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Obama signs $938 billion health overhaul

March 23, 2010
  • President Barack Obama has signed the $938 billion health care bill.
President Barack Obama has signed the $938 billion health care bill.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.

The new law will be the main issue in this fall's midterm elections. Obama signed the bill at an elaborate ceremony Tuesday in the East Room of the White House, to be followed by an even larger celebration at an Interior Department auditorium.

In Martinsville Tuesday afternoon, about 20 supporters of the legislation rallied outside Congressman Tom Perriello's office.  They said they wanted to thank Perriello and other Democrats who voted "yes."

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A beaming President Barack Obama is celebrating passage of landmark health care legislation. He said it sets in motion "desperately needed reforms" sought by generations of Americans.

Congressional backers crowded into the East Room, along with several ordinary citizens bringing stories of health care hardships, to witness the historic bill-signing. Obama waited well over a year for the moment, and he'll follow it up Thursday with a trip to Iowa to talk it up.

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With Victoria Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy in the audience, Obama took note of the long battle to bring the health overhaul measure to his desk.

Participants chanted "Fired up, ready to go," as Obama appeared, smiling broadly.

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