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good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. >> and i'm bob woodruff. it's saturday, august 21st. >> this morning, more eggs, more states. there's yet another massive recall linked to the salmonella outbreak. more than 500 million eggs have now been recalled. we'll have the latest information you need to know. closing ceremony. the last combat brigade to leave iraq says its final good-bye to that country, as the combat troop pullout nears completion. we're live from baghdad. bear attack. a bear kills one of its caretakers at the home of a man who keeps a menagerie of exotic and dangerous animals. we'll talk live to the bear's owner. ♪ put me in coach and taking on the boys. she's the pitching phenom that smokes the boys in little
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league. with her killer knuckleball and blazing fastball. she now brings the heat to times square. ♪ look at me i can be center field ♪ good morning, america. and, bob, you picked a perfect weekend to fill in. you'll be testing out your knuckleball in the show today. >> i'm going to do that. and the top of your fingers like this. see if it works. >> can't wait to watch that. we're going to start with the egg recall that keeps getting worse. the number is worth repeating here. more than 500 million eggs now recalled because of salmonella fears. that makes it one of the biggest egg recalls in history. a total of 22 states are now effected. and more than 1,000 people have gotten sick. we're going to talk to an fda official about just how safe our eggs are. and we're going to have more
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on that strange and sad story out of ohio. a young man killed by a bear at a private home. the owner of the bear has a long history with exotic animals. even used to let people wrestle his bears for show. we're going to talk to him live about just what happened. also this morning, two important stories about your money. a record number of americans are dipping into their 401(k) retirement plans to pay their bills today. a move that comes with a lot of risk. we'll talk about the best way to use your retirement funds, if you must. plus, a new investigation that found that you can pay twice as much for a medical procedure at one hospital, as you would at another one just down the road. we'll tell you how to get the best deal. but we begin with that continual expanding egg recall. continual expanding. 170 million more eggs were recalled yesterday, after lab tests found salmonella, in another iowa farm's eggs. we'll talk to an fda commissioner in just a moment. but first, david wright has the latest.
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>> reporter: the second front in the nationwide salmonella scare is hillandale farm of new hampton, iowa. just 100 miles from wright county egg, the first company identified in the outbreak. hillandale's eggs are sold under hillandale farms, sunny farms and sunny meadow. and distributed to grocery wholesalers in 14 states. fda officials tell abc news, they're looking into the possibility common sources of poultry or feed may have poisoned eggs at both companies. >> my guess is the investigation is nowhere near complete. the possibility that this contamination is going to spread to many farms. >> reporter: this is hidden camera footage taken by an animal rights organization, at a henhouse in maine, that's owned and operated by jack decoster, who also owns wright county egg. >> our investigator saw a lot of insects, flies and rodents that just occupied the grounds of this factory farm. >> reporter: decoster was forced to pay millions in fines and settlements over the years, due to health violations at his farms.
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>> this farm clearly had red flags. the real question is, why hasn't fda been expecting? >> reporter: fda officials insist they had no authority to inspect poultry farms until new regulations took effect last month, after this outbreak had started. and even now, the fda cannot compel a recall. the current recalls are voluntary on the part of the companies. for now, the safeguards protecting america's food supply, appear to be not much sturdier than egg shells. david wright, abc news, los angeles. and joining me now from washington is the fda deputy commissioner for foods, michael taylor. good morning. >> good morning. >> well, first of all, you saw the report by david wright here, reporting that the fda really had no authority at all to inspect poultry farms. and now, there's this new regulation that allows you to do so. but it's too late? >> we had authority to inspect. what we haven't had authority to do is hold companies accountable for meeting the right prevention standards.
