . besides the KATIE COURIC interviews has REALLY PROVES that she JUST CAN'T CUTTED in the BIG LEAGUES.


BHO - fan   August 9th, 2009 11:53 pm ET

Opps! sorry for the misspelling! I meant CUT IT.


sara   August 10th, 2009 12:23 am ET

yes . I would vote for sure.


Petter A. Mehren   August 10th, 2009 5:09 am ET

Larry King – Why are you still doing so much on Michael Jackson? Would you PLEASE let Michael Jackson RIP – and move on other more important topics & guests. This is getting too boring!


Lisa S   August 10th, 2009 5:46 am ET

Larry, isnt it time for a new blog entry now?


Harold D Miles Sr   August 10th, 2009 8:55 am ET

YES SIR I WILL VOTE C.P. he is a great man.


Christie Young   August 10th, 2009 9:06 am ET

I have great respect for Colin Powell, the man, but zero respect for his party. I could never vote for him simply because he's a Republican. I see no sensibility or nobility whatsoever in the Republican party, just a routine display of dishonesty, extremism and poor character. It has been so and worsening for a number of years. I wouldn't vote Republican if it was the last party on earth. General Powell would be well served with a change of party.


Maggie Picot   August 10th, 2009 9:22 am ET

I like Col. Powell, he is a very intelligent man who's military experience is way up in the charts,but I don't know if he has what it takes to run this country. In the other hand we had some carbon copies in the passed with less experience than Col. Power and I guess they did okay and almost survived. I will stick with my young and hadsome president Obama for now. I will still like to thank Col. Powell for his services to this country during the war. Like it or not he did a great job.


sally   August 10th, 2009 9:51 am ET

Lisa S is correct,,,NEW blogs, please ? thANKS ...


Sharon   August 10th, 2009 10:00 am ET

Yes, perhaps I would. He seems to have a lot of common sense. He is obviously very bright, has experience, and treats people with respect and thinks things through. He does not shoot from the hip, and he does not shout, scream, bounce around the floor, make faces, call people names like so many of the republicans do these days. I swore I would never vote republican again, but perhaps if this man were to run, I might.


Rose   August 10th, 2009 11:10 am ET

I support General Powell for having the sense to admit to disasterous mistakes (unlike GW Bush & Cheney). In Powell's briefing before the United Nations Security Council in February 2003, he made the extreme mistake (or may have been bullied into it by the Bush regime to accomplish their own agenda) of stating:

". . .Saddam Hussein and his regime have made no effort to disarm and are conceling their efforts to produce more Weapons of Mass Destruction". – All turning out to be false (CIA vs. weapons inspectors) and contributed to the unjust killing of thousands of innocent Iraqis.

Later, Powell said that the WMD speech was the "lowest point in my life". He also accurately identified the reasons why the Republican party had gone so very wrong for the country. That takes guts for him as a Republican.

Cheney's admission a few months ago that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 was too little, way too late.


Rose   August 10th, 2009 11:37 am ET

Gary Chandler: I completely agree with you. Palin-The-Unqualified delivers her speeches with the only training she ever had – as a sportscaster on TV. That's part of the reason why she is so difficult to listen to. The only great impression she made was reading off the teleprompter at the GOP convention. Written by someone else of course. Her vocabulary is not that extensive. In fact it's disjointed.

Palin said that "passing the ball" would be better for Alaska. That means, her leaving office is better for Alaska – what does that say? Palin left to make a lot of money. She mentioned her small child and his disability, to criticize (erroneously) the proposed health plan – citing "death panel". She mentions her children when convenient although she does not want them covered by the media (hypocrical).

Palin: A walking, talking disaster who only preaches to the converted. Any show she'll be on is good for jokes only – certainly not policy.


Rose   August 10th, 2009 1:10 pm ET

Ed: Palin is dishonest – she knowingly said things that were false if it resulted in rallying the base (i.e. saying ignorant things to appease ignorant people). She is not "smart" as confirmed by her own stupid statements during the election and afterwards. Her lack of awareness is shocking. She is the political equivalent of the 3 Stooges (that would frighten anyone who had any sense). Her exploitation of her children during the election – when many advised her not to do so include:

Examples:
– Parading her pregnant underaged daughter and shot-gun fiance when Palin promoted Abstinence-only programs in Alaska schools.
– Public hugs from McCain to (now ex) fiance.
– Using her baby's disability to rally right wingers/pro-lifers.
– Dispatching her son to Iraq "on" 9/11 anniversary to further media attention.
– Taking her youngest daughter to NHL hockey game (puck drop) assuming it would help in her not getting boo-ed. She got boo-ed so loudly by the 20,000 person crowd that they had to turn the music up a lot. Her daughter was subject to this. There's a great clip on youtube.

Bristol Palin made hundreds of thousands of dollars for her People magazine cover holding her baby. If her children got attacked, mama Palin led them by the nose.


txkboy   August 10th, 2009 2:07 pm ET

I served under General Powell. I believe he is one of the most intelligent and charismatic people I've ever met. Not one to cut corners; very direct. I like that in a President. He would most certainly have my vote.


Catherine   August 10th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

I would absolutely vote for him and I welcomed the change from hearing about Michael jackson to have something legitimate to listen to.

Please stop reporting on MJ – it's tragic but over – there are much more important things going on in the world and you are cheapening yourself by putting so much MJ on your show.

Do I have to turn to Ryan Seacrest for political news?????


