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Obama signs health care bill. Who's in the audience. What happens this year

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WASHINGTON-- President Obama signed the health care bill Tuesday morning, a historic accomplishment no matter what else happens in his term. Obama paid tribute to Congress by inviting all the members who voted for it to the signing ceremony--all Democrats, since no Republicans voted for the historic measure.

"The bill -- the bill I'm signing will set in motion reforms that generations of Americans have fought for and marched for and hungered to see. It will take four years to implement fully many of these reforms, because we need to implement them responsibly," Obama said at the White House.

Obama emphasized features of the bill that will kick in this year:

"This year, tens of thousands of uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions, the parents of children who have a pre-existing condition, will finally be able to purchase the coverage they need.That happens this year.

"This year -- this year, insurance companies will no longer be able to drop people's coverage, when they get sick -- or place -- they won't be able to place lifetime limits or restrictive annual limits on the amount of care they can receive.

"This year, this year, all new insurance plans will be required to offer free preventive care. And this year, young adults will be able to stay on their parents' policies until they are
26 years old," Obama said.

Notables at the White House: Sen. Dick Durbin. Sen. Roland Burris. All Illinois Democratic House members were invited, except Rep. Dan Lipinski who was the only Democratic no vote from Illinois.

Also...Caroline Kennedy and her son, Vicki Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, and Rep. Patrick Kennedy.

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Dan Lipinski is my hero. The rest of these jokers better start looking for a new job now. It is a very tough job market out there now. Especially for job candidates whose most recent acomplishment is selling the US future to China.

I have never been more proud as I am today to be alive to see such an historical event

this Novemeber is gonna be HILARIOUS!


Hive FIVE! I LIKE!

You will see a democratic sell off bigger than ever. Buybye Pelosi! :O)

Biden and Obama use the F--- word on national television,while discussing the Obama health care victory over the American people. If Biden and Obama think this health care plan is so great, how come they don't want it.Have you heard of anyone in Congress stepping forward and saying,"I want in on this health care plan". No,are you crazy. This plan has become known as the Dufus plan or the dog food plan. It may start in four years,but your tax increase will start now. Only an out of touch Congress could think this stuff up. Well brother, if the phone rings, don't answer it. I'm going over on Clark St. for a drink. Trust in God only,no one else.

And so the grand screwing over of the American taxpayer begins in earnest.

Why exclude Lipinski? He was the ONLY DEMOCRAT from Illinois that decided to stick to his guns. Looks like when i'm able to vote in 3 years, i will vote for him because he said no. I'm proud to live in his district.

I am not happy with Lipinski. He gets to politicize his stand re: reproductive rights while his constituents are under real health and financial risk.

"This year, this year, all new insurance plans will be required to offer free preventive care. And this year, young adults will be able to stay on their parents' policies until they are
26 years old," Obama said.

What does this really mean? Does the dependent need to be a full time student or not?
When does this take effect?

"This year, this year, all new insurance plans will be required to offer free preventive care. And this year, young adults will be able to stay on their parents' policies until they are
26 years old," Obama said.

What does this really mean? Does the dependent need to be a full time student or not?
When does this take effect?

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