March 11, 2009

President Bill Clinton and Dr. Gupta!

Posted: 05:47 PM ET

Tonight, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta fills in for Larry and his first guest is former President Bill Clinton!  His administration tried to revamp America's healthcare, but failed.  artclintoncnnWhat does he make of President Obama's plan?  He'll talk to Sanjay about that and more.

Then, an exclusive with Christopher Reeve's daughter!  Alexandra Reeve speaks out on President Obama's order for an increase in government funding of stem cell research.  What does she think of the decision her father fought so hard for?

It's all tonight as Sanjay Gupta guest-hosts on "Larry King Live," at 9 p.m., ET.

As always:

1) Stay on topic.
2) Keep it short
3) No curse words

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Noah   March 11th, 2009 6:12 pm ET

President Obama's signing of the Stem-Cell research bill makes perfect sense, after all, I want an answer from opponents of it, of how a fetus that does not have lungs, a brain, or a heart can be considered a person.

joanne osinkowski ontario canada   March 11th, 2009 6:13 pm ET

Clinton will say that Baracks healthcare plan will work because all of Baracks cabinet looks identical to Clintons...:)

hugh ~ california   March 11th, 2009 7:07 pm ET

Mr. President,
When is the media going to start a dialogue to find ways to reduce the number of children in America living in poverty? Right now 1 out of 50 children in the United States are homeless! What is it going to take for THEIR voices to be heard?

People seem to be more interested in talking about unborn fetuses than the poor kids who are alive but going to bed hungry! I'm fed up with the double talk.

Dodie Ryan - Irvine California   March 11th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

I, not only advocate for stem cell research, I believe it will be one of the fields that will help “kick-start” our economy. I am VERY EXCITED that we are regaining the field in research. Under the Bush Administration, I was concerned that our scientists would move to other countries rendering us behind the rest of the world.

Very little is known regarding individual cell information and what is passed down from generation to generation like DNA and RNA. We know the cells communicate with one another through neuropath ways both electrically and chemically, but little is known other than that

Good Job President Obama!!! Thank you!!!

Marcy Hetherington   March 11th, 2009 7:21 pm ET

I am from Canada and today the news reported that Citigroup Inc. was having its best quarter since mid-2007.
Can you tell me why they received a bail out???

Dodie Ryan - Irvine California   March 11th, 2009 7:23 pm ET

I just wanted to convey that Mr. Clinton did NOT fail in obtaining a medical health care system. It was, we the American people, who did NOT respond in a manner conducive to launch the health care system for all Americans.

Too many people in this country are worried about the unborn instead of focusing on the already alive and suffering. If you take a very close look around the world, you will notice that those countries that entrenched in religion end up 3rd world countries and those that have a balance with some religious beliefs are super-powers.

In the last 8 years, I have seen this country deteriorate from a super-power to almost bordering on a third world country. What every happened to Democracy… where everyone has a say. Not just one religion or group of people??? Frankly, I am tired of being preached to.

We have already over populated this world. What more will it take for those to see that!

DeDe - Florida   March 11th, 2009 8:13 pm ET

I was stunned by Bill Clinton's ignorance
of the science of human reproduction. Fertilization
occurs the moment the sperm breaks through the
egg cell wall (commonly called conception). It was
hartening to hear Clinton is concerned about embryos that
at all had the potential to become viable human beings.
Maybe he has changed his pro-abortion position. CNN did
not even try to correct Clinton's false understanding of
human embryos.

Chris Villegas   March 11th, 2009 8:42 pm ET

Hello Larry.
I would like to know from President Clinton the reasons for not receiving more support from the US. Being that Costa Rica is probably one of 3 true partners of the US.

Nicaragua, Honduras and most probably El Salvador are Communist countries..we need help !

Chris Villegas   March 11th, 2009 8:42 pm ET

Hello Larry.
I would like to know from President Clinton the reasons for not receiving more support from the US. Being that Costa Rica is probably one of 3 true partners of the US.

Nicaragua, Honduras and most probably El Salvador are Communist countries..we need help !. What should the US be doing to improve Costa Rica's protection.?

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

@ Marcy Hetherington

Good question. Probably because they wanted us to purchase their corporate jet!

BRYCE GRAHAM   March 11th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Why couldn't Bill Clinton do it ,or why he couldn't get it done so is the fomer President counting on HAILLRY Clinton and President Barack Obama to get A better health care plan then he did ? our is he counting on them for better edeuction the former President Bill Clinton . So is Clinton puting Priesdent Barack Obama down or not ? From,

Linda   March 11th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Think that Dr Gupta can get a word in. Haha,
I love Pres. Bill Clinton but boy can he talk. Hmmmmmm I don't think Pres. Obama wants to hear about him injecting Hilary' s Health plan into his Health plan even though he may think its similar. Thats why President made her Sec of State. Dr Gupta himself needs to not do that, it implies that she should be a the fore front of this health care issue. I not saying she doesn't have ideas but too much pushing of Hillary with the health care issue can get a little messy with the present Aministration.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

@ Chris Villegas

Communist??? do you even know that definition?

Nicaragua, I cannot speak for but Honduras and El Salvador Are NOT Communist. They have corrupt governments! El Salvador's government is so corrupt, they do not even have their own currency, they use ours. Poor Country, little did they know the dollar is taking in value. El Salvador has a terrible GANG problem... and where did those gangs start??? Why, in California. So how on earth you see this as Communist? I will never know

Ann   March 11th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Dr. Gupta is showing why he made a good decision to decline the position of Surgeon General. The problems with health care and education are a large part of why our economy is in trouble. Not enough people practicing good eating and health habits, not enough access to health insurance coverage, not enough access to health care delivery, not enough family practice doctors, and low achievement in our public school system - all exacerbate the problems we have in the work place. Educated, healthy people will turn the economy around. Access to health care is not a privilege, it is a human right. To better understand the truth of single-payer, CNN needs to interview Rep. John Conyers, Jr. the sponsor of HR 676 and Dr. Oliver Fein from Physicians for a National Health Plan if it really wants to get the facts into the public conversation.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Bill Clinton: I completely agree with you. Government run health care system is a social economy... NOT socialistic economy.

Unfortunately Most Americans do not understand the difference between “social economy” and “socialistic economy”. We have been “brain-washed” that government intervention = socialism and the loss of our freedom. This is a “fear based” technique that works very well in this country … look at the Iraq war!

Dr. Younis   March 11th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

One part of the solution for reducing the escalating cost of health care is to create a single health insurance payer or a quasi-governmental health insurance agency. The proposed corporation would negotiate drug prices and payments for hospitals and physicians and would provide malpractice insurance to health care providers. As a natural monopoly, such an insurance agency would have lower costs due to economies of scale. With a single insurer, reimbursement and billing would be standardized, which in turn would reduce the cost of services provided by hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers. This would result in an economically efficient health system, providing access to care through equitable financing, efficient supply of services, and financial sustainability.

JRal   March 11th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Dodie – you are so right... – these religous superfreaks, that claim to value human life so much they start wars over eggs, will hunt down and murder people that do not agree with their beleifs.... and these same people are essentially killing (LIVING) people who are (DYING) from diseases that can be cured by stem cells....hypocrits

Dr. Younis   March 11th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

my comments are a academic ideas which could be debated.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Go Stem Cell Research! This is awesome!

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

@ JRal Thanks. Nice to see others view the world as holistic

I have always been baffled by the thought process that kill an egg or stem cell is a horrible thing...

But it is OK to bomb Iraq killing thousands of men... women... and yes... CHILDREN!!! This just does not register with me. So these people are seen in Iraq as ((evil))) is a bunch of non-sense to justify our KILLING!.

Mary Glick   March 11th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Pres. Clinton is an extremely intelligent man. He was a wonderful president and leader. Hearing his explanation about health care and universal coverage has been very enlightening and hopeful. As a retired medical social worker, I know about the suffering of people who have no health care.

Linda   March 11th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I didn't think that it was necessary for Dr Gupta to ask Pres Bill Clinton about his shaking hands, I don't know I found it a bit uncomfortable for the former President when he was answering why his hands shake.

Virgil D Wagner   March 11th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Is it true that pharmacitical companies spend more on direct to consumer advertising than on reseach and develpment? Shouldn't direct to consumer advertising be outlawed

JRal   March 11th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I think...when Clinton refered to embryos that can become viable human beings......he was refering to people that do not have distructive religious convictions...maybe stem cell research will weed these radicals out for good.

Etta C Abrahams   March 11th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

The embryos used as sources of stem cells are only a few cells' developed. As I recall from science classes, a fetus is labeled so when all organs are developed. I know that there is no definitive point, but 12 weeks is the generally accepted time when a fetus is so-labeled. But an embryo occurs when the egg and sperm form into a zygote.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I have a great suggestion...

