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AC360° Senior Producer
Health Care is at the top of the White House agenda today. The President hosts a summit with doctors, patients and lawmakers to discuss the nation’s health care infrastructure.
Word has it that even cancer-stricken Senator Ted Kennedy may attend, though his office will not confirm. He has been an important dealmaker in the effort to reform health care in this country.
This summit kicks off the legislative effort to cut costs and expand coverage which President Obama and other Democrats say they want done by as early as August. Critics worry that the President is taking on an ambitious and expensive effort at a time when the economy needs full attention, and that the President may be biting off more than he can chew. An estimated 46 million Americans are currently uninsured.
We also watch a vote in the Senate today on the 2009 budget. Critics have complained this bill is full of pork, and 2 Senate Democrats (Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Evan Bayh of Indiana) are now urging President Obama to veto the $410 billion spending bill because they say it’s expensive and full of earmarks. Will he sign, a day after he made a pledge to cut back on wasteful government spending?
California’s Supreme Court hears arguments on why Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage, should be overturned. They are allowing cameras to film the proceedings, so it should be interesting!
Gary Tuchman flew to Mexico following the State Department travel advisory against heading there for Spring Break. Rosarito and Ensenada are only a drive away from Southern California, but sit along drug routes to the United States. Violence has been rampant, and as spring break kicks up, we talk to those who have ignored calls to stay away. He’ll have this story tonight.
Mr. Angelina Jolie hits Capitol Hill today. That will stir things up, right? He meets with Nancy Pelosi to discuss “Make it Right’-a project launched in 2007 to construct affordable and sustainable housing for low-income residents of the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans. You can be sure cameras will be there to snap that picture, and sorry but the gals on AC360 don’t need many excuses to feature a shot of Brad Pitt at 10pet.
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