March 23rd, 2010
12:09 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama signs health care bill into law


Obama signed the health reform bill into law Tuesday. (Getty Images).

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama, greeted by applause from enthusiastic backers of his health care reform legislation, said, "Today after almost a century of trying, 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."

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  1. David

    I am a Registered Republican who believe this is great thing the president has done. I am only 23 and is in college and like the courage of the President. Republicans have so much old people that their thinking is so backward. Who care whether he is Democrat and Black, that has nothing to do with his leadership. Many Repulican just wanted him to fail. What a country we are becoming again. Prior to Civil Rights we had this problem, remember? These same folks want people to believe this again. May of the nay sayers will be either dead of retired by the end of Obama presidency. Obama will also have those young people coming of age for next election. You all are the same people who yourself have your own political agenda. Please do not pretend otherwise. I do not care about the polls because you have never polled me or any one that i know which tells me some thing is wrong with CNN polling. Please CNN tell me what is the age of people polled. CNN is anti-Obama from the reporting and political analysis I have seen thus far. Finally, I will continue to be on my parents insurance. As M.C Hammer says to all you haters: Can Stop This.

    March 23, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. K

    I think people should not comments if they does not have enough fact. Although this bill may not be perfect the republicans who claim the want a better healthcare should have help to shape it for it to be a better bill. I do not think they have any plan but I think all they wanted to do is to stop the whole process or play those games until it is November so that they can win election. The media and others keep saying that the poll shows that most people does not support this bill. Who are the people are they polling. Aren't it the same republicans. Any sensible person will know that this is better than nothing. I want to comment about what Patricia O'Kelley said, it is never true that medicaid is going to increase premium by 40% rather it will stay the same and she will even get $250.00 for prescription. That is lie, just tell the truth as it is. I am a health care professional and it is said what people are saying on the news is deviating the fact. This is the best thing that this can get. I think people does not like the idea that a black president has been able to do this. This president is doing enough and for once people should give him credit rather than basing him all the time since he took office.Let us rather help to move this country forward rather than trying to pray that this govenment fail.

    March 23, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    What a shame. This man is ruining our country. Thank God president Bush was able to get two conservative men on the high court before this communist came to power. Now let us hope the court sees this for what it is...

    March 23, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Jacques

    Thank you Mr. President for leading the way in getting healthcare for the disadvantage.

    I hope people will realize from the first day of this Presidents term, the GOP had one agenda and that was to NOT to let any legislation go through. How soon do we forget that this President was given two wars, an already bad economy and millions of jobs that were already lost under a Republican President..WOW give the man a break!!!

    The healthcare bill does have Republican ideas in it. He has reached out to the other side for support only to get his hands slapped. GO DEMS, for finally having a back bone to do what was needed. If the GOP had the majority they would have done the same thing.

    Lastly we all need to wake up. Let the bill work, let it reduce the deficit that has sky rocketed under Bush. Being President of the free nation is not easy. What is easy however is to quickly pass judgement on a man that has a vision to help all AMERICAN CITIZENS no matter the color.

    March 23, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. LIb

    As Madea would say "Halleleuraaaaa!!!!! God Bless our President and His family for doing ALL that he said he would. Bless you.

    And for those complaining, one word.....GET OUT!!!!!

    March 23, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. John L. - NYC

    Their hearts (I would hope) are in the right place but their heads certainly aren't with a bill that will actually discourage job growth as he revisits what's been stated as his "#1 Priority: jobs." So financially penalizing small businesses for not providing insurance packages to their employees is aimed at small business job growth how? Why would i grow my biz and take on new employees if I'm going to have to pay in penalties? Or they removed the cap on coverage but included no provissions on capping lawsuits, so who do you think insurers will pass the premium increases on to to pay for this...yup, u guessed it.

    This is not about helping the American people but a trophy to put on the mantle that doesn't address cost drivers. The system desperately needs to be fixed but you're fooling yourself if you think we can afford this. It is destinated to be an enormous financial burden that will be put on the middle class at the expense of quality and efficient care, long after the current Admin is in power so they can wash their hands of the consequences but claim the victory.

    March 23, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Caesar the Great

    The Founding Fathers must be stirring in their graves from this. A truly sad day to be an American.

    March 23, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Steve in North Carolina

    @ ThinkAgain..Most americans are smarter than you evidently because most american are against this bill. Look at the polls!

    March 23, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. LIb

    Sorry that's two words. So excited!

