March 22nd, 2010
09:15 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama to sign health care bill Tuesday

 President Obama will sign a health care reform bill into law at the White House on Tuesday, according to two Democratic sources.

President Obama will sign a health care reform bill into law at the White House on Tuesday, according to two Democratic sources.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will sign a landmark $875 billion health care reform bill into law at the White House on Tuesday, according to two Democratic officials familiar with the planning.

The bill passed the House of Representatives late Sunday night. It was approved by the Senate in December.

A separate package of changes passed by the House on Sunday still needs to be approved by the Senate. The officials noted that the Senate cannot begin debate on the package before Obama signs the underlying bill into law.

–CNN's Ed Henry contributed to this report

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. jp,michigan

    Now the work begins! Courts and states to repeal this unconstitutional health-care bill. Magic word MANDATORY! We soon will find out the REAL cost of this bill and the REAL losses for the American people.

    March 22, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Tram

    Welcome back, America!!! We have a president who CARES about this country and its people. Now if we could just get rid of the GOP who keep trying to hurt this country and its citizens, maybe we could make America great again, bring back some of the integrity that was lost during Shrub's adminstration.

    March 22, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. CHIPS

    Thank you Mr. President for caring about the people.

    March 22, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Ron in Indiana

    Obama is also signing away a second term as President.

    March 22, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    He should change his middle name from Hussein to Nixon.

    This president is the most dangerous man we have ever known to run this country. He is selling us to China with his unrestrained spending and taxing.

    This is a very sad day for America.... a day when the President and Congressional democrats failed to listen to the American people so they could realize their own socialist ambitions. We can only pray now.

    March 22, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Tanja

    This is a great day for Americans!

    March 22, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Not Blue, Not Red, but Purple

    Remember nothing is free. Somebody has to pay!

    March 22, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Dave

    NO republicans this is just our annual $5 billion dollar support to Israel. Now you can be happy.

    March 22, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Paul

    Lest we get too caught up in the President's rhetoric of how this legislation is "historic" and represents "victory," let us remember that the Titanic was similarly touted and it wasn't nearly as hastily or haphazardly constructed.

    March 22, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Matt Streeter

    It's a sad day for democracy...while I wholly agree that we need to find a way to take care of America's uninsured/under insured population, this was not the answer. How can a government that cannot control its own expenditures, balance it's budget, or excise outrageous pork barrelling initiatives be expected to manage a complex universal health plan? All we have to do is take a look at Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid to see how this will turn out. While the legislation may make it easier for all Americans to procure insurance it also may be a death knell for quality care and fiscal responsibility. So my fellow Americans, get ready for extended waits for vital procedures, decreased quality and higher taxes...not to mention an exodus of quality physicians from many specialties. If your government was really interested in affecting positive change in healthcare, it would enact legislation to reform insurance practices (as insurance execs are the ones really profitting under the current paradigm), pharmaceutical sales, and medical tort laws.

    March 22, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. jane

    This is a big step in the right direction for our country, and I applaud the Democrats for the work they did to get us here.

    We have learned, however, that Republican leaders are going to fight everything this administration attempts to do and, they are experts at creating public opinion of a fairly large segment of the population. The Democrats and the citizenry at large cannot let their guard down.

    March 22, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Tommy P

    Way to go and to all you Republican haters out there, where was YOUR great plan when you were in power?

    March 22, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. carol

    Great day for America. We've waited far too long but finally health care reform is here. So proud of the Demcrats for hanging in there with all the lies and propaganda that came from the right. The nasty signs and vile behavior of the Tea Party crew was all for nought and showed them up for what they are ally are. So very proud of my President for getting this finally done for the good of the whole country. You rock sir!

    March 22, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. Lakisha Jackson

    I love u Mr. President

    March 22, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Voted4HealthCare

    Thank you, Mr. President and Congress! WE did it for America! Yes we can!!!

