Mar 22, 2010 12:00 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Obama to sign health bill, take it on the road

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Members of Congress and regular folks with health care struggles will join President Barack Obama at the White House today when he signs the health care overhaul into law.

Afterward, an even larger celebration is planned at the Interior Department.

Obama plans to make trips around the country, starting with Iowa Thursday, to persuade skeptics that the medical system remake will make their lives better.

Republicans, meanwhile, say they'll continue to fight it in whatever forum is appropriate, including the courts. The bill will extend coverage, over time, to 32 million uninsured Americans. It also will prohibit industry practices such as denying coverage to people with existing medical problems.

A companion measure House Democrats approved to make a series of changes is due for consideration in the Senate.


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