Those of you who preach that killing a stem cell... when you get sick and so sick that you need a stem cell to cure you... you have a choice... to kill or not to kill so if you want to decide to die and allow an innocent stem cell to stay alive... Go for it. That would actually be a great idea... maybe the world population would decrease!

For me, who has already battled Cancer and almost died from it and has faced death ... I will always want to choice to kill the stem cell and save my life!!!

Bubser   March 11th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Why did"t Dr Gupta tell Mr. Clinton that embryos ARE FERTILIZED? They are human beings! Eggs must be fertilized. The fertilized eggs become embryos! Dr Gupta, as a doctor, was remiss not to add that to the conversation with Mr. Clinton!

Yvonne Whetzel   March 11th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The real answer for stem cell research.-When a baby is delivered the cord blood is discarded. That blood contains the cells neede and there is no life being destroyed. Why are we not utilizing that cord blood?

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

@ Dr. Younis

Your remarks are educated and rational for me. I agree with them. Unfortunately too many people in this country do NOT know the difference between social medicine and socialistic medicine.

Large corporations have been brain-washing for years. They do NOT want us independent thinkers as they want to remain in control!

vince   March 11th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

OK, Dr Gupta...

Several times, Bill Clinton said he would not want embryos to be used for research if the was any chance of them "being fertilized and becoming little babies" – – ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Embryos ARE in fact FERTILZED EGGS! THAT'S THE POINT BILL – that's why it's wrong to use them ! 🙁

JRal   March 11th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Better yet...instead of standing on a corner with a sign to help an egg...go help the people who are starving ....especially children! in the US ! Talk about ignorant.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

@ Yvonne Whetzel

They are!!!

And research can have as many of my stem cells as they want!

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

@ JRal

Yes, I do not think these people realize how many children do go hungry in the US.

I guess ignorance is bliss...

Janet Warren   March 11th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

That flashing square at the bottom right side of the screen was very distracting during an otherwise wonderful hour with Dr Sanjay Gupta.

Larry DeSantis   March 11th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The only thing worse than Mr. Clinton's ignorance of basic biology, was the fact that Dr. Gupta didn't call him out for it! Man up and be responsible!

JRal   March 11th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Dodie.From CA..I am glad to see you read between the lines...these people are crazy

Lynn Edwards   March 11th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

President Clinton repeatedly commented that stem cells should only be used from embryos that would not be fertilized... However, embryos are by definition already fertilized (for stem cells, an egg is fertilized in vitro), and the stem cells are removed from a very young embryo that has divided several times. I assume Clinton meant to make the point that he believes that stem cells should not be used from embryos that might ever be intended to develop into babies. I'm surprised Dr. Gupta didn't clarify this after the interview.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Affordable health care is AWESOME.

Bill Hanks   March 11th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I feel like President Clinton was mistaking in his use of the word "fertilized" when speaking of embryos for stem cell research. Is my biology incorrect? An embryo occurs when a sperm fertilizes and egg. RIght? I agree that when the owner of the embryo no longer wishes to implant and enrich into a fetus that a proper use would be research rather than other destruction. But I think Mr. Clinton lost some credibility with me on that topic.

Esther   March 11th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I think this topic tonight has been one of the best in a while. Not only the topic but the guest speakers. Having President Bill Clinton speaking from past experiences regarding health care reform couldn't be a better start. He has lived it and knows all the do's and dont's. Let's not start from scratch let's use his previous knowledge.

Having C. Reeves daughter as well very knowledgeable on the topic of stem cell research. I thank God for President Obama making it possible for us to do the research to find out if we can find a cure for whatever illness, or disability anyone has here in America. Let's work together to find a cure.

Sheila   March 11th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

As an informed Catholic, I'm thrilled about the go-ahead by Obama on stem cell research. Predictably, I'm already getting extremist opposition emails from conservative Catholics. Females are born with millions of eggs that will never be used. Why not use these cells to heal?

compguy77   March 11th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Dr. Gupta,

How can you not challenge the idea that an embryo has yet to be fertilized?

JRal   March 11th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Don't worrie one will be using your eggs

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

@ Larry DeSantis

Clinton did not profess he is a biologist. So where are you coming from?

@ JRal

Thanks!! at least there is some other educated people out there...

Bill B.   March 11th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I agree with Mrs Thomas and DeDe from Florida. I don't think that former President Clinton understands the difference between a frozen UNFERTILIZED egg and a frozen Embryo which has already been fertilized.
I am surprised that Dr Gupta did not point this out to him.

Daniel Talley   March 11th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Get off the garbage talk, you all know the Insurance co's
hold the key. How much money goes under the table so they can
stay i n control of the cost ? Give me a break !

KM   March 11th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Bill Clinton has said several times that this only pertains to embryo's that will never be fertilized. Isn't it fertilized already in order to become an embryo?

Noah, the reason some conisder an embryo a person is because according to the Bible, life begins at conception and so this would be considered a life no less real or valuable than you or I in God's eyes. I believe that's the explaination. I hope that helps.

Those who believe an embryo is life and therefore to be protected, and those who want stem cell research to hopefully diminish suffering and disease are both very sincere and have good intentions.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

@ JRal

Laughing hysterically. You are Just TOO FUNNY

carol kesling   March 11th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

i love bill clinton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and im all for stem cell research if we can make huge break throughs in this science we need to take that leap of faith !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF the stem cells are going to be destroyed, we owe it to all the other people who died in vain that could have lived because of this research, it will take time............. but we have all kinds of time !! lets get going, times a wasting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

joanne tedlock   March 11th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Someone needs to tell Bill Clinton that an embryo is a fertilized egg that will go on to be a human child unless it is killed. He thinks an embryo is just the egg.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

@ Daniel Talley

I agree and if we nationalize health care... the insurance company would be OUT of the equation!

Ken in ABQ   March 11th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

No doubt .. best interview over the nations debate of key issues that Americans face today. The combination of Sanjay's understanding of health care coupled with a strong interview style brought Bill Clinton nearly to his feet. Let's face it .... he got that sparkle back in his eye when he spoke. It was the one of the former Presidents finest hours. Thanks Sanjay for proving the forum, asking the important questions, and partnering with one of our most knowlegable leaders on the issues that mean the most to Americans.

Maureen   March 11th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

The opportunity for science to properly persue stem cell reserch is an acheivement that is long overdue. So many, many people now have hope of a quality life. We the people so many time prefer to live in ignorance rather than face reality. The reality is that something must happen to embryos that are not going to be implanted....we can now give their potential for life meaning. In our ignorance did we think that they all were implanted? I'm sure that those who protested so loudly never gave a thought to what happened when they were no longer "needed" by those who "owned" them. This give hope to our present and our future. A wonderful era is here to be enjoyed!

E.M. Dyrdahl   March 11th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

When you are discussing the lack of health care, please do not forget mental health care. These last eight years have almost destroyed mental health care services for people on medicaid and people whose incomes are at 150% of poverty in Montana. As the enconomy gets worse, mental health care needs increase.

Cindy Briggs   March 11th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

The republicans keep saying that Americans don't want the government making health care decisions. However, in our current system shareholders do. Why do we have shareholders making money off our health insurance? That is an oxymoron

john   March 11th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

President Clinton used the wrong word tonight during the discussion of embryonic stem cell research. He used the word "fertilized" when he was discussing whether certain embryo would be used for stem cell research. He should have used the word "implanted" I think. An embryo is an embryo by virtue of the ferlization process. This misuse tend to give incredibility to the discussion. He should have been corrected when he misused the word.

Dr. John E. Chandler
Emeritus Professor of Reproductive Physiology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge

Carol Dodosn   March 11th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Somebody better tell former president Clinton what an embryo is!
The term, embryo, is used to describe the early stages of fetal growth, from conception to the eighth week of pregnancy. How many times in his interview did he say an embryo was not yet fertilized?????
And this man was our president???? I can't believe none of you had enough sense to correct him and prevent him from making a fool of himself!

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

@ Cindy Briggs

Yep! you have that right!

Kellie Distefano   March 11th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

thank godness that he reversed this order. I have been a physician in rural medicine for 15 years. Women don't get pregnant to have an abortion,but is still a CHOICE. Most of my patients can't afford an abortion but continue to have children that they can't pay for. there is hudge population that have no idea and can't afford to buy healthy foods. I live in SW MI and would love to have any of you spend one day with me to see how they try to feed their children and how they get by. they can't afford to shop the paramater of a store. we have developed our own epidemic.

JRal   March 11th, 2009 10:03 pm ET order to understand (some) Republicans thinking,...we will have to revisit the debate on the definition of what "potential to become a viable huiman being" means..again..stem cell research may result in a cure ...

