After the president spoke to the nation from the East Room, he joined dozens of staffers on the Truman Balcony where he toasted them with champagne and club soda for their accomplishment.
“This is why we’re here,” he told them, a White House official recalls. “This is what we came here to do.”
The president will likely sign the bill in a ceremony tomorrow, while the fixes to the bill begin being debated in the Senate.
Next week the White House will embark upon an effort to begin selling the elements of the bill that will take effect most immediately including the consumer protections from insurance company abuses, small business tax credits, and closing the “hole” in the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
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