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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.
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