tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC September 30, 2013 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
stocks back then fell 3.7 percent. if that were to happen today, retirement savings accounts could lose as much as $9,000 in a span of just a couple of weeks, diane. >> the previous experience was rather limited, rather short. we're talking about an even bigger threat looming ahead. >> reporter: yes because we have another major battle. it's probably something for some that will say crises fatigue. the reality of the situation we're talking about once we faced this before we faced a credit crises in this country, trillions of dollars in wealth wiped out in a matter of couple of days, a debt downgrade and that will come october 17th when we run out of money. >> this is different. this is an even more seismic shift right now. thank you rebecca jarvis. of course one issue in the middle of all of this, the president says he will not stop that other historic event about to take place tonight at
midnight, obama care. for the first time every american expected to have health insurance, 50 million uninsured will be able to start shopping tomorrow. paula faris tells us what to expect when you check in. >> reporter: max was dropped from his health iurance because of his pre-existing condition. >> i have asma and allergies. >> courtney says she can't afford it. >> i need good maternity coverage. >> reporter: we heard from so many of you. >> will i have more affordable health care? >> reporter: all part of the 48 million americans who do not have insurance, about 15 percent of the population. >> how do i sign up and when does the coverage begin. >> reporter: starting at midnight you can go on health care.gov where you'll be able to shop around, compare plans and buy. everyone regardless of age, gender, income or pre-existing condition will be able to get insurance. if you don't want to buy or have been delaying because of
expense, you'll have until march 31st, six months to purchase a plan or face a fine from the government. >> i just want to be covered like anybody else. >> reporter: no one will know how good of a deal this is until midnight. but for people like max, he can breathe easier now knowing he has a choice. >> i just want to have that safety net. >> reporter: that is the big mystery. we will not know the details of these plans or how much they cost until midnight. tomorrow we're walking folks through it and really helping them understand who they can trust throughout the process. >> we'll be doing it right here and making it simple. thank you, paula. there is something happens all around you tonight proving that american health care costs have been out of control far and away the highest in the world. so people are taking their business abroad tonight. abc's byron pitts got on a plane with some of the 1 million
americans who are in a sense paid by their employers to go on a surgical vacation. >> reporter: for 39-year-old joy gulon of hickory, north carolina. this is her first time on a plane. >> reporter: her destination? the sun soaked south american hot spot, costa rica. a four star hotel. local driver, personal concierge. but a full fledged vacation it's not. joy is a medical tourist. she's come to costa rica for wright loss surgery because of a family history of diabetes and heart disease. >> could you have afforded this at home? >> no. >> no chance? >> no. >> reporter: and what's more, her company is paying the entire bill. they gave joy as choice. a traditional insurance plan or out sourcing her care in a foreign country. >> out of pocket, how much we have t >> nothing, zero. >> reporter: back home joy's gastric sleeve surgery goes for $30,000.
here, less than $18,000. her company, hsm, a furniture manufacturer in western, nc tells abc news it has saved nearly $10 million in health care cost the past 5 years by sending close to 250 employees abroad for medical procedures. another hsm employee on the costa rica trip is 65-year old gary harwell. a retired plant manager, gary's going for knee replacement. his doctor who earned his medical degree in latin america has received advanced training in the u.s. in the u.s. gary's knee replacement would have cost more than $50,000. in costa rica it's half that. in the u.s. gary and joy would have each paid $3,000 out of pocket. in costa rica, nothing. get this, when the bandages come off, joy and gary will get a bonus check for at least $2,500 from their company. a percentage of the corporate savings in insurance costs.
but medical experts who are tracking the increasing number of americans going abroad for medical care are concerned. >> what are the biggest challenges? >> risk of infection. risk of a poorly performed procedure. >> reporter: at this private hospital there has been a very low rate of problems. for patients like joy, the opportunity outweighs the risk, the opportunity of a better, healthier life without breaking the bank. byron pitts, abc news. we move on. tonight we are learning about an extraordinary decision in the american military, two marine generals were fired for negligence, for failing to protect their troops and equipment at a large base in southern afghanistan. two marines were killed when the base was attacked by the taliban last year, the first time since the vietnam war that a general
was fired for negligence after an enemy attack. next to chicago where investigators are searching for the mysterious caution of this collision with a run away train. an empty train slammed into a commuter train loaded with passengers. dozens were hurt. the morning rush hour came to a halt. the empty train has been in a repair yard when somehow it began rolling down the tracks. another bizarre incidents of road rage yesterday, motorcycle kl c occurreding a car with a dad. >> reporter: watch as 30 bikers take over this new york hare, surrounding this black range rover. look, one of the riders seems to stop short. the suv hits him, breaking his leg. within seconds the entire group grinds to a halt. they surround the suv police say attacking the car and slashing
