Obama Signs Landmark Health Care Bill

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Using 20 different pens, President Barack Obama signed into law the sweeping healthcare reform legislation on Tuesday.

The Affordable Health Care for America Act — debated over 14 months, became law in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Surrounded by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as well as an enormous group of Democratic lawmakers who spent the past year on a legislative roller-coaster ride trying to pass it.

Also in attendance, Vicki Reggie Kennedy, the widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, who spent much of his long senate career trying to enact health care legislation. Sen. Kennedy died last year.

The landmark bill, passed by the House on Sunday night by a vote of 219-212, will provide coverage to an estimated 30 million people who currently lack coverage. Its passage assures President Obama a unique place in history as the American president who succeeded at revamping the nation’s health care system where others tried and failed.

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11 Responses to Obama Signs Landmark Health Care Bill

  1. lea-lea says:

    It’s a new day in the USA!

    I remember watching my grandmother on the phone the last week of her life battling with the insurance plan over the cost of an expensive antibiotic they refused to cover the second time her doctor said she needed to treat a stubborn cellulitis.

    Even with the doctor’s authorization, her insurance sent her the bill. I wanted to kill the people on the other end of the phone. How dare they force my grandmother to deal with this nonsense while she also battled cancer?

  2. DMason says:

    Thank you, President Obama. You pledged health care reform and you delivered it. I wasn’t sure for a while of it would happen but, here we are. I have been critical of the Democratic leadership but, on this issue, they delivered in spades.

  3. Rachel says:

    Lea-Lea, That’s a horrible story. An antibiotic? Are you kidding me? Too bad your grandmother was unable to sue the insurance company. I hate them. I really hate them. I’ve had my own battle with mine over the years and they’re tone deaf.

  4. Fran says:

    You KNOW it’s good when John McCain comes up with this response:

    “There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year.” – Sen. John McCain

    He meant the GOP– yea right, as if there had been cooperation previously!

    They passed this sucker without ONE GOP vote in the House of Reps!! Not one!

    Makes it even sweeter!

  5. Tiny Dancer says:

    Finally. I may get laid off in June and I sure can’t afford COBRA. Lowering Medicaid’s financial threshold ceiling will save my ass if this happens.

    Good on Obama!

  6. Brigadoon says:

    Tiny Dancer — I’m sorry to read you may lose your job. This is happening everywhere today. If you’re not in healthcare, there are no jobs. I hope the health bill helps everyone, including you. I know from my own experience that COBRA is a damned joke.

  7. libhomo says:

    Shame on you Obama for gloating over fining people for not being able to afford sky high premiums. I see that you are enjoying your betrayal of Democratic voters. People made homeless and hungry by this wealthcare bill will never forgive you.

  8. Conejo1982 says:

    People made homeless and hungry by this wealthcare bill will never forgive you.

    For goodness sake, lib, stop the Tea Party rhetoric.

    No one will be made homeless because healthcare passed. Engage your brain.

  9. bradfrmphnx says:

    I wonder how many people have been made homeless by health insurance companies for not covering their insured for one reason or another. For stopping their insurance for one reason or another. How many have been made homeless for trying to keep a family member alive?

    Yeah…let’s stick up for those health insurance companies and, once again, place the blame on Obama who by the way, is the last person to sign the bill, and had nothing to do with its actual creation.

  10. Estacada says:

    Usually I’m a fan of Godless Liberal Homo but some of his “sky is falling” rants of late have me worried about him.

    I don’t know where he’s getting this stuff from but the person or source isn’t doing him a service by scaring the living daylights out of him.

  11. Zach says:

    I guess I’m dense for not anticipating this, but the health care bill’s passing has brought with it an onslaught of violently charged hatred. Leading this charge is no other than Sarah Palin herself. In her recent Facebook note she’s not so subtly encouraging violence against those who voted for the health care bill. Read why I think Sarah Palin is Dangerous.

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