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>> reporter: cnn, toronto. >> what a story that is, thanks to bill for bringing it to us. i'll be back 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room." "newsroom" continues right now zoraida sam bolin and john berman are standing by live. live in new york along side zoraida sambolin. a former president has some advice for the current president. he says keep his word. >> bill clinton speaking out with his take on president obama's repeated promise to americans about their health care. president obama's facing intense criticism as thousands of health care plans get canceled under new obama care rules. when he campaigned for his sig nuature health care law, the president repeatedly said if you like your plan, you can keep it. now, in an interview with ozzie.com former president clinton said president obama should keep his promise.
>> i met a young man just this week who has a family, two children, bought in the individual marketplace. his policy was canceled and one was substituted for it that doubled his premium. now, i asked him, the same coverage, he said, yeah. and i said, but are your co-pays and deductibles the same? he said, no, they're much, much lower. he said in the years when i use health care, i might actually save money. but he said we're all young and we're all healthy. so, i personally believe even if it takes, the president should honor the commitment to federal government and let them keep what they got. >> so, joining me to talk about this from washington is writer and health care reporter for thehill.com and cnn's chief congressional correspondent dana bash. dana, let's start with you here. last week the president said he was essentially sorry that people are losing their health
care plans in some cases and he says he would be open to some changes to hopefully help these people who are being affected. he says he's putting a team together to look into it. there really are two questions here at this point. are there actual changes that can be made to help these people, as the law currently stands. not like health care plans are dropping the people, these health care plans are actually disappearing. the other side, what about the political will here. not like democrats able to get republicans to go along with anything, dana. >> that's very true. i think the answer to your first question is is it possible? they don't really know the answer to that. when i say they, the administration, as you said, the president said last week that he has told his team to look into how they can make changes, how can they can save health plans for people who do like their current plans and want to keep them. but, the answer to your second question feeds right into that about the politics of this because here on capitol hill, you are seeing more and more
democrats feel the pressure to not just say, okay, we're going to wait for you, mr. president, but take initiative. and say that they want to try to make changes legislatively. mary landrieu, democrat from louisiana who is up for re-election in 2014, kay hagan, same boat. senator prior of arkansas, same boat. they have legislation that they are pushing to say, look, if you like the health care that you have, the insurance policy that you can keep it. never mind what house republicans are doing, which is they are already have a vote scheduled for the end of the week with legislation along these lines. so, everybody is sort of jumping on what bill clinton said for obvious reasons because the administration itself has to turn to him as almost an oracle. somebody who is a messenger, a secretary of explaining things is how somebody has put it. and, so, for him to say it, it almost gives, gives cover for even more democrats, never mind republicans to say this is something we need to do and we
need to do fast. >> including, in fact, some liberal democrats and close allies of president obama. just earlier on cnn dick durbin talked about perhaps changing the law a little bit. let's listen to what he had to say. >> i think we need to look at the political reality. we need to be open to constructive changes to make this law work better. but there are those, frankly, who don't want it to work at all. if those on the other side are willing to sit down in a constructive fashion and move us towards our goal making health insurance available to more and more americans and reducing costs, that's a good, positive thing to do. same with president clinton f we can bring that bipartisan group together, we can start to solve some of the problems we're facing. >> a lot of ifs there, elise. he talks about being oepen to make the changes. how could they make these changes? >> it's very unclear at this point. there aren't good options at all for congress, particularly because republicans and democrats still seem to be far
apart on this question. and, certainly, the insurance industry has a major role to play here and they're very opposed to anything that would further delay the enrollment period, delay the individual mandate or somehow allow consumers to continue on these policy that, as you said, have been canceled. so, i think people are intentionally vague here because they're not sure yet exactly what this solution would look like. but certainly interesting that dick durbin a democrat from illinois made that comment today. he is sounding more like his vulnerable colleagues from red states, democrats like mark prior who had shown that they're much more open to changes to obama care because they're in political hot water. >> what is the white house saying about this? let's go right now to the white house and cnn jim acosta who has just amerged from the white house briefing. putting the questions to jay ca carney. what the the press secretary saying about it?
>> he said that president obama agrees with president clinton. that people who lost their insurance ought to be able to keep it, if they like it. the question is, well, how is that going to happen? i put that question to jay carney because what bill clinton said is even if you have to change the law, that's not exactly what the white house has been talking about in recent days, but here's how i put it to jay carney. >> former president clinton did say i personally believe even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made. so, the president agrees, even if it takes a change in the law -- >> what i just said, jim, is that the president has instructed his team to look at a range of options. and we haven't announced one way or the other, although, understandably, you and others ask us for details on what is under consideration. we haven't announced any potential fixes or moves that we might be able to make to address this problem, but the president
is, as you heard him say in his interview with nbc, he's very interested in trying to address this problem. and looks forward to being presented the options that he might be able to pursue. >> and, so, you heard that there, john. the white house press secretary keeping the cards very close to the vest. they're not talking about which options they're talking about and they had been saying for several days now that what they were really focused on were some of these administrative fixes and i talked to an official earlier this morning they are allowing people to directly enroll through the insurance companies instead of having to go through the website. that is very different than keeping the plan that you have right now. you know, this question went down the line there in the white house briefing room from reporter to reporter as everybody tried to press jay carney. what options do you mean? what are you talking about? mary landrieu endangered democrat from louisiana has a propos proposal. if you like your plan, you can keep it. when jay carney was asked about