Jan   March 11th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Healthcare costs do not have to continue to increase. If we encourage healthy living, the cost of care per person would decrease. The simple act of encouraging mothers to breast feed their babies would drastically decrease many of the childhood illnesses like ear infections, asthma and allergies.Right now formula companies have convinced Americans they can create something better than

Kevin   March 11th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I can't belive Mr Clinton does not Know what an Embryo is!!!!!! His comments about fertilizing an Embryo where unbelieveble !!!! Why didn't the doc call him on this ....It totaly discredited the Whole show ... I can' believe I voted for this Guy

Susan Hill   March 11th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

What about the inflated health care costs of pharmaceutical medication, diagnostic testing, other treatments, and hospitalization, which patients incur? Oversight seems to be absent.

Nurse from Florida

Virginia   March 11th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Thanks for your in depth coverage of this issue, Dr. Gupta. I learned a few things. I now understand that embryonic research is conducted using embryos that would otherwise be discarded. Hopefully this research will bear fruit in terms of the lives it saves, and the quality of life for many humans across the planet. Our country has always been on the cutting edge of medical research. This research makes enormous sense.

Rachel   March 11th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I think in order to REALLY get down to fixing healthcare, we have to discuss the searious price gouging that goes on in the medical field.
When you look at any itemized hospital bill, I think you will begin to see why it's so hard to afford healthcare. When you're paying $10.00 for a band-aid, something's wrong. That's just an example, but I think you'll get the point.

JRal   March 11th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I nominate Ann Coulter to be the poster child for Stem Cell research on the non-vaiable human beings...

Cathy Kennedy   March 11th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Stem cell research is great and has shown much promise.
Embryotic stem cells has shown no promise. If we abort or kill a child to do research to improve another life we are like Hitler-deceived.

ann wilson   March 11th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Is President Clinton correct... He said that embryos should not be used IF they are fertilized.. Aren't embryos fertilized eggs? I do no understand the rationale of his comments, though I do believe in stem cell research.

simeon persard   March 11th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

With regards to stem cell research and healthcare I think it is about time considering the amount of money spent on other types of research.

irene martinez   March 11th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I am an ER nurse and I feel we need to also address prolonging life not death in some patients. I see so many patients come in from nursing homes , in almost vegetative states, with G tubes etc and the families who do not even take care of them want everything done for them instead of having Hospice provide supportive and comfort care. We need to learn the life cycle and accept death.

Craig   March 11th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Dr. Gupta should host this show every night. Bravo Dr.

Carmella Lopez   March 11th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

My husband & I applaud President Obama's stem cell research stance. While we agree health care is essential for all Americans, we are worried about how to pay the cost. It was promising when one of the doctors mentioned the importance of preventive health care because Americans are sicker than those of other wealthy nations. We listened to former president Clinton and agreed that deals with pharmaceutal companies should be changed to allow our seniors to obtain needed meds. His point that America is no richer than those countries receiving drugs cheaper than we are is an important one. The question is: Can American drug companies compete with foreign ones if they are forced to do so? We believe that part of the poor ecnomic situation in America is due to our inability to compete because our people have a higher standard of living as well as a higher cost of living. This was an excellent show dealing with noteworthy issues. Our respect for Bill Clinton remains high and his comments important to us.

Jayne Crowther, MSN, APRN, BC   March 11th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Dr Gupta,
I noticed your health care panel contains 1 politician and 3 MDs (including yourself).
Please bring some other health care providers to the table such as Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists. We have much to offer to this discussion, already operate from a lifestyle oriented, holistic philosophy and we could be the main contributors to competition for physician services, which would help lower costs.
Part of the reason why we have some of the problems we do is because the special interest groups that have controlled health care for so long in the US are still the groups that are dominating the discussion. Why can't we work together for a solution?
Set a precedent on your show and invite us to join in.
Thank you.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

@ Maureen

I am a one child woman and happy with just one. So they can have as many of my eggs as they want!

I would just like to have the freedom of choice! Whether to receive a stem cell or not!

If those, whose religious belief prevent them... then fine! They have a right to make that decision too.

mike bullion   March 11th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I am without medical coverage and would like to see a Nationalized Healyhcare system for all American citizens, paid for by our taxes.
Thank you,
Mike Bullion

Helga Bischof   March 11th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I hope so much for your Americans that you are able to implement medicare for all – at least this time – what is a century old self understood service to the citizens of European countries!
Do you see how Trillians of Dollars can be materialized for irresponsible actions like WAR – BANKwaste – mad security measures – and so on?
Wake up! Insist on your right!

jim schlichting   March 11th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Dr. Gupta,
Shame on you. No one ever asks the question
"How will Universal Health Care affect our
Doctors here in the USA.?
19 doctors leave Canada for every one leaving the USA.
Will they be expected to spend 12 -14 years in training
for less money? Be real.
There will be a shortage for doctors to equal our shortage
of nurses.
Shame on you and your doctor guests.
Jim Schlichting, Age 76.
father of a physician

ellenza   March 11th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Thank you for that great interview... The work Bill Clinton is achieving in the field of health, nationally and internationally deserves our recognition and gratitude... I hope you have more indepth stories of the many programs he is involved in.

Jon Arts   March 11th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Hints from Canada:

Canadian doctors, especially specialists, leave to the US from Canada since they can make many times more money: $milions instead of $100k's in Canada. In Mexico, doctors hardly can make a middle class living.
In the US, it is against the law to use the government's vast buying power to get low drug costs, not in most other countriesincluding Canada.

Go figure, but this is not mentioned in the discussion,

Jon Arts

Gary   March 11th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Thanks for making health care the topic and having Pres Clinton gives his views he is awesom!

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:10 pm ET


I nominate Ann Coulter to be the poster child for Stem Cell research on the non-viable human beings…

(((( I completely agree ))) Love your wit and humor

Steve Reese   March 11th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Yes–I was wondering if President Clinton understands the real ethics of embryonic stem cells–i.e., because all embryos have already been fertilized!!! Did Dr.Gupta understand this???? WOW!!! If Sarah Palin made this mistake she would have been assaulted for being an idiot, etc... I can't believe that how many times he said that he kept saying "embryos that are not going to be fertilized." This was clear evidence that he doesn't really understand the issue. But–I'm very suprised at Dr. Gupta's allowance of such a loose use of medical terminology.

Paul Barry   March 11th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

President Clinton is one of the mostly highly educated people who not only gets the bigger picture but also knows the details of issues and then can put it all together and communicate these ideas to the masses. His ability to articulate all of the many threads of a subject and then present them in a coherent way is unsurpassed. There really is no one better at this in America. He is a very special person.

madan   March 11th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Very infomative discussion on health care between Dr. Gupta and President Clinton..

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

@ mike bullion

I agree!

Stephen Scalese   March 11th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

My wife and I have voluntarily lived for thirty-three years without health insurance, and brought up two children without it. We still need no medication, no doctors, no hospitals, and simply know how not to get sick. We have developed teachable strategies that keep us healthy. In fact, we can honestly say that fear, stress, and illness don't even know where we live anymore.

Judith   March 11th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Christopher Reeve said it best when he mention Politics.By the way his daughter looks like him.

We need to think of the people that are living right now and the future kids that will be born.Bottom Line thousands of embryos are destroyed every day.Nothing ever was said about that.
Why not use them.
President Obama said it would be up to the people that feel they want to donate them so politics should stay out of it.
We have donations of eyes,kidneys,hearts.

Now as far as drugs.Why did ex President Bush sign a bill saying no more drugs from Canada when in fact they were cheaper for Americans?
Why is the exact same medication for animals cheaper than for humans?It looks like politics play a big part here as 'you scratch my back and I yours'.

JRal   March 11th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Dodie...maybe our only children can do a play date....they can have my eggs and whatever else they need (when I die) to help other people not suffer

michelle   March 11th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

I don't like the way everyone does their polling and discussions on this. I am all for Adult and Umbilical stem cell research. I am against embryonic stem cell research. The wording is as disingenuous as being for immigration. I am all for LEGAL immigration, its the ILLEGAL immigration I have serious problems with, but those two words are missing from that too. Be more honest in your questions and I think you will see a much different result. I am sure that won't happen though, as the polls are constantly done to prove the leftist ideology.

Fran   March 11th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

It is refreshing that Americans are going to be helped. We need Universal medical coverage. ENOUGH with the insurance companies gouging us..ENOUGH!! This has become ORGANIZED CRIME.

Julia Meese   March 11th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

In relationship to childhood obesity...I have worked with children for 37 yrs. as a hairstylist. I have found although eating habits, exercise and everyday associations contribute to weight gain, self esteem connected to the way people accept or preceive personal appearance influences eating habits tremendously and are frequently overlooked as a factor.

Roz in CT   March 11th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Why are we not looking at successful healthcare systems like that in Australia? It is premised on prevention and every Aussie has access to high quality care. If one wants to see his or her own doctor in hospital, one pays extra for it. Funding comes from individual taxes. Not like the Canadian -wait until you drop – program, the Australian model has succeeded in lowering melanoma rates and obesity in children with low-cost interventions.

