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.
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Some state attorneys general are planning to sue the federal government over mandatory health care coverage. They say it is unconstitutional and violates the 10th ammendment. If this is the case, why is there no choice about paying into medicare or social security? They are both mandated federal insurance programs.
I find the republicans and the folks who opposed this bill.
1. They have the best health at their disposal.
2. How can you argue you oppose abortion and yet you wan to abort the living uninsured or those who will loose their insurance. Where are your moral and your christian values. These values are not mutually exclusive. They go hand and in hand.
Shame on those who opposed this bill.
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I don't understand the law suit that states are going to take up. They say that the government can't order the people to buy health care insurance. They force us to buy car insurance. If they win these suits, can stop paying car insurance if we choose not to have it?
Did I just hear this gentleman that Anderson interview say we shouldn't have to get fined if we don't have health care? If you don't get automobile insurance you have to pay an uninsured motorist fee. You are required to pay for homeowners insurance in most situations. What is he talking about?
Vanessa Kay–cspan should the entire debate, gavel to gavel. and without commercials. Great drama. PS - I have changed my designation to Independent from republican. the party is devoide of positive ideas and leadership. They also give credibility and cover to extremist blowhards.
Is not auto insurance not required by law and are we not penalized if we don't have it. The Republicans have a very selective memory.
Why is this different then Social Security or Medicare I am forced to pay for those gov programs.
How is this going to aafect the military active duty? All I've heard is it won't affect it much........so how much will it affect our freedom fighters? What about those injured in conflict?
What as America become. People wake up. This new health bill passage is the greatest thing happening to this country. Think about your neighbor that couldn't get insurance for his son because of prior sickness, think of this mother that is triyng to find decent insurance for her daughter after being denied many times. We are suppose to be United. Remember. Help each other, stop fighting . This name calling is entirely out of hand. Think of how many people are diyng right now because of lack of help. I see a lot of people pointing fingers and nobody is perfect but at least if you try and give it a chance. I'am all for the health bill. Thank you.
The reprehensible behavior this Sunday was undoubtedly disgusting, and shouldn't be included in the discourse of our democracy. We should stand up for what's right, and call things what they are when they are wrong. We can agree to disagree without being disagreeable.
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Is there for Margaret Gipsy Moth to remember past year the documentary story on the program???
Mark Shurtleff you said that there is no other government run program that is all inclusive and penalizes a person for not being involved. Do you have a drivers license or pay taxes? I think you do Mr. Attorney General.
We all need health care, and there will be assistance for the ones who can not afford it on their own.
"Margaret Gipsy Moth passed away today. She was a outstanding and courageous woman."
I agree with you! Sorry to hear about her passing.
RIP Margaret Gipsy Moth.
@georgia Kruusi – the car versus medical insurance analogy is very interesting.
I hope the Democratic party has many more victory's in the coming months ahead over the obstructionist Republican party members.
well that AG just lied his butt off. You are required to carry auto insurance or you will pay a fine
@starr, formerly known as vincent, "i agree with rep. stupak, decorum and "respect" ARE important."
Funny thing is that the Democrats did not believe that when Bush was in office. Now all of a sudden it is all about "decorum" and "respect".
If this is "unconstitutional", then why isn't medicare and social security as well? We are all "forced" to contribute to them whether we intend to use them or not.
How can so many people be so outraged about Healthcare? Even the people we look to to make laws are acting like children screaming at each other and now we have states attorney generals wanting to sue the U.S. govt. I would have thought that we would have seen that when we went to war with Iraq for WMD's that nobody found. Now they yell "baby killer" in congress. Do not forget about all of the brave men and women in our armed forces still fighting right now. This just doesn't make much sense to me.
wake up everyone, the costs, taxes and premiums will be sky rocketing!!!!,
i believe health care is important and this bill will do good for all americans. obama is a good president. way to go obama.
RE: the GOP complaint that Democrats "rammed through" health insurance reform: it was the GOP use of a procedural tactic, the filibuster, that forced the Dems to go to the reconciliation rule. Why does CNN (other news commentators, too) keep buying this GOP talking point without challenging their use of the filibuster in the first place?
I agree with your take on Republicans, but I'm old enough to remember a time when that wasn't necessarily the case. Today, however, I have to agree with you. The GOP is just getting uglier and uglier. I'm sure some Dems aren't completely innocent either, but I have to call it as I see it.
@LorenaR, you have a very stilted view of Republicans.