that specific plan, even though dismissive with the others from house republicans he did not weigh in on mary landrieu's plan. john, what you may see emerge in the coming weeks if this does not get fixed and this continues to be a big problem, is the white house warming up to some of those democratic plans coming out of the senate, especially those senators out for re-election next year. >> jim acosta getting the fresh response on bill clinton saying people should be allowed to keep their plans. thanks, jim. the problem, elise, keep your plan. you can't keep a plan that no longer exists. so, in what ways then, what are some of the possibilities for alleviating the pain that so many people, millions by some accounts are feeling? >> i mean, you make a good point. there's a huge difference in between letting people keep their plans and doing things to mitigate the negative effects of losing your plans. i think that's the key difference and that's what we're going to have to watch very closely in the coming days because it's possible that the white house will unveil a proposal to example give people
a federal discount on their insurance coverage when they repurchase it after their plans have been canceled. but that's very different than allowing people to retain the coverage that they already had. the idea of people directly enrolling through the insurance companies is also very interesting but the problem there they won't be able to find out if they're available for federal tax credits to make their coverage more affordable. so, i think that the white house is in a real bind here and, certainly, the pressure is increasing. we'll have to watch in the coming days what they unveil. >> we will n deed. that deadline for when they said they had the site fixed is fast approaching, as well. a lot going on for this white house in terms of rolling this out. elise, thank you for joining us. really appreciate it. breaking news now on cnn. we're getting word the americans who have been kidnapped by pirates have been released. let's go live to barbara starr, she is at the pentagon. barbara, what do you know? >> details very sketchy at this
hour, zoraida. the state department confirming that two american merchant sailors kidnapped off their boat off the coast of nigeria have been released. kidnapped by pirates. basically criminal networks that operate off the coast of nigeria often attacking oil surface vessels such as this one was, oil platforms and oil workers and holding them potentially for ransom looking for money out of all of this. no word on whether ransom was paid and no word on how they were released, but it has been generally understood since the incident happened that the company they worked for in the louisiana was negotiating to try and get them released. so, details very sketchy, but by all accounts now, two americans being held by criminal elements in nigeria released and presumably on their way home to their families. so, it's good news. >> well, that is great news. barbara starr live at the pentagon for us. i know you'll continue to follow this for us. coming up for us next, just
weeks after black fish aired on cnn, sea world is in court fighting the ban on trainers being allowed in the water with the whales. you will hear what happened inside that court. plus, american airlines and usair today announcing they will sell-off facilities at major airports. this is all to complete their merger. the big question, what does this mean for you? and we are going live to the philippines where survivors are running out of hope. i have low testosterone. there, i said it.
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the tears in the philippines are coming now just from grief but from hunger. >> four days since super typhoon haiyan hit. four days since they had solid meals or clean water to drink. 2 million people in need of food and some 800,000 people have been displaced and 2,400 injured and officially 1,774 lives lost. >> on top of all of this, a new storm and even an earthquake have hit the impacted areas. no word of any major damage from them. we do have some positive news. the president has reduced estimates of the full death toll to 2,500. plus, there is a lot of help pouring in. across the globe, at least $55 million have been pledged with $25 million of that coming from the united nations. >> an aircraft carrier "uss george washington" is headed to the island to help refuel and
>> just devastating. one storm chaser who just got out of the area described how his hunger and affected his thinking. >> i was lucky to get out of that airport. i was severely dehydrated. i got out on a c-130 where i have internet connection, get the story out. people have wounds, they're getting infected. you're not going to last for too many days with an infection. severe dehydration. i always get to where i was losing my mind, wasn't thinking clearly. >> jim points out that he was seeing those conditions several days ago, as well. so, i'm going to turn right now to rafael who is in the philippines executive director of the united way for that country. i know you're very busy, thank you for spending some time with us. your group is focusing on the long-term recovery. we are taking a look at these images, people who are desperate who need food, who need water
who are saying their children are getting sick. what are you seeing on the ground today? >> well, pretty much the same, but what's on tv is just the present sites are very overwhelming. again, you have to understand this is the third largest disaster we've explained in the span of two months. we had a manmade disaster when rebels invaded the city. but then we had an earthquake in neighboring province and now this one. and really the fatigue of everyone trying to address the problem, trying to address the numerous needs of our different disaster victims, is just too overwhelming. but at the end of the day, i think we just can't stop. we have to start pushing and pushing and trying to figure out how else we can reach out to our people. >> i know there are just some
horrific images of devastation and we're looking that pictures of these babies. but over the last four days, have you seen any improvements at all? >> i think it's really a slow process that's happening right now. even we in the private sector are still trying to find ways and means to even send some relief that we have also put, we have been able to assemble. clearly everybody is trying to, but the transfer of the goods and the logistics that are needed are just, are becoming more and more difficult. of course, it's further aggravated by the peace and order situation that is happening. so, it's really very difficult to really bring stuff right now, even as we have it. and that continues to be a challenge. but we're still pushing, we're still pushing.
>> rafael, executive director of united way. we appreciate your time and we wish you a lot of luck. >> thank you very much. and just like to take this opportunity to ask some of our friends there in the united states if you could visit or giving page www.unitedway.org/philippines. we put a portal together with the united way worldwide network to raise additional funds to augment whatever relief and rehabilitation efforts that we need to do now and, of course, in the future. we need to rebuild those schoolhouses and rebuild homes. and we need to provide additional health services definitely going to be a lot of impact on that not only physical but mental trauma happening there. we do need your help. >> absolutely, mr. lopa. absolutely. we'll make sure we have that information available on our
website. thank you so much for your time. >> cnn.com/impact. so important. up next for us, a crucial day for sea world. the theme park appeals a federal ruling that bans trainers from getting in the water with killer whales. we're on this case. plus, we have a clear winner in the tallest building debate. chicago's willis tower versus new york's one world trade center. who has won? the decision just came down. we'll tell you.
