Obama signs health care overhaul

President Obama and Vice President Biden at signing ceremony (AP)

A broadly smiling President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen’s life, presiding over the biggest shift in U.S. domestic policy since the 1960s and capping a divisive, yearlong debate that could define the November elections.

Celebrating “a new season in America” — the biggest accomplishment of his White House and one denied to a line of presidents before him — Obama made the massive bill law with an East Room signing ceremony. He was joined by jubilant House and Senate Democrats as well as lesser-known people whose health care struggles have touched the president. Obama scheduled back-to-back events to mark the moment, with much of his White House audience, as well as hundreds of others, heading to the Interior Department immediately after the signing.

“Today after almost a century of trial, today after over a year of debate, today after all the votes have been tallied, health insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America. Today,” Obama said, interrupted by applause after nearly every sentence. “All of the overheated rhetoric over reform will finally confront the reality of reform.”

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6 Responses to "Obama signs health care overhaul"

  1. Carl Nemo  March 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    With a crumbling jobs infrastructure along with falling tax revenues where do these clowns think the money is coming from other than hopefully being able to borrow it ?! It simply isn’t going to happen. Before all is said and done, Medicare will go bust, SS too or be severely cut back while those that had something before will have less and the hopefuls for something will get nothing from this failing government.

    I’m beginning to believe that the Executive Branch, Congress and SCOTUS are doing bad drugs. This is an example of government gone wild. : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. woody188  March 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    “a new season in America”

    What, like second winter? Just wait until they pass cap & trade in the same manner. So much for the middle class.

    • woody188  March 23, 2010 at 11:40 pm

      See, told you so.

      • Carl Nemo  March 24, 2010 at 1:32 am

        How much pork/earmarks will it take to get our Congressional crimpols to pass this economic “snuff package” ; ie, cap and trade. No matter, if the vote is close our ‘dear leader’ will simply signoff on some Executive Order he and his coterie of retread ‘advisers’ will create out of thin air to appease any holdouts…no?! : |

        Carl Nemo **==

  3. Almandine  March 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Usually an overhaul means that the thing will run better as a result of the effort. In this case, we’ve been bamboozled by the shade tree mechanic who doesn’t know a crescent wrench from a tire iron. Hang on sloopy to what you’ve got.

  4. b mcclellan  March 23, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Curves will unnerve those who refuse to lean to help Sloopy in the car.
    I hope Sloopy makes sure it’s running properly whilst we Hang On.

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