Also, to Dr., Frist's point: when will we have a non-Beltway, practical "take charge" Surgeon General? I suggest that the President look to the Commissioner of Health in Washington State, a woman with the right skill set and demonstrated competencies to do the job. Will the White House listen?

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

@ Steve Reese

I have heard Bill Clinton speak about this before and he never mentioned embryos but unfertilized eggs. I have noticed some difference in his cognitive abilities after the open heart surgery.

I assume that Dr Gupta was being respectful

Teresa Eisenrich   March 11th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Come on people, why are you afraid to say its time the health care insurance compaines (Blue Cross, Health Partners etc) pack their bags and get out, they are not offering insurance that helps the American people, when a 16 year old is denied coverage because he has acne, that is so immoral, they had their chance now they need to go and let the rest of us get on with taking care of each other

Scotish Carol   March 11th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Ohh, Canada,
Because they have watched Canadas system and the worlds and can pick the best of each. Maybe yours will improve. Also different times makes it more condusive and feaseable.
Mrs Thomas, These are throw a way embryos. And in some cases use Adult stem cells. If this goes global we may even share notes and become healthier globally.

kathy   March 11th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

We have Kaiser in CA. Our family has been part of the system for over 30yrs. and have received excellent care. Also we can reach an advise nurse from anywhere in the world, there is no paper work, my RX are usually only $10. There were times we were outside of Kaiser, and have found much better care in Kaiser.

Jan   March 11th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

@ Stephen

Good for you and your family! Wish more would realize what stress and bad living are(not) doing for their health

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

@ JRal

You and I do think alike. Yes, science can use what ever they want after I die... the operational word being... AFTER I die!

Navaneet S. C. Borisuth   March 11th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Dr. Gupta,
I note your comments regarding quality yet more economical health care in India. I believe that your comments are noteworthy but do not represent the whole picture of health care in India. For example, many Indian physicians do as well economically as physicians in the U.S. yet their staff, nurses, and ancillary workers make a fraction of the cost of the nurses here in the U.S. Many physicians operated out of their own "ambulatory surgery center" which is certainly not as well regulated as here in the U.S. As an ophthalmologist practicing in Illinois, I note that the CON laws in Illinois here are so prohibitive compared to those in surrounding states such as Indiana that I have to work less efficiently in a hospital than in an ASC. This certainly supports the notion also that health care in U.S. has its own regional differences and is not as uniform as we would like to think. Compare that to my Indian colleagues, many of whom have set up ASCs in their offices to perform cataract surgery for a fraction of the cost as here in the U.S. Thirdly, as you mention, the U.S. needs significant tort reform which will allow physicians to practice medicine in an ethical yet efficient way (as it is supposed to be practiced) and not defensive medicine with unnecessary tests and scans.
Dr. Borisuth

Gary   March 11th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Thanks for making health care the topic and having Pres Clinton gives his views he is awesome!

jim schlichting   March 11th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

No answer to my comment.
Wait in line in Universal health care.
MRI – sorry we were late. It wasn't your turn
for the care.

marilyn gorlin   March 11th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I am 84 years old and think that is quite clear that in order to bring
down the cost of universal health care we need to allow seniors to
say goodbye when we start on the downhill curve and save the money
spent on end of life care for the last six months of live. We need to
follow Oregon, Washington and Montana and allow paliative care to
include help in ending one's life. Cheers!

Marc   March 11th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Canada's health care system isn't perfect,...but I never need to think twice to see a doctor or be referred to a specialist and get treated as often as required...yes perhaps our taxes are higher but I'm sure glad to have federal healthcare coverage, because if I had to pay for it I would not go unless It was serious enough versus preventive checkups or minor illness at the other end, and with a family you sure cannot go without healthcare insurance...that would cause stress on its own! ..I really don't understand why America doesn't adapt federal healthcare coverage? and provide healthcare for all...surely the $$$ they are throwing to the economy is not enough for healthcare.

Mary   March 11th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I listened to your program regarding universal health care as I was working out on the treadmill. My concern as a taxpayer who bears the cost of care for all is similar to that voiced about bailing out those who are over their heads in mortgage payments. Why should I help make their mortgage payments for a house potentially nicer than mine? I work out 6 days / week and rarely eat processed junk foods. Why should I pay for those who sit on the couch eating cookies and chips while I eat vegies and ensure I get a good cardio workout. I think coverage should be incentive based. Lose the weight / quit smoking, and your costs go down. Merely having "health coaches" and promoting positive behaviors is often offset by human free will, enticing junk food and procrastination

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

@ kathy

I wish you the best with Kaiser in the future. After the Octumom gave birth, many of the doctors and nurses will be busy with those children and have little time with anyone else. 🙂

Bill Cote   March 11th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

I only caught the tail end of the program, but I have a feeling that like most discussions on healthcare that are broadcast in the mass media today, it didn't bring up holistic healthcare as a solution to this serious healthcare situation our country is in. In my own experience with managing a serious chronic illness, my traditional primary care physicians were of little use in helping me return to health. I only got offered plenty of prescriptions which cost a lot and ended up producing plenty of unpleasant side effects.

I didn't become truly healthy until I went out of the system and paid out of my own pocket to visit an "alternative" health care professional. That's when my health finally started turning around. A whole lot of people that I know have had a similar experience. So instead of spending all this money to create a new health care insurance system based around the same poor quality medical care, we need to spend much more researching these promising natural and alternative remedies that are slowly working their way into the mainstream (without help from the traditional medical estabilshment) - because many of them are extremely effective!

The only research that our doctors are getting these days are funded by the drug companies. The government spends hardly any money researching alternative remedies. Let's give our doctors good quality research on these competing, but less profitable, remedies and maybe we'll start to turn things around.

Thanks for reading this. Hope it starts a productive thread of conversation.

marilyn gorlin   March 11th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

As an 84 year old white woman I think the way to contain health care
costs is to all paliative care doctors to aid seniors as they descend
on the last six months of life to say goodbye. The states of Oregon, Washington and Montana are pointing the way for all of us and there
should be a federal law protecting doctors who aid seniors end their
lives. Cheers!

Scotish Carol   March 11th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Dodie, Clinton is old enough to be a Grandfather. He still is very intelligent and brings up alot of issues and remedies for many areas locally and globally. He seems very busy.

Ramesh Sethi   March 11th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Dr. Gupta has repeatedly said that cost of surgery in India is at about 10% of the cost in USA which is a fact. It needs to be explored, modified suitably and adopted in USA too. Same way, the same big pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, Merck, Bayer etc etc manufacture the same drugs with same formulations and standards which are sold at 10-20% of the cost in USA. What is the justification for such inequality in cost except the cost of initial research which if subsidized or reimbursed by the Govt and accordingly sale price is set in USA, an ordinary American's health care will be taken care of at less than half the present cost.

JRal   March 11th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Steven Scalese...illness does not know where you live becuase it needs a viable host....please close the door to your cave and not come out for another 30 years. ....know how not to get probably have a tumor in your head the size of a grapefruit inhibiting blood flow to your brain...ridiculous

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

@ marilyn gorlin

I completely agree with you. Actually, I have a very good friend who happens to be a MD and by the time I have to face the end of my life, I want it to be QUICK and painless. She said she would facilitate that for me.

I want to be able to make the choice that tomorrow would be the last day of my life.

Kelly   March 11th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

About the healthcare. What's a married couple supposed to do when a husband is on social security and his wife social secuity disability with medicare, and our combined monies are under 26,000.00 a year! The thing is I just received Medicare A and B but can't afford D the drug part. I would hit hit the so called doughnut hole in 2 months meaning I would have to pay for all my medicines after 2700.00 dectucible. I already pay for my meds. by cash. If I don't take D they will penalize you. If you don't take Medicare they will penilize you. Either way you lose . They told us if you two divorced and lived together no one would would know. Then she could get everything she needs to cover her medically and finacially. What does that say about the morality of this government? (You can reformat for tv if you want) Thank You.

jim crill   March 11th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

This comment relates to the discussion about medical care on March 11, 2009. I say this to you media personnel directly because you are in a position to drive the course of issues. Medical care needs to be analyzed from every juncture where money transfers hands. Literally all of the elements must be reviewed for actual costs, profits, markups etc. Physical therapy equipment costs are extremely high. In order to develop a system that meets out high quality care it must be operated from a fair and just cost/profit/research relationship. Additionally, medical operatives must be more highly trained to develop diagnoses from well taken histories and tests only when judicially called for. Far too often tests are executed with insufficient initial diagnosis. Also drugs are prescribed to often for the same reason – insufficient observation and diagnosis. There is much that I could say but me sense is that you wish brevity. Should you be interested in more complete detail I would be willing so please contact me. Another and last key point is we need to provide non emergency care in a more constructive and cost effective manner and perhaps through floating physicians that would make house calls such as is done in France.

