CNN’s Soledad O’Brien on World Talk Live

Host Brett Cohen welcomes Soledad O’Brien to BlogTalkRadio for a live, exclusive interview today.

SoledadSoledad O’Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN: Special Investigations Unit, reporting hour-long documentaries throughout the year and filing in-depth series on the most important ongoing and breaking news stories for all major CNN programs.

She joins World Talk Live today at 4pm ET for an exclusive interview from the other side of the desk. She will be taking your calls.

4 thoughts on “CNN’s Soledad O’Brien on World Talk Live

  1. ATL

    Question regarding Being Black In America:
    Other then ratings for CNN, what do you expect to get from this program. Blacks on a REGULAR basis hear this on a regular basis. I did NOT see ONE black successful BLACK couple preparing their child for Harvard, FAMU or Morehouse!!! I did not see anything on Sickle Cell, how blacks are making investments, going from nothing to a successful entrepreneur! All you did is continue to paint the negative picture of Blacks! Only in this country! Go to Canada and their is no program dedicated to one race! Are you planning on following up with what is means to be WHITE IN AMERICA….Do that and the playing feel will be equal. Everyone at CNN should be ashamed of this, I see WHY Oprah and others did not take part in this MESS…..What about the BLACKS fighting in the war…This is all Political and SAD. I feel like you are doing the same thing New York magazine did to Obama! He has my vote! He represent AMERICA!!! Black Families and ALL families,..Guess what there are a lot of blacks out their with the SAME family values! I will not watch CNN EVER. I hope that paycheck is worth it.

  2. Caron Sada

    Soledad —

    Your personal biases and superficial characterizations of the “moms & working” conversation are over the top! David Gergen seemed to be gently pulling you back when he suggested the media may not want to be judgmental — take his advice and remember your professionalism as a reporter of the news. There are wise women who choose to stay home, wise women who work part-time, wise women who work full-time and all types of women who are just doing the best they can based on their current perception of life’s circumstances.

    My suggestion is that we all take a course in critical thinking to better understand our personal conclusions about this topic; right now the media is sharing many typical emotional responses that do not seem to acknowledge the different variables & assumptions on which they are based. After we take a critical thinking course, then let’s do some creative thought at the individual level and challenge ourselves to come up with better answers for ourselves and our families.

    Hopefully, the ongoing conversations will get better and lead to insights rather than just darkening the entrenched battle lines.

  3. Wayne Dowtin

    Hi I’m Wayne, (Medical Collector)
    I say all the time if CNN wants to know how America is doing, spend a day or two at my desk.
    I’m fortunate to be working at something, when so many are not theses days, the country is in the grips of the worst economical dilemma everywhere , I feel the pain of despair through the words I hear while on the phone with those I am employed to call upon. Lost jobs, declining opportunities, gas prices, food cost, and the enormous cost of healthcare and medical services has increased sharply to an all time high, many with limited coverage or most no coverage at all.
    “What now? They say… I never got the “BILL?”

    After all said and done most people I talk to seem to have the feeling of hopelessness when the bottom falls out after a medical issue arises, in these days when everyone is just trying to survive, handling any medical crises can be overwhelming between understanding the endless cycle of filing claims, to understanding your benefits, or creating a budget for those who have no insurance at all.
    “What now? They say… I never got the “BILL?”

    I’m an experienced, educated and trained professional (a person with a job) a very distinct and not so funny job, I present the facts carefully with compassion and empathy and with limited humor (Laughing with others not at them).
    I do what I do as a professional I speak to others who are sent to collections by the very institutions or doctors they trust and have turned to in a time of need, I cover 90 % of the medical facilities with delinquent patients in North Carolina and Georgia and bordering states such as South Carolina, and Virginia and Tennessee at least 10 million records of people who are sent letters and contacted through an automated phone call and correspondence system which calls and writes hundreds of thousands a day whom have received some form of medical attention at some point from someone, somewhere.
    “What now? They say… I never got the “BILL?”

    Today you (the patient) find yourself amongst those who must see the irony and not so funny perspective of the health care billing cycle or collection system or lack there of.
    A system by design (a broken design), that will confuse the most astute intellectuals.
    I speak with them and those not so acclaimed as well as those totally unaware, a growing public a vast minority grown into a vast majority of people who now has to cope with the nuance of a medical collections service.
    The collection phase of the medical billing cycle can be intimidating yet still a valuable service to others or the beginning of the end to someone looking to do what’s right whose intentions were to pay anyway, yet got out of control somehow, somewhere in the process.
    I hear it all the time, why am I getting a call from collections…
    I never got a bill!!!
    “What now? They say… I never got the “BILL?”

    During the normal process of my day, I get an opportunity (not an obligation), to talk to hundreds who have found themselves in a unusual, and uncomfortable position talking to a stranger about what some see as embarrassing and certainly to most a very private matter, not about the procedures but rather about the “MONEY”.
    I hear regularly from all over the map (socially, economically, rural, city, black, white, young, old) more than any thing else “I never got a bill” or more alarming “I got insurance didn’t they pay the bill?” or “I gave the insurance information to the hospital or doctors office or worst than that I told them I didn’t have any insurance when I went in the office or more common the emergency room”
    The point I’m making is something is wrong: where is the “BILL” that statement which states pay this,” This is a real problem; I get asked everything, what did get paid, what’s due, when and to whom, and for what??
    All these are good questions that seem not to get answered before we’re thrused into a conversation with an unaware patient for medical collection (an account.)

    From this point there are some vital decisions to be made, many can and will be eventually reported to all three credit bureaus. I call this the after shock it’s like not waking up from a bad dream, and for some being upgraded to a nightmare.
    Either way you are here, damage control now depends on your own perspective of life (real or assumed). We present the critical facts and how it relates to the resolution, now that we have the account (good, bad, or indifferent) your results now depends on how you approach the call or letter, how you listen to the options or perceive the realities, this will depend on your current state of mind and financial/insurance picture, you must listen and comprehend with an open mind in order to make a clear decision.
    We as Medical Collectors must record all responses for the (Clients) who represent the hospitals; doctor’s office and, medical facilities (who sent you to collections in the first place), the process continues or ends with decisions or directions from you, they are your decisions you are the person: (a.k.a. the debtor) being contacted, your decisions could effect your future as it relates to other things effected by your credit rating.
    “What now? They say… I never got the “BILL?”

    There are answers, several answers to questions like… who to call , what to say, what not to say, how to regain control of a situation out of control.
    Thoughts like be assertive, be aggressive, do some research, follow-up, express concern not complaint, ask questions, ask for help, be logical not impatient set priorities and reasonable expectation for you and others, don’t stop or give in to the temptations to quit.

    My expectation is to seek someone, somewhere who can simplify and or rewrite the billing process for all medical insurance carriers’ government funded and private sector.
    Streamline the process of charity funded financial programs and their availability.

    Help me answer some of the calls to America’s questions, before we call the next victim of a failed billing system.
    I can’t afford to quit my job; neither can you, what if every body suddenly stops paying? Help me, Help others! Until this happens, I’ll continue to do my job with humility and dignity. “What now?” they say… I got the bill Is this another failed part of a system leading America to another critical bailout??


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