Republicans Fight Health Care Bill, Obama to Sign it Into Law Tuesday

Once the gavel came down Sunday night, the Republican National Committee launched a "Fire Nancy Pelosi" Web site, gop.com/firepelosi. Less than 24 hours after the bill's passage, the site claims it has already raised over $600,000.

Not all Republicans are convinced their party made a savvy move by opposing the legislation and rejecting Obama's calls for bipartisanship.

David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, said today, "If you lose something as important as this and you pick up some seats in 2010, great. Maybe you lose them in 2014. This bill will still be there forever."

Even as many Republicans raised objections, House Democratic leaders this afternoon signed the $938 billion bill in a ceremonious act. On Tuesday, President Obama will officially sign the bill in the East Room of the White House, after which he will travel to the Department of Interior to deliver remarks. In the audience will be lawmakers who voted for the bill, and people whose stories the president has used in the long fight to get the bill passed.

Today, Axelrod dismissed the controversy surrounding the legislation.

"I think any time you do something of magnitude, it is controversial," he said. "Social Security was controversial, Medicare was controversial."

When pressed on the fact that those social programs had been passed with bipartisan support, Axelrod said, "those were different times."

Even after the president signs the health care bill, the White House's work on the legislation is far from over. Obama will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, Thursday to explain to the public how the health care reform bill will affect them.

Iowa City was chosen because it's where then-Sen. Obama delivered his first major speech on health care reform as a presidential candidate, at the University of Iowa on May 29, 2007.

The Road to Health Care Overhaul

The House of Representatives passed the bill by a 219-212 vote late Sunday after a raucous day of debate and negotiation. Thirty-four Democrats voted "no" on the health care bill.

This morning, an emotional Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., said on "Good Morning America" the health care bill's passage fulfills the dream of his father, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

"He always believed our country was about expanding opportunity for more and more Americans, and I believe this, as he said, was the unfinished business of Americans," said Kennedy, who choked up when talking about his father. "This is a program for the middle class. Too often in America, they're the ones who are left out. ... Not now."

The road to passing health care was a turbulent one for Democrats. After anti-abortion Democrats, led by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., struck a deal with the Democratic leadership and the White House, they were bombarded with charges of supporting abortion.

As Stupak was speaking on the House floor Sunday, an unidentified Republican lawmaker shouted, "Baby Killer!"

Today, Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, admitted that he was the one.

"While I remain heartbroken over the passage of this bill and the tragic consequences it will have for the unborn, I deeply regret that my actions were mistakenly interpreted as a direct reference to Congressman Stupak himself," Neugebauer said in a statement today.

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