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years since seaworld trainers have been in the water with the whales. >> today they were asking a panel of three judges on a federal appeals court to overturn safety citations and ban instituted by occupational safety and health administration, which restricts how humans interact with killer whales during these performances. >> but at the conclusion of today's hearing there was no indication on how the panel would actually rule. and it could be months before a decision is made. >> this is big for seaworld. proof of just how serious this is, they have a big name as their attorney. eugene scalia. he is the son of anthony scalia and labor department's former top lawyer. he's a big name. >> let's bring in cnn legal analyst sunny haostin and danny cevalos. danny, i'll start with you. the interaction between the humans and the killer whales is essential, actually, for them to
do business. do you think that that is a legitimate argument? >> well, they really two major arguments. one is that it is essential to their business and the general duty clause, which is the basis for these restrictions was never meant to make a business change its product or change the service that it provides. secondly, seaworld's argument is that to reduce contact, will actually make the killer whales more dangerous because they use operant conditioning. that requires close contact. without that close contact the whales may actually be more dangerous. it is an uphill battle but s seaworld has legitimate arguments. >> danny talked about the general duty clause. this essentially says that employers must provide a workplace free from recognized hazards. but how is a trainer swimming in a pool with a killer whale different than football players getting on a football field hitting large men or reporters going to war zones? >> yeah, i mean, that's the
issue. osha is certainly part of the labor department and osha is tasked with enforcing these federal safety laws that are supposed to protect workers. and under this sort of general duty clause, what osha is arguing is, listen, we'll apply this cause because you have to keep your workers safe and we have to have a standard. the problem is that what is the standard? what is the recognized hazard in this industry? seaworld is saying we're not hazardous, we don't have hazardous conditions but the bottom line is not everyone goes to work and swims around with killer whales. i'm sitting in a studio talking to you. that's my job. what is the standard? what is the standard? what is the recognized hazard? and i've got to tell you, i think it's a unique case and it's going to be a difficult case because there is no real standard here that is recognized. s seaworld really has been the standard. >> so, danny, this could make a strong statement about the power of osha.
what kind of precedent is this going to set for any future cases? >> well, the big, the big issue here is that osha is saying that seaworld is aware of the risk. i don't seaworld is denying, they're admitting there is a risk. however, consider this, it appears that in the entire history of orca captivity, orcas have killed four persons and i think only three trainers, one civilian. now, when you compare that to other industries, when you hear of how many people die during the hoover dam, coal mining, all these other highly dangerous industries, it seems a little unusual. it seems a little odd that this is the argument. you can't eliminate every single risk from an industry, especially when people are knowingly and willingly entering into that industry. >> there was no decision today and it could be a while before we hear how the judges on this panel rule. sunny hostin, danny cevallos,
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so, strerve bayne has never let anything slow him down. the nascar driver made history in 2011 as the youngest winner ever of the daytona 500. today the 22-year-old announced that he has multiple sclerosis but that he is going to keep on racing and he even has a race this weekend. so, he is joining me now by phone. trevor, we are so delighted you're joining us. thank you so much. what was your first thought when you were diagnosed? trevor, can you hear me? you know what, we'll take a quick break here and get trevor back on the phone and we'll be right back. i'm angela, and i didn't think i could quit smoking
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we're going to try this, again. i think i have trevor bayne on the phone a 22-year-old race car driver that was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. >> i'm sorry about that before. we are doing a photo shoot and i lost you. >> not your fault at all. i'm happy you're with us now. what i wanted to know, what was your first thought when you heard about the diagnosis? >> well, obviously, you know, the first thought is concern and, you know, but when i found out i had diagnosis i was kind of relieved because we've been wondering and i've been going to
the mayo clinic being examined and since 2011 we were trying to figure out a diagnosis. as a race car driver you want to be functioning up to par and 100% and, fortunately, for me, i haven't had any symptoms. that's been a great thing. i have been able to continue racing and keep on going. >> well, one of the reasons that you actually went to seek medical help is because you had numbness in your arm. do you have any concern that you could endanger anyone else by racing? >> well, i have actually never had numbness in my arm. i had a little bit of double vision in 2011 and i was out of the car for a few weeks, but that's what led to this. they're not sure that is what caused that to happen. but it is what has led to go and receive a lot of tests and a lot of things to figure out what i have. to answer your question, there is no way in any way endangering anyone and nascar doesn't feel
that way, my doctors don't feel that. i feel 100% and definitely symptom free. in that regard i'm good to go and push myself to the limits in and out of the race car. last year i did my first triathlon and just wanted to see what my body had in it and i never reached a limit. i finished 38th overall and second in my age group, i felt if there was ever going to be something come up because of exostion or performance, then i would have seen it then. but we're definitely hopeful i'll continue to stay symptom free. >> well, trevor, i'm delighted to hear that you're asystematic. i understand that your sister also has ms. did she reassure you how it will affect your life? >> not necessarily. my sister has done a great job with it. every case is completely different with ms. hard to relate one case to another. they have so many different styles and cases it's hard to look at one person, whether
you're related or not and see any similarities, really. for me, like i said, mine has been very mild. so, i'm thankful for that and hopefully, you know, to me, this is something i brought to light because i had to. once nascar cleared me and the doctors said i was good to go, i could have shunned it away and said nobody needs to know. for me as a race car driver everybody sees the great things that happen and, obviously winning the daytona 500 was huge this year and i got married and won a race in iowa. we had great things going. to me, i want people to understand that there are hard things i go through and i wanted the emto s them to see how i handle these things and my faith in jesus is a huge deal and that is what is having me go through this and understand it is his will and i'll be fine. that's kind of the reasoning for
me is a lot of people out there that can't relate to the success, but all relate to the hard times that we've gone through. >> what a great attitude you have, trevor bayne. good luck to you, newly married. very exciting. and we look forward to seeing you win a lot of races. trevor bayne, thank you. get back to your photo shoot. >> thank you. >> sounds like you have a new favorite race car driver. >> sweetest thing. >> nothing is going to slow that guy down. the on again/off again merger is back on. the two airlines say they have an agreement with the justice department to save the deal, one that should breathe new life into the $11 billion merger. cnn's aviation and government regulation correspondent renee marsh joins us from washington with more. renee, what changed here and why is the doj now okay with this merger? >> all right, so, john, here is what is at the heart of it all. the sticking point for the department of justice was that
this merger would create a situation at major airports across the country where one mega airline would control a large portion of the airport's landing and takeoff slots. doj said that would be bad for consumers in the way of high er prices and fewer options. usairways and american airlines agreed to sell-off some of their slots at seven major airports in places like new york, boston and miami. now, those slots are like valuable real estate and, really, at the end of the day, could translate into money. so, if you have more slots, that could mean more money for you as a carrier. take, for example, right here in the washington, d.c., area, at reagan national airport, the combined airline would have controlled some 69% of the slots there. now, they have to sell them off to carriers like jetblue, spirit and southwest. >> so, what does that mean then for us, for the consumers, for people who fly?
