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

Obama signs health care bill into law

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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. ted

    This is definitely the change we elected President Obama to bring to this great country. The rightwingnuts can just go crawl back under their rocks as they hate Americans that don't have access to affordable healthcare, they hate Americans that have pre-existing conditions and like it when they are turned down for healthcare coverage. The rightwingers said nothing when Bush was raping and pillaging the world with his insane wars driving the deficits up, but now they are up in flames when the government is helping AMERICANs.

    A new day has dawned. 32 million Americans and voters will now have access to healthcare.

    Thank you President Obama.

    March 23, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. sharon

    Thank you, Pres. Obama, v.p. Biden and all those in the House !!!

    Now.....................other people will not have to loose their life savings, like I did, due to my husbands' illness and presp that cost $900.00 a month. I had Insurance, but his meds were not covered.
    I had a job..........but it did not pay enough to even begin to cover the, out of MY pocket, additional expense.
    I did not have millionaire friends or family.
    Pharma got rich off of our pain.
    The insurance companies got rich.
    we got poorer.
    I continue to work.........and will until I die, do to this one illness.
    Folks that think this can not happen to them, ......they are just one very
    small step away from an illness that could cause them ruin.
    Those that think they have enough money, forever.....think agian.......a "Madoff" moment may stike at your home.To you

    The Pres today, and all the people that helped this become reality,have saved you for this experience.

    March 23, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    Thank you, President Obama. And especially thank you Speaker Pelosi! The two of you and the 218 Democratic members of the House of Representatives put us, the American people, before your re-election chances. That speaks volumes about your character.

    What will this law mean for the unemployment numbers in this country? You would think with 30 million plus people now able to buy reasonably priced insurance that those companies are going to need more employees. And what about doctors and hospitals? Anyone else wondering about this?

    March 23, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Tune in to FOX for news

    Hey, Hendrick. Get a clue. You stand in Awe? They did this against the will of the people of the United States.

    March 23, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Reality bites

    Thank you Mr. President. I am so glad that through adversity, you upheld your promise to pass Health Care Reform into law.

    Congratulations to you and your administration!

    March 23, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Kathy James

    Let’s talk about the health care bill. First of all, President Obama was voted in as president in part because of his vow to revamp the health care system.. We said we wanted it. We voted him in to do it and when he does we have the nerve to scream, “I didn’t really mean it! I take it back.” The people in this country are so full of it. Americans want everything but want to give nothing. We are making decisions as individuals, not as a people. We are demanding what we as individuals want instead of what we as a nation need. Our representatives are for the most part lacking any moral compass. All they seem to care about is keeping the position and doing the right thing be dammed. People are so selfish they refuse to see past their own pockets and when they get what they ask for they don’t want to pay the price for it. Let me give you an example. In the state of Florida, during the housing value inflation, the people of Florida didn’t want to pay the higher property taxes on their property. Yes we know the values were over inflated but the people didn’t mind have a house valued at three times its actual value, they just didn’t want to pay for it. Instead of Governor Christ being honest with the people of Florida, he decided he would allow the people to vote on cutting the property taxes. He could have just said no and explained that it was too early to tell how long this market would last. He could have explained that cutting tax revenue would take money away from local municipalities. He could have said we may have to cut back or even loose some local services and programs. Instead he just let the greedy, ignorant, selfish, population vote on it. Well it passed, the market imploded and the local governments are BROKE.

    Government officials are chosen because they are supposed to be educated, patriotic, and have an understanding of checks and balances. What we see over and over are elected officials who really don’t give a rats behind about the overall good. All they seem to really care about is beating the other side and not making a decision as to not be blamed for any unintended consequences. This has to stop. Is Government broke. YES!!!! It will stay broke as long as our elected officials are NOT men and women of conscience. It will stay broke as long as they continue to put their over inflated egos first instead of the welfare of America. This country was founded to greater than this. It was founded to be more moral than this. It was founded to be a light shining to guide the way when we are lost in the dark. Instead we have become the dark.

