I’ll be watching on CSPAN as President Obama sign historic health care reform into law and speaks about what it means. Oh, and if you’re Ken Cuccinelli, freedom ends and socialism/communism/fascism begins now! LOL
UPDATE: You can also watch it on the White House’s live stream, embedded here,
UPDATE 11:32 am: VP Biden speaking about how “history is made.” “Mr. President, you’re the guy that made this happen.” “You delivered on a promise.” “The greatest wealth is health.”
UPDATE 11:37 am: Now it’s President Obama’s turn for a victory lap. The “overheated rhetoric” about reform will shortly “confront the reality” about reform. Urges Senate to pass reconciliation package. Talks about the benefits that will kick in “this year.” Health insurance exchanges will be set up to allow people to get the same deal members of Congress get. Tax breaks to afford coverage, largest middle class tax cut in history. Will reduce deficit, is paid for and fiscally responsible, will reduce drag on economy. Great work by Congress, kudos to Nancy Pelosi (“one of the best speakers the House of Representatives has ever had”) and Harry Reid (“one of the best majority leaders the Senate has ever had”). Shoutout to Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy-Ann DeParle.
Signing this bill “on behalf of my mother.” Also mentions Natoma Canfield and others. Kudos to Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, LBJ, Bill and Hillary Clinton, John Dingell, Ted Kennedy.
“Our presence here today is remarkable and improbable.” “It’s easy to succumb to the sense of cynicism about what is possible in this country.” We are “not a nation that scales back its aspirations, we are not a nation that falls prey to doubt or mistrust, we don’t fall prey to fear. we are not a nation that does what’s easy, that’s not who we are…we are a nation that does what is hard, what is necessary, what is right.” “That is what makes us the United States of America.” Core principle: everyone should have “some basic security” when it comes to their health care.
UPDATE 12:32 pm: And here’s a photo of the Republican press conference to discuss health care reform legislation. Great attendance, huh?