Obama Signs Health Care Reform Bill into Law (Speech, Video, Photos, Transcript) 3-23-10

President Obama Signs Health Care Reform Bill

Here is the full video of President Barack Obama signing the health care reform bill into law; see the speeches, video and entire transcript from the Tues. March 23, 2010 ceremony at the East Room of the White House. Introduced by Vice President Joe Biden, Obama delivered remarks prior to signing the historic bill at around 11:30 a.m. ET.

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The full video can also be seen at CSPAN

Video of the speech Obama delivered at the Dept. of the Interior on the same day is below.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the $940 billion bill; H.R. 4872, Reconciliation Act of 2010 with a vote of 219-212. In his remarks, the President said in part: “Our presence here today is remarkable and improbable…with all the punditry, all of the lobbying, all the game playing that passes for governing in Washington, it’s been easy at times to doubt my ability to do such a big thing, such a complicated thing…We don’t fall prey to fear. Here in this country, we shape our own destiny.

“We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities. We are a nation that does what is hard,” he says in closing. “That is what makes us the United States of America. We have now enshrined, as soon as I sign this bill, the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health.”

Here is the complete speech transcript text (remarks by both Obama and Biden).

Attendees at the historic signing included Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Caroline Kennedy and her son, Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, and Rep. Patrick Kennedy. Also attending was Connie Anderson, the sister of Natoma Canfield, the Medina, Ohio cancer survivor who wrote to Obama about her rising health insurance premiums, a letter which he read to insurance executives.

President Obama Signs Health Care Reform Bill

Click the picture above to see the full gallery of photos from the signing ceremony.

For more on the ceremony see:

For more on the health care reform legislation, and commentary on the after effects see:

Dept of Interior Speech



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