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the right standards for ensuring that eggs are produced safely. we do think with the new rules that went into effect last month, we'll be able to do a much stronger job of ensuring that eggs are safe when they're shipped to the market. >> even though you're able to do that now, can you order a company to recall? it says to this point, you can't even do that. >> right. this is a long-standing gap in fda's authority. we don't have the authority to mandate recalls. congress is considering legislation now. we hope the legislation is passed soon. >> i know you've looked a lot of companies over the years. one of the poultry farms, i guess wright county egg, actually have been fined for health violations. shouldn't the fda really have been watching this more closely over the years? >> well, there's no question that we don't have the resources to inspect as much as we'd like. it's also clear we need to target our inspections on what we think the greatest risks are. but again, to make the inspection effective, we need to have standards in place to hold
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companies accountable for meeting. that's the foundation for preventing these problems in the future. these rules went into effect last month. we're going to be doing hundreds of inspections over the next 6 to 12 months, to be sure those rules are being implemented. >> so many companies within this case. when you knew salmonella was spreading around the country. how did you trace this from one company to the other? >> well, it's a complicated, multi-step process, to go to reports of illness, linking the illness to eggs, and tracing back to the farms involved. we work with the centers for disease control and prevention. and our state colleagues, to get back to the farms, where the problem arises. and then, to take action. and it's happened in this case, to ensure that potentially contaminated eggs are not shipped. that's why we've had what is truly a massive recall. and eggs are not leaving the farms until we can be sure that they can be produced safely. >> so, these are leaving these
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farms? are they spreading to other farms? or we don't even know yet? >> i think we don't have any evidence now of the problem that existed on that farm -- on these seven farm, actually, is a -- it's a continuing investigation. and again, we're just being sure that the -- there's not going to be shipment of eggs from these farms until we're convinced the problem's solved. >> so, if you cook them a lot, it's a lot safer. should we scramble eggs instead of over easy? >> it is always the case and will be the case that consumers have to handle eggs safely. keep them cold, refrigerated. and cook them properly. that's how consumers can protect themselves. >> michael taylor, thank you very much. and for a list of all the key carton numbers, go to our website, abcnews.com/gma. bianna? >> all right, bob. turning overseas now, the final combat brigade is now out of iraq. and this morning, u.s. troops held a symbolic ceremony to signal the end of operations there. it is an important milestone. but it's one that has many
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iraqis worried. dan harris is in baghdad with more on all of this. good morning, dan. >> reporter: good morning to you. we're finding a really interesting disconnect here, between the optimism that you hear from the departing american troops and the fear and anxiety from iraqis who are left behind here. this morning, in the kuwaiti desert, the last american combat brigade to leave iraq held what's called a casing ceremony. covering or casing the brigade's flag until they reach home. >> to me, it means that we are done. we've accomplished our mission. >> reporter: abc's lara setrakian is there. >> dan, here in kuwait there is relief and excitement. soldiers ready to go home. we keep hearing about the personal toll this war has taken. memories of combat and families left behind. >> missing birthdays. missing births of their own children. being away from their families for an extended period of time. and that is a huge, significant price to pay. >> reporter: the troops say they've left behind a more
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stable iraq. and it's true. that as we drive through the streets here in baghdad, what used to be a massive american presence, has essentially evaporated, replaced by iraqi forces. overnight, we saw what would have been an unthinkable scene several years ago. an outdoor ice cream joint packed with families. ironically, many of them told us that the departure of american combat troops makes them anxious. that it might lead to an uptick in violence. it may be bad, she says. we don't know what will happen after the americans withdraw. now, we should say there will be 50,000 american troops on the ground here in iraq, after september 1st. one of their main jobs will be to train the iraqi army. interestingly, just this morning, the iraqi government felt compelled to put out a statement that said the iraqi army is combat-ready. just recently, however, a top iraqi general went on television and said thinks the iraqi army won't be combat-ready for ten years.
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bianna? >> thank you for the latest report. to politics now, and the continuing confusion over the president's religion. president obama's vacationing on martha's vineyard. but across the country, many americans still believe incorrectly that he is a muslim. now, one of the country's leading evangelicals is adding to the confusion. senior white house correspondent jake tapper is with the president on martha's vineyard. and joins us with more. jake, this is an issue that continues to haunt the president. >> reporter: that's right. not only is the number of americans who mistakenly believe the president to be a muslim growing. now, almost half the american people say they don't know what religion the president is. this week, the reverend franklin graham told cnn he thought he knew why there was so much apparent confusion about what religion the president is. >> he was born a muslim. his father was a muslim. the seed of islam is passed through the father. he has renounced islam.
