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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  1. Voted4HealthCare

    Does my xGOP even realize by voting against the amendment fixes, the party actually endorsed the "Cornhusker kickback?" And should be held accountable to it.

    March 22, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. in the middle

    According to some of the comments here, I guess I am not surprise by the racial tone in a few of them. This was the same tones that oppose the Civil Rights Act. According to those folks in opposition America is not suppose to be the country that help one another. I can't help but think where seniors would be if Medicare or social security benefits were not passed. Are we simply to just ignore the problems we face with our current healthcare system? How many middle income families had to file bankruptcy because of falling ill with cancer or other life threatening diseases? How many folks have been laid off and release from the healthcare coverage and when sick to afraid to go to the doctor because they lost their coverage. This bill is not for the lower income non-working people, those folks already have Medicaid. This bill is for those small business owners, college students, folks who lost there jobs, people who work for companies where healthcare benefits are not offered and those with pre-existing conditions. As a country we spend 15-20 billion a week to fight two wars, provide re-construction, and healthcare to Iraq and Afghanistan people, but we can not make the same investment to the citizens of our own country. I would rather for that money to be directed to correcting the problems in our own country.

    March 22, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. T. Finn

    "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's moneyā€¯.
    Alexis de Tocqueville.
    That day is here and many Yes votes were bought and paid for with OUR money right in front of our faces. The nose-in-the-air arrogance of it all is astounding.
    Oh–and do you think our House of Lords members will have to que up for health care?? Fear not, my brethren, they are covered under a cadillac plan not available to us serfs.

    March 22, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. SuzyQ

    Is Mr Limberger packed yet?
    Lets see how true to his word he is. Going to Costa Rica where he health care will be free wonder if he will become a citizen of that country.
    Hope he takes Beck and Palin with him.
    The repubs better be careful what they are saying those words will most likely come back to haunt them.
    You can't please ignorant people that don't want to read and listen for themselves, they have to follow a pack and listen to what is said by other people they can not or will not study and form an opinion of their own.

    SO SAD. Some of the people in these rallies led by the republicans were down right pathetic and very nasty but then what can you expect from someone who listens to the orange man

    March 22, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Jerry - Florida

    I guess the "Bully and Liar-In-Chief" finally got his way. However, it's just not over yet!

    Also, CNN published an article that essentially referred to Bobblehead Nancy Pelosi as the most powerful person in politics. Are you people for real? President Nobama is the most hated politician in America and Plastic Pelosi comes in at a close second.

    Thanks the "Bully and Liar-In-Chief" and his administration, many Americans are going to continue to experience very difficult times ahead. As we are well aware, the economic situation has not really improved. Even though the "Lying Team" in Washington would want the American people to think otherwise.

    Also, Floridians, PLEASE make sure we remember "Catty Castor" come election time. She would rather kiss President NObama's behind rather than show a little bit of respect for her Florida constituents.

    America, STAY TUNED!

    March 22, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Ron

    For the first time in my adult life I am NOT proud of my country.........

    March 22, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Diana

    What a sad day in the history of this country that the dems crammed this reform through. This is not reform but a means of wasteful spending by adding the bribes into this bill, that bought the votes that were needed. Did our health need some changes yes but not what they have proposed, shame on them, election time is around the corner and the sleeping dog has awakened....we need reform term limits for all, re-call process for all. What a sad day for this wonderful country.

    March 22, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Right Leaning Independent

    Go ahead and sign away the middle class' money! Once the rich pay their share of this reform burden, they will buy less cars, boats and items that the middle class build! There will be less jobs for the middle class and the rich will still live comfortably.. When future congresses fail to enact the reduction in Medicare payments to doctors and other cost saving measures that were put in to make it seem that this will reduce the deficit, the middle class will be hit with a tax for their "free" or "subsidized" health care!

    March 22, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Clifford in New York

    Good! Now free health care for the lazy poor! That way they can spend more on cheap wine,cheap cigaretts and more scratch off tickets! Why not resurrect President Ronald Reagans "workfare program" were participents help with public works programs an order to recieve benefits??

    March 22, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Dano

    How about we give this new program a few years before we condemn it as "a government takeover of healthcare" or "socialism".

    March 22, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. William from Cali!

    For every action, there is a reaction...The Democrats, and the rest of us American people will just have to wait to see, what the "reaction" to this health-care bill will be. As a Senior American...for my grandchildren's sake, I hope for the best! God Bless America!

    March 22, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. David

    Praises to God. We have a bill.

    March 22, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Dave

    What's funny is to see the leftist happy about this.

    You are happy about these facts:

    1. The government is going to FORCE you to purchase a product from the private industry. If you do not, you will be fined and can be jailed. This has never happened in the history of the country and is illegal.

    2. Your payments will help pay for drunks, junkies, abortions, and many, many others who live a life of reckless abandon with no regard.

    3. This will cost the country OVER a trillion. Within 5 years there is no doubt in any sane person's mind that it will cost more than 3 trillion and on the verge of bankrupting the country... just like social security and medicare.

    4. Within 10 years there will STILL be over 10 million without health coverage.

    5. Over 10 million illegals who have never paid a dime into anything will get medical coverage and social security benefits.... all in the name of a new voting demographic.

    6. You are happy about a bill that just got passed that had over 20 items of bribery within in it.

    7. Pelosi now calls health care a "right" not a privelage. It is the first "right" in this country that forces some to pay for others in the form of time, labor, and money.