    March 23, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Unbelievable

    What are the odds that the people praising this "reform" and saying "Great Job!" and "I'm proud of the President" are the schmucks that will benefit from it?

    You people are nothing more than sheep. Get a job and stop mooching off the taxpaying workers. I'm sick of carrying you lazy bastards.

    March 23, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. fair

    You will see the results in Nov. Don't be over happy. Obama is the worst president in history.

    March 23, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. dj

    go figure, all the negativity is from republicans. this is huge!

    March 23, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Brannon

    This thing is unconstitutional and will get struck down. If the government can require us to purchase a service (health insurance), then that means they can also require us to buy toothpaste or advil if they want to. And no, it is not the same as car insuarnce because nobody is forcing anyone to drive a car. Then again, will the government require that everyone buy a car next?

    When the moochers outnumber the earners, the whole thing falls apart. This bill's passage just reflects the reality of where we are as a country. We should've limited voting to only those people who actually pay taxes, but now it's too late. The moochers are the majority and it has become a lifestyle – replacing the principles upon which the country was originally built.

    March 23, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Slider

    Mr. Obama (and fanny-kisser Biden),

    By your actions today, you've just kicked 330,000 people off of Medicare Advantage in Arizona, which recently spent a year to get a balanced budget that was difficult indeed to procure.

    These 330,000 are now wards of the state.

    You've just increased the state's initial debt by $400,000,000. This is the INITIAL COST of your legislation.

    Other states will feel this as well.

    Congrats, loser.

    March 23, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Dems are dead weight for this country

    I understand why people are angry at Pres. Bush, but those who blindly praise everything Obama does are idiots. Taxing the rich is a bad thing because it leads to layoffs. The rich are the ones that create progress and opportunity, hating on them will only hold you back. Furthermore, higher taxes to support those who don't work hard hurts American progress. We should reward effort, not lack thereof. Health care for all, housing for all, credit card debt reduction for all; these all sound great, but at what expense? Should hardworking people stop working hard because the government will fund their lifestyle? Should our country face bankruptcy or give way to China as the new great power, because we are afraid to criticize those in our country who hold us back? I'd gladly pay higher taxes if it translated to job creation, but not for handouts to those who haven't earned it.

    March 23, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Rush is to far left

    Ahhh, I'm amazed at the blindness of some americans. Even the Russians in an editoria, in the Moscow newspaper Pravda, referred to Obama as marxist and the editorial goes on to wonder how the american people did not learn from Russia's 70 years of mistakes?

    March 23, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. SLP


    When the true effects of this monstrocity become clear, you will be on your knees begging to have George Bush back. One thing you have right. This is an intelligent President. He came into office with the agenda to radically transform this country into something it was never intended to be and he is succeeding. No sir, he is not a dummy. He knows exactly what he is doing.

    March 23, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. Rick CT

    It's so good he now has to spend a lot of our taxpayers money to tell us how good it is. Bet he doesn't drive around in. Chevy Colt to do so.

    March 23, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. Donald

    I noticed that Republicans do not leave little things like history, facts, or reality destroy their negative agenda.

    March 23, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Dave, the Truthteller

    Us working-class schmucks will foot the bill for this. I guarantee premiums will go up sharply. Thats less money I pump into the economy. Hopefully, one of the dimwits that voted Obama in will be unemployed because of it.

    March 23, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. RickZepp

    Congratulations to President Obama and the Democrats that helped pass this historic legislation. To those Democrats that voted NO to an already water-downed bill designed to appease the non-progressives, please go away and join the republicans,,,, the party of passionate non-compassionate conservatives who could care less about a single mom without health insurance.

    March 23, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Robin

    Now if certain Republicans will stop inciting the mob to violence, we can get on with the bigger problems of climate change and mass extinction of species.

    March 23, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. vet in tx

    Well if this was "shoved down our throats" it tastes alot better and much more nutritious for our constitutional than the Patriot Act!

    March 23, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Randy

    No Mr. President....the votes were counted in January when you lost just chose to ignore the votes...

    Don't worry you will be counting them again in November.

    March 23, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. No Incumbents 2010

    Repugs say the people don't want HRC and that it will hurt Democrats at the polls. Therefore the Repugs should be very happy that HCR passed since they say it will help them in November. The Repugs aren't happy that HCR passed so maybe Repubcs are afraid HCR will be popular.

    March 23, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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