Obama Signs Health Care Bill: Signing Ceremony Quotes, Video
Health Care Bill Will Become The Law of the Land: Obama Signs Health Care Bill
Jubilant Democratic party members, an effusive Vice President Joe Biden, clapped and cheered their leader President Barack Obama as he signed the health care bill making it virtually the law of the land.
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Vice-President Joe Biden in his introduction to President Obama said "To state the obvious this is a historic day... history is made when a leader's passion is married to principal.... Mr. President you are that leader.
Despite the historic occasion, Obama spoke in his sual measured tone..
"Today after over a year, today after all the votes have been tallied health reform has become the law of the land in America"
But President Obama continued his sales job of the health care reform despite being just moments away from signing the bill.
President Obama mindful that the Senate must still sign the Bill, that the mid-term elections are looming and that a sizable chunk of the American public continue to be concerned about the cost of Health Care Reform.
So Obama emphasized the immediate impact of the health care reform.
"We need to get this right but a host of desperately needed reforms will take effect right away.
Obama said in 2010 insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and "This year we will start offering tax credits to scores of small businesses who need to cover their employees...This year insurance companies will no longer be able to drop people's coverage when they get sick."
Obama thanked House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate majority leader Harry Reid, members of Congress and the others. Obama then talked about personal impact of Health Care Reform.
"Today I am signing this reform bill into law on behalf of my mother" Obama's mother died of cancer and had troubles with insurance companies during her final stages of treatment.
Obama went on to site others ordinary Americans and their families who have been unable to pay for their health care bills.
Obama paid tribute those who came before him. Ted Kennedy, the Clintons, Lyndon Johnson, Teddy Roosevelt and others who have tried with limited to success to push for and enact health care reform.
"Our presence today is remarkable and improbable with a ll the punditry, all the game playing in Washington... We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities... Everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health Obama said.
Clearly the Democrats are energized with the signing of the health care bill but the question remains how long will that last?
Not a single Republican voted for the health care bill - a sure sign that bipartisanship is in shreds and that GOP base is motivated to to punish the health care reform supporters
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