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March 22nd, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Health Care Fight: What's Next – Join the Live Chat

Tonight on 360°, what's next in the battle over health care. Pres. Obama will sign the bill into law tomorrow. But a package of changes is headed to the Senate for reconciliation, where Republicans are vowing to do whatever they can do to stop it. We've got the raw politics. Plus, remembering a pioneering CNN photojournalist. Margaret Moth, 59, was fearless to the end.

Want more details on our health care coverage? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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Filed under: Live Blog
March 22nd, 2010
08:59 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Health Care Fight Not Over

The U.S. Senate is set to tackle the House-approved health care reform reconciliation bill.

The U.S. Senate is set to tackle the House-approved health care reform reconciliation bill.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The fight over health care is far from over. Yes, the House approved sweeping reform last night. Pres. Obama will sign that legislation into law tomorrow at the White House. But there's also the separate compromise package that still needs approval from the Senate. No members of the GOP backed the House vote yesterday and Republicans in the Senate are vowing to do whatever they can do to try and stop the $940 billion plan from getting approval.

Tonight on 360° we have the raw politics and raw emotion and we'll show you what this all means for you and your family.

Here are some of the immediate changes that will take effect with Pres. Obama's signature:

– Insurance companies will no longer be able to cancel or deny policies to children due to pre-existing conditions.
– Insurance plans would also have to cover the cost of certain preventive care & not include that care in deductibles.
– They also will not be able to place lifetime caps on policy payouts.
– Young adults will be eligible to stay on their parents' insurance plans until they turn 26

Though, keep in mind, most of the significant changes don't take effect until 2014. We'll run through the timeline for you.

We'll also talk with Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, who made the last-minute deal with the White House that called for Pres. Obama to issue an executive order guaranteeing that the health care bill would not change existing limits on federal funding for abortion. When Rep. Stupak delivered a speech on the House floor last night defending the deal you heard someone call out "baby killer." Texas Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer revealed today he was the one connected to the outburst. Though, he insists he said "It's a baby killer", in reference to the deal itself, not to Congressman Stupak himself. Neugebauer has apologized to Mr. Stupak. We'll dig deeper on the heated moment with the Michigan congressman.

As I mentioned, there's still the Senate vote on the series of changes. Republicans say they'll use any and all legislative tactics to try and stop the reconciliation bill from passing. Those tactics can include unlimited objections and amendments. If any of those amendments pass, it has to go back to the House. We'll talk about the maneuvering with CNN's Dana Bash on Capitol Hill.

There's also the battle brewing in at least 11 states to try to block the legislation. Once Pres. Obama signs the bill into law tomorrow several attorneys general are planning legal challenges, claiming it's unconstitutional to require all Americans to carry health coverage or face a fine. Today White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the Obama administration expects to win any lawsuits filed against the bill. Anderson will talk with Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff about his state's pending legal fight.

With all of this as a backdrop, Pres. Obama plans to hit the road to sell the reform to skeptical Americans. He'll give a speech Thursday in Iowa City, Iowa. That's where he first launched his push for reform in May 2007, before becoming president. The president and his party could take big hits over this in the November mid-term elections. We'll talk that over, as well, with our panel of experts tonight.

What do you think of the bill passed and the battles still to come? Sound off below.

Join us for all the angles tonight at 10 P.M. ET. See you then.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
March 22nd, 2010
05:34 PM ET

Will your state challenge the health reform bill?

Attorneys general from at least 10 states are claiming that they will challenge the constitutionality of the health care reform bill passed by the House late Sunday night.

The attorneys general that are threatening to take legal action are from the following states:

– Florida
– South Carolina
– Alabama
– Nebraska
– Texas
– Pennsylvania
– Washington
– Utah
– North Dakota
– South Dakota


Filed under: Health Care
March 22nd, 2010
03:37 PM ET

How the health care bill could affect you

Americans will see some immediate changes when President Obama signs the new health care bill into law Tuesday. But other changes, including mandated coverage for all U.S. residents, will take years to kick in.