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and he has accepted jesus christ. >> reporter: the president says he has always been a christian. but the white house has chosen not to make too big a deal out of the confusion. >> the president is a committed christian. i think that the american people know that. >> reporter: but that's not true. untrue rumors that he's a muslim continue to resonate with the public. with a new "time"/cnn poll, indicating that almost one in four americans think, wrongly, that he is a muslim. and more than half of the public in a pew poll says they don't know what religion the president is. mr. obama has made a great effort to discuss his christian beliefs, as he did on easter. >> i can tell you is what draws me to this holy day and what lesson i take from christ's sacrifice. and what inspires me is the story of the resurrection. >> reporter: democrats claim widely-circulated e-mails and false reports in the media. >> the first decade of his life, raised by his muslim father, as a muslim and was educated in a madrassa. >> reporter: those reports,
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democrats say, have combined with muslim roots on his father's side. an exotic name. and political enemies emphasizing his otherness. and, bob and bianna, political observers say confusion has been compounded by the fact that president obama has yet to pick a congregation in washington, d.c. with whom to pray. the white house says that's because the president doesn't want to inconvenience other parishioners by bringing added security, and, of course, the likes of us in the media. back to you in new york. >> amazing this is going on. >> you can't recall any other president that had this issue of what religion they were. all of them, for so many years. yeah. >> unbelievable. >> all right. we're going to check in with ron for the other headlines of the morning. >> good morning. bob, good to see you. good morning to you. >> it's been a while. >> a grip like a vice. >> we're going to play baseball today. >> thank you. good morning, everyone. iranian and russian engineers have begun loading fuel into
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iran's first nuclear power plant. the facility was delayed for years because of fears that iran would use spent fuel to make atomic weapons. but russia has promised to prevent that. iran insists the plant is for peaceful purposes only. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas have agreed to resume peace talks in washington, d.c. beginning on september 2nd. the last round of talks between israeli and palestinian leaders broke off more than two years ago. we're learning about the capture in arizona of escaped prisoner and h the two who had been a focus of a three-week manhunt are currently being held on $1 million bail. abc's linsey davis has more on this. >> let's begin with statements of john mccluskey. >> reporter: two of the most-wanted fugitives in america appeared in court friday afternoon. >> two counts of armed robbery. >> reporter: there are many similarities between bonnie and clyde and casslyn welch and john mccluskey. it played out much differently
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for the modern-day criminal duo. but we're learning new details as to how close it got to turning violent. >> all of us here were convinced this was going to go down in a blood shoot-out. >> reporter: welch, mccluskey's cousin/fiancee, wasn't quick to surrender. >> she did make a move for the handgun. but eventually, she had to put it down. >> reporter: it was a three-week manhunt in six states. after hundreds of tips, thursday's lead took police to this remote arizona campsite. a forest ranger became suspicious. he wrote down their license plate number. turns out, the car was stolen. they had allegedly been on a crime spree that included kidnapping, armed robbery and a possible double-murder. linda and gary hans were on a camping trip in new mexico earlier this month. they were found dead in their trailer. >> being happy that they were caught is maybe not the right word for it. it's more of an elation, i guess. >> reporter: correction officials say welch helped
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mccluskey and two other inmates escaped by tossing wire cutters into the prison yard. as for the park ranger who helped put them back behind bars. >> he is a true hero. he was out there, doing his job. >> reporter: for "good morning america," linsey davis, abc news. and hip-hop artist wyclef jean has been declared ineligible to run for president of haiti. the electoral commission disqualified jean because he hasn't lived in haiti for the past five years as is required for presidential candidates in the earthquake-ravaged nation. finally, check this out. this is an amazing trick shot. it's a big hit on the internet. while shooting a commercial. the tennis star, roger federer, hit an amazing serve that knocked a water bottle off the head of a crew member. and then, he did it again. federer says, quote, it worked out. i'm happy. the crew member is probably happy also. bob almost hit me in the face with a tennis ball. but it was unintentional. >> no, it was. i was aiming. >> i told you so.