Chuck Hoyt   March 11th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Get the Insurance Companies out of the equasion.....No more "Pre-Existing "...This should not be in our vocabulary...Negotiate with the drug companies....just like the VA and all foreign countries...

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

@ marilyn gorlin

84 years old and typing on the internet! ((( Your Great )))

Dorelle   March 11th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

In order to control health care costs, we need to take health care out of the hands of the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Their goal is profits, not the improved health of the American people, and they are making a great deal of money off sick Americans. We need to bring different types of health care providers into the discussion about how to change health care. Medical doctors (MDs) and their drugs are expensive, and serve mainly to support a very bad habit – people who don't take care of their health, and then want a quick, easy fix via some drug.

I would point out that Naturopathic doctors (NDs) provide cheaper and more effective treatment for many conditions than MDs. They use herbs and other remedies which are cheaper and safer than drugs. They search for the imbalance in the patient's body that is preventing it from naturally maintaining good health.

Let's take the health care discussion away from the AMA. the drug companies, and the insurance companies, and make some real changes!

Alphonse   March 11th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Tonights broadcast on health care with President Clinton and others was interesting – and much was said about how essential it would be to reduce costs. A number of useful suggestions were made although I do not believe that these will reduce costs significantly. It was notable that not once did I hear the word "profit" mentioned. As long as we have a profit making industry we will never reduce costs but simply move them around (as now happens)

Stephen Scalese   March 11th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

What happened to my comment about living for thirty-three years without health insurance? Doesn't prevention play any part in a health care discussion. Give me a break! Or, was my blog just too threatening to the status quo? Too unbelievable? Well, it's the truth, and as people in our late 60's, we still need no medicines, no doctors, and no hospitals. Is there something wrong with that? Can you imagine the money, and the pain that we've saved? Can you imagine what ramifications this has for health care costs?

John - T8 SCI   March 11th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

@ all of you with oposing views of HESC's...

Do any of you have a serious medical condition like a spinal cord injury ? Try looking at it from a different perspective for once....

Unfortunately,the government has made the public believe that stem cells only comefrom embryos – it has become such a loaded word. Many people with no medical background think that it is the same as an abortion. Quite to the contrary, stem cells are in many if not all parts of everyone's body, including in umbilical cord blood.. Why not utilize ALL sources instead of focusing these arguements on embryos?
As a T8 SCI, I applaud our President. Now it is up to us to catch up after losing 8 years to Mr Bush.

JRal   March 11th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

SS...your blog was posted..what are you going blind? you should see a doctor!!

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

@ JRal You tell him... Go JRal! You go girl!!

@Scotish Carol OLD???? Well that is a matter of perspective!

stella   March 11th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

in the 40's when I was growing up there was NO HELP for stroke victims, Althzeimersm Parkinsons disease, etc, so maybe now we're on our way helping others, let's hope so. ...

Richard Fruehling, M.D.   March 11th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

To hear a neurosurgeon and two cardiovascular surgeons, one of whom is a politician and the other two media stars, discuss the sorry state of American medicine is the equivalent of listening to the CEO of AIG discuss the rehabilitation of the financial system. The current system is drowning in specialty driven care. The European and Canadian health systems are organized around vibrant systems of primary care that have been shown to deliver excellent results at lower prices. When are the American people going to hear from the physicians who actually take care of patients on a day to day basis, managing both acute and chronic conditions across people's life spans? Talk to physicians in Family Medicine, general Internal Medicine and Pediatrics to hear what really needs to happen in health care to improve outcomes and cut costs. The studies are numerous and striking that these "Primary Care" specialties are the basis upon which the new American health system must be built.

Richard Fruehling, M.D.
Immediate Past President, Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians,
Associate Director-Rural Training Track, Family Medicine Residency Program, University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and primarily (no pun intended) a practicing Family Physician

Terra Incognita   March 11th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Dodie and others, glad to see there are a few rational folks here. I'm so tired of rich govt. officials and well-paid, well-meaning doctors preaching about changing people's "lifestyle" habits. Of course we need to change the fast-food culture and practice as much preventative medicine on ourselves as possible, etc. etc. But NOTHING is going to change until we put the insurance companies as they currently exist OUT OF BUSINESS. Because that's all it is to them: BUSINESS. The same goes for Big Pharma. Yes, advertising takes up a huge portion of their money, and I know whereof I speak. I worked as a medical copy editor for agencies who contracted work from some of the giants in the industry. I worked mostly on ad layouts, to the tune of $40/hr. (this was in the 90s) and the folks doing the graphics made about $60/hr.( And we were freelancers–so, of course, no medical bennies!) The waste I personally saw made me so angry that I vowed to try to get the word out, and I found lesser-paying work in a different industry.

And BTW, the thanks go to Reagan for deregulating Big Pharma so they could begin this unholy waste of money that should have been going into research. But that's really all it's about, folks, money and profits.

The American people, however, share the blame, because this is the only "civilized" country whose populace is inflicted with the bootstraps mindset: I got mine, you get yours. If you don't work a full-time job, you don't DESERVE healthcare, regardless of the reason. What govt. programs that were in place to help those who literally couldn't help themselves have been eroding since the 70s. The only reason this is getting any public support now is because the former middle class is finally unable to afford their precious insurance and HMOs and drugs and hospices and retirement care centers, so they've finally awakened and are screaming like stuck pigs.

The rest of us, who have fallen thru the cracks in the long-broken healthcare system for at least the last 25 years, can only sit back and look at this in anger/despair/hopelessness/bitter amusement. It's too late for too many Americans who have been suffering and trying to sound the alarm for decades. And still, those at the top sit and argue and talk nonsense about socialized medicine, and the poor brainwashed religious zealots continue their hysterics about research that will eventually cure many devastating conditions and vastly improve quality of life for many–and continue to pressure politicians to oppose it.

Maybe, in another decade or so, it will become fashionable for Americans to advocate equal care for all its citizens, and perhaps greed and demagoguery will finally become shameful.

After all, this is America! We can do anything, right?

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

@ Dorelle

In order to control health care costs, we need to take health care out of the hands of the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Their goal is profits, not the improved health of the American people, and they are making a great deal of money off sick Americans

You are certainly on to something here! I wish more people could see that!

kathy   March 11th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

@ Dodie:

the octto mom was at a Kaiser hospital in S.Ca. There are numberous facilities in the state,and each is seperate from the other. For instance we were treated in Hawaii without charge, but they billed our hospital for the care. When away, we can receive care from any one in the world and Kaiser will pay for the cost. She has nothing to do with other hospitals and the taxpayers with be picking up that over 1 Mil. bill.

Scotish Carol   March 11th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Jim S. Ithink they touched on several topics.
They haven't ironed out all the kinks. But I thought having universal, private, and I forgot the other makes it more competitive. And the education help they will provide may not help your son now but open the door to lessen the payoff of Dr.'s loans.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

@ Bill Cote

Yes, if we had the common sense to move from treatment to prevention, that would save a lot of lives.

Larry   March 11th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Stem cells have DNA that defines your personal characteristics. DNA makes you different from anyone else. How do you decide which LIFE is more valuable: someone 50 yrs. old, someone 20 yrs. old, someone 7 yrs. old or a stem cell? How could Pres. Obama be willing to kill his own grandchild- if he/she is an unplanned pregnancy, but consider a soldier's life valuable? Why wouldn't his grandchild also be of great value?

carol shusterman   March 11th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Any health care reform needs to include alternative and complimentary medcine. This is really global medicine since many of these alternative therapies stem from other countries such as China and Germany. They are effective, cost efficient and do not cause the terrible side effects of drugs. In addition, some of these therapies help people with diseases and conditions when mainstream medicine is ineffective.

Gary   March 11th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Doesn't the elected officials that can make national health care a reality have their health care paid by the tax payers who don't have coverage? Isn't that disgusting. I say they should have their coverage suspended till they get their act together and provide the country with health care! I'd bet funding for the space program would fund national health care. I've never heard anything mentioned about making cuts for the space program or how much is spent a year on it. I'd really like to know what the annual bill is.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

@ kathy

Oh yes, I am from California and I hear in the news that Kaiser is trying to squeeze money from the state. Good Luck!!!

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:35 pm ET


Are you a psychologist?

Stephen Scalese   March 11th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Yes, prevention....Why doesn't anyone mention that the source of most illness is in our polluted environment. There are simple strategies to prevent such illness. So sad that the status quo is some much easier to maintain than change.

JRal   March 11th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

SS....eating wheat grass and meditating in a meadow everyday is not a practical existance for most. There are people suffering and dying because they do not have access to health care. Plus, people that take good care of themselve drop dead every single day. You are lucky to be blessed with good health. I too have good health...I do not take it for granted as that can change tomorrow. I also so sit in judgement of people that do not have good health. People that do not smoke get cancer....people that eat well and have low stress have heart attacks.

