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article imageObama Signs New Health Care Legislation

By Carol Forsloff     Mar 23, 2010 in Politics
U.S. President Barack Obama today signed the new health care legislation to reform medical care in the United States. He and those involved in the passage referred to today as "historic."
Members of both House and Senate - as well as special guests considered intimately involved in reform of health care - were on hand today to watch Obama sign the new bill HR 3590, providing reforms that supporters declare have been a necessary and vital part of the need to provide Americans with proper health care. Some of those special guests included family members of the late Ted Kennedy who was said to have worked tirelessly for health care reform.
The formal signing today follows the passage of the Bill HR3590 which is available for download here.[PDF].
Critics maintain the health care bill is unconstitutional while others declare it will raise health care costs and is thus a blow to important curbs on spending at a time of recession. Nevertheless, Democrats proceeded to trounce the opposition in voting in sufficient numbers to pass the legislation on Sunday, following a lengthy debate both in the Congress and across the United States.
In Louisiana Bobby Jindal has encouraged the Attorney General of the State to file objections to the legislation on constitutional grounds. Other states are following this strategy as people from various political camps present their views before the public.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton congratulates President Barack Obama on the House vote to ...
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton congratulates President Barack Obama on the House vote to pass health care reform, prior to a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House
White House Photo by Pete Souza
According to the Washington Post, the signing ceremony's function was to demonstrate benefits of the reform bill and is part of the public relations effort to encourage Americans to learn about it. The "corrections" bill (HR 4872) to include amendments for the legislation just passed is still being considered as the Senate is anticipated to begin debate on it today.
In the meantime some Republicans have declared their intention to help repeal the bill just passed by both houses of Congress. Time magazine, however, says this strategy is likely to fail. The magazine maintains that coalitions of businesses, unions and liberal groups will insure the reform maintained, even as it concludes, "The President and his allies will argue mightily in the coming days that the great war over health care has ended. Republicans certainly will make the case that the crusade has just begun. In this semantic skirmish, the White House, bolstered by the momentum of victory and allies old and new, is girded for combat."
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