Obama Signs Historical Health Care Bill
With the quick movement of the President’s pen, the dream of health care for every American became a reality.
It was a historical day in Washington on Tuesday when President Obama and other politicians came together to see what was thought of to be an impossibility just two months ago – the signing of the health care reform into law. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and other prominent guests stood back and watched as President Obama signed the landmark bill into law thus ending a long drawn out political battle that had been waging in Congress for over a year. The historical health care bill will bring near universal health care to millions of Americans who go without insurance, but also stands as the biggest domestic change in U.S. policy since the inception of Medicare back in the 1960s.
The bill will cover up to 95 percent of Americans compared to the 83 percent that are currently covered now while also making it a law that everyone in the country have some sort of medical coverage. This is done by making employers put their workers under health care coverage while also eventually giving the option to citizens to buy their own health care or be covered under a government health care option. Most of the bill’s provisions, however, will not be immediate. In fact, most will not go into effect until 2014. Yet, the expanding of Medicare and allowing young people to stay on their parent’s insurance until the age of 26 could happen as soon as this upcoming fall.
On the campaign trail, President Obama made a promise of an America in which every citizen would not have to worry about health care. This was something that many felt was an impossible goal, but after yesterday the President followed through on that promise with nothing more than a quick movement of a pen and his signature.