Obama's day: The health care bill becomes law
Good morning from The Oval. It’s a day of triumph for many Democrats, as President Obama signs the health care bill into law and kicks off the biggest overhaul of the system since Medicare.
In a two-step process late this morning, Obama first signs the bill in the East Room of the White House. he then travels to the Interior Department to discuss the new health care plan with long-time supporters.
The benefits — and the costs — of the plan kick in gradually over the next several years, and many of its features are described here by Richard Wolf and Alison Young of USA TODAY.
Obama and aides now begin a new campaign to sell the plan to a skeptical public, an effort outlined by Susan Page and Mimi Hall of USA TODAY.
Critics of the plan, meanwhile, are ready to either file lawsuits or make it an issue in this year’s congressional elections. And business people are trying to figure out how the new rules will affect them, writes USA TODAY’s Bruce Horovitz and Laura Petrecca.
The Senate, meanwhile, still plans to make adjustments to the health care bill, reports USA TODAY’s John Fritze.
Health care isn’t the only item on Obama’s agenda. he also meets with Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Richard Lugar, R-Ind., to discuss the talks with Russia on a revised nuclear reduction treaty.
Given the health care bill changes to Medicare, will Obama and Congress now look at the solvency problems surrounding Social Security?
And Republicans must weigh the costs of “losing ugly.”
We’ll be here all day to report on the health care bill signing, the Netanyahu meeting, and anything else that pops up. Check us out and thanks for your support.
(Posted by David Jackson)
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