does that mean if jetblue and other carriers could get into those slots it could create more competition in some airports and maybe keep prices down? >> well, you know, i spoke to a few consumer advocates and they do believe that this is a good deal more or less for the consumer. under the terms of this merger, they don't believe that fliers are going to see ticket prices sky rocket. you may see some technical computer hiccups, maybe at the ticket counter, some glitches in that way as the two companies move forward to integrate their computer systems once this is a done deal. but consumer watchers say that requiring the airlines to sell-off some of their slots to those low-cost yacarriers is go for fliers and does inject competition. >> is this over and done now? is this a done deal now, rene? >> the court still has to approve the deal and many people, you know, you talk to and it is most likely that the court will because you have two parties here on both sides. they agree with the terms.
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when we think about times of crisis, we think about september 11th, watergate and we think about this. november 22nd, 1963. >> a flash, two priests who were with president kennedy say he is dead. >> this thursday night on cnn, we will remember that day 50 years ago this month. the assassination of jfk. our two-hour special, it is remarkable. airs at 9:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. we have truly amazing moments in this special, you will want to see it. of course, one of the reasons people are still talking about this so much 50 years later is the mystery that persists about
exactly what happened in dallas that day. 50 years later, there's really still a lot of debate about it. as well as we know lee harvey oswald, as we all know he was arrested. he was the man in custody for killing john f. kennedy but he was murdered himself while in police hands. that happened just two days later after the kennedy assassination. our guests coming up recently reenacted how oswald might have done it. >> i am one floor above where lee harvey oswald was positioned that fateful day to take his three shots. there it is. this is essentially the vantage point for oswald that day. you have clear point as the motorcade rolls through and you acquire the target, bam, bam, bam. >> quite a view from the book depository. that was mike baker who is with us here now, cia officer and oft an guest and joins us now from boise, idaho. mike, you've got your own special on the kennedy
assassination coming up on the travel channel. tell us about it. >> right. well, it's a new series called "america declassified" on sundays at 10:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. every episode we take two or three stories. the idea of taking a viewer to a place that they can't get access to normally. it's restricted, top secret and we gain access or with dealey plaza, it's wrapped in conspiracy or a mystery. we're not trying to solve that, necessarily, but trying to unravel it a little bit more. find a new witness and conduct new forensic testing and try to give the viewer additional information to inform their own decisionmaking on this. >> you talk about a witness in the public spotlight for many years. lee bowers near the grassy and there are so many issues about what he may or may not have seen. let's take a look from your special. >> this is where lee worked for years and was working on the day
of november 22nd, 1963, as that motorcade passed by. why was his testimony so important? >> he was one of the only persons who had a bird's eye view of what was going on behind the bipicket fence. he mentioned he could see at least two people behind the picket fence at the time of the shooting. >> did he record anything else? did he see anything else that he disclosed? >> he said something unusual caught his eye, a flash of smoke. >> all right, you were talking about lee bowers, not to lee bowers, i hope you'll explain to us why. tell us his story. >> one of the more compelling witnesses in this conspiracy and conspiracies, i mean, some under the weight of scrutiny fall apart. this one, more so than any other conspiracy in this country has remained at the forefront of this issue. but lee bowers worked in the switching yard, in the train station that is basically behind
the grassy knoll and at the time the motorcade passed by he was in the top of the two-story switching station and he had, as we found out during the course of this story, as we were doing this investigation at dealey plaza, he had a bird's eye view of the picket fence. he had key testimony after the assassination. he reported seeing something, a muzzle flash, a puff of smoke, an individual behind the picket fence and then about six months after he gave this key testimony, lee bowers died in a mysterious one-car crash on a two-lane road. and, you know, as with so many of the other witnesses, you'll talk to some folks in the conspiracy world and i'm not conspiracy guy at nature. i tend to be a little bit more, okay, some things are as simple as they seem. but a number of witnesses did die under stranger or mysterious circumstances, lee bowers being one of them. >> it's an amazing place to see. you went to dealey plaza.
what was it like for you to be there? it is like you're walking through history there. >> it really is. as soon as you get there, if people haven't been down to dealey plaza in dallas, they have to put it on their must-see list. you feel yourself emerged in modern history. the book depository, you go into the book depository. we were given tremendous access by those folks and you get a real sense of what this was like. interestingly, oswald worked at the book depository. one thing we did is we looked at -- >> i'm sorry. we do have to leave it there. but we are excited to see your take on this and "america declassified" on the travel channel and, of course, watch our special right here on cnn on thursday night. please, do not miss it. the assassination of jfk at 9:00 eastern and pacific right here on cnn. i'm john berman in new york
here with zoraida sambolin holding down the fort for brooke baldwin who is off. >> we can all keep our health insurance if we want to. >> we heard the horror stories, so, well has bill clinton. >> i met a young man just this week who has a family, two children, bought in the individual marketplace. his policy was canceled and one was substituted for it that doubled his premium. now, i asked him, i said, same coverage, he said, yeah. i said but are your co-pays and deductibles the same? he said, no, they're much, much lower. in the years when i used health care, i'm not actually save money. but we're all young and we're all healthy. so, i personally believe even if it takes a change in the law, that the president should hawner the commitment to federal government made to those people.
