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March 22nd, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Bill ends pre-existing conditions for kids in 6 months

(CNN) – Six months after President Obama signs the health care reform bill, insurance companies won't be allowed to deny coverage for kids because of pre-existing conditions.

The bill widens that measure to the rest of us by 2014. Critics say that's only going to add to the growing costs of health care, but for some parents with uninsured kids, it's a big relief.

Esther and Paul Hawkins have struggled to get coverage for their autistic son, Jay. They joined us on Monday's American Morning to share their story.

Filed under: Health • Politics
March 22nd, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Floridians weigh in on House-approved bill

(CNN) – There was a fiery response last night from House Minority Leader John Boehner. He said the House-approved health care legislation failed to give Americans what they wanted and what they asked for.

So what's the reaction from average folks like you? Our John Zarrella headed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he sat down with the breakfast crowd at Lester's Diner.

Filed under: Politics
March 22nd, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Has the health care debate changed politics for good?

By Carol Costello and Eric Marrapodi, CNN

(CNN) – The journey to health care reform, in the president's words, has been a "difficult journey." Some might say that is the understatement of the year.

The debate over health care reform has been more than difficult - it's been arduous, bitter, extreme and divisive. Some say it's been so emotional and so overwrought it has changed our political culture for good.

"I think Americans got to see how the sausage was made in real time...and it didn't smell very good," says Drew Westen, a political psychologist.

That "smell" sent approval ratings south. A recent Pew Research Poll shows the most frequent one-word descriptions of Congress include: dysfunctional, corrupt, and inept.


Filed under: Politics
March 22nd, 2010
05:47 AM ET

LIVE Blog: Landmark health care bill heads to Obama's desk

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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a night news conference on health care reform on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 22, 2010."]

(CNN) - A sweeping bill overhauling the U.S. medical system goes to President Obama's desk on Monday to be signed into law.

The House of Representatives passed the measure late Sunday, delivering a historic victory to Obama, who had made it his No. 1 domestic priority.

The bill passed in a 219-212 vote after more than a year of bitter partisan debate. All 178 Republicans opposed it, along with 34 Democrats.

The measure, which cleared the Senate in December, constitutes the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since Medicare and Medicaid were enacted more than four decades ago. FULL STORY

Sound off: How do you think this reform will impact you? Share your stories with us. Join the LIVE blog below and chat with us during the show.

Filed under: LIVE Blog
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