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>> with your accuracy, i wouldn't trust you. >> we'll check you out. >> try it out with the knuckleball, yeah. let's get to weather. >> bob, i can't believe we invited you back, after all this time. you know i love and adore you. >> some tension going on. >> that's always good. >> if you misbehave, lee is on speed dial. >> fire up the weather. fire up the weather. >> good morning, everyone. let's take a look at this video. 100 reports of severe weather in the midwest. wisconsin saw the brunt of it. folks in new london, 10,000 of you without power. the issue here was 70-mile-per-hour wind gusts. but just north of there, in green bay, it was the rain. three inches of rain fell in a very short period of time. widespread flooding. by the way, it is the wettest season -- summer for green bay. 20 inches of rain so far. for today, green bay, you're in the clear.
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thanks so much. more on your saturday outlook a little later in the show. >> mary, thank you. now, a new, troubling sign of just how tough times are. more and more people are cracking into their nest eggs just to get by. a new report by fidelity investments finds hardship withdrawals from 401(k) retirement saving plans hit their highest level in ten years during the second quarter of this year. at the same time, the percentage of 401(k) participants who had an outstanding loan from their
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account, rose to a record high of 22%. so, what does all this mean? ray lucia is a certified financial planner, radio show host and author of "buckets of money retirement guide." he joins us from dallas. good morning. thanks for joining us, ray. >> thank you for having me. >> given unstable how the economy continues to be. the fact that unemployment is still high, 9.5%. credit is very tough to access. should this be that big of a surprise to see people tapping into their 401(k) accounts now? >> well, it's not a surprise at all. the underemployment rate is almost 20%. so, people are using their 401(k) plans to supplement their income. maybe a spouse lost their job. and they need extra cash. so, they're borrowing or taking a hardship withdrawal. >> but this isn't just easy money we're talking about or fast cash. there's tough penalties that come from a withdrawal from your 401(k) plan, as well, right?
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>> that's exactly right. if you take a hardship withdrawal, there's still income taxes that have to be paid on the federal and state level. and there's a 10% federal penalty and possibly even state penalties, as well. >> so, when is it okay, if it is ever okay, to tap into one's 401(k)? >> well, i don't recommend it. but there are ways to tap into a 401(k) plan without penalties. for example, if you sever employment in the year you turn age 55, you can take money directly out of the 401(k) and avoid penalties. another way to avoid penalties is to roll the 401(k) plan over into an i.r.a. and under irs code section 72-t, you're able to take what are called substantially equal payments over your life expectancy for five years or up to age 59 1/2. and you do get to avoid the state and federal penalties. >> ray, should we be drawing the distinction between 401(k) withdrawal and borrowing against your 401(k)? you will have to pay that back, yes? >> that's right. if you take a withdraw, it's subject to income tax and penalties if you're under 59 1/2.