    Our elected officials should not be inciting the population into dissent, they should be asking us to all bond together to make a success of this, One Nation, Under God, With Liberty and Justice for ALL.

    Thank You
    Kathy James

    March 23, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. I am the Great and Sociopathic Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    "If health reform fails it will be his Waterloo." Sen. Jim Demint (R-SC)

    Ah, I just can't get that ABBA tune out of my mind.

    "Waterloo, couldn't have escaped you if I wanted too . . . .Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, Waterloo . . "

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

    An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!
    God bless you President Obama you have done something no President has been able to accomplish in the last 40 years, health care for 32 million working class Americans!
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    You are mistaken, the health care is not for 32 million working class Americans, it is for the 32 million parasites in american entitlement society. Working class americans already had health insurance, because they are WORKING and paying for it themselves, not lazy welfare recipients sitting at home collecting a government check.

    March 23, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. shauny

    i think this is good for the country. people who are bashing this bill must have plenty of money, but if you become ill or someone close to you does; i wonder would you be making all of these absurd comments. this had to be done. was it socialist when presidents before him wanted to do the same thing. NO. so please stop with all this nonsense. i work in healthcare w/cancer patients and i see it everyday when they come in and the insurance won't pay for colon or lung cancer because the pt has a pre ex from when they were teens. grow up people this could one day be you. just keep this saying in your head " you know where you been, but not where you going" meaning you don't know what the future holds so you better get to know who holds the future

    March 23, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. ran

    Good day for us all. Now onto getting single payer universal health care.

    For all you out there who cry "Government takeover and hand out" you seem to forget the word "payer" in single payer universal health care.

    Because you can't seem to separate yourself from giving your money to for -profit insurance companies were 40% of your premiums go to multimillion $ salaries/bonuses to executives, dividends to share holders trying to make a buck off your health, executives' use of private jets and gold trimmed dinnerware in their board room, we will help with your separation anxiety.

    Single payer non-profit universal health care next.

    March 23, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. bad luck

    What a shame, the demcrats are haveing a party at American people expence. I hope come 2010 that they al get booted out and get some fresh sfaces in congress that will overturn this garbish.
    Then in 2012 kick this bozo out of office.

    March 23, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Simply Amazing

    Most Americans (and yes, that also includes most Republicans) agree that health care reform is needed. The current system is broken. However, what just passed as reform is merely another huge government takeover of 1/6th of our economy. Do those of you who are cheering and celebrating really understand the full and far reaching implications of what has just been crafted and passed by the majority party? If you really did it is doubtful that you would be celebrating. The symptoms that are the root cause of our health care problems have not been addressed by this bill. It's merely a band-aid, and a very expensive one at that.

    Again, we all want health care for all, including those who can't afford it, but this bill does far more damage in the aggregate. We do have the best medical technology and practitioners in the world. Unfortunately, the system of administering heath care is broken. That's where the focus should be, not in shutting out the opposing party from participation in crafting reform, spending more (redistribution of funds), and then expecting the problematic symptoms to simply go away. The state of our health care system, as currently constituted, is a complex and difficult quagmire that can't be resolved by one party, so quickly, and in such a partisan fashion. Both parties are acting childish at a time in our history when mature adult wisdom is most needed.

    March 23, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. donald hearn

    President Geo. Bush, – A man for the corporations
    President Obama, – a man for the people

    March 23, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Moe, NY

    America is so very lucky to have such a great president. Thank you President Obama for placing our country and citizens above other situations. Looking forward to once again voting for you in the next election.

    March 23, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. jacquelina burke

    I still say IMPEACH they did it to Bill Clinton for lying. Why shouldn't they do it to another lying president?

    March 23, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. J-STIZLE ( Oakland, Calif. )

    GREAT JOB Mr. President !!!! Another defeat for the Fascists in America. I LOVE it . The look on the faces of Sean Hannity , Glenn Beck , Bill O'Reilly says it all ( PRICELESS ). Every time they try to undermine you they FAIL . They said you couldn't / wouldn't win the Presidential election ..... you DID . They said you wouldn't be able to get health reform passed ..... you DID. And now I wll be able to keep my 24 year old daughter on my employer-sponsored health care plan for another 2 years ( instead of having to pay the rediculous amount of $536 per month COBRA ). This type of legislation should have been passed YEARS AGO. Once again , Mr. President – THANK YOU.