Susan   August 10th, 2009 6:27 pm ET

Palin is a Barbie Butt Stain...no more on her please. She is forever more a caricature on SNL.


Susan   August 10th, 2009 7:06 pm ET

@ Apple...get OFF whatever colored horse you're on. I think that most folks want to see Mr. Obama do well, and many of us are WHITE. We are sick and tired of the race/victim card getting played every time a person of "color" has a bad day.Get over it...


Rose   August 10th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

It's a tragedy that someone of Colin Powell's stature had to serve under the non-serving GW Bush. Powell served while Bush evaded service. Any excuse not to serve his country was good enough for Bush the President-by-cheating. He had no problem sending other people's sons to die.

I hope the time will come when the right wing base in the US will vote on merit and policy instead of on "shared values and religious belief". The Republican party since Reagan and up to Bush somehow convinced the conservative elements that the very wealthy (eg. Bush family) has the same concerns as the average Joe & Josephine in our nation. This con was done to perfection using religion – which is faith based (or mythology to many of us) rather than fact or actual policy. Let's bomb the daylights out of other nations with no proof of anything – but fear. The immoral disregard of life.

The cruelty of curbing stem cell research that may help many disabled people was established on religious grounds that the soul entered the zygote at conception! Just sit in your wheelchair, a 50-cell microscopic "being" has more rights than you. President Obama's decision to reverse the curb on stem cell research was greatly appreciated.


Susan   August 10th, 2009 7:56 pm ET

Mr. Bush...actually both of them, were useless drains on our country. I would love to see Mr. Powell run., but I also know that he won't, and I can't blame him. He's done his job, and doesn't deserve the stress it would bring...not to mention the threats to his life, which unfortuantely, would probably happen.


ge   August 10th, 2009 8:31 pm ET

when ever isee him i think liesand iraq and the dead on both sides


marlene robinson   August 10th, 2009 11:34 pm ET

hey there dear man! i would definitely consider mr. powell as a front runner and vote for him if in his wisdom he would honor our country by running. may god continue to bless this country of which i am a seventh generation carolina girl.


Rose   August 11th, 2009 10:25 am ET

GE: You are right about Powell's statements at the UN concerning the (false) Weapons of Mass Destruction. That greatly helped the US get involved in a very wrong war. Both Iraqi and American lives were lost. I think Powell was manipulated by both the CIA and the Bush regime into this (although it does not dissolve responsibility).

Bush was going to war regardless of the facts, regardless of UN inspectors advising no WMD found, regardless of the fact that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, regardless of the fact that the UN itself did not support the invasion of Iraq. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their ilk many billion$ from this war. Bush had planned the war well before 9/11 (well established fact now) and used 9/11 as a pre-text based on lies. Just scream "terrorism" and the flag waving (mainly right wing) elements jumped on the bandwagon. The lie of "Off to War for Freedom" – a load of crock served up on a platter and digested by supporters.

Powell had enough of a conscience to admit his actions were wrong. We'll never hear that from the neo-cons in the US. Powell has at least demonstrated character.


M. Aberra   August 11th, 2009 12:50 pm ET

He should run for Secretary General at UN


barb mcdonough   August 12th, 2009 1:25 am ET

Open discussions of health care are expressions of our democracy. The president and congress are not used to having "Joe/Jane 9itizen" openly question their decisions. I would like to see THE PLAN in totality, allow open discussions between our president and congresspersons and we, the citizens should vote on whether or not we approve the plan. We don't want to be forced into supporting a plan that has not been publisied in totality. We are not, for the most part, wealthy or congresspersons who have top of he line health insurance, pensions, etc.if this plan is so wonderful, than the president, after he leaves office, and the congresspersons should be more than happy to sign an agreement to make this plan their plan and their only plan. If they think that businesses will not change our coverage to reduce our ability to get expensive treatments that can be covered under the government plan, they are crazy. I'm tired of hearing about the British and Canadian plans. I have dealt with the Canadian plan, it is NOT the great coverage people think.there are long wait times for care. People stil have to pay out of their own pocket for some things and they still need to get supplemental coverage, if they want to facilitate the speed of their care, types of medications, etc. president obama should stop running around the coubtry. It is costing, we taxpayers hunreds of thousands of dollars we don't have. Get business out of health care. Get doctors back in. Take the hormones out of our food sources and maybe obesity will decrease. Yes, I think people sue too much, but I also think that there are many incomptent MDs and DOs. They should be sued when they have injured a patient. Maybe they should have to pay-up larger amounts of money, lose their licenses and/ or have to take remedial classes and be supervised for an extended period of time. Maybe they would be the most effective punishmants.
Thank you,
.


Rose   August 13th, 2009 2:21 pm ET

Barb: I lived in Canada for many years. If Canadians need to see their doctor for a visit, the appointment is made and the patient seen at the first opportunity (usually in a few days). If there is an emergency, the patient is attended to immediately (depending on severity – a wait of a few hours). If a person needs to see a specialist, the wait can be from a few weeks to months – depending on severity. No charge to the patient for visits, surgery, hospital stay, x-rays etc.

If a child or adult is sick in Canada, they can go see a doctor at no charge. It does not depend upon insurance plans, premiums, jobs, affordability, income etc. The best children's hospital in the world is in Toronto Ontario. Yes, people still need to pay for certain things, no system is perfect but basics are covered – the poor, elderly, unemployed, uninsured can all get medical treatment – and on the same day if it is an emergency. This system is a lot better than what exists in the US handsdown. No one goes broke in Canada due to medical bills.


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