March 23rd, 2010
12:09 PM ET
5 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."

Watch the remarks after the jump


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  1. Nini

    America wake up or there will be nothing left of the American dream.

    America is not about FREE money America is about hard work and individual choice.

    Obama in one year has taken over the Health care, Education, Auto industry, do you still not see it.

    We are not longer United State of America now we are United Socialist state of America.

    March 23, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. EDR

    Hendrik said ... "courageous" Ha Ha, Yeah right.

    DemocRATS have the courage of a street thug, bank robber, tax cheat, liar, swindler, false profit... that's not courage, that's lack of conviction or concern for the consequences of their actions. And the consequences will be landslide defeat in November.

    March 23, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. minnie

    There are many Americans who are very thankful this bill has finally passed. Our voices may be quieter than those who oppose it, but obviously our voices are still being heard. THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT.

    March 23, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Ken

    What a tainted and corrupt process the Dem's have engaged in to shove this unconstitutional tax increase and unconstitutional governement control down or throats. It will feel good for a short time, but the Nation will continue to approach insolvency until we finally get the financial collapse the Dems are pushing for.
    Social Security – bankrupt Ponzi scheme
    Medicare – bankrupt
    social entitlement programs – dwarf all other government spending
    and now we add to the unsustainable mix – governement control of health care. Like all liberal programs, it will feel good until we realize it is not sustainable.

    March 23, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Robert

    I can't believe they actually got this done. Now we can sit back and watch as the country doesn't devolve into a socialist state just like it didn't when social security was passed and when medicare was passed. They said the same thing back then.

    March 23, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. David in San Diego

    It isn't over 'til its over, unfortunately.

    When the dilatory action by Senate Republican'ts finally ends–and it will–and the AGs' suit reaches the gang of five on the Supremely-hypocritical Court, the same liars and thugs who installed Bush-lite as emperor and who gave the GOPhers carte blanche to buy elections will forget that they don't legislate but defer to the Congress and rinstead ule that major parts of this law are unconstitutional.

    That's when the real people will rise up and the Tea Bloggers will be toast.

    Too bad it has to happen that way.

    March 23, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. RP79

    .....and the Democrat power trip continues.

    March 23, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Felly

    Congrats Mr. President! That's what I'm talking about. Yes, we can!How can the GOP win an election arguing againt health insurance reform. The Grand Obstructionist Party claim to protect the unborn child, but discriminates that same child after birth. Whose side are you on?

    March 23, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Palin Power

    This bill will ensure that Obambi becomes a 1 term EPIC FAIL and will get PWNED by Sarah Palin in 2012! This country needs President Sarah Palin to completely undo and repeal the damage that this bill will do to this country! She will keep government completely out of healthcare.

    March 23, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. PDR

    Republicans all say they wanted to scap the bill and start over with something better,.....why didnt they do something better the 8 years they had control of the country? During that time my health insurance increased 20% year over year or my benefits dropped to keep the payments the same.
    All I know is last year it cost me $5040 to pay for insurance for me and my wife who are in our 20's with a deductable of 3,000 per person for a total of $920 a month. Thats after my employer pays the other half. Something is wrong when your insurance and co-payments cost the same amount as your mortgage to stay healthy! And when you have an issue your insurance company drops you like a rotten egg.
    My sister is low income and when she had a child it cost her nothing because the hospital dropped her charges. Guess who pays for that? Those of us with 20% increasing insurance bill. The system is already subsidized and a tax on those who have insurance.

    March 23, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Dean

    Mr Obama, when are you going to reform automobile insurance? It is getting too expensive for me and I think the government should help me out as I am retired and on a fixed income and need to be able to drive to get my government paid healthcare.

    March 23, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. un-sung, nj

    Now That's a REAL PRESIDENT!!!

