March 30th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama signs health care 'fixes' bill


Washington (CNN) - President Obama sealed a final victory on his signature domestic priority Tuesday, signing a sweeping package of changes to the newly enacted health care reform law.

The so-called "fixes" bill - approved over unanimous Republican opposition in both chambers of Congress - significantly expands health insurance subsidies for lower- and middle-income families while watering down a tax on expensive health policies.

The measure also overhauls the national college student loan system by shifting government funding for loans away from commercial banks to new education initiatives. Until now, commercial banks have received federal subsidies to provide student loans.

The bill increases the overall cost of the health care reform legislation to $940 billion over the next 10 years, $65 billion more than the original health care bill Obama signed into law last week.

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  1. rjt

    WHat happened to CHANGE? there was supposed to no payoffs, kickbacks, corruption. There was supposed to be transparency. There was supposed to be government on the side of the people's will. There was supposed to be a rule of law and sticking to the constitution. We would support our close allies (like Israel, Czech republic, South Korea, Poland, Britain) Now that appears that it was all just campaign rhetoric...or downright lies. What was supposed to be great has become the most scandal ridden and corrupt administration since U.S. Grant's.

    March 30, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. ypsifan

    I would like to see IN PRINT the paragraph in the Health Care Bill that the right-wing extremists say gives Viagra to pedofilles. If they are once again making up fantasy peragraphs (ie the Death Panels of Palin), may they prove it or rot in hell. I for one have had enough of their lies!

    March 30, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Tiny Tim

    What's another 65 billion....We'll just take a little more money from the rich and give it to the low income trailer trash that choose to sit on their butts, eat cheetos, smoke dope and be fat.

    March 30, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |