Obama Hails Historic Health Care Overhaul Bill

(AP) -- A beaming President Barack Obama is celebrating passage of landmark health care legislation. He said it sets in motion "desperately needed reforms" sought by generations of Americans.

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(AP) -- A beaming President Barack Obama is celebrating passage of landmark health care legislation. He said it sets in motion "desperately needed reforms" sought by generations of Americans.

Congressional backers crowded into the East Room, along with several ordinary citizens bringing stories of health care hardships, to witness the historic bill-signing. Obama waited well over a year for the moment, and he'll follow it up Thursday with a trip to Iowa to talk it up.

With Victoria Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy in the audience, Obama took note of the long battle to bring the health overhaul measure to his desk.

Participants chanted "Fired up, ready to go," as Obama appeared, smiling broadly.


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