Roy Howell   March 11th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Good Program Sanja. Your guest BillClinton used the term "unfertilized Embryo". An Embryo is the result of an egg being fertilized by a sperm. should that be clarified for the viewers?

JRal   March 11th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

correction....I do not sit in judgement of ....

Scotish Carol   March 11th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

dodie I am a grandmother and I am younger than Clinton. I guess its all the jabbing for being the first out of our group to become one. Its nice to have MORE EXPERIENCED people further up in years. LOL

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

@ Stephen Scalese

Simple. There is NO money in prevention.

JRal   March 11th, 2009 10:43 pm ET a psych....need a psych after this blog..:-))

jim schlichting   March 11th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

You all keep talking about stem cell.
UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE will leave you with
They will not work for nothing.
Get real. Did you hear how many doctors leave Canada
each year?

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

@ Scotish Carol

Ah yes, I noticed I was getting older when I looked around me and found that 90% of the people are younger than I am.

But I have one on them... I am spunky! 🙂

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

@ JRal

Awe, and I thought you could give us some help 🙂

Stephen Scalese   March 11th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

I love my pizza and ice cream, and live in a very real world. People get sick because they are exposed to the sources of sickness. Let's take responsibility for our own health. When we give our bodies over to the medical profession and the insurance companies, we give up that responsibility and subconsciously let go of our need to do it for ourselves. I judge no one but am not afraid to speak the truth just because it obviously angers some. I must have touch a nerve, right?

Kimberly   March 11th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

I think Stem Cell research can lead to many advances in medicine. We must, however, be responsible. Unfortunately, people who truly have diseases that have the potential to be cured by advances in research are faced with dealing with the decisions of those who have irresponsibly benefited from research (i.e. "somehow" getting fertility treatments when you can't financially support the children that result from those treatments.)

And, to the point of prevention, I am hopeful that the President will be able to fulfill his campaign promise of giving prevention programs high priority. There must, however, be a concurrent statement of holding people responsible for their own medical fate. If people don't take personal responsibility to eat right, exercise, quit smoking, etc., what's the use? People who won't do their part only leach on the system, and ultimately reverse any hope of decreasing the financial burden of healthcare.

Colleen Harnett   March 11th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

As a registered dietitian working in long term care for the past 23 years, I routinely wittness the end result of our obesity epidemic. We are seeing an increased number of bariatric, obese and morbidly obese admissions. Along with obesity is always an attachment of numerous other chronic diseases. The cost of caring for an obese resident is higher due to these multiple diseases as well as all the special bariatric equipment needed to provide their daily care. Unfortunately, there is no incentive for these individuals to make the lifestyle changes needed to reverse their poor health status. Instead, the trend is for these individuals to request increased medical attention. Therefore, I think it would be more effective to reward individuals who achieve and maintain their ideal weight by discounting their health insurance premiums. This would provide an increased incentive to become healthier and be in less need for health care.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

@ jim schlichting

If we get universal health care... they won't be leaving Canada any more

BampaJ   March 11th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

The fact that health care is so costly brings up a question, what are the costs that drive up the overall cost? Is it doctors salaries, medicine costs, procedure costs, corrupt billing charges,etc.....? How do they rank in the health cost's "tree"? Why can't there be truth in charging regulations, transparency?

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

@ Stephen Scalese

No offense here. I do Taiji and chi-gong every morning. I look for balance and willing to take responsibility. But I also do NOT feel I give up responsibility when I go to the MD. I engage with the MD in finding the solution.

I like the middle of the road concept!

Kathleen   March 11th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Former President Clinton needs to be informed that an embryo is a fertilized ovum. How can an embryo be fertilized to become a baby when it already is genetically now programed to become one? Dr. Gupta should have corrected this as the audience has now been misinformed of this scientific fact. The extraction of stem cells from an embryo destined by it's DNA to take the form of a human being if implanted to the uterus and then killing it by this practice of stem cell extraction is yet another atrocity on mankind. We were all an embryo once!
Respectfully submitted,

Scotish Carol   March 11th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

I think what Clinton said about unfertilized has to do with a program I saw. They take an egg or cell and remove the inside and inject what they want it to become liver, etc... And how do you like my scientific jergen.

Peter   March 11th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

With respect to embryonic stem cell research. It has been going on for sometime despite its illegality in the U.S. There have been spinal cord injury cures. Go to and review the videos and video interview of the doctor who performs the procedure out of this country so that it is legal. Also go to for the clinics and information on adult bone marrow stem cell clinics in Germany. There is alot of detail of procedures and the diseases treated.

Stephen Scalese   March 11th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

I believe there is plenty of money in prevention just as there is in green energy. We have to learn how to change our perception and stop living in the past. Our "house" is burning and there is little time to sit around and argue about how to use the same materials to put it back together again. We must find new ways, and we have the intelligence to do just that. Now that our back is up against the wall, we will.

James Webb   March 11th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

I did not get to see all of former president Clintons interview but as a practicing member of the medical rehabilitation community our system is in need of reform. I agree this will take time and the new president is right on track. For all the people who gave the president grades that were less than favorable I would remind them that we did not get in this position overnight this is years of damage and will take more than 50 days to correct.

JRal   March 11th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

SS...I hope you don't get critically burned while the house burns ...since you do not have health will go bankcrupt...if you are able to get access to quality care that saves your life!.

Scotish Carol   March 11th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

I think we are getting toward demanding mind, body, soul, and demanding healthier products from companies.

Eric   March 11th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

I find it funny that whenever people talk about the ethics of embryonic stem cell research, they invariably forget that an embryo is a stage of human development.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

@jim schlichting

Affordable does not mean free.

Stephen Scalese   March 11th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

@ Dode from California

I am not advocating not using doctors as consultants, but they must remain just that, our consultants. We make the final decisions about what is best for us. Many folks do not do that. I personally do not use doctors because I don't need to. The last time I did was about ten years ago when I had an infection. I got some antibiotic that took care of it, and I paid for it and the visit out-of-pocket. Prevention works for me, and I have thirty-three years to prove it. This length of time is statistically significant in anyone's book.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 11:04 pm ET

@ Scotish Carol

I think we are getting toward demanding mind, body, soul,

have no idea what you are trying to say.


You are just too funny

Kelly   March 11th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

I have severe Epilepsy and am one 3 meds and have had 3 back surgeries due to the seizures, not counting the endless head injuries. Point being being on Medicare and still trying to find other supplement insurance before my time runs out to pay the other 20% is hard. Like I said earlier 26,000.00 a year is not a lot. Medicare automatically takes 96.40. A supplement would be at least an extra 100.00 in this state. (MD) to cover all I need to cover. Talk about pre-existing conditions. We pay rent, and all our utilities and food which does not leave much. But yet the government will take, and take any way they figure they can. We paid into it, we worked for it. Suddenly the last 3 years you need what you paid into and they act like your asking for a hand out, belittle you and make you pay for it after you've already done so. Excuse me for sounding sour but, it gets old and you wonder why you paid social security & medicare to begin with.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 11:09 pm ET

@ Stephen Scalese

I am happy that you are healthy! No one can determine what tomorrow will bring. I only hope you do not end up with a life threatening illness and have no health insurance.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

@ Kelly

I fully understand. I paid into social security from my paycheck for 20 years and will NOT receive any of it.

Stephen Scalese   March 11th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

@ Dode from CA

That's just my point, we can determine what tomorrow brings; but this is no place to talk about my strategies for doing that, because obviously there are some here who would freak out so bad that they'd have a heart attack and that would not be good for their health. Blessings and goodbye.

Dodie from CA   March 11th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

Good night! Have a wonderful week

Harriet   March 11th, 2009 11:49 pm ET

Wouldn't you think that an intelligent man like Pres. Bill Clinton would understand that an embryo cannot be fertilized? In his interview with Dr. Gupta, he repeatedly referred to the fact that an embryo would or would not be fertilized. I'm surprised Dr. Gupta did not correct this error. An embryo occurs after an egg is fertilized!