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if you borrow from a 401(k), you must repay that 401(k) at fair market interest rates. 3% or 4% today. you must repay it back with fully amortized payments in quarterly installments over no more than five years. >> ultimately, the real issue is people taking their money out today for problems they face today. and in turn, they continue to have problems down the road when you're talking about a retirement account, yes? >> well, that's right. you really should not use your 401(k) or your i.r.a., for that matter, unless you're absolutely desperate. if you can get money from mom or dad or a family member and pay them back over time, it's better to do that than to rob your financial future. >> ray, we appreciate your advice this morning. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. and coming up, a 400-pound show bear turns the young man feeding it and mauls him to death. who is to blame for the horrifying act? we'll talk to the bear's owner. and a new investigation finds big differences on what hospitals in the same
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we do begin with a deadly encounter between a man and a bear in ohio. the man was actually one of the bear's caretakers. and he reportedly played with the bear on a regular basis. but on thursday night, when he was feeding the animal, something went very wrong. meg oliver has the story. >> what's going on there, sir? >> someone got bit. >> by what? >> by an animal. >> what kind of animal, sir? >> reporter: this is the harrowing 911 call of sam mazzola, a man who witnessed a 400-pound black bear suddenly attack his 24-year-old friend and employee, brent kandra. >> i think he has a collapsed lung. that's my fear. they're coming. >> reporter: but it was too late. brent died the next morning at the hospital. the attack occurred in sam's backyard, where he owns several other bears and many exotic pets, calling it the world animal studios. brent, reportedly familiar with the bear, was helping sam feed the animal when the attack occurred.
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>> it's hitting us pretty hard. but we're doing okay. everybody's real sad over it because he was really a good kid. you know, we all loved him. >> going to miss him? >> yeah. we're going to miss him a lot. >> reporter: sam has made a name for himself, by wrestling his bears against humans. at events like this one in cleveland, in 2006. and neighbors have expressed concerns. >> i'm surprised it hadn't happened sooner. >> reporter: for "good morning america," meg oliver, abc news. and joining me now from colombia station, ohio, is the bear's owner, sam mazzola. he's with one of his eight bears. not the one involved in this week's attack. sam, thanks for joining us this morning. >> good morning. how are you? >> such a devastating story. have you spoken to brent's family? and how are they coping? >> last time i saw brent's family, we were at the hospital together when he passed away. we've all just been kind of doing their own thing right now. so, i haven't spoken with them
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today or yesterday at all. but we're all just trying to get by. he was part of my family, too. we love him. and we miss him very much. >> and i want to go back to the night of the attack. you were there, in the room with brent. he had been with this bear many times before. what went wrong here? >> we had already been with all of the bears for over an hour. we were feeding and doing our daily stuff. and brent likes to play with the bears. that's what he did. he came over here. and you have to remember, this is somebody that did this for over six years. this was a very passion -- this happened to be his favorite bear. and he had already been playing with him and messing around with him for a good 10, 15 minutes. it was time to leave. and the bear just didn't want him to leave. you know, we've all been bit before. this bite just happened to be in a bad spot. >> you're also mentioning this bite coming from a 400-pound
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animals, even though brent had been working with this animal for five or six years. what training goes into being a sanctuary worker? >> when it comes to somebody like brent or these guys standing next to me, it's every day. they're here every day. we used to be open. and we were working and going around and doing different stuff. brent handled many, many bears. i mean, he handled baby tigers. baby lions. little kangaroos. he loved them. i can picture his laugh and his smile. it brought him so much joy and love. that's why we do this. it brings us, you know, close to something that most people never even get a chance to meet. and brent had a lot of training, a lot of time, a lot of hands-on, a lot of one-on-one, when i wasn't with him. he knew what to do. and this is what brent loved to do. >> clearly, you have a lot of affection for these animals. we know you've taken wayward animals frequently. but these are also dangerous, wild animals.
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how do you go about protecting yourself and people who come in contact with these animals? >> well, nobody comes in contact with them, except for people that are actually with us, like these guys. and brent. we don't bring on any new people anymore. we're retired, the animals are retired from doing anything in the public. and when a situation like this could never possibly have occurred if we were still out in the public. there's too many safety precautions. accidents occur because the bears aren't leashed. they aren't tethered. we take them out. we go swimming with them. we do things with that normally other people don't get a chance to do. it's our reward. it's brent's reward to be able to laugh and play and enjoy that. he was very much part of our family here. and i'm talking about animal family. all of us, as well as the animals, are going to miss his love, his laugh, and the compassion he had for the animals. it's unmeasurable.
