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Obama to sign historic health-care bill today; celebrate with allies

Published: Tue, March 23, 2010 @ 9:15 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's yearlong health care overhaul drama featured dozens of speeches, contentious debate and a televised summit with lawmakers before a divided Congress passed the bill. An elaborate White House signing ceremony kicks off the next act: selling the sweeping changes to a skeptical public.

House and Senate Democrats who backed the bill as well as lesser-known people whose health care struggles have touched Obama were expected to join him today for the ceremony in the East Room. Afterward, Obama and much of that audience were heading to the Interior Department for an even larger celebration.

Act II begins Thursday when Obama visits Iowa City, Iowa, where as a presidential candidate he announced his health-care plan in May 2007, to talk about how it will help lower health-care costs for small businesses and families.

The House late Sunday voted 219-212 — no Republicans voted in favor — to send the 10-year, $938 billion bill to Obama.

The measure, which the Senate passed in December, eventually will extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, reduce federal budget deficits and ban such insurance company practices as denying coverage to people with existing medical problems.


1stain(27 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Cue rethuglican crybabies in 3....2.....1....."This is socialism!!! Whaaa Whaaa" - Losers.

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2golfdeanna(4 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

No one really knows how this health bill is going to play out. Why not wait and see instead of knocking it. Millions of lives will be saved hopefully. I know of one who might have been saved if he had insurance he could afford. Apparenty you all have good insurance and don't care if anyone else does. You pay anyway for all the people who don't have insurance and have medical problems so just maybe it will end up you will be paying less for that.

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3walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

This could be a short-lived, hollow victory for Barry, Nancy, and Larry (aka, the Three Stooges). The lawsuit that the various state attorneys general has real merit. Nowhere in that Constitution is Congress granted the power to force a citizen to enter into a contractual relationship with a private entity. Thus, by virtue of our birth and sucking the air we breathe, the Congress is dictating to us that we must purchase health insurance from a private company or else be forced to pay a fine. Powers not specifically granted to the federal gov't are reserved for the States and the people. I sense a Judge Ailito smack-down coming!

"But where say some is the King of America? I'll tell you friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind...Let it be brought forth placed on divine law, the Word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know...that in America the Law is King." - Thomas Paine

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