August 10th, 2009
11:36 PM ET
11 years ago

America's Health Tour: Chattanooga, TN

The CNN Express in Chattanooga, TN

The CNN Express in Chattanooga, TN

The CNN Express is on the road and we are on a mission: Let Americans tell their own economic story. The first stop? Chattanooga, Tennessee.

After interviewing local residents throughout the day, we’re beginning to separate the heated town hall debates and politics of Washington from what the people of the 4th largest city in Tennessee actually want from their health care. The citizens we’ve spoken with are primarily concerned with three key issues: affordability, quality of care and choice of physician.

One father said, “I’m worried about the big illness that can bankrupt a family.”

A mother of three told us, “I want to afford the best care that I can for myself and my children. I don’t want to settle for less than the best if our life is at stake.”

While countless others voiced the need to “pick their own doctor.”

The bottom line is the people of this town were genuinely concerned and were looking for information. Will the government’s plan actually limit their choice of health care? Will it cost more money? How will it affect their family’s ability to use the emergency room in dire situations?

Along our entire journey from Atlanta, Georgia, to Des Monies, Iowa, we are going to answer as many questions as we can and constantly ask one simple question: What do you want from your health care coverage?

This is the conversation happening all week on the CNN Express and we’re just getting started! Follow our trip on Twitter @CNNExpress and @AliVelshi.

Filed under: • Health care
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. RR

    Here's a question no one seems to have an answer for:

    Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are on a course to eat up most of the budget in the next few decades. How is adding a massive new government health care option to that NOT going to speed up that process?

    August 10, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  2. Trent

    We need healthcare reform NOW. I hope every American gets medical coverage. God bless us one and all.

    August 10, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  3. Shellie on the plains.

    The GOP would just as soon see us all rot. Afterall, they have great insurance coverage.

    August 10, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  4. Jackie

    Republicans are once again resorting to the "be afraid, be very afraid" approach to halting heatlthcare reform. According to Republicans, babies will die and the elderly will go wothout. Get real, Republicans are just trying to led the sheep .

    August 10, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  5. 60's survivor

    excellent idea – now this may be newsworthy!!

    August 11, 2009 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  6. welches, oregon

    Fact is – if Obama wasn't trying to get us universal health care, the party of NO would be condeming him for THAT.

    I realize change is scary, and more scary to some, but please get out of the way let every person in this country finally receive Universal Health Care. Why wouldn't we want that?

    August 11, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  7. mike,Texas

    We pay now for everyone and the bill is an option using the money we will save by not having illegals clog up our emergency rooms with 5000 dollar per person bills that we the taxpayers pay for now under the current system and who gets the money big health care companies.100 visits to an emergency room costs more than a full time doctor for a year.And with the savings you the citizen will have an option to ,not go broke from bankruptcy due to medical bills,will have an option to keep the insurance you have,and an option not to be dropped for any reason ,and you will have an option to save the taxpayer you billions of dollars from all the overbilling and supporting illegals with our most expensive form of heathcare our emergency rooms.And this bill will give you the option to have cheaper healthcare due to competition.If you fact check you will find out why the healthcare companies are spending millions a day creating lies to get you to deny you an option to make them compete like you have to do with your business.This bill dose not change 1 thing in your life except,an option for you or a loved one to live due to financial hardship.How long can big corporations keep convincing the masses to vote against their best interest.

    August 11, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  8. Nina

    You are so biased and flat out lie. Sara Palin never mentioned the word euthansia. And yes, end of life counseling is part of Obama's plan. It's not a rumor. As an independent, I have no choice but to only watch Fox news, since CNN has become a mouthpiece for tax & spend liberals. The majority of of Americans are a) insured and b) very satified with our existing coverage. With the existing financially challenged programs, medicaid and medicare, there is no need for a public option. Expand the othe two existing programs. Also a big chunk of the uninsured are illegals so why the heck should American taxpayers pay for their care??? I'm a 2nd generation latina and I oppose any public funds for illegal health care.

    August 11, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  9. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Please dont come to Mayberry.Im sure the wingnuts will be following your bus and we have enough of them already here,likeGoober and Huckabee.

    August 11, 2009 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  10. Paul from Kissimmee

    I really don't know why they're having town hall meetings anyway. They're going to do what they want, and downplay any opposition as not real. This is just another dog and poney show by the Obama klan.

    August 11, 2009 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  11. MatthewDetroit

    Nancy Pelosi is Un American.
    That witch is once again threatening the american people.
    Say NO to health care.
    Stop spending our money.
    All the politicians do is spend spend spend.
    Not one of them knows how to cut budgets and cut spending.
    Thieves. A bunch of corrupt thieves on both sides of the aisle.

    August 11, 2009 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  12. ben

    I'm sure all we will hear from CNN is how the people really want the Obama health care after all CNN is not biased

    August 11, 2009 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  13. nea-nea

    People can say what they want about these town hall meetings but when i see them i think about the 2008 campaign rallies. I believe this was started by the republicans party involvement with the hecklers but now its shaping up to be a honest debate over healthcare, remember the rallies was the same way with people yelling kill him, off with his head,treason and Sarah palin leading them on like she is trying to do now, people was really scared because they was mislead. They even thought Obama was a muslim i bet you anything some of those same people are there that was from the campaign rallies held by John Mccain and Sarah Palin.

    August 11, 2009 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  14. Meredith

    I live in the Chattanooga area and didn't hear about the CNN express coming our way. Where was it advertised? Were only a select group invited to be questioned?

    August 11, 2009 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  15. Victory

    Blah, Blah and Blah, how can u find out these things when all CNN wants to do is show confrontations in town hall meetings. It would be nice if CNN would answer a few questions instead of reporting conflict all the time.

    August 11, 2009 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  16. wanda

    Foxs News (fair and balance) to lie.

    CNN the (most trusted news)to give you half the true.

    MSNBC (the best political team in news) will still do investigation journalism to get to the truth.

    August 11, 2009 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  17. D. Tree

    People are worried about "affordability, quality of care and choice of physician."

    Well, they should pay attention to President Obama's plan for Insurance Reform, because it will save them money, give them more choice, and better care.

    Of course some people are angry and scared, but that's because they have been lied too. I hope the scared and angry people learn the facts, because this reform will help them all!

    August 11, 2009 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  18. Ashley

    I saw the CNN Express outside the restaurant that I waitress at in Chattanooga. Thought it was really neat they decided to stop in Chattanooga to hear our thoughts on the health care issue.

    August 11, 2009 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  19. concerned

    I would likke to know how CNN is answering questions?
    Using the presidents talking points or facts?

    August 11, 2009 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  20. Moe, NY

    CNN...this is a good thing you are doing, why don't you come up to the northern states? You ask people what they want from their health care coverage...why don't you ask some of the 46 + Americans without health care coverage what they would like????....just curious!

    August 11, 2009 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  21. Helen

    Tell people that every one needs health care. I lived in U.S.A had business there and no one would give me health care due to pre existing conditions.If we had stayed there we would be in poor house by now.Had , breast Cancer,brain tumor,and an other breast cancer.
    I get so upset when the Republicans ,whatch CNN last night,when one of them said that the hospitals in USA are full with Canadians and Canadian system is not working.
    The ones that come in USA for treatments are rich and do not know what to do with their money. Like the Daughter of Magna international.
    I wish good luck to President Obama .You realy do not know how much this bill is good for every one in USA

    August 11, 2009 04:26 am at 4:26 am |