Obama to sign health care reform 

    President Barack Obama is getting ready to sign a hard-won health care reform bill this week.







    President Barack Obama is getting ready to sign a hard-won health care reform bill this week.
    After more than a year in office, the president has gotten the change in health care he has been pushing for since his run for office. Approval of the reform went up for vote in the House of Representatives on Sunday, and it narrowly passed by a vote of 219-212. Democrats needed 217 votes to send the bill through.
    Associated Press reports that President Obama is set to sign the sweep reform into law on Tuesday during a ceremony on the White House’s South Lawn. His landmark 10-year plan will provide coverage for 32 million uninsured people in the U.S., costing $938 billion. The president’s plan will also shrink deficits and bar insurance companies from charging women more for coverage and turning potential customers down on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions. 

    "This is what change looks like,” the president said during a televised address on Sunday. "We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people."
    At news that his bill has passed, the president brought several colleagues out to a White House balcony and toasted the victory with champagne and club soda, ABC News reports.


    While Democrats and millions of uninsured Americans were celebrating the newly passed reform outraged Republicans has been violently protesting the change all weekend.  According to
    The Washington Post, some actually racial slurs at Democratic legislators on Saturday.

    "I have heard things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to get off the back of the bus," said Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told The Post.

    But there were even more despicable displays of anger. A spokesman for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri claimed that one Tea Party protestor spat on the congressman as he walked to the Capitol to cast his vote in support of health care reform.
    There are also reports that Congressman Barney Frank was also called a homosexual epithet.

    Shockingly, the behavior was not discouraged by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-C.A.).


    Sen. John McCain of Arizona didn’t address the protests during his interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” today, but he stated that most Americans were not in favor of President Obama’s bill. However, he did not back up that assertion with any qualitative or quantitative evidence. Rather he just said that he could not find a single supporter of health care reform at town hall meetings he’d held lately. 

    President Obama hopes to change detractors minds as he begins travelling to different cities talking about the benefits of his plan.  According to the AP, his first stop will be Thursday in Iowa City, Iowa.



    – Sonya Eskridge 




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