>> so, the president likes to call bill clinton his explainer-in-chief. here's bill clinton explaining to him he needs to keep his word. again, here's that quote for you. "i personally believe even if it takes a change in the law the honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got. health insurance." dana bash and here we have bill clinton elder statesman, democrat telling the president, look, you have to keep your word on this, but change the health care law is that even possible, dana? >> you know, it's unclear what the answer is to that yet. but what is clear is that the political pressure and the political desire from democrats to at least do something is growing by the minute. and what is going to happen this week on friday is house republicans are going to put a piece of legislation on the house floor for a vote that will
at least in some way, shape or form suggest that people can keep their health care. i just talked to a senior congressional democratic source that says that they believe that this is almost a de facto deadline for the white house to come up with a fix because if they don't, you're going to see more and more democrats defy the white house and vote for this republican bill in the house. and, in fact, just to sort of underscore that, steny hoyer the number two democrat in the house just had a briefing with reporters earlier and he said that he isn't sure how he feels about that republican bill. this is the guy who usually whips or tries to get democrats to vote against republican bills. it really gives you a sense of where democrats are. so does what dick durbin, the number two democrat in the senate said earlier today to ashleigh banfield. >> we need to be open to constructive changes to make this law work better. but there are those, frankly, who don't want it to work at all. if those on the other side are willing to sit down and direct
us towards our goal making health insurance available to more and more americans and reducing costs, that's a good, positive thing to do. i would say to president clinton, if we can bring the bipartisan group together, we can start to solve some of the problems we're facing. >> i have to say, this is where we are, tend to be sometimes in the danger zone with regard to congress and politics and political pressure because the feeling on this is something that i've seen many times before covering capitol hill that there's such a political desire to make a statement and say that you've done something and the question is whether or not the actual legislation that they'll be voting on, never mind will it actually pass, ultimately and get to the president's desk, but is it even going to do what members of congress are hoping it will do, which is to solve this problem, make people able to keep their health insurance policies that they like as a president promised. of course, as we qknow, he apologized for because it's not possible right now.
>> all right, dana bash, senior congressional correspondent, thank you. let's talk more about this now, with us from washington, amy holmes anchor for "the blaze" and from here in new york democratic strategist robert zimmerman. amy, let me start with you. bill clinton now saying that some changes need to be made to the health care law. what do you make of that? >> well, puts a lot of pressure on president obama, doesn't it? to keep that promise that he made to the american people. when it comes to bill clinton, bill clinton does what is good for the clintons and i wonder if this isn't a trial balloon for hillary clinton and a possible run in 2016 to position her with being on a popular side of this, which is if you like your plan and if you like your doctor, you should be able to keep it. >> wow, multi-level conspiracy theory here. you think he's doing this for the future, for a future campaign? robert, what do you make of that? >> find a conspiracy even when
it comes to providing affordable health care for america. what the president said is reiterating what president clinton said. reiterated what president obama said several days ago in an interview with chuck todd of nbc. clearly, there is, obviously, growing tension amongst democrats in the house and senate. over this issue, plus over the website not working effectively. and there really has to be a change to the law either that the president says he can do administratively, if he can't, clearly, the law has to be addressed so that the promise is kept. the bigger issue here, john, the hippypocrisy we're seeing from right wing. all of a sudden a commitment to make sure that everyone is insured. when 14,000 people a day according to the kaiser institute was losing health care between 2008 and 2009, you didn't hear anything from the right wing about making sure americans were receiving affordable health care and when they controlled the house and senate under the bush administration, they did nothing about people with pre-existing conditions or making sure people were able to stay on their insurance plans as they got older or perhaps got more ill.
so, it's important to put this entire debate in the perspective. >> i'll put that to amy in one second here. but, robert, to be fair you're talking about hypocrisy. a promise that barack obama made as a candidate and then made repeatedly as president and many members of congress made when they were in the health care debate that if you had your insurance and you liked it, you could keep it and now they're finding out they can't. so -- >> that's correct. a promise the president has to keep. >> if we i can add, we're finding out that the president knew back in 2010 that that promise was not going to be able to be kept and he kept repeating it over and over. the hometown newspaper "the chicago tribune" is accusing the president of being vastly incompetent or a liar. i have to say i agree -- >> worth exploring here, amy -- >> the president of the united states, president obama was grossly, these are his words. grossly misleading the american
public. robert, you can try to shift the blame to the right wing. >> no, amy, what i'm shifting -- >> i found conspiracy -- >> but if someone has a junk health care policy, a health care policy that forces them to the emergency room -- >> you keep them. they want to keep them. >> let robert talk. >> if someone has a health care policy that doesn't provide health care coverage, a junk policy. when they go to the emergency room, the taxpayers are stuck with the bill for their health care, that has to be addressed. the law does, in fact, require health care coverage that includes, you know, proper and full health care coverage for an american citizen and i think that's the issue here. not the president's intention to mislead. ultimately with the policies being implemented, they have to be corrected so everyone can keep their health care policies. the taxpayers have to be protected and the health care welfare state that we're hearing the right wing advocate. >> amy, the president said he would like to perhaps explore some changes to the policy that might let people keep some
aspects of their insurance or at least replace it. efforts to derail, defund, delay, do away with obama care. there's no way that republicans at least history dictates seem willing to work to make changes at this point. is there? >> well, in point of fact, republican congressman fred upton is introducing a bill dana bash referred to it that will be brought to the floor for a vote in the house at the end of the week that would allow people to keep their plans if they like them. practical matter that insurance companies can actually roll back these cansilation cancellations. but this vote on friday is going to be an x-ray. a political x-ray of those democrats who find themselves in very vulnerable seats and obama care being basically a noose around their necks come 2014. >> we have to go, amy holmes --
very quick, robert. >> the republican house and senate has not agreed -- >> not unless i get to rebut it. >> keep people with pre-existing conditions on their health care coverage. all they can end medicare as we know it with a health care system. >> this leaves us with a lot to talk about next time. i sincerely hope there is going to be a next time. really do appreciate it, guys. >> great discussion. coming up, what is the tallest building in america? after a really big fight, experts today deciding between new york's one world trade and chicago's willis tower. you will hear how that big winner was chosen. plus, seaworld in court. fighting the ban on allowing trainers in the water just weeks after cnn aired "black fish" you'll find out what happened. children hungry with no where to go. we're going to go live to the philippines where survivors are running out of hope. i have low testosterone. there, i said it.
