President Barack Obama Signs Health Care Reform

President Barack Obama has signed the $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and represents the biggest accomplishment of his presidency.

Obama signed the bill at an elaborate ceremony in the East Room of the White House. He said it sets in motion "desperately needed reforms" sought by generations of Americans and helps lift a "decades-long drag" on the economy.

President Obama says members of Congress took their "lumps" over health care reform -- and he's getting no argument from them. One lawmaker responded, "Yes, we did," after Obama pointed out the political beating that some members are taking on the issue. Obama paid tribute to what he called the "historic leadership and uncommon courage" of the members of Congress who pushed ahead with the measure amid the often heated debate.

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The House passed the historic health care reform bill Sunday night by a vote of 219 to 212. The vote was almost along party lines, with no Republicans voting in favor of the bill.

The Democrats needed just 216 votes for the bill to pass. The legislation now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

"We will be joining those who established Social Security, Medicare and now, tonight, health care for all Americans," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as the vote neared.

"We have failed to listen to Americans," said Minority Leader John Boehner during a fiery speech on the Senate floor before the vote. "And we failed to reflect the will of our constituents."

For the first time, most Americans will be required to purchase insurance, and face penalties if they refused. Much of the money in the bill is devoted to subsidies to help families at incomes of up to $88,000 a year pay their premiums.

The measure will also usher in a significant expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor. Coverage would be required for incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, $29,327 a year for a family of four. Childless adults would be covered for the first time, starting in 2014.

The insurance industry, which spent millions on advertising trying to block the bill, would come under new federal regulation. They would be forbidden from placing lifetime dollar limits on policies, from denying coverage to children because of pre-existing conditions and from canceling policies when a policyholder becomes ill.

Parents would be able to keep children up to age 26 on their family insurance plans, three years longer than is now the case.

A new high-risk pool would offer coverage to uninsured people with medical problems until 2014, when the coverage expansion would go into high gear.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Democratic lawmaker says a protester stood up in the House gallery, yelled "Kill the bill" and was cheered by Republicans.

Angry demonstrators opposed to the health care bill gathered outside the Capitol on Sunday. Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts says that one stood up in the House gallery and shouted, "Kill the bill. The people don't want this."

As the man was yelling and ushers tried to escort him out, several Republicans stood up on the House floor and cheered.

Said Frank: "I've never seen this - for the Republicans to stand up and cheer the guy on." Frank called the Republicans "clowns."

The cheering could be heard from outside the chamber.

Disruptions from the gallery are banned.