    A Leader Who Cares About His People and His Country, and can get something done at the same time!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    March 23, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Willy Brown

    A sad day for our free republic

    March 23, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Diane

    This may not be a perfect bill, but if we waited for perfect, health care would never be reformed. I guess that is what the Republicans in Congress want. After all, it is the billionaire insurance companies that are supporting the efforts to squash health care reform. People need help now. This will help. Just think, kids can't be denied because they were born prematurely or they broke their arm falling off the monkey bars – insurance companies consider those things pre-existing conditions. You can't be dropped because you become ill. How many thousands of people have gone through this? Changes can be made by introducing legislation. I thank President Obama and those with the courage to bring this bill to fruition. Now lets just hope the Senate does what it promised and backs the bill. If they don't, I guess they want all those "special deals" everyone is complaining about.

    March 23, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. milos

    Hello Soviet Union! USSSA! I am so saddned that america is now the yugoslavia that my parents left! I am so shocked that my country would abonden capitalism! We are no longer a democracy at all. The demented drugged up people voted for this communist/marxist into office! I am saddned, angry, depressed, and outraged at this congress/ presidnet giving the people the finger. Reform healthcare, but not this way darn it!!! We are broke, we have unemployment at 20 percent! We cannot afford this stupid bill! This is a very sad day for america, free-market capitalism, and liberty. Shame on you all who voted for this marxist!
    I SUPPORTED NADER!

    March 23, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Obama Mama :)

    Thank you Mr. President for not being bullied by the moron republicans! You were voted in to office for your intelligence! We love you! Keep up the good work!

    March 23, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Liban

    What a great day for American People.. Good Luck Mr President

    March 23, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. proud dem in nc

    FINALLY, despite the efforts of the tea bag bigots, the far right fear and hate mongers, the millions of dollars spent looking out for the interests of the insurance companies, the US has affordable coverage for all, not just the privledged. Hey Republicans: guess what, many millions of people wanted this bill, and it was not as you like to say "shoved down our throats" You so-and so's lost, GET OVER IT. Your fear and smear didn't work. All that hard work by the Fake News Channel to derail this, by the likes of the bigots and doom and gloomer chicken littles, Beck, Limprick, Hannity, O'Reilly, and the rest of those losers, was all for naught. suckers.

    March 23, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Mike

    I am sick of seeing nobama on tv. That is why I change the channel to watch a movie when this moral reject appears.

    March 23, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. K in CA

    I rather liked Michael Steele's sly support for the Health Care Bill:

    "When you were a kid and you had to get the needle and before you got the needle, the doctor put a nice juicy lollipop in front of you and said, 'Here's a lollipop!' and he hits you with the needle," Steele also said. "And that's what's going to happen here."

    Notice how Steele slyly justifies the Health Care Bill by point out that doctor’s still give the shot because it is in the best interest of the child who has a child’s normal irrational fear of needles. Doctor’s don’t say “Oh gosh, the kid has an irrational fear of needles, maybe we should just go ahead and let the kid get measles and spread the measles to all the other children who also have irrational fear of needles.”

    Wow Michael, if the Republican ever figure out your sly underhanded backing of the Health Care Bill, they’re going to be really mad at you!

    March 23, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. GB

    It's about time. How can any one vote Republican in November when they want to bring back the insurance company's death panels. Now that we can control our own health with our own doctor, the Republicans want to give that power back to the insurance company's. Anyone who vote for a Republican in November is out of their minds and they deserve what they get.

    March 23, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Pat

    Wow look at the corrupt politicians he is surrounded by here. Dodd, Randle, Pelosi. I wouldn't be surprised if they all make millions off of biotech stocks.

    March 23, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Nice, pass a piece of legislature and THEN explain it to the American people. Way to go Barack! Enjoy your last 2.5 years in office.

    March 23, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. vinod

    you guys are so blinded by republican lies that you do not see the benefit of this bill. I guess the only way you will change your opinion is if tomorrow you are diagnosed with cancer and then realize you helpless.
    To all those people who say they are happy with their health insurance, wait till you get a major ilness then you will find out how good these insurance are and how under the mercy of health insureres you are.

    March 23, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. The Unsub

    He will go down in history as the greatest president ever!!!

    March 23, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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