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."

Watch the remarks after the jump

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soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. John

    Now he needs to figure out how the HELL we are going to pay for this stupid bill. I will take a quote from a movie "Mr. Obama you are writing checks your butt can't cash". The man should have been a preacher in the backs woods, instead of president of The United States. That's what he does best is preach and you all buy what he says!

    March 23, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Mark L.


    Mr. President – Four Words for You – GOD BLESS YOU, ALWAYS !!

    March 23, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. call me crazy

    Congratulations Mr. President, and that goes for Congress to. This bill just needs to be tweeked in the senate, and soon everyone will benefit from it.

    Now where is that "to do" list?

    March 23, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    HIs very signature on this unconstitutional robbery is grounds for impeachment.

    March 23, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Tram

    FINALLY! We've needed this legislation for decades. If it hadn't been for the GOPers and their hatred of America, we'd have had it a lot sooner and maybe a lot more people would be alive today.

    March 23, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Angie in PA

    God bless you President Obama this truly a great day in history and you made it possible! along with the Democrat party GOD BLESS THE USA!!!

    March 23, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. MC

    A truly meaningful and proudmoment for the USA; finally the kinder and gentler face of the USA is beginning to emerge and prevail.

    There is till time to fire extreme rogue elements like Rahm Emanuel (a Chicago corrupt who served in Isareli Army) and Tim Geithner (a Wall Street cronies who engineered funeling public money to Goldman).

    March 23, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. SocialismBad

    And so begins the very speedy collapse of this country. At a time when this country is experiencing record job losses and financial short falls, the DemocRATS have forced this financial disaster on the country.

    Just wait until the entire country is paying a VAT tax just like Europe to pay for this socialism. Then we'll all have equal opportunity to be be POOR.

    This is what you get when you put the Hugo Chavez Democratic Party in charge,,, Hurry November!!!

    March 23, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Marry

    What a great moment!! Congratulation to the President for his great effort and this great success for the American people. I am sure, when the people start to understand the great benefits this bill brings to them and they understand that the GOP just worked with lies and fears for the industries to keep their gigantic profits, they will know who is working for them. And it is not the GOP…. Perhaps that might just get them thinking and to participate in voting for the better party in the fall!

    March 23, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Lori

    Thank God that his will has been done.......he sent his Son to Save us Sinners and Christ's life long work was to HEAL the SICK, never did he refuse the people of this country can enjoy the healing benifits that Christ instilled. Doctors and Nurses are part of the avenues that Christ works his Miracles and now all people will have the same chances of miracles in their lives that so many of us that have Health Care have enjoyed for some time.....Thank you President Obama and to all the Democrats that voted for it.........and I am a former Republican (that switched this last year) now a Democrat......

    March 23, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |

    In the words of P. Diddy: "take dat, take dat"

    March 23, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. tab822

    thanks for stabbing a single woman in the back Mr. President.... I work two jobs just to be able to pay my bills without any help form the you say I have to pay for insurance that I couldn't afford before this new change you are allowing....and if I don't pay for it you will have the IRS fine me for two years and then i get to go to jail...then you will just take it out of my checks....what happens when I can't put a roof over my daughter's head because of your health plan?????? Do you pay my bills!!!!!! I don't mind having to pay when I go to the Dr. office.... that is when i can afford to go...but now it's not when i can afford to it your law of pay for it or go to jail in the long run.....i guess i will be one of the people that lose everything that they have worked for because you will make sure that the government takes it..if i can't afford to pay

    March 23, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. joel

    The kindhearted won the battle against the selfish, its as simple as that!

    March 23, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. nick

    May God bless President Obama for his courage and defence of the helpless in the face of unreasoning hatred by Republican hate mongers, bigots, and neo-Nazi storm troopers.

    March 23, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    Thank you, Mr. President and all who voted for this bill!!!!

    Now, the President and the Democratic Party just need to make sure they spread the word – frequently and loudly – of the successes and savings of the health care reform bill.

    Keep up the good work, Mr. President!

    March 23, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    We all know that Fox and the GOP and all their lackeys will spend millions of dollars spreading their lies and distortions about this bill – especially now that they got their way with the Supreme Court ruling saying that corporations are "people" and can give unlimited amounts of money to campaigns.

    But most Americans are smarter than Fox and the GOP – thank goodness!

    March 23, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Minnesotan

    YAY! I am SO proud of my president! It's such a joy having an intelligent one instead of the dimwit we just got rid of!

    March 23, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. munchmom

    Can I throw up now? I feel nearly as sick about this as I did about election day–God help the United Socialist States of America!

    March 23, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Patricia O'Kelley

    Medicare states they are increasing the premiums by 40 percent. My mother was paying $125 to medicare monthly out of her $501 check. Now she has to pay $180 a month. Why is the gov't making those least able to pay, pay more to pay for the new gov't insurance laws just now passed at the white house???????

    March 23, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Hendrik

    A great accomplishments.

    I stand in awe of this president and Congress.

    The Democrats have finally shown that they can be courageous.


    March 23, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Thank you, President Obama, for making my vote count!

    March 23, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. John

    He signed it..... but now he has to hit the road to sell it.....

    good luck with that, Mr. Obama....

    March 23, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. AXH

    True to form, the DemocRATS shoved this down our throats!

    Good bye to you in 2012!

    March 23, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. joe kiloz

    17 % UNEMPLOYMENT,,,,,,,,,,AND,,,,,,,,,,WE'RE,,,,,,,,,,WASTING,,,,,,,,,,


    March 23, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. SocialismBad

    According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday, 51 percent of respondents disapprove of Obama's job performance and 46 percent approve of it.

    Down from 76% in Feb. 2009. Enjoy your one term Obama. Come November, you'll be reined in for the last two years of this miserable socialist experiment.

    March 23, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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