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June 28th, 2012
12:52 PM ET

What would be true health care reform? Health care economist Paul Keckley lists four things that should be changed

Paul Keckley, Health Care Economist, defines what health care reform means to him – and how we can actually get there.

Filed under: Health care
June 28th, 2012
12:47 PM ET

Rep. Cleaver says walkout on Holder contempt vote to show 'some of us just don’t want to observe an injustice taking place,' says 'this whole deal stinks'

This morning, the House of Representatives will make history. For the first time ever, they could hold a vote to hold a sitting United States attorney general in contempt of Congress.

They're voting against Attorney General Eric Holder, for withholding documents about the failed "Fast and Furious" program. A final attempt by Justice Department officials to negotiate with House Republicans failed on Tuesday, and now, a group of House Democrats are planning a walkout to boycott the vote.

This morning on "Starting Point," Congressional Black Caucus chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), explains why he's leading the charge on the Democratic walkout.

Transcript available after the jump.


Filed under: Fast and Furious
June 28th, 2012
10:37 AM ET

Starting Point playlist for Thursday, June 28, 2012

Jimmie Walker is best known for his role  as J.J. Evans on the hit '70s sitcom "Good Times," especially for his catchphrase "DYN-O-MITE!" This phrase is also the title of his newly published memoir about race in comedy, as well as the relationships he formed with other greats in the business. On his playlist: "S.O.S." by Rihanna.

Also played:

Panelist Will Cain's playlist:
Dire Straits – "Money for Nothing"

Senator Mike Lee's playlist:
Vampire Weekend – "A-Punk"

Dr. Sanjay Gupta's playlist:
Finger Eleven – "Paralyzer"

June 28th, 2012
10:01 AM ET

Sen. Schumer: People want health care bill, says if GOP tries to repeal 'good parts' in health care law, Dems will be on 'strong ground'

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) tells Soledad on "Starting Point" that the elements in the Affordable Care Act are things the American people want.

Transcript after the jump.


Filed under: Health care
June 28th, 2012
09:50 AM ET

Comedian Jimmie Walker reflects on his life and career in new book

"Good Times" was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1970s, running from 1974 to 1979.

It was a groundbreaking show about a struggling, poor African-American family living in a Chicago housing project.

In it's first full season, it was the seventh highest rated program, reaching an estimated 17 million households across the United States.

Comedian Jimmie Walker helped launch the show into television history with his catch-phrase "dynomite," one of the most famous of all time.

On Starting Point this morning, Walker discusses his career and his new book "Dyn-O-Mite: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times."

Filed under: Book • Entertainment
June 28th, 2012
09:49 AM ET

Sen. Mike Lee says SCOTUS could strike down mandate, argues justices don't make decisions based on personal politics

In just a few short minutes from this writing, the U.S. Supreme Court will hand down a ruling on the Affordable Care Act, a much-criticized health care reform bill that could be called the Obama Administration's signature piece of legislation. The decision could change the entire frame of health care in this country.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning on the possible rulings that could come today. He predicts that the Supreme Court will likely strike down the individual mandate in the health care bill. He also responds to a poll of Americans on if they feel Supreme Court justices are biased.

Filed under: Health care • SCOTUS
June 28th, 2012
09:43 AM ET

Is the health care law constitutional?

CNN contributor Will Cain on the Constitutional issues facing the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on health care.

Filed under: Constitution
June 28th, 2012
09:37 AM ET

Super PAC debuts new ad attacking Romney's record at Bain

Super PAC Priorities USA Action is debuting a new ad today once again attacking Romney's career at Bain Capital. The ad, which is going to run in swing states as part of a ten million dollar campaign, claims that "for every company Romney drove into the ground, he average a $92 million profit."

Bain recently responded to these claims, writing in a statement to the New York Times: "Bain Capital does not make money on investments when our investors lose money. Any suggestion to the contrary is based on a misleading analysis that examines the income of a business without taking account of expenses."

On Starting Point this morning, Priorities USA senior strategist  Bill Burton discusses the campaign and responds to critics who say that attacking Romney's record is not a good strategy.

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Politics
June 28th, 2012
09:28 AM ET

Fact Check: Are common claims about the health care law true?

The health care law has been in effect for 828 days and it's been the subject of intense criticism since its inception.

Congressional Republicans have been among the law's harshest critics. This morning, they are promising a full repeal of the law if the Supreme Court lets the health care legislation stand.

Accordingly, the Starting Point team took some time to fact check a few claims about health care reform on today's show.

First, is the presiden'ts health care law driving up the cost of health care?

Health insurance premiums jumped nine percent from 2010 to 2011, an increase Republicans blame on the health care law. However, according to, the law only caused about a one to three percent increase in costs. The rest of the nine percent was due to rising health care costs.

Additionally, the increase caused by the law, was the result of increased benefits. For instance, allowing children to stay on their parent's policies until they are 26, or covering children with pre-existing conditions.

Another question, does the health care law make it harder for small businesses to hire new workers?

The fact is, businesses with fewer than 50 employees are exempt and according to, experts predict the law may cause a small loss of low wage jobs, but will also create an increase in better paying jobs in the health care and insurance industries.

Finally, is it fair to say that the health care law was passed by the strong majority of a Democratically elected Congress, as President Obama has claimed?

No, the legislation was passed along party lines with 60 votes.

Filed under: Fact check • Health care
June 28th, 2012
06:57 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for June 28th, 2012

This morning, "Starting Point" is live at 7am Eastern. Soledad O'Brien will talk with our panelists, CNN contributors Will Cain and Margaret Hoover, and writer Richard Socarides. Our panel will be talking about the following top stories:

* Calmer winds may aid Colorado firefighters in epic battle

Five scenarios: Health care options before the justices

House to vote on holding Attorney General Holder in contempt

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Filed under: Live Blog
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