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

    The USA has been lightyears behind Europe in this respect. So it was about time for you guys.
    The good news is: your president is the greatest leader of this generation. Future generations will put him alongside Gandhi. Churchill and Mandela.

    March 23, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Roger

    I never thought that I would see in my lifetime such a dispicable President and Congress as we have at the moment. All the lazy, no good freeloaders, illegals and those that won't work are not given the keys to the Whithouse and the gold vaults of our great nation. I've worked hard all my 67 years and not Obama says I must give my hard earned $$$ to those who haven't! Dispicable day for our once great nation!

    March 23, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. John

    This is a great day and hopefully only the start of correcting the massive republican blunders of the past three decades.

    My parents spoke of times during the Great Depression with the long soup lines and hardships all the while the rich were still having a grand old time at the country clubs.

    This country is not a haven for rich overlords preying on the masses, it's a Democracy where we have one man one vote. My brothers, sons, uncles and past generations have fought for this country and many have died fighting for this Democracy and now is the time to take our country back from these rich elitist republicans.

    Vote Democrat in November, we still have a great deal of work to do to reverse the worst of the GOP follies.

    March 23, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Most Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    Good. Now the Republicans can go cry like the little babies that they are. They can keep lying about what the bill has in it. They can try to tell woman what to do with their bodies, even though the supreme court has ruled. They can start a lawsuit to try to overturn the bill. They can do everything and anything, except of course, offer real solutions to real problems. The are useless.

    March 23, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Jacqueline

    I have no problem with everyone having access to Healthcare...what I have a problem with is how this was forced upon us and again, who and how are we going to pay for this. What a coincidence that Anthem announces an increase during the same time healthcare is being debated. My thought is Anthem knew they were going to be in trouble after this passes...so why not get someething out of it now. Yes, I believe the Dems bribed Anthem to say they were going to increase their fees. (I know, a little paranoid). Also...isn't it funny how now the California farmers are more important than the Delta Fish? Let's set priorities and pay for Healthcare and take away some of the other "Pork" that is not as important. I think this could go a long way if our Congress tells us that Health care is more important than the other wasteful spending and that wasteful spending will be dumped. (Just some of my thoughts)

    March 23, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Tim

    Are the folks on the right really that ignorant ? 17 percent unemployment is precisely the reason-amongst many others– that we need universal health care in our nation. Every person deserves coverage. I'm lucky I dont need help but milllions of others do.

    Everything the right wing has to say is negative and loaded wirh vitriol when it comes to helping all Americans. You need the poor to fight the wars but want to throw them under the bus afterwards.

    But if you can't see the moral side of the argument then try to apply the economics behind it. Forget the preexisting conditions and the millioons of personal bankruptcies and focus on the national savings.

    March 23, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Paul

    It feels good when someone you voted for makes good on the promises he made that caused you to vote for him. The things I liked about Obama in the campaign are the things I like about him as president. It's so refreshing.

    March 23, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Fordy in Jamaica

    Why is it that people think that their singular opinion is all that should matter? Obama Campaigned on Universal Health Care and now that he's delivering on that promise, he's "shoving" it down "our" throats. You say its the Home of the Brave but its so easy to scare you. The Republican leader says if this bill passes it will result in Armageddon. Now anyone who says that with a serious face is either stupid or knows that their target audience is stupid. I'm betting on the latter. Big problems require Big solutions and a brave leader prepared to make Big decisions.

    March 23, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Larry

    Truly one of the great days for our country. Finally, we are on the move toward the greatness that we CAN be when we allow our BEST nature to prevail. This will set into motion forces which will ultimately bury the worst instincts in us, namely, those instincts which tend to align themselves with Republican ways of thinking and negativizing, the very nadir of the human condition. Good usually triumphs, Thank God.

    March 23, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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