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>> sam, you've been criticized by many animal rights groups for years now. in fact, you pleaded guilty to two federal criminal charges for exhibiting and selling exotic animals without license. how much responsibility do you think you have for what happened to brent? >> well, selling a skunk without a license when i had a state license is a complete and other story. that's kind of irrelevant to this particular story. you have to take the lesser of ten evils. >> but, sam, there are people that say you could have prevented what happened by going and having more extensive training for people like brent. or just not taking in the animals just to begin with. >> these animals have nowhere to go. and you have to remember, brent was 24 years old and doing this for over six years. this was his choice. just like it's my choice. like this is billy's choice. it's jeff's choice. we get injured, it's no different than an airline pilot crashing a plane. this is a choice. this is a life-changing career
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choice we make. if we get hurt by one of the animals, you're interviewing me now. if i get killed tomorrow by a bear, let it be known. this is my choice. i don't want an animal hurt that hurt us or maimed us in any way. they have nowhere to go. we bring the animals in from some very terrible situations. we give them a life to live, a pond to swim in. show them love that a lot of children in america that don't get the love and affection, the food we give them. some people should be so lucky to have what we give these animals that we bring in that have just been abused. and they truly have nowhere to go. >> lastly, we did see video of bear wrestling that you were conducting. do you still conduct that practice? >> no. we stopped bear wrestling back in 2005. and i should let you know, that we wrestled over 20,000 people in the public. nobody was ever injured wrestling. we took over 3 million people's pictures with these animals. 3 million. nobody has ever been injured.
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if anybody's going to get injured, it's us. we train them. we're here. we work with no leash, no collar, no muzzles. this is our choice. this is what we do. >> all right. sam, that's all the time we have this morning. thanks for joining us. >> thanks. now, let's check in with ron for the rest of the headlines. in the news, an arrest warrant has been issued in sweden, for wick can i leak's owner for rape. and u.s. service members have been killed in afghanistan. 21 american troops have died in afghanistan so far this month. the private company formerly known as blackwater will pay $42 million in fines for violating u.s. export rules, including illegally exporting weapons to afghanistan. and finally, tennis star serena williams will not play in the u.s. open tournament this year. the number one women's player is recovering from surgery on her foot, which she injured stepping on glass last month. that's a quick look at the headlines. over to marysol with the weather.
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>> good morning, everyone. take a look at the heat that we continue to talk about in the southern plains. well into the 100s. dallas at 103. they've only had one day in august where temperatures thanks so much. this weather report has been brought to you by mastercard. bianna and bob? >> mary, thank you. coming up on "good morning america," why the hospital you choose could charge you thousands more than one just down the street. what you can do about it. [ female announcer ] there's complete.
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and a new, exclusive investigation, bloomberg news has found huge discrepancies in health care costs at hospitals that are literally within walking distance of each other. for example, at one hospital in suburban sacramento, you'd pay about $1,200 for an mri on your knee. but just two miles away, the
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same, exact procedure costs only about $700. one doctor gets about $2,000 for delivering a baby. and another one, just blocks away, bills the insurance company nearly $6,000, more than twice as much. joining us from san francisco, is the report they're broke this story, peter waldman. peter, this is a huge difference in prices. it's not only in the bay area. it's actually all around the country. why is it that this is allowed to happen? >> well, different hospitals and their owners have something called market power. that simply means they own a lot of the beds and have a lot of market share in their areas. and they can command higher prices. that's what you're looking at there, with sutter health. that's the owner of the hospital. >> we had free market competition, we would never be able to get away with this. >> well, free market competition implies you have authority to
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that seeks to insure competition. that's what the antitrust authorities are responsible for in the united states. they haven't done a very good job in the hospital market in the last 20 years. >> why have we done nothing about this? most people don't. i assume because we have insurance. in that sense, we don't really care about it so much. >> well, that's part of it. consumers don't have a lot of skin in the game. if they have private insurance, their insurers pay for it. and they don't think a lot about it. but that has changed. everybody knows, if they have private insurance through their employers, employers are passing the costs on. so, a lot of us are paying for it. >> a lot of people, including me, want to find the best doctor, the one we're comfortable with, to use those doctors. but those doctors should tell us which ones are the most expensive, in terms of the hospitals, don't they? >> well, they possibly could. not all doctors know what the hospital rates are.
