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Health reform bill is law
As expected, President Barack Obama Tuesday morning signed into law the Senate’s package of health care reforms, a number of which will go into effect this year.
“Today, after almost a century of trying, today, after over a year of debate, today, after all the votes have been tallied, health care insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America,” Obama said to a standing ovation from the large group of Democratic lawmakers gathered at the White House for the signing.
The Senate will now begin debating a separate reform package that tweaks the original Senate bill. Leaders from both parties expect that measure to clear the Senate by the end of the week.
(Here’s what happens, though, if it doesn’t.)