March 23rd, 2010
09:12 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama to sign health care reform into law, then promote it on the road

Washington (CNN) - President Obama will sign sweeping health care reform legislation into law at the White House on Tuesday.

Obama also will hit the road to sell the measure to a still-skeptical public, giving a speech Thursday in Iowa City, Iowa, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. Obama launched his grass-roots drive for health care reform in Iowa City in May 2007, according to Gibbs.

The bill, which constitutes the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees in more than four decades, passed the House of Representatives late Sunday night with no Republican support. It was approved by the Senate in December.

A separate compromise package of changes also passed the House on Sunday and 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.

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  1. Annie, Atlanta

    And of course the Republicans in the Senate are going to be putting up every roadblock possible to stop the fixes that are meant to improve the bill. Why? Anyone else get the feeling they hate those of us who don't have deep pockets?

    By the way, they won't support bank reform, either. This puts us all in jeopardy at a very bad time, at least the bottom 95% of us! Could we see another meltdown? How far is the GOP willing to destroy this country to regain power? It's starting to look like all the way. Will Senate rules changes stop them? I'll be honest, what they've become, what they are doing, is starting to make me scared for our future.

    March 23, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Indy

    He does not have to promote this incredible victory for the people anywhere else in the world. A majority of the people around the world are proud of Obama, just not the country where he has done one of the greatest things in US history.

    March 23, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Ron in California

    I understand that the pens he will use to sign this Bill will be filled with red ink.

    March 23, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. t22

    Sure, go on the road, campaign some more. Why bother with pressing things like jobs and the war when you can hold rallies? What a clown.

    March 23, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. It's time for another change!

    And Obama is STILL campaigning... The so called reform bill cant stand on it's own and is terribly flawed. Does he really thing that campaigning will change that fact? Did liberals really want the IRS to act as the Health Care Police? Did they really want states to pickup the tab for the millions of new Medicare recipients? Do you really believe people want Medicare, an already failing system?

    March 23, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Rob M in NY

    Fantastic! Congratulations Dems and Mr. President! SHAME ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!

    March 23, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. ran

    Good day for the people.

    It will be even better if the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans in the senate make an amendment to put the public option back in to force another house vote, thinking that will stop the bill. It will not and we will get our public option. Too bad Lieberman/Nelson/Lincoln.

    Republican I dare you to do it.

    March 23, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Enough

    Stay home, your lies will not convince us this is good for the country..............what country does he think he is running...Russia?

    March 23, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Tired of the repubs crap

    Obama you were elected to make changes....please continue to do so!!!

    March 23, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Dean

    It is law. There is no need to sell the bill to the public. They will find out about it when their taxes and insurance premiums go up and their healthcare goes down.
    I think I know why the bill does not go into effect until 2014. To give Obama and Pelosi time to get out of town.

    March 23, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Main reason the GOPers are furious and wetting their pants over Obama going around the country to quell the fear and anger the GOP so diligently sowed over the past year? He's likely to be quite successful at it. The man speaks like nobody we've seen for several decades, is quite convincing (setting aside the already-convinced GOPers whose opinions of him were pre-determined anyway), and wins hearts and minds. The GOP finally has something legitimate to fear, because now that it's been passed, Obama and Dems can start focusing on concrete claims about what the legislation actually does and will do....whereas before it was up in the air what we'd be getting as a final product. Huggies must be psyched though, since GOPer incontinence is likely to spike rapidly.

    March 23, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. AXH

    We don't want it, period!

    Don't you people read, the American people DO NOT want this!

    Get a clue, you Demos DO NOT know what's best for America!

    March 23, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Has anyone thought about the fact that Republicans get cancer, have heart attacks and even have children with pre-existing conditions just like everyone else. What do they do about it? Please, tell us your secret!

    March 23, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Sadie

    For all you Attorney Generals, Govenors and Republicans that are trying to Stall this Health Care Bill, first it was all about the Abortions, and Death Panels now their saying it is unconstitutional to make people buy Health Care Insurance..