Kelly   March 11th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

God Bless and you All will be in my Prayers! Good Night

Linda   March 12th, 2009 12:06 am ET

I appreciate the conversation about health care reform. The only viable solution I see is single-payer. Great news about Stem Cell research. Thank you President Obama

marc merbaum   March 12th, 2009 12:19 am ET

the issue of reform is quite complicated and really involves multiple steps. it is surprising the commentary that i sometimes here since to my mind part of it is usually flawed and does not include a comprehensive enough picture.
there are a number of issues that need to be resolved to at least get a start on healthcare reform. i personally believe that we do need to cover everyone in the us since in the end it is cheaper for all of us. we end up paying for the care of the uninsured anyway. if we spen the money more efficiently ie by insuring the unisnured it will be cheaper in the end. we have systems in place that we can use. the uninsured can be moved to the governmental insurance system that covers senators and other government officials, medicare and medicaid. the details of where to move a person can be worked out. secondly, in the commercial market we need to get rid of certain terms such as preexisting conditions – this is silly since it is those people who have the condition that need the insurance in the first place ( or generally so). it is also imperative that somehow we make the commercial insurance more affordable and on this part i am unsure of the best direction- perhaps some sort of tax credit. along the same lines the government needs to start negotiating pharmaceutical prices with the companies that contract with medicare part d- it makes no sense that the government is not getting the best possible prices for its medicare receipients that who may well end up in the doughnut hole.
lastly, is the reform in physician compensation. the decline in the number of primary care physicians is alarming. it is the primary care physicians that are one of the most, if not the most important component of the healthcare system. primary care physicians save the system money by PREVENTING disease. Most subspecialists treat the diseases. in the countries that have effective healthcare systems – france is number one by the world health organization- the amount of primary care physicians is about 50 percent of the physicians, in the US this is closer to 30 percent. in these countries the pay of primary care physicians and specialists is relatively close but in our country this is a wide gap. this component is very improtant because until this is fixed physicians in training will choose subspecialitis instead of primary care medicine. both commercial and governmental sponsored insurance providers will need to begin to shift reimbursement dollars to the primary care physicians to close the gap of payment. remember that if there are more insured but no primary care physicians to see them we will not have solved our problems. thanks

Clyde   March 12th, 2009 12:35 am ET

Why do you refer to Presidents Clinton, Carter, Bush, Bush as former. They are Presidents. Mandella was referred to as President.
I think they should be know as President. The former part is understood.

angela   March 12th, 2009 12:50 am ET

Why did Dr. Gupta not correct Clinton when he continued to talk about embryos as having not been fertilized. Aren't embryos the result of the sperm and ovum already having been united? I

chris adams   March 12th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Health care plan? Why not follow the Canadian model? We tax alcohol and cigarettes to the hilt, and this results in free, or at the least, manageable health care cost for everyone. I was recently in the states and milk was $4.25/qt (compared with $1.25 in Canada) and vodka was only $7.99/qt. (compared with $22.00 in Canada) Pretty soon it will be cheaper to feed your children vodka instead of milk. Where's the incentive for a healthy lifestyle?

Sandra   March 12th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Our diet has too much corn (high fructose corn syrup HFCS, corn sweeteners, corn starch, corn oil). HFCS is a very fast sugar and our bodies can't handle it. TO improve our health, we probably have to look at the Farm Bill. People need REAL FOOD with fiber and nutrients still intact (not sold separately). We need to adjust the food supply to something healthier...not simply make drugs to deal with the food problem.

jon sanchez from manila   March 12th, 2009 12:58 am ET

This is unprecedented success in scientific world, as long as this not violates any moral issue then why not to pursue...

Loretta Jones   March 12th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Several of my family members have Huntington's Disease. and this research wiil be a life changing opportunity for us . so far there are 6 positive

Loretta Jones

Jessica Bongaarts   March 12th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Absolutely loved the discussion between Dr. Gupta and Former President Clinton. Also - watching the end of tonight's show with Dr. Oz and Dr. Gupta - such wonderful discussions and ideas - you guys should have a show of your own!

– Jess
Burnsville, MN

Dianna   March 12th, 2009 1:04 am ET

$1,460.00 a month for my husband and i to have good health has put our small business into pre-banckruptcy state. This is Iowa,
our office space with warehouse is only $1,450.00 a month in a nice area of our city with a nice office complex. With buisness being slower this past winter, we cannot pay our bills because of the health care! We will become two more of the $48million who have no coverage! It is very scary. Our children are almost done at home & with college, so this is a hard decision for us, but we cannot stay in business with this large premium. I don't know how some families do it....I guess they dont'! It's so sad when you work so hard and have so little, then can't even afford health care. We are hoping something will change!

marilyn gorlin   March 12th, 2009 1:04 am ET

As an 84 year old white woman, I hope that all states will adopt the
right to die program that Oregon, Washington and Montana have. We
could eliminate most of the enormous costs of our health care system
if we allowed end of care seniors to chose assisted dying before their
last six months of life. The Netherlands could teach us as well.

Joni Rumph   March 12th, 2009 1:05 am ET

I would like to thank you for having Christopher Reeves daughter on the show in support of embryonic stem cell research.Christopher Reeves was a pioneer in bringing stem cell research to the forefront. I am the mother of a daughter who was paralyzed at the age of seventeen. She is a quadriplegic and is now twenty-two years old . We now feel there is more hope for the future. I also have a father who is in the VA nursing home suffering from alzheimers. It may be too late for him now ,but could help other alzheimers patients in the future.

Ravi   March 12th, 2009 1:07 am ET

Stem cell research better late than never. Thanks Obama
I have some comments( Opinions):
1. Banks get Bailout but when it comes to give boost to stem cell research it has taken so long to just lift the ban.
2.Not having stem cell cure is not caring for Human life it will reduce Health care cost in the long run. That will reduce healthcare cost per US Resident thereby making us more competitive in Job Market.
It has this supportive angle to Economy. It needs to be funded now so that it can make US more competitive and we can earn Jobs and we will walk the talk

Michele Pisa   March 12th, 2009 1:07 am ET

Mr. Clinton arguably added to the ongoing confusion on the subject of stem-cell research when he repeatedly referred to the concern as to whether researchers might use "embryonic stem cells that were going to be fertilized". This characterization could easily be construed to imply that fertilization of embryonic cells is part of the procedure researchers need to implement in order to obtain cells useful for their research. This could be no farther from the truth. Stem-cell research does not require de novo fertilization of embryonic cells. In fact, embryonic stem cells CANNOT be fertilized because they derive from already fertilized human egg cells. The reality is that stem cell researchers would receive fertilized cells from clinicians who produced them in the course of a clinically approved procedure, namely in vitro fertilization. What Mr. Clinton presumably meant, and what he should have referred to, was whether or not researchers should be allowed to use fertilized eggs, i.e. embryos, that were produced in the course of that procedure, and that would be destroyed anyway if they were not used for research. It is essential to a fair and balanced public debate on this crucially important subject that influential public figures who feel the need to contribute to the debate know the facts well and articulate them accurately.

Michele Pisa MD PhD
Hamilton, Ontario

California Pete   March 12th, 2009 1:07 am ET

Bravo Dr. Sanjay Gupta! Finally a mainstream news anchor has the courage to ask some relevant questions about Single-Payer, the only truly sustainable health care reform solution. Economic analysis proves compromise solutions like the Massachusetts plan is not financially sustainable. The only true health reform solution is the "Medicare for All" US National Health Insurance Program. Let's get serious about sustainable health reform. Congress already has the bill (HR 676) which will save us a fortune and deliver health insurance for all. As President Clinton so correctly pointed out, we just can't afford to waste our precious health care dollars anymore. We can't afford anything else. The longer we wait, the more cash we have to borrow just so we can throw it away.

Kathleen Hunter   March 12th, 2009 1:07 am ET

How wonderful that finally this country is doing something to begin the very important work of healing with stem cell research. I am sure that Christopher and Dana would be so thrilled that this is happening.
His Daughter is the spitting imagine of her Dad. We miss both of them so much. It was such a tragedy when Christopher had that awful accident but then to lose Dana after his death was just so so sad.

If it was not for both of them, I do not think we as a country would be leading the way in this very important field. Thank you all for having this show tonight. Good Job. Kathleen Hunter

Steve   March 12th, 2009 1:10 am ET

Embrionic stem cells are all fertilized. Bill Clinton was dead wrong to say only unfertilized stem cells would be used. He repeated over and over that only cells without a chance of ever being fertilized would be used for stem cells. I always had respect for Dr. Gupta until now. He should have corrected Clinton or made sure that such disinformation should ever be broadcast over CNN. Eggs are fertilized before freezing and in any case will never grow to the embionic stem cell stage without fertilization. Dr. Gupta should know this. This grossly misleading falsehood should be prominantly and repeatively retracted by CNN.

Elaina   March 12th, 2009 1:11 am ET

I am a solo practitioner who runs a small business. In my opinion

1. The rise of insurance companies as the middle man has increased the cost of medicine by rationing health care and limiting access (through rising premiums). This will get worse under a universal healthcare system if only the concerns of private insurance companies are addressed. Insurance companies will wield even more power over access to health care. They stand to gain the most by having more people paying premiums. Health care will likely be rationed further unless there are provisions in place to assure that: a) what is "medically necessary" is determined by the physician; and b) once pre-authorized by the insurance company, the medical treatment can not be arbitrarily denied.

2. The reimbursement to physicians has dropped every year since I left residency.That has led to physicians to increase patient volume and add extenders such as physician assistants and medical assistants This has been one of the biggest blows to the quality of health care and the doctor patient relationship because it has severely limited the time the doctor has to spend with his or her patient. If there could be a fair fee paid in a timely manner that ould decrease the pressure to charge more and see more patients.