its tires. that the when the suv takes off, plowing over some of the bikers. watch again. police say the driver in the car with his wife and young daughter was afraid for his life. then a high speed chase. the bikers in hot pursuit. at one point they catch up. one biker tries to open the car door. but again it speeds away. the chase ends on the streets of manhattan. the driver trapped in traffic. the bikers surround the car again. this one smashing the driver's side window with his helmet. >> he's taken out of the car. he is assaulted. he received some stitches at columbia presbyterian hospital. >> reporter: tonight police are trying to track down the bikers and pouring over every second of that video. now the news tonight on the american student, amanda knox back in the spotlight once again on trial for the murder of her roommate. an appeals court in italy is
again holding out the threat that she could be forced back to italy and back to jail. abc's gio benitez with the latest on what is happening to her tonight. >> reporter: as her third murder trial kicks off in italy, a world away in seattle, amanda knox says she's living a nightmare. >> the longer this plays out the longer it's going to take me to get my life back and to move on. >> reporter: it's been two years since knox returned home. after an italian appeals court overturned her murder conviction. she and her then boyfriend were accused of killing knox's roomate meredith kercher. back in the u.s. knox reenrolled in college, found a new boyfriend, and wrote a book. but then this spring, a crushing blow. the italian supreme court ordering a retrial. knox told diane, it was incredibly painful news. >> i felt like, after crawling
through a field of barbed wire and finally reaching what i thought was the end, it just turned out that it was the horizon. >> reporter: knox has always said she's innocent. that she's not the sex-fueled murderess she was made out to be. but she's still refusing to return to italy for her retrial. >> i have plenty to fear because i was already imprisoned wrongrully, i was already convicted wrongfully. >> reporter: if knox is convicted again, italy could ask the us to force her to return. >> what are the changes that italy could seek the extradition? >> extradition is 90 percent politics and ten percent law. >> reporter: knox will now defend herself from the safety of seattle. >> not ever going to accept the idea that anyone can say that i did something that i didn't. >> reporter: gio benitez, abc news, new york. and tell ahead on "world
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the end of an affair, another powerhouse had a grand finale last night, "breaking bad" and it made abc's david wright think of our favorite finales over the years and some of the secrets inside them we only know now. >> just get me home. >> reporter: finales are all about moments of redemption and or revenge. >> i read that you cried writing the last episode. >> i did because it was just so darn brilliant. >> reporter: breaking dad's finale tied up loose ends you might not even have noticed. for instance, when walt put his watch on the phone booth, he had to ditch the walt because they realized he wasn't wearing one in the flashback that started the final season. seinfeld series finale flashed back nine seasons. the show ended in prison, but
listen closely. >> the second button is the key button. it literally makes or breaks the shirt. look at it, it's too high. >> reporter: the same conversation word for word from the pilot. >> the second button literally makes or breaks the shirt. look at it. it's too high. >> reporter: the friends finale, famously brought ross and rachel together. >> did she get off the plane? did she get off the plane? >> i got off the plane. >> reporter: the truth is it wasn't meant to be but a rabbi convinced the producer it was the happy ending fans wanted. friends was comedy, "breaking bad" tragedy. >> i did it for me. i liked it. i was good at it. >> reporter: 10 million people were hanging on every word. david wright, abc news, hollywood. >> we're grad you were watching. we're always there at abcnews.com.
>> one reason for the debate of shutting down the government, whether you're for it or against it, chances are you are like the rest of us. totally confused. will your rates go up or fall? is it free? who qualifies? who doesn't? what more confusing than obama care? well, we found a list of things. why do they call it ovaltine? >> the mug is round. the jar is round. they should call it rounin snyder keeps getting movie roles. and what is breaking bad despite not watching the other 61 episodes. >> number two, the most trending story on google today, the finale of "breaking bad." as you know, last night the emmy-winning show that went from cult following to one of the most celebrated shows in all
time endedity five-season run. and as a show for school teacher turns drug lord, its fans have no place to get a fix on sunday nights. millions will suffer what is called breaking bad withdraws. here is a list of ways to cope. one, lay down on a giant pile of money. number two, learn how to make meth, scratch it and make snicker doodles instead. three, spend more time with family. nah! four, turn off the tv and read a book. or stay tuned, more on the finale, coming up on the "the hot list." >> a new study claims the third year of marriage is the happiest time for a couple. they broke it down this way. year one is mainly post wedding bliss. >> you had me at hello. >> the second year is spent getting to know each other. in year three is comfortable. . this year, yeah, well forget happiness. the study shows couple gets
tired with heavy workloads. and in some cases, kids. >> and number four, great, great, great, great, great, great grandpa's voice, that wasn't so great. new research shows our ancestors may have sound like this. >> yeah, that's your relatives. a linguist from university of kentucky and a recording he made for archaeologist magazine reconstructed what he believes is the sound of the preto endo european language for pie. >> i think he was just ordering a slice of pie at denny's and we thought all of our relatives sounded like this. at number five, that puburger i just fatty, it is cold too. >> welcome to the home of the good burger, can i take your order? >> it's not your imagination. you are waiting longer at the
drive-through. the amount of people time wait at fast-food drive-through windows is getting longer. mcdonald's posting its slowest times in 15 years. what is causing the slow down? menu bloat. due to the complexity of menus added. not to be confused with the the bloat of what is on the menu that can be stkipped too. >> alanis morisette's nanny, not happy. and more on the hot list. >> i liked it. >> last night's final episode of "breaking bad" brought in huge ratings and huge surprise. walter white dies. social media burned up with positive reactions.