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  • by US Citizen Right Now Location: OSOC's basement on Apr 24, 2010 at 06:55 AM
    There is a rule that states you cannot replicate scripture? That rule sounds eerily similar to the Muhammad rule. Actually it is much more hypocritical since it begs the question of "how do they reproduce the bible without breaking that rule?"
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Apr 7, 2010 at 04:54 PM
    US Citizen, "to Obama Snake Oil co" did. There are those that would lash out at both of us if you hadn't noticed, keeps the fingers happy, typing responses to those claiming their bleeding hearts, yet it is there political "change". They are not informed of what is going on in this country, the promised land for Christians. This is why my fathers, father came here after they slaughtered millions in excess of the holocaust. Beck brought the story recently in his programs a couple of weeks ago. This is what happens when communists take over a country, get rid of those that believe. My father, both of them taught me to be thick skinned. I can take more criticism than what posters put here, in fact, I wellcome it. My people came here legally, with papers, with english and passed test to be in this country. Why? They faced certain death if they went back...high motivation. I am sure Bob is looking down...going, emm, emm, emm as he didn't like those that lost their way, he laughed at them...
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Apr 7, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    who's calling you a fake Snake man? Christian Orthodox is good. Mainly believe the bible. Hmm. I really choose not to be part of a denomination. Just a follower of Christ Jesus. Isn't that what we need to focus on? Jesus after all God the father has given all authority to him and if it weren't for what Jesus had done we wouldn't have a chance. He gives us life and I'm sure Bob is in heaven in pure awe!!! Thanks OSOC
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 6, 2010 at 04:55 PM
    US Citizen, I am Eastern Orthodox, so you understand we have different rules. That is why I am not allowed to post scripture, however, I do like reading it. It is held to be personnal to me....good reader, even though I cannot tell you howmany times I have read it. Unlike To OSOC, I am accountable for my own actions to someone more important than a drive by poster. I know real people that hold me above that kind of behavior. Just calling it like I see it. Like so many have not done, I have made peace with my maker. I wasn't as saddened by Bob from Belhaven leaving us, I was saddened by the loss to his family. When his neices got choked up during their talk, it told me how important he was to them and how good a man he was. He took care of his sister when times were bad along with her children. He made sacrifices that most would not have made, just to make sure they were happy in lieu of a terrible situation. Apparent, god needed him more than us...calling me a fake...bring it on!
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Apr 5, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    This is you who scoffs at OSOC. God told us that one of the things that would make the last generation stand out would be they would increase in knowledge and travel back and forth. You can find this prophecy in Daniel 12:4. Timothy Chapter 3: 1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. This is so true of how many people are today. Turn to Jesus Christ, The Truth, The Life & The Way
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Apr 5, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    Snake man, I appreciate you sharing this. I commended Bob while he posted up here. He was obviously a man of Godly integrity just like my dad, a WWII hero who upheld the standards our forefathers and God established. Ones who see the point, the main problems and not afraid to speak their minds. My father still lives at 85 and he, Bob and the rest of us who care about what is happening to this world will all be together soon in Heaven. OSOC, let us all be blameless in the sight of the Lord when the trump of God sounds off and Jesus gathers his elect. This is so much sooner than you think bro. There's not many prophesies left to be fulfilled. He could come at any time so let us read on his word daily and have that relationship with him forgiving, praying and glorifying his name without ceasing. We don't want to be left out over unforgiven sin in our lives. I love you and will keep us all in prayers. God Bless you brother.
  • by to OSOC on Apr 2, 2010 at 07:40 PM
    I wish I could say you have a big heart, but you don't. You come on site put down a man who tries to help us. Now you are online talking about Bob from Belhaven. What a fake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 2, 2010 at 04:32 PM
    Us Citizen, just to let you know, one of our brothers; Bob from Belhaven has left us. A good christian, good soul, great posts, however, he died on Monday. I never knew he was one of my longstanding friend until he mentioned OSOC one day in my driveway. I told him, that was me. He was floored, and then told me he was Bob from Belhaven. Well, there wasn't a dry eye in the church...not even mine. He was a friend close to me, and headed to see his dad, in heaven, who died in the 90s. I hope he sees my dad as well. They were those WWII heros, humble, patient generation we are not now. The me, me generation has no idea what and how our fathers were. This, they fought for, died for, seems to not be their legacy. The progressives in todays world, have no idea, about what went on 20 years ago, let alone 60some. Yet, history will repeat itself as they say. Bob from Belhaven, cared about his country and god. People forget, this is what is important. Blessings to the Martin Family.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Apr 1, 2010 at 06:11 AM
    I'm not interested in nat bites such as this. I feel saddened for the marine and family and leave it at that. I stay focused on what the most powerful people in the world are up to. Every spitting contest and liberal media frenzied episode from that point on downward will change and be twisted and you ought not focus on issues like these. It's like adding too many ingredients in the wedding cake mix. Keep it simple and focus on Bilderberg group, Obama admin. policies, plans and what UN & EU, especially middle eastern nations are doing. These are the items I stay focused on because they're the ones who effect our every move and future. NS, I've been studying on this since 1980 and see the puzzle forming together very quickly in these last days. The NWO puzzle which Obama is Bilderberg groups puppet. He's their man and their giving us that "change" Obama promised us while campaigning. Remember? It went over everyone's head, except for ones who know what he stands for which is communism.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 31, 2010 at 01:17 PM
    So NS, a liberal organization; Code Pink, that says soldiers should die or there are no heros...I think USCFN would Please note a special word here, funeral, second word; soldier, third word father. And you call me a slime bucket and vulgar, learn about this group.

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