Obama Signs Health Care Overhaul Bill, With a Flourish
President Obama signed major health care legislation into law on Tuesday.
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
The New York Times
WASHINGTON - With the strokes of 20 pens, President Obama signed his health care overhaul - the most sweeping social legislation enacted in decades - into law on Tuesday during a festive, at times raucous, White House ceremony.
'We have just 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 care,' Mr. Obama declared in the East Room, before an audience of more than 200 Democratic lawmakers, White House aides and others who rode a yearlong legislative roller-coaster ride that ended with Sunday night's House passage of the bill. They interrupted him repeatedly with shouts and standing ovations.
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