    March 22, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. gt

    enjoy this one ,,, gays in the military are next ,, when illgeal aliens...boy has things change,,,,i am sure the red states are now boiling mad,,,,saying " i told you so"

    March 22, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. Mary in Las Vegas

    Repeal this bill that 70% of the American people do not want!

    The President and our leaders in Washington were elected by a majority of the people to do what the majority of the people want. Now, with the assistance of Obama's seducing rhetoric, they are all acting like a bunch of community organizers and catering to the minority. This is a sad day for our country.

    Come November, vote these bums out! If we can't trust them to do what the majority want on health care, we can never trust them to do the right thing on cap and trade or anything else that the majority want. They will continue to do what they think is "good for us". Come November, let's show them what is "good for them"!

    March 22, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. emmett brown

    Great job, well done.........

    March 22, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. Repubhypocrites

    I am so proud of the Dems for finally passing something that helps all Americans. Hannity, Beck, O Reily, Pallin, Limbaugh, suck sour grapes. HAHA Great President job Obama. To Limbaugh: Do you need help packing your luggage? Sore racist losers!

    March 22, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. Anonymous

    How can McCain and the Republicans say that outside the beltway the american people are angry and do not want this Health Care Reform Bill passed? There is just as many that are for this Health Care Reform than are against we will see just how many Democrats lose in the Mid Term Elections and how many of the Republican party ( Party of NO) that voted against it will lose their seats.....

    March 22, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. Suzan Caraway

    I just want to say Thank You President Obama for caring . Also for standing strong for what you believe is best for the American people. I will be more than happy to vote for you next term. I am very proud to have you for my President

    March 22, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. Harry Virginia

    This is the worse case of "democracy" to date in America. Not one republican voted for it. Dems went along party lines and just forced it through. Wheres teh balance. Well heres the rub. For the most part democrates will lose all of the house because of the bill. Americans who work hard for there money don't want this bill. There is a change in the air and they need to see that.

    March 22, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Every citizen in the U.S. should be looking to see who voted for this bill and who voted against it. If their representative in congress didn't have the courage to stand up for the American people and vote for this bill, then they should be voted out of office! This was a bill that split congress into 2 categories, those for the people and those for the health insurance industry, who contributed heavily to those representatives campaign funds.

    March 22, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. foolindeed1

    Japan (#2 economy in the world) has the longest healthy life expectancy on Earth and spends half (in percent of GDP) as much on health care as the United States. Japan has universal health care system. Everyone in Japan is required to get a health insurance policy, either at work or through a community-based insurer. The government picks up the tab for those who are too poor. It's a model of social insurance that is used in many wealthy countries. But it's
    definitely not "socialized medicine." Eighty percent of Japan's hospitals are privately owned — more than in the United States — and almost every doctor's office is a private business. The Japanese go to the doctor about three times as often as Americans. Because there are no gatekeepers, they can see any specialist they want. Japanese patients also stay in the hospital much longer than Americans, on average. They love technology such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); they have nearly twice as many scans per capita as Americans do. The Japanese Health Ministry tightly controls the price of health care down to the smallest detail. Every two years, the health care industry and the health ministry negotiate a fixed price for every procedure and every drug. That helps keep premiums to around $280 a month for the average Japanese family, and Japan's employers pick up at least half of that.
    If you lose your job, you keep your health insurance.
    Japanese insurers are a lot more accommodating than their American counterparts. For one thing, they can't deny a claim. And they have to cover everybody. Even an applicant with heart disease can't be turned down, that is forbidden. Nor do health care plans covering basic health care for workers and their families make a profit. Anything left over is carried over to the next year. If the carryover was big, then the premium rate would go down.
    No one in Japan goes broke because of medical expenses.
    Personal bankruptcy due to medical expenses is unheard of in Japan.

    March 22, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. Sniffit

    sorry america.......

    however, you got exactly what you voted for....

    you will never learn............i dont even want to think about what comes next?

    cap and trade will only take away you money


    March 22, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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