Click here for an interactive guide to which benefits will start immediately and which will come in 2014.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Health Care
March 22nd, 2010
03:36 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/22/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden speaks to the media at Eisenhower Executive Office Building March 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. Biden made a statement on Recovery Act tax cut and discussed a new online tool on WhiteHouse.gov to help middle class families on the tax cuts.

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

Beat 360° Winners:
Staff:

Joey
You know what this is, Boehner? The world’s smallest violin.

Viewer:
V. Wolsk
Vice President Biden demonstrates the pinching technique he used to convince the last few Democrats to say yes to the healthcare bill.

________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge


Filed under: 360° Radar
March 22nd, 2010
12:33 PM ET

The $300 million heist

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Rembrandt, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Rembrandt, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

The paintings were priceless. The heist, however, was worth $300 million.

This past Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of the largest art theft in U.S. history. And to this day, authorities still have no clue who took some of the greatest works of art from the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

“It’s still an on going investigation with leads that we continue to follow,” said FBI spokesman Mike McNamara. “I think at some point the paintings will be recovered.”

But even a $5 million reward and the promise of immunity has yet to tempt anyone to come forward with information on the historic robbery that reads more like a hollywood caper.

On March 18, 1990, two white men dressed as Boston police officers told museum security guards they were responding to a call of a disturbance at the museum.
Once the fake cops were allowed in, they subdued the guards and restrained them with handcuffs and duct tape. The “panic button” which would alert the police department of a crime, was not activated, and the museum’s surveillance tape was taken by the robbers.

Authorities said the suspects were in the museum from 1:24am until 2:45am.

Within that relatively small window of time, they made off with several masterpieces from the Dutch and Blue Room Galleries:

– VERMEER, THE CONCERT; Oil on canvas, 72.5 x 64.7 cm.
– REMBRANDT, A LADY AND GENTLEMAN IN BLACK; Oil on canvas, 131.6 x 109 cm. Inscribed at the foot, REMBRANDT. FT: 1633.
– REMBRANDT, THE STORM ON THE SEA OF GALILEE, Oil on canvas, 161.7 x 129.8. cm. Inscribed on the rudder, REMBRANDT. FT: 1633
– REMBRANDT, SELF PORTRAIT, Etching, 1 3/4" x 2", (Postage Stamp size)
– GOVAERT FLINCK, LANDSCAPE WITH AN OBELISK , Oil on an oak panel, 54.5 x 71 cm. Inscribed faintly at the foot on the right; R. 16.8
– CHINESE BRONZE BEAKER OR "KU", Chinese, SHANG DYNASTY, 1200-1100 BC; height of 10 ", diameter of 6 1/8", with a weight of 2 pounds, 7 ounces.

SHORT GALLERY
– DEGAS, LA SORTIE DU PELAGE, pencil and water color on paper, 10 x 16 cm.
– DEGAS, CORTEGE AUX ENVIRONS DE FLORENCE, pencil and wash on paper, 16 x 21 cm.
– DEGAS, THREE MOUNTED JOCKEYS; Black ink, white, flesh and rose washes, probably oil pigments, applied with a brush on medium brown paper, 30.5 x 24 cm.
– DEGAS, PROGRAM FOR AN ARTISTIC SOIREE; Charcoal on white paper, 24.1 x 30.9 cm.
– DEGAS, PROGRAM FOR AN ARTISTIC SOIREE; a less finished version of the above, charcoal on buff paper, 23.4 x 30 cm
– MANET, CHEZ TORTONI; Oil on canvas, 26 x 34 cm

The 2010 value of the theft is estimated at approximately $500 million.

The FBI continues to receive tips and phone calls, McNamara said. He also said DNA evidence taken from the duct tape used to bind the guards was resubmitted for testing.