    Doesn't every State require that everyone that owns and drives a car have Auto Insurance? Why? To keep Auto Insurance from increasing for those of us that do have Insurance.....Some States even now are taking away Drivers Licences and imposing steep FINES for those who do not have Auto Insurance. So whats the difference from making people buy Health Insurance to keep the Health Care premimums for those that do have Health Care from going sky high and for some to costly for many to afford.........

    The actions of the Republicans and their followers this last weekend is more damaging to the GOP than their own Stonewalling, the Hate, racial remarks, spitting on Huuse members, yelling out "Baby Killers" and now after the passing of the bill the radical right wing fools vandlizing the offices of Democrats that voted for the HCR Bill...how childish and foolish they all are acting. Think what you want about labeling Democrats as "Baby Killers" but deniging millions of people Health Care is killing many more than Abortions........After all WHAT was Jesus mission in his life here on Earth? HEALING the sick and he didn't denign anyone of his healing........ McCain and his remarks about not working with this administation the rest of the year......what's new about that? They haven't worked yet with this administration.....and goes to show you how old and senial this man is......I hope you do continue your Stonwalling and fillabutering you are only digging your graves even deeper......What's wrong with people having a government run Health Care after all that is exactly what all of you Senators and members in Congress are enjoying.......paid for by all of us MAINSTREAM AMERICANS.

    March 23, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. LacrosseMom

    THANK GOD! And thank you, President Obama, this is precisely why, 54% of Americans voted for you!

    March 23, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Chuck, Tennessee

    Obama will need to put on his best Used Car Salesman routine to sell this one to the public. Wait, he already polished up that act when he conned so many Americans into voting for him. Glad to say, I was smarter than that. Is this the change you wanted America? If this bill survives, it has sealed our country's financial doom!

    March 23, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Steph

    Thank you Presdient Obama! What a great day!

    If you notice, the world hasn't ended, and the health insurance company stocks ROSE yesterday! Sure doesn't seem like the end of capitalism to me. I will bet that many, many parents slept a bit better last night.

    March 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. A True Centrist

    Yet another campaign promise broken...I guess posting the bill for public review was just another "idea" Obama sold just to get elected. Add that to:

    1) ending partisanship in Washington
    2) creating jobs
    3) pulling our troops out of the Middle East
    4) being fiscally responsible
    5) providing tax relief to those who truly need it

    Shall I continue?

    March 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. terry,va.

    As Obummie once said, "you can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig." This is bad for America and all the principles it was founded on. Obummie is going for "wealth distribution" (socialism). He is going to get a revolution!!!!

    March 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. J. Bergundy

    "Promote it on the road"? Never a moment when he is not in campaign mode. If this bill were anything near a good deal, why would he need to "promote" it? Wouldn't we instinctively know it's the right thing? He is the ultimate used-car salesman.

    March 23, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. The Voice

    The neo-cons are now acting like a bunch of savages with violence and hate language. Had this been a Republican president then they would be fine, but because it is a Democrat, they want them to fail. This is alll about power and politics.

    Obama has put his legacy on the line for this bill even though it was watered down to appease the masses, whatever happen to public option?? But it is the step in the right direction.

    I'm glad finally the goverment if working for the people, not special interest like the Bushie years.

    March 23, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. One of 16 million

    Over here Mr. President. Still unemployed.

    March 23, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. j

    SIGN IT Already! Get it into law. What a great win for the Democrats. Get on the road and tell everyone what the law is going to do to benefit them.

    March 23, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Marc

    You promised you'll do it and that's one of the many reasons you were voted into office Mr. President, now get ready for all sorts of smears and obstructionism and...
    Wait a minute...
    They have been doing it for months now...

    March 23, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. Biased

    What a shame that someone has to "sell" something now when he couldn't do a good enough job for a whole year before it passed against the wishes of the majority. Maybe he can explain the falsehoods he spoke and why his argument of "you're either for this bill" or for the status quo was his mantra when so many expressed the need for changes but not the total package of changes he was pushing.

    March 23, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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