    If the left considers this a "right" how far are we until they decide that food is a "right" and must be provided? After that comes what? Transportation? a Job?

    This is a prediction: In Novemeber Obama will become a lame duck president.
    The House now WILL be lost for the Democrats and there is a better chance the Senate will be lost as well.

    March 22, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. SuzyQ

    Another comment:

    Why are these repubs so worried about the 2012 election it is over 2 years away,now that the health care bill has passed they can sit back, since they think they are going to win all the seats come Nov 2012, they won't even have to politic and we won't have to listen to their rhetoric for months.
    This health care bill has over 2 years to start working before then and guess who will take all the credit when the good things do happen.
    But we have a good record on how they voted.
    Oh I forgot the main reason they are so upset the big bucks from insurance and drug companies may start to dwindle and they may have to come down off their ivory towers, what a shame

    March 22, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Kill the Bill before it kills US.

    Huge mistake this country.

    March 22, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Phil

    This is too much. Tell me the House Dems aren't good little soldiers. By voting for this horrible legislation, they have essentially fell on their own swords for their great leader. Obama gets his footnote in the History books and they have to find new jobs. Come November, there will be a MAJOR shakeup in Congress. Going against the majority of your constituents and voting for an irresponsible bill just put the last nail in the coffins of their political career.

    The only hope the American people have now is that the Supreme Court finds this legislation unconstitutional. I know over the next few years Virginia will be voting in new senators and reps.

    March 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Melbourne Bailey

    Congratulations to the Democratic Party. There is no doubt that they have the best interest of the middle class at heart. Those who sided with the insurance companies will now know the heat of the educated, well-informed electorate come November. The tea bag folks may make a lot of fuss, but like the chicken that has already lost its head, it will only be a matter of time that the frantic movements will be still.

    March 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. LacrosseMom

    Millions of us were praying on Sunday for this miracle! Thanks be to GOD!

    Now the man who has worked in a dead-end job because he had to provide healthcare for his family, can start his own small business because they will have healthcare.

    Now the family whose child was born with asthma or diabetes, wont have to worry about paying "out of pocket" for their medications.

    Now the family whose child has cancer wont have to have fund raisers to help pay for their child's cancer treatments.

    Now Americans wont go bankrupt, because they can not afford the high cost of healthcare.

    Now my sister, who husband works as hard as anyone, wont have to pray each time her children go out to play, worried that they will hurt themselves, because they do not have healthcare.

    Now Americans will know the TRUTH, that the Healthcare Bill was not communism nor socialism ........ but the right and moral thing to do!


    March 22, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. j

    Good. Get it done.

    March 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Four and The Door

    Of course he will sign it. He has no regard for the American taxpayer, the quality of healthcare or anything else for that matter except trying to scratch out one win so he doesn't look like a complete dufus in the history books. But when the price of health insurance for everyone shoots to the moon, it will only make it easier for future presidents to say," least I didn't blow it so bad like Odufus.".

    March 22, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. Mary

    President Obama must be proud of himself for his "community organizer" efforts that cater to the minority. Unfortunately, 70% of Americans did not want this bill. I can hardly wait for his tax and spend administration to be out of office. I only hope he doesn't completely bankrupt our country before he is gone!

    March 22, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. The Unsub

    Wow, a glorious moment for Americans. Now I wonder if Rush will leave the country like he promised? Hmmm...

    March 22, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. debbie/kansas city

    Way to go finally. I was remembering back in the campaign. I got upset with Senator Obama a few times for not standing up to some of the things that were said about him; or rebutting the lies that were being spread about him by the conservatives. He always turned out to have made the smart decision and won the election. I have been very upset with him over this healthcare reform, because I like many others in the medical field, did not belive the bill goes far enough, I wanted Universal Healthcare, Medicare for all; or at least a public option. I called him a coward for not fighting harder.
    Now I wonder once again if he was/is smarter than the rest of us. Given the horrible outrageous behavior of the far right and the tea partiers; who have made it plain that they care nothing for their fellow man, "let them die on the steps of the capital" they said; rather than make changes that would improve life for the average citizens, if it cost them one cent more in taxes. I think Presidenet Obama did the right thing. He got what we needed, a beginning to reform of the healthcare system. The terrible un American behavior by the right and the tea partiers would have been much worse; if he had tried to get Medicare for all and we probably would have ended up with nothing.

    At least it is a beginning and people will see that the sky is not falling, America will not be destroyed; America will not become a communist, socialist, facist, or whatever name they choose to call it; and maybe, The People, will once again stop falling for the fear and hatemongering methods of the right and tea partiers; and focus on what is good for Americans.

    March 22, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. rob

    The liberal Obama cheerleading media will not report the truth about this plan ie, the three years untill most provisions take effect, the tax increases that start immediately, the huge increases in health Ins premiums that are inevitable because of the new rules about pre existing conditions and no caps on life time coverage etc. Businesses will either pass on premium increases to their employees or lay them off, dumping them into the "Exchanges" that will morph into Government Plans as soon as no private Ins will cover them. This will cause a brand new Gov't entitlement and huge new public debt on the backs of generations to come.

    This 50 year dream of the Dems and their supporters in the Media may have come true for them yesterday but the National Nightmare will have just begun for the majority of Americans.

    March 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. cspurgeon

    Good Job. Now on to Bank Reform and jobs!

    March 22, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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