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they know what their own billing rates are. it's incumbent on consumers, on patients, to find that out. and there are ways of doing that. you can go to your insurer's website and look for a cost comparison tool that will tell you what given procedures cost. and you can shop around a little bit. not everybody does it. very few people even know about it. again, that goes back to not having much skin in the game. >> so, if we do find out that the difference in prices, that doctors tell the differences, get it online, can we actually bargain? let's just say we don't have an insurance card. can we actually lower the price by asking them for a break? >> well, you can with doctors. doctors will listen to you. you know, they're business people, entrepreneurs like anyone else. and if they think you may go somewhere else because their rate is too high, you can work with them a little bit. particularly, if you prove yourself to be an informed consumer. so, it's incumbent on the patient, on the consumer to go
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out. do a little shopping. and figure out what the different costs are. >> so, i guess next time it happens with me, i'm going to ask the doctor. going to find a cheaper one in my neighborhood. peter, thank you so much. >> good to be here. and coming up on "good morning america," bob, that's me. i get a knuckleball lesson from one of the best young pitchers in the country. well-being. we're all striving for it. purina cat chow helps you urture it in your cat with a full family of excellent nutrition and helpful resources. purina cat chow. share a better life. i feel like i have to wind myself up to deal with the sadness, the loss of interest,
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the hall of fame for some new records that anybody's ever seen. is it true, you throw the ball about 65 miles per hour? >> yes, sir. i throw balls about 55. >> you have to give a lesson. you have ron down there. let's see if he can catch. are you going to throw a knuckleball? or are you going to throw a fastball? >> i'm going to throw a knuckleball. >> here we go. >> whoa. >> you think that was 65 miles per hour? >> no. that was a knuckleball. >> go easy on him. >> look at that. >> he's prepared. >> want to see a fastball? >> yes. >> you also strike out the boys big-time, don't you? >> whoa. >> that was a ball. >> i know. >> can you teach me how to do the knuckleball? >> okay. >> all right.
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what do i do? >> hold three fingers on the laces like this. >> okay. >> and hold the pinkie out to the side. >> okay. and it wobbles like this? >> and when you throw it, you want to push it. >> let's see. let me try. ready? i'm going to shoot for the top of your head. >> oh, boy. >> chelsea, how long have you been playing? >> i've been playing since i was 5. >> who taught you how to play? >> joe niekro taught me how to pitch. >> and you've got your dad back here, as well. you must be one proud dad. >> yeah. very proud. >> how does it feel to see the records that your daughter is setting? >> i can't come up with words for it. it's been an amazing run. a great spring and a great summer. >> can you pitch? >> no. i can't even throw. >> how do you learn it? >> coach joe taught me how to pitch and throw the knuckleball. he also taught me the techniques
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of the pitch. but he can't throw as fast. >> can we see the shirts? turn around. chelsea's dad. i love that. >> and you donated the jersey. >> yes, sir. i donated my jersey to the hall of fame. >> in cooperstown? >> yes, sir, in cooperstown. >> you'll have your picture on the wall? >> yes, sir. my jersey's up there. >> fantastic. give him a couple more. give him the 65 miles per hour. see if he can handle it. >> thank you, bob. >> chelsea, take it away, as we go to commercial. whoa. ghsthis is it! [ all ] 10...9...8... a new school year has so much potential! any resolutions? my resolution is the same as always; keep her full and focused with my fiber. [ all ] 3...2...1... happy school year! [ female announcer ] this school year, make a resolution to give your kid kellogg's frosted mini-wheats cereal. an excellent source of fiber from 100% whole grain. that helps keep them full so they can focus on the day ahead. keeps 'em full... keeps 'em focused.
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