March 23rd, 2010
12:09 PM ET
12 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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  1. Chris

    You ahve to have healthcare or you get penalized? Some way to push for something that sounded great at first. Everytime law makers get their hands on things....they riddle it with extra horse crap and ruin things. What should be a great idea was done wrong and bribed into law. Welcome to the new America...then again its been bad for alot time.

    March 23, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    @Think Again, you are right! And add in the insurance companies and their lobbyists and we're talking hundreds of millions of dollars. I could imagine hundreds of millions of ways of putting that kind of money to better use, to actually helping this country instead of hurting it. But that's just me.

    March 23, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Matt

    What a great day for America!! Thank you so much for all your efforts for us – Mr. President! Stay strong – we're behind you!!

    March 23, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. ART

    How about that Neo Nazi attorney general of Florida, instead of doing something about the crime rate, the prolific gun violence, the abundance of those drug mills for pain killers, this is what he jumps on. People this is not even covertly racial its down right overtly racial, get over it , sore losers.

    March 23, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Padraig

    You need to remember that jobs were his number 1 priority – spoken at his state of the union address. He lied, which is very common thing coming from a politiician from Illinois.

    What he has signed is unconstitiutional. You cannot force and take away a freedom of choice.

    Al Sharpton spoke the truth the other night when he mentioned that the people got what they voted for which is a socialist.

    For those who think this is great, you will have to wait until 2014. For those who pay health care insurance premiums, the rates will start going up in 2011.

    My advice is read the add on to the bills. For those who have funding for your children in college – watch out.

    If you don't like this start reading and become more active in what is happening. You need to vote.

    Finally, Pat Caddell the democratic strategist who was in the Clinton Administration said it well. The Democratic party has changed from "listening to the people" to telling and forcing the people.

    March 23, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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