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the tears in the philippines are now coming not just from grief, but hunger. it has been four days since super typhoon haiyan hit. >> four days since thousands have had a solid meal or clean drink of water. the nation has 2 million people there in need of food. 800,000 people have been displaced out of their homes, about 2,400 people injured. right now officially the count
stands at 1,774 lives lost. >> in the last hour, we have learned two americans are among haiyan's victims. survivors spoke to the cameras. they are begging for food. >> so difficult to watch. chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta is joining us now. sanjay, you reported from areas that have suffered from catastrophic situations that are very similar to this. haiti, japan, even katrina, new orleans. what sort of health problems will the people of the philippines be facing? >> well, you know, as you're hearing there, it is tough to watch and but the basics apply here, clean water and it's a big challenge, obviously, move this water supply into an area that
is wide hit and food, water being the most important. decisions that get made. you want to get water there as quickly as possible but is it a question, also, of creating larger footprints in the area so you can desailunate water and make it available for people overall in the days and weeks to come. so, those are the big ones. infectious disease outbreak is always a concern, but, you know, having covered a lot of these stories probably not as big of a concern as people think they're going to be. usually they can be pretty well controlled but the basics so important right now. >> the basics hard to deliver, sanjay because the inf infrastructure so affected. all the hospitals destroyed or at least badly damaged here. so, what does the international community do? what do aide workers to help fill this void? >> the importance of the assessment teams. you'll hear headlines over the next few hours and days 50,000 pounds of food have now arrived
in the philippines. which is, obviously, very important, john. but even getting it from where it has arrived to a few hundred feet away where people need it can be a huge logistical challenge in terms of communication and in terms of the roads not being passable. we saw that, again, in haiti. but, also, again, people focus a lot on various numbers in the aftermath. at the other end of the spectrum the people that have lived and are doing okay but the group in the middle, call them the vulnerable people, if you will. they're alive but very vulnerable and over the next 7 to 14 days, everything changes for them. if they get those supplies, they go into the first category of the living. if they don't, at real risk of death. so, it's that vulnerable population that that is the number that people probably need to focus the most on. >> let's hope that they get the help that they need. the aide workers can get the help to the people who need it. >> all the children in particular, sanjay and their
mothers begging for food or milk or whatever. it's really tough to watch. appreciate having you and your perspective, thank you. >> thank you. so, in the aftermath of any natural disaster, children are among the most vulyrbl as we were just talking about. four days since typhoon haiyan roared ashore and the ilages just chilling. boys and girls and their families in a desperate struggal for survival. let me bring in the vice president of the division of the humanitarian response for save the children. in the middle of all this devastation, why are the children especially in danger? >> well, i think as dr. gupta just mentioned, they are the most vulnerable. for one thing, they oft en are the first to succumb to diarrheal disease and other things that are water born. we are trying to find the most vulnerable populations. save the children have several groups in places and what we're
doing is trying to find where those most vulnerable people are so the most appropriate assistance can get to them like water, like health kits and medicines. >> okay, so, when you say appropriate assistance. you know, we're talking about the basics here. these are children who perhaps have not had water in four days, who have not had food in four days. what kind of conditions and how long could they really exist under these conditions? >> well, i think what we want to do is we want to create kind of the footprint, as has been described. where we not only hand out a few bottles of water right now, but we actually build it so we can meet the millions of people that need it right now, so, it's getting that logistic system in place so that we can bring in desalination-type things and bring in supplies to purify water and tanker water in with trucks to a lot of these evacuationenthere are now 1,200
centers around the country and a lot of people that have been displaced and that fit in this vulnerable category. >> i know there is that immediate need for food and shelter, but as we were watching these images and we were listening to what the people are saying. these are people who have watched their loved ones swept away by water and they have experienced unimaginable loss. so, what about the psychological needs, is that something you're addressing, as well? >> absolutely. save the children is focused on the emotional needs of children. we find that, you know, people are a little bit walking around in a daze right now and within a few days we really do have to start focusing on the other needs that are not just about the body, but we are really focused on those basic needs right now and it is what is most important to save children's lives. >> well, we certainly wish you all the luck in the world. it's tough to see, you know, those little kids who perhaps lost their parents. robert, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you.
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happened. >> tim jasper said the hospital where she worked as a nurse worked her to death with long hours and no breaks. beth jasper crashed her car last march while she was driving home after a 12-hour shift at cincinnati jewish hospital. the family believes she may have fallen asleep behind the wheel. mr. jas. s claims the hospital knew it was willfully understaffed and his wife was extremely stressed and fatigued. in addition to seeking damages, jasper says he wants the hospital to change its practices, as well. >> needs to change. these nurses cannot be treated this way. the patient care, you know, is an issue. but they can't continue to work these nurses and expect them to pick up the slack because they don't want to staff the hospitals. >> so, the parent group of jewish hospital and mercy health group says its heart goes out to the family but does not comment on pending litigation. >> here to discuss this with us
danny cevallos and federal prosecutor sunny hostin. thank you so much for joining us, guys. obviously, when you're talking about people who work at medical facilities, one of the big issue is the hours. you hear it all the time that these people are simply worked too hard. the question, sunny, in a case like this, how do you prove that the amount of work that they were doing in the hospital leads to a death? >> yeah, john, are ayou sure yo are not an attorney because that is the crucial issue here. how do you prove that her not sleeping is the reason why she got into the accident? but i got to tell you y wouldn't go so far as to say she has no case. i wouldn't go so far to say her family can't prove that because there is some precedent for it. remember, i say in the years 2007, 2011 the mayo clinic did do a study on medical residents and their lack of sleep.
11% reported that they got into car accidents. i can tell you my own husband as a surgicl resident got into car accidents because of the lack of sleep and that certainly did lead to a mandate where new residents, new doctors can't work for more than 16-hour shifts. so, i think there's precedent for a case like this and i think it's time, far time that we need to treat our medical professionals more humanely because not only medical errors arrive, but death by car accident can arise. >> residents in particular, but when you talk about the entire population, the staff of the hospitals, is the hospital required to meet certain staffing levels? do they have a case when it pertains to that? >> well, no. the hospital has a case because this entire complaint could get thrown out of court because what we called a worker's compensation bar. this employee generally employees can't see their employers for work-related injuries. there's a way around it, which is why this complaint, which
i've reviewed, alleges an intentional act. but simply knowing that there was a risk of their employees being tired and an intentional act are different things. and i don't know that the plaintiff has gotten by this bar. now, they've noted some important pieces of evidence, which are that they held a meeting after this incident and employees of the hospital said they, "dropped the ball" allegedly. but even if they did, suing your employer is exceedingly difficult. getting over that threshold and it's going to be difficult for this plaintiff to prusk thove te hospital intentionally caused her lack of sleep and overworked her. simply put the plaintiff in this case has an uphill battle. >> this is a tough one, you know, because there are so many people that are overworked and so many places that are understaffed. we appreciate your perspective on this. sunny hostin and danny cervallos, thank you for joining us. sarah palin sits down with
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welcome back, everyone. more than three years since seaworld trainers have been in the water with killer whales after the death of dawn brancheau they were told they could not go back in the water. today seaworld orlando is asking the panel of three judges to overturn safety citations and a ban instituted by the occupational safety and health administration which restricts how humans can interact with these killer whales during performances. at the conclusion of today's hearing there was no indication how this panel will ultimately rule. cnn's martin savidge joins us now from washington. martin, you were inside the hearing. what was the main issue here? what was the case that seaworld was trying to make? >> the stakes are huge for both sides, especially for seaworld. what seaworld wants is to get their trainers back into the
water with their star performers, the killer whales. something they haven't been able to do for some time and something they say hurt their business as a result. the key points that the attorney brought up today was two things, one, the expert testimony that was relied upon that put those restrictions in place. they said, look, this is a person who is an expert on orcas in the wild, not experts in captivity he should not have been ruling with what whales do in cap pivty. their product is that interaction, that special bond of trainer and whale in close connection. if you separate them, you destroy their product and osha doesn't have the authority to do that, john. >> martin, i understand seaworld was comparing osha's restrictions to actually putting regulations on the nfl and nascar. can you explain to us what that was all about? >> it was really pretty interesting to listen to the arguments from both sides and both attorneys did a good job of outlining them. essentially it is this, osha,
even though, they were saying seaworld certain occupations that are known to be hazardous. nfl football being one and driving nascar being another and osha allows them to proceed. they haven't put a speed limit on nascar racers and they haven't forced the nfl to go to flag football instead of contact. however, onehe o t judges piped up and said, wait a minute here, there are things you can enforce for safety such as seatbelts for nascar and helmets for football players. in other words, it's possible to have safety restrictions without destroying the overall product. and that was at least one opinion from one judge. >> martin, i know you've been covering this from the very beginning. when can we expect a verdict on all of this? >> this is something that everybody wanted to hear a ruling right away because it is so instrumental and, also, because of the new focus thanks to cnn's running of "black fish" focused on this issue. i'm afraid weeks even months before we find out what the final say is. >> all right, martin savidge live for us, thank you so much.
atlanta braves are bound for the suburbs and city's mayor says, good luck with that. spoke earlier one day after the city's baseball team said it was moving out of downtown and moving to the north to cobb county. the team just wanted too much money to fix up its current stadium and he wasn't going to, shall we say, play ball. >> the bottom line is, i still want the braves to be in atlanta, but let me clarify something. when i said the deal wasn't done, i want to be clear, i wasn't saying that we were going to take, we were going to try to interfere with cobb's deal. i'm not interested in doing that. but, if that deal does not close because i've been through a stadium process and i know it has its ups and downs. >> cobb county will have to pay up $450 million to help pay for the new stadium. and that might not be an easy sell in a place where there are a lot of conservatives who don't want to spend public money and,
by the way, traffic is really bad and could get a lot worse with the new ball. a vote on stadium funding is expected before thanksgiving. harlem globetrotters fast move on the hard court turns into a frightening accident. all captured on video and posted online. going for a monster dunk when this happened. oh, gosh. so that entire basket collapsed and crashed down on top of him. the backboard shattered into pieces. the bleacher reports sports website reports this happened during a game. fortunately, he walked away with just a cut on the forehead. things could have been much, much worse. >> i have to say, i can't believe it doesn't happen more often and backboards shatter and fall. >> luckily, he's okay. >> one of the reasons i'm happy
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and urban habitat says new york's one world trade center will be the new tallest at 1,776 feet as soon as it is finished. that height includes a 408-foot spire. it is a poignant moment for the city, but a bit of a heartbreaking one for chicago. so, let's bring in cnn's poppy harlow she is in new york and george howell is standing by in chicago. poppy, i'll start with you. you know i'm a die-hard chicagoen but i was rooting for new york on this one. >> right. yeah, i mean, i hear you, zoraida. i think this is less about the competition of the cities this time because of the significance of this building. i apologize for all the noise, we're in the middle of the street in new york city, but at 1,776 feet tall, this is a symbolic number, an iconic number. let's take you up to look at it because it marks and symbolizes the birth of our democracy. this was the intention of the designers, the architects from the beginning and what this
council determined is what you're looking at is not an antenna but a spire. if it was an antenna like on top of the willis tower it wouldn't count in the height of the building. this wasn't intended to be, it is a permanent part of this building. therefore, one world trade center becomes the tallest building in the united states. the third tallest building in the world. but this is a lot more than just the height. i just talked to a man that i've known for a while covering this, mike panelli. the superintendent of world one trade center. thee has been building this for the last five years just about what this means and if this is bigger than competition between two big cities. listen. >> tower one symbolizes everything that was lost on 9/11. our spire is just candles on the cake. it's really about 9/11 and redevelopment of the whole project. it's good stuff. >> for you, personally? >> for me personally, it's awesome. i've been involved, i was down here helping with the recovery
