March 9th, 2009
11:00 PM ET

On the radar: Making insurers cover pre-existing conditions

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Our 360° series on President Obama's prescription for health care reform continues all week.

On Tuesday, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will look at one of the biggest barriers to buying health insurance in the private market: pre-existing conditions. In 44 states and the District of Columbia, it's perfectly legal for insurers to deny coverage or in some cases charge higher prices to people with medical conditions they already have – or have had in the past.

You'll meet a man who lost his health insurance when his heart condition forced him to sell his business. No problem, he thought, I'll just buy an individual policy. That's when the nightmare began. The first agent he talked to actually laughed at him and flat-out said there was no way he would get coverage with his history of heart trouble and other problems.

So what exactly qualifies as a pre-existing condition? You might be surprised.

President Obama's health care reform plans require insurers to cover pre-existing conditions - no matter what they are.

Tuesday, Sanjay will dig deeper on this issue that comes up in almost every major health care discussion. Have you or a loved one been denied coverage because of current or previous medical condition?

See you at 10 p.m. eastern.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Cate Vojdik
March 9th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/09/09

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Tonight on AC360°, we'll look at President Obama's promise to fix health care. Many before him have tried and failed. Do you think Pres. Obama will change that? We'll have a report tonight from 360 M.D. Sanjay Gupta on how one state is setting the example of how universal health care could be provided across America. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Tonight we're trying something different. We want to keep the live blog on this one topic. So, please share your thoughts on health care below.

And, don't miss Erica Hill's webcast on health care during the commercials. Watch our WEBCAST

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Filed under: Live Blog
March 9th, 2009
09:41 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Curing Deadly Diseases?

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Many scientists and a big name in politics are praising President Obama's move today to end former President George W. Bush's ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. But many others are against the decision.

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, calls the president's policy change as "a slap in the face to Americans who believe in the dignity of all human life."

Meanwhile, Former first lady Nancy Reagan issued a statement thanking Pres. Obama for lifting the ban.

"These new rules will now make it possible for scientists to move forward," Reagan said. "Countless people, suffering from many different diseases, stand to benefit from the answers stem cell research can provide. We owe it to ourselves and to our children to do everything in our power to find cures for these diseases."

Mrs. Reagan is hoping scientists will be able to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, which her husband President Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with after leaving office.

Do you agree or disagree with Pres. Obama's decision? Sound off below.

Also tonight, we being a week-long look at the president's prescription for health care reform. He's vowed to fix the system. We'll look at how one state's health care coverage could be the model for something offered nationwide.

Plus, Anderson takes you to a place where kidnappings, torture, and even beheadings have become common. It's not Iraq or Afghanistan. It's much closer than that: Mexico. The country's powerful drug cartels are at war. The bloodshed and danger are now spilling across the border into the U.S. Don't miss Anderson's "60 Minutes" report on the crisis.

We'll have these stories and more starting at 10pm ET.
See you then!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
March 9th, 2009
09:28 PM ET

Leave it to the Queen of Talk to tell Rihanna to run!

Program Note: Watch Randi Kaye's full report tonight on AC360 at 10 p.m. ET.
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Randi Kaye | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Oprah didn’t mince words when she warned Rihanna from the couch of her talk show to stay away from her boyfriend Chris Brown. She told Rihanna “He will hit you again. I don't care what his plea is. He will hit you again.”

Brown, who has publicly apologized but has not yet entered a plea, is charged with two felonies for allegedly assaulting Rihanna in a rented sports car. If the police affidavit is correct, it was a pretty violent attack which included punching her in the face repeatedly, threatening to kill her, and holding her in a headlock until she nearly passed out.


Filed under: 360º Follow • Oprah Winfrey • Randi Kaye
March 9th, 2009
07:02 PM ET

Sanjay's talk with Pres. Obama

Program Note: Tune in to hear more from Dr. Sanjay Gupta tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

On tonight’s program, I’m going to be talking with Anderson about health care reform. As many of you know, I met with President Obama in November, after the election. He invited me to talk about the job of surgeon general.

The conversations with his advisors continued over the next few months, until last week, when I said I no longer wanted to be considered as the next surgeon general. It was a personal decision, no reflection on the job or the president’s policies, but it’s safe to say I have been thinking hard about the challenge of overhauling the way we get health care in this country.

I’ve learned a lot about how the president sees this challenge, and I’m doing a series of reports, each night this week. Tonight, I ask: what would universal health care really look like? You don’t have to go to France, or even Canada, to get a look... I hope you’ll join us.

Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Health Care
March 9th, 2009
05:18 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/09/09

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World Celebrates International Women's Day
BEIJING, CHINA – MARCH 8: (CHINA OUT) Hostesses for the National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) jump in unison in Tiananmen Square in celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, 2009 in Beijing, China. The official theme of this years International Women's Day is 'women and men united to end violence against women and girls'. (Photo by Zhang Xiuke/ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
March 9th, 2009
04:48 PM ET

Oprah to Rihanna: 'He will hit you again'

With reports that Rihanna is back with Chris Brown, Oprah has a warning. HLN's Brooke Anderson reports. We'll be taking a closer look at this tonight on AC360°.

March 9th, 2009
04:38 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: World Bank issues grim forecast

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Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

The world economy is on track to post its worst performance since the Great Depression, with developing countries bearing much of the economic pain, the World Bank said.

Those countries face a credit shortfall of up to $700 billion.

"The global economy is likely to shrink this year for the first time since World War II," the bank said, noting that global industrial production, by the middle of 2009, could be as much as 15 percent lower than in 2008.

Based on those projections, world trade is on track to record its largest decline in 80 years, with the sharpest losses expected in East Asia.


Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Bailout Turmoil • Economy • Finance • Health Care • Raw Politics • Wall St.
March 9th, 2009
04:15 PM ET

Tensions high in advance of Tibet anniversary

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Jaime FlorCruz
CNN Beijing Bureau Chief

March 10 marks the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule and the chasm between Beijing and critics of its Tibet policies remains deep and wide.

Pro-Tibet supporters have marched in London and other cities to mark the anniversary. "Tibetans have had enough Chinese rule," said Matt Wiskase, a protest organizer in London. "They emphatically reject Chinese rule in Tibet and they want to be free."

But Chinese officials blame the 50-year conflict on the Dalai Lama, accusing the Buddhist leader of seeking to sever Tibet from China.


Filed under: China • Dali Lama • Tibet
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