Contact the FBI or your local police if you have any information on the the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum art theft.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
March 22nd, 2010
12:20 PM ET
March 22nd, 2010
12:06 PM ET

Health care reform: How House members voted

The House voted Sunday night on the Senate bill for health care reform, passing it 219 to 212. Find out how each member of the House voted, beginning with the Democrats in favor.

Final vote tally
YES: 219
NO: 212


Filed under: 360° Radar
March 22nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET

How GOP can rebound from its 'Waterloo'?

David Frum
Special to CNN

What the hell do we Republicans do now?

In the very short run, our course is obvious enough: There will be more votes on health care in the Senate, and we will vote nay again. But this is anti-climax territory. The decisive vote occurred Sunday night.

The "what next?" question pertains to the days further ahead, after President Obama signs the merged House-Senate legislation and "Obamacare" becomes the law of the land.

Some Republicans talk of repealing the whole bill. That's not very realistic. Even supposing that Republicans miraculously capture both houses of Congress in November, repeal will require a presidential signature.

More relevantly: Do Republicans write a one-sentence bill declaring that the whole thing is repealed? Will they vote to reopen the "doughnut" hole for prescription drugs for seniors? To allow health insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions? To kick millions of people off Medicaid?

It's unimaginable, impossible.

But there are things that can be done, and here are some early priorities:

1) One of the worst things about the Democrats' plan is the method of financing: an increase in income taxes. The top rate of tax was already scheduled to jump to 39.6 percent at the end of this year. Now a surtax of 5.4 percent will be stacked atop that higher rate. At first, the surtax bites only very high incomes: $500,000 for individuals. But that tax will surely be applied to larger and larger portions of the American population over time.

Read more...


Filed under: 360° Radar
March 22nd, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Dear President Obama #427: "Battle stars...and scars..."

Reporter's Note: President Obama reads my letters every day. At least I think so. Or I like to think so. Either way, I write them…day after day to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

President Obama is setting out to visit a variety of states to convince folks that passing this health care bill is a good thing. Considering the strength of the opposition on this measure, he’s got his work cut out. Just like I do with a letter a day to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Dear Mr. President,

After a long, complex and certainly confusing struggle, Congress has finally approved your health care reform plan and it awaits only your signature. Congratulations. I know you’ve hung a lot of hopes on this matter, and opinions on both sides of the issue have been plenty hot. If you sense a certain reserve, however, that is precisely due to the heat of the moment; and because as a smart friend told me once, “If the fight is bad enough, even when you win you still sort of lose.”

I’m not trying to rain on your parade, so let’s start with the upsides. You’ve won what you believe is a great positive for the American public; an expansion of health coverage, a containment of costs, and a hedge against a spiraling deficit. You’ve invested more than a quarter of your presidency in it, and instead of coming up with a big doughnut hole, you’ll get some positive headlines. Same goes for your political party. That is undeniably better than the alternative, which would have involved booking a lot of tee times and pretty much giving up on effective governing from here on out.

But now, let’s look at the downsides: This was a complete flameout on the bipartisanship that you promised. (Blame that on the Republicans if you wish, but they are blaming right back…and btw, they won some of your Democrats to their side.) Your team struck some distasteful deals to get this through, making it look as if the legislation alone was not strong enough to win support even from your own team. And your protestations aside, this was not the wide open, transparent process you suggested.

But here is the real issue. Instead of being something that united the country in the name of change, hope, and common good, (themes of your campaign, you may recall) this seems to have deepened the political divide dramatically. Which is saying something because it was pretty deep to begin with. And the consequences of that, I fear, are something that neither you, nor I, nor any of your political pals up on the Hill can even begin to predict.

So speaking of surprise results, I managed to destroy my cell phone again. (Did I tell you this?) Second time in two months. So if you want to call, use my BlackBerry. Or try my desk phone.

Regards,

Tom

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Find more of the Foreman Letters here.

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