and i was building i'm down here with tower one. for me this is the epitome of my career. >> epitome of a career for sure. i spent some time over the last few years walking around the construction site as they were building higher and higher and higher and now it's going to open its doors in a year, really less than a year, next year. astonishing what they have been able to accomplish here. new yorkers telling me today that this city is about survival and another new yorker not saying about the height so much, but the fact that they rebuilt it here. >> i don't really care about the height of the building. i'm thrilled that new york i'm just happy that it's getting done and thrilled to see it look so beautiful right now. george, let's go to you in chicago. i do understand that people in chicago take this a little bit hard. >> well, john, yeah. to some extent, but technically and just technically until the one world trade center is completed the building you see
back here remains the tallest in north america and, look, for people who come here to visit chicago, we can show you first hand, this building has not lost its luster. wanted to take you up, some 1,354 feet above the city of chicago. it is a spectacular view out there here from the willis tower, better known to people as the sears tower. people still show up. this is the place you want to be when you want to check out the view over here in chicago. come over here to the sky deck. i'm joined here by bill other and you're a spokesperson with the willis tower. what does this decision mean. how does it affect people showing up to check out the view here at this building? >> today on this wonderful sunny day in chicago we're standing here in these glass box we call the ledge and you are standing in the tallest occupied spot in a building that you can stand in north america. that will continue to be the case regardless of the decision today by the council. so, from our perspective what
makes this building great remains. we also welcome one world trade center to this unique club of elite, tall buildings. we think it is a wonderful structure and a great symbol of american resiliency and we also know here at the sky deck and the ledge you are standing as high as you can in a building in north america. >> that doesn't change. >> if you look down there, you can tell this is a very tall building and regardless of the decision, certainly, the vantage point here is spectacular and a landmark here in chicago. >> so, george howell winning the award for the coolest interview location of all time and the scariest. george, you know, what do they think about this whole spire thing? the fact it is putting a spire one world trade center over the top. do people in chicago think this is a technicality? >> look, there are some who are hung up on that technicality and, look, there has always been, john, a friendly rivalry between these two major cities.
the bears beat the giants just last month, you get that in. aside from all of that, i think people here in chicago when you talk to them and really anywhere you go, when you see what's happening there in new york and rebuilding that iconic structure, you know, you can tell people here are proud to see it. really anywhere you go. >> zoraida was trying to convince me that midwesterners are friendly. >> such good people, they are taking it well. but they still have the cool ledge at the willis tower. >> sears tower. i hold on to the past. >> thank you for being with us, we appreciate it. >> thanks. coming up for us next, saving for retirement, is it getting you down? we have five tips you need to know to become a 401(k) millionaire. i got to tell you, this is a really hot story online. great tips. a white candidate who won an election by pretending to be, why he did it right after the break.
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too often dha sarah palin agrees with bill clinton but today she sort of made an exception. in an interview with cnn's jake tapper, sarah palin recalled statements that bill clinton made while he was stumping for his wife during the 2008 campaign. you remember that the former president seemed to imply that then senator barack obama, well, that he maybe wasn't as qualified as his wife to be president. that full interview comes up in the next hour on "the lead" with jake tapper. i got to say i'm super excited to see the whole thing because i have seen some clips. jake, lay out what exactly was she saying? >> well, we mostly talked about today's politics and her new book, which is about christmas, the meaning of christmas to her and her views on what she sees as a war on christmas. but of course, i asked her about some other issues. one of them had to do with what she and secretary of state hillary clinton experienced when they were candidates. take a look. >> so i know you're not -- you wouldn't vote for hillary
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all right. here we all go dreaming. we would like to be millionaires, right? a lot of us apparently can be, at least by the time we retire. cnn's christine romans explains what it takes to strike it rich by the time you call it quits. >> zoraida, for regular working americans there's a tried and true secret to becoming a 401(k) millionaire. fidelity studied the habits of people who earned less than $150,000 a year, but who have a 401(k) balance that tops $1 million. their secret? zoraida, they started saving young and socked away a big chunk of their paychecks. how big? 14% of their pay each year before the company match. here's the match. these 401(k) millionaires put aside a median of $13,300 of their own cash, add in an employer contribution for a
whopping $17,400 each year in retirement savings. they took the free money that's the company 401(k) match and weren't too conservative. remember, the younger you are, the more stocks you should have in your portfolio. bonds and savings accounts have very low returns for savers and conservative investors. how much of your portfolio should be in stocks? try this simple math. subtract your age from 120. that means if you're 40, your 401(k) should be about 80% stocks. it pays to save early and to save a lot. it also pays to watch out for fees. over the course of your working life they can suck as much as $100,000 out of your savings. bottom line, 401(k) millionaires save early, save a lot and live beneath their means and invest in stocks. >> oh, no. i'm trying to do all these calculations, trying to figure out how much money i have to go. here's what i want to know. does that take into account the fact you also have to save to send your kids to college? >> separate savings account.
of course, you have to have a job to do that, too. but that is great advice. >> start young. that is great advice. that's all from us here today on "newsroom." we'll be back here again tomorrow. now "the lead" with jake tapper begins right now. bill clinton's right about barack obama, says our guest. former alaska governor sarah palin. he was right back in 2008, she says. meanwhile, the former president is giving the current president another headache about obama care. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead. some breaking news. are you taking statins to lower your cholesterol? maybe you should. the american heart association just released new advice that could change everything you think you know about fighting the artery clogger. the world lead. the effort is massive. relief is on the ground but the wreckage from the super typhoon is so widespread, relief may not get there in time for those who