3. Disease has become a big business. Instead of promoting wellness and prevention. The cost has been driven up by managing chronic diseases. We are prescribing more medication, but our patients are sicker.

4. Direct marketing by big Pharma to patients has driven demand for expensive but not necessarily more effective or safe prescription medication.

In the past the drive for true reform has been hijacked by the insurance and pharmaceutical industry. This time successful reform will need to be measured both by how many people can afford coverage and by how much control the doctor and the patient have over health decisions.

don from carson city,NV   March 12th, 2009 1:12 am ET

Scientists are finally, after an 8-year delay, getting some exciting results in stem cell research. Imagine what might have happened if a religious zealot had not interfered. We could be looking at genuine cures for inherited diseases, for immune system adjustments to relieve the vulnerability to other diseases, and regeneration of malfunctioning organs.

Jennifer Gunderman   March 12th, 2009 1:13 am ET

Three health care leaders on your panel who represent the health care indstry I ask? All three are physicians. Yet the largest number of professionals today in health care are Registered Nurses. For unlike physicians, their practice encompases the entire health care environment that patients are exposed to. They unlike physicians are case managers, who navigate everyday the complexities of need and guide the interdisciplinary team to meet the needs of the patients. If you are to present a fair and balanced reporting of the health care industry and the agents of change, you need to have on your panels the largest number of professionals that practice in the health care industry, you need to have registered nurses. RN's are PhD's, researchers, educatiors, directors, and CEO's. They have the credentials, now it is up to you CNN to give them the voice.

Brian Biggins   March 12th, 2009 1:13 am ET

I thought your interview with former President Clinton was great. This comes from a die hard conservative. I have a Nixon/Agnew bumper sticker on my guitar case that I put on when I was about 8 years old. With respect to the stem cell debate, I actually have personal knowledge due to the fact that my wife, who does cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic, suffered a severe shoulder injury about 6 years ago and became a guinea pig for adult stem cell research and procedure. The Cleveland Clinic, under the direction of Dr. Mueschler, performed a procedure that regrew her clavicle. Nightline actually came to our house and did a story. Adult stem cell research, which doesn't carry many of the issues of embreyonic research, has had great results. That is why private industry is behind it in a big way. Embreyonic, has not shown the same promise and that is why private capital has not been willing to commit resourses in that direction. It is important to note that embreyonic is not and has never been illegal for private industry to pursue, it was only not allowed tax dollars due to the religious conflicts. I only wish that the media, the politicians, ect. would explain the difference between the two types of stem cell research. Just my thoughts. Brian

P.S. If you can forward this to President Clinton, that would be great.

Lois Edwards   March 12th, 2009 1:17 am ET

As an American living in Canada, I am very pleased with the Canadian health care system. It seems that, among Americans, there are many misconceptions about the Canadian system. I believe that CNN should survey Americans living in Canada to see how they feel about Canadian health care. It might be enlightening to many Americans.

Shirley Anderson   March 12th, 2009 1:28 am ET

Right ON, Dr. Gupta !!! Great interview with Bill Clinton. (Amazing how I can actually understand what he's talking about now, when I didn't when he was president !! Why? Because I'm 73 now and have had two serious heart-related surgeries and am facing not only the disgusting side effects of the heart medicines, but also I, like President Clinton, have just now experienced the fatigue and loss of muscle tone he mentioned.) Rats, why do I have to get my exercise now in cardiac rehab, instead of preventing this.

Your panel discussion with Dr. Frist, Dr. Oz and John Podesta was also thrilling !! Yes, let's use what we have to impact our overweight children as well as adults with illnesses that could been avoided via relatively lifestyle changes. ... And I'm talking about a corps of trained Life Coaches who have the skills and training to bring about this massive change in our culture - especially with the backing of President Clinton, the distinguished physicians, and the leadership of President Obqama.

yes !! it's time and we're ready. Put out the call for help for and we'll respond with effective coaching for prevention of disease which will clearly translate into billions saved in transforming the halth care system.

Thanks again, Dr. Gupta ... keep the conversation going.

Sincerely, Shirley Anderson
a carpetbagger in South Dakota ready to respond

janelle   March 12th, 2009 2:36 am ET

I was really disappointed that no one pointed out to President Clinton that an embryo is already fertilized. An embryo is a fertilized egg. Is this ignorance common in the democratic party? Is this why they all insist there is no moral or ethical debate in using embryonic stem cells?

Lyn from Green Bay, WI   March 12th, 2009 3:01 am ET

I am an RN working in a hospital. I think the reason we are seeing sicker patients, is that many can not afford those "preventative" visits to the doctor. By the time they come to us they are sick, then the insurance company tells the doctors and hospitals how long we can keep them (usually not long enough). Hospitals are losing money also. Hospitals are having to make cut-backs too, such as nurses who are taking on a bigger patient loads which takes away from the time that could be spent educating our patients. I welcome ANYTHING president Obama can do to help!

camila   March 12th, 2009 6:18 am ET

Please, we need more programs like the one we had today.. There is a need for experts and policy makers and or leaders to come together in a public forum and discuss the issues of the day as well as future concerns.

Mary Ann Sarafin   March 12th, 2009 8:15 am ET

Was I hearing right? In regards to embryonic stem cells, President Clinton spoke several times of embryos being fertilized. Embryos are already fertilized. That's the whole reason for the debate. If they were merely eggs, there wouldn't be that much of a controversy. Its the fertilization of eggs that creates the embryo. Was he possibly meaning to say "implanted", instead of "fertilized"? I'm surprised Dr. Gupta didn't correct him - or would that seem out of place on international television, especially to a former President?

Sorry for the delay in this blog, but I don't get to watch the show live - I'm a missionary in Cambodia.

Sandra   March 12th, 2009 9:34 am ET

Six comments from Clinton about embryos not being used that have potential of being "fertilized"... It's frightening. Where does he think the recent Octuplets came from? Shame on Dr. Gupta for not enlightening him.

Rosemary BuShea   March 12th, 2009 9:46 am ET

No matter how one feels about stem cell research, the American public deserves to hear the truth. Last night, and on a previous LKL, Clinton perpetuated a lie. Six times he stated that "embryos" were "not fertilized." Gupta said nothing to the contrary, nor did Larry King in the previous interview.
Now, one time could be chalked up to human error, but Clinton's emphasis and repetition of the phrase leads me to believe this is something altogether. (Wonder what ol' Bill's getting from the research/pharmaceutical companies?)
Honestly, I expect better from CNN!

J. Phil   March 12th, 2009 10:20 am ET

The former President of the United States is clueless about the definition of an embryo. It is a fertilized cell that can become a baby or human being when implanted. For the sake of journalistic accuracy, I am surprised that Dr. Gupta and CNN did not clarify the situation if not at the moment then as a editorial comment made after the fact.

I personally favor stem cell research but with well defined limits and controls. By not clarifying this issue for viewers, there is a loss of confidence that those in the media who monitor our nation's policies are really doing their job.

Anne Z.   March 12th, 2009 10:51 am ET

What kind of fools do you think we are out here! The real reason we will never have a single payor health care system is because these crooked ultra wealthy politicians like Dr.? Frist take the largest amount of their political contributions from the health insurance industry and drug industry. As far as embryotic stem cells is concerned, we do not really need them. A way has been found to extract undifferentiated cells from skin cells.

Eric   March 12th, 2009 12:33 pm ET

The Family Research Council has a nice list of what stem cells that don’t come from embryos have done. Complete with footnotes, even, if you wanted to look a source up. I wish the adult and induced pluripotent stem cells got more attention.

Chris B   March 12th, 2009 12:36 pm ET

How can an intelligent doctor such as Sanja Gupta listen to Bill Clinton ramble on about " not using embryos that might go on to be fertilized" and not correct him!!! HELLO!!!... even with just my basic HS biology I REMEMBER being taught that: in man, the developing organism is an embryo from about two weeks AFTER FERTILIZATION HAS TAKEN PLACE to the end of seventh or eighth week. Shame on you Dr. Gupta! I know it's awkard to correct a former president but that in itself makes it all the more necessary. It's scary to think that someone who lead this nation for 8 yrs. is ignorant of (OR in denial of ) when human fertilization actually takes place, is given a national forum by CNN to influence the discussion of stem cell research with his faulty knowledge.

Lois Edwards   March 12th, 2009 2:42 pm ET

I am an American living in Canada. I chose my own doctor. She is a fantastic doctor and I wouldn't trade her for any other doctor in the US or Canada. She listens to me and orders all necessary tests. I've had two knee replacements. Hospitals are never plesant but my health was carefully watched. I have recovered from both knee surgeries very rapidly because of the skill of the surgeon. I would not consider going back to the US because of the cost of health care.

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