ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 22, 2010
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(White House: Jake Tapper) President Obama's call to history reviewed; scenes shown from the House vote; details given about the elements of the bill Obama will try to sell & Democrats' concern about huge losses in November. [White House press secretary Robert GIBBS- talks about hitting 216 votes.] [Last night, OBAMA - says we did not fear our future, we shaped it.] [In interview, White House adviser David AXELROD - says we are governing in a different time.]
(Capitol Hill: Jonathan Karl) The politics of the health care bill examined; scenes shown of the bickering in the House & the protests; details given about the Republican actions to block the bill in Congress & at the state level & the looming battle in the Senate over the bill that passed the House. [Representative John BOEHNER; on "Good Morning America," Senator John McCAIN - speak against the bill.] The calls from Senator Jim DeMint & Representative Steve King for a repeal of the bill noted. [KING - says it lays the groundwork.] Representative Zach Wamp shown holding a sign "Let's Meet 'em at the State Line." [ABC News Rick KLEIN- says the debate has just begun.]
(Washington: Diane Sawyer) Today's interview held with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; scenes last night from the House & photos from her life shown. [PELOSI - recalls her phone conversation last night with the president & what she said about health reform; reacts to what Boehner said last night; comments on the cost of health care in America: medical cost is unsustainable; reacts to the view that she is the most powerful speaker of the house & what her parents would think about this.]
(Washington: Diane Sawyer) More of the Pelosi interview on "Nightline" noted.
(Washington: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.
(New York: Sharyn Alfonsi) What the impact of the health care bill will be for Americans examined; details given about pre-existing conditions, drug rebates for senior citizens, how children can stay on their parents policies till age 26, the mandate for covering all employees, the tax on higher-income people. [Cancer patient Megan EDELSTEIN - recounts being dropped by her insurance company.]
(Washington: Diane Sawyer; no location given: Tim Johnson) The fundamental issue of rising health care costs & what doctors, hospitals & consumers will have to do to contain costs & some pilot projects like doctor bundling & an independent board following projects discussed.