Why should I be forced to have health insurance!?! I save very well to take care of myself if I have problems.
Why is it that the Republicans believe that health care is a priviledge, and the not a right. God forbid one of them or their family members
was to have a ccident or to become gravely ill and did not have insurance they would rethink their attitudes. God bless our President and other Democrats, who finally stood up for what"s right. God BlessAmerica, and all of the families that this new HCR bill will help.
Kudos to the President and the speaker! What courage and determination. As a small business CEO, I will finally be able to see that my employees can get healthcare. We had it but the price became too much and I had to drop the coverage.
I was a single payer advocate but came to accept the compromises that were needed to make the democratic process produce the best we could do to get this necessary reform. I don't think the GOP, not very grand lately, would have ever stepped up to solve the major problem of healthcare.
@dulcie from denver
i appreciated your post. i refuse to be "afraid" of conservatives. we passed one health care bill, we can pass the revisions to it too, no matter how long it takes.
the people will see through what some of the conservatives may try to do in attempting to block the revisions.
Why the objection to making insurance mandatory, just like car insurance has been for a long time!
Can someone please tell me why all these Republican governors are coming forward with these lawsuits. If there claims are warranted wouldnt this mean that the mandate for auto insurance would need to be overturned as well? Or is owning a car and holders a DL a privledge not a right?
There are many physicians and midlevels who are not fully used and are available for more patient care there are too many sick people without resources that need care uninsured overburden the hospitals we need to provide care for these patients I have diabetics who can't afford insulin healthcare needs revision but doctors need to be included in helping to make this change
AC your questions to M Shurtleff were awesome!
Passing of the Health care bill is a victory for American people. Republicans should go to hell because they do not care about American people. They just care about their own pocket.
Is this the same republicans states trying to fight helth care reform that said they won't take stimulus money?
Yeah for Anderson bringing up the fact that government forces us to do a lot of things already....I totally agree.
Boehner is very full of himself! Or courting his electorate.
i am from Michigan. I am thilled to no end we have a health care bill. It is not perfect but we can build on this. There has been such much mis-information on the bill by the opposition to the point o fbeing lies.
Of the 52 million uninsured Americans, who are the 32 million and who are the remaining 20 million? What plans are being made for these remaining unfortunates?
As a Canadian who loves our healthcare system, I have a two part maybe 3 part question for Americans. Do you concider education a right or a privilege? Would you make low income people pay for it or remain uneducated? If you concider it a right and something your government should supply as part of your taxes, why do you treat life and death as if it were a monopoly game? Health is an absolute right not a privilege.
I would also like to add that the insurance companies who keep referring to our system in their anti health care ads, have the american public brainwashed as to what our health care system is really like. Our health care is paid for by businesses for the most part, our government only suppliments it if needed. 1.4 % of all wage costs if you have more than 6 employees is remmitted to the employer health tax program.
They really need to stop scaring people and get on board to save lives not their bottom dollar. People are dying and homeless over this.
There are always morality dilemmas in the big issues-many I know really resent that their tax money goes to kill people in wars. But they still have to pay their taxes.
If you utilize DOM's, N.D.'s, Chiro's, Herbalists, Midwifes, or other types of "alternatives"are you going to be covered or is the bill only apply to mainstream healthcare run by the insurance and drug companies?
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
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Glad health care made it cant wait to see the reactions!!!=)
Compare the new law to car insurance. It is a law that we all carry "Under insured and UNInsured motorists insurance, which mandates that we cover every man woman and child even if they do not have a license. There is no difference in this law. Republicans have sold their souls to the devil/Insurance companies, yes to the highest bidder.
@Kimberly T. – Northern Cali,
I think that Boehner was more "passionate" than Pelosi was! I thought that Pelosi would give a much more "passionate" speech than what she did.
@Megan, I don't agree with the "Baby Killer" or "It's a Baby Killer" statement at all! However, as of last night, no one knew who it was that said that.
This 10th. amendment constitutional argument sounds like the same old argument from Texas in regards to their desire to secession. I say let Texas go back to Mexico.
thank you Mr. President and democrats all over the country. its been a long time coming and this is the change we voted for!!
Thank you Speaker Pelosi and President Obama for doing what was long overdue for the American people. We now have joined other industrialize nations who understands the importance of having healthy citizens.This Bill is the frame work to build upon this Bill to make it better in due time. We become a better nation the moment this Bill is signed and enacted into law.