December 23rd, 2009
10:24 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Obama’s agenda – how has he fared?

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

It’s going to be a busy Christmas Eve morning on the Senate Floor. It looks as if the final Senate vote on the health care bill will take place before 9 a.m. on Thursday. Although Senators and their staffers will be on the Hill the day before Christmas, many consider this an early Christmas gift compared to the original plan of holding an evening vote. The last time the Senate was in session on Christmas Eve was in 1963 for a report on foreign aid appropriations as the Vietnam War escalated.

We’re also digging deeper on how you will be affected by health care reform. Dr. Sanjay Gupta will report on the shortage of primary-care doctors in this country. This a common refrain heard from all sides of the health care debate. What will the reform do to increasing the number of physicians available and improving overall access to care? If health insurance is offered to millions, could more people overwhelm an already strained system?

President Obama was supposed to travel to Hawaii today where he will be celebrating the holiday, but he told reporters yesterday that he would not leave until the Senate has completed its work on passing the health care bill. He is now scheduled to depart on Thursday morning. Tonight we’ll be looking at the President’s agenda over the past year. How do you think he has fared? Has he met your expectations? What do you hope him to tackle in 2010?

We’re following a disturbing story from Mexico today. Three members of the family of a Mexican marine who died in a shootout last week were killed yesterday in the southern state of Tabasco. The officer was fatally shot during a gun battle that resulted in the killing of one of Mexico’s most wanted drug lords. At his funeral over the weekend, the marine’s name was made public and the killing of his family members has raised speculation in Mexico that it was an act of retaliation by members of the drug cartel.

We’re also keeping an eye on the custody battle in Brazil. The chief justice of Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of David Goldman, a New Jersey man trying to win custody of his son, Sean. Goldman has waged a five-year battle for his son, who has been living with relatives on his mother’s side of the family since she died last year. Father and son could depart Rio as early as today. We’ll have the latest details tonight.

Were you one of the unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on how you look at it) people whose BlackBerry stopped working yesterday? Customers throughout North America were without email and Internet services for more than eight hours after a widespread outage last night and into this morning. BlackBerry has not given a reason for the outage and it’s the second such breakdown in less than a week. What happened and is it a sign of more outages to come?

And good luck for all of you holiday travelers out there. Another major winter storm is expected to move eastward from the Rockies over the Plains and the Midwest in the next few days. Will this deter your travel plans?

What else are you following today? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m.

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  1. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Merry Christmas to You Eliza and Bloggers

    I hope they pass this bill soon and this has gone on too long already .The care is so needed for everyone and doctors ned to be avialble to patients when they need care . The blackberry outages got me thinking i hope Anderson 's blackberry didn't get cut off what will he do without it ,ha!
    Great recaps of last night 's fave Anderson moments of the year too funny .

    Thanks for the buzz

    Michelle D.

    December 23, 2009 at 10:59 am |