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With a stroke of 22 pens, Pres. Obama signed the health care bill into law today. Most of the pens were given away as mementos. Though, two are now part of the National Archives.
"That our generation is able to succeed in passing this reform is a testament to the persistence and the character of the American people who championed this cause, who mobilized, who organized, who believed that people who love this country can change it," Pres. Obama said at the White House. "It's also a testament to the historic leadership and uncommon courage of the men and women of the United States Congress who've taken their lumps during this difficult debate," he added in direct reference to the more than 200 Democratic lawmakers at today’s ceremony.
That’s when Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-New York, shouted "Yes, we did!" - a play on Mr. Obama's campaign slogan of "Yes we can." At that point, there were a lot of laughs.
A light-hearted moment, but back on Capitol Hill there's heated debate in the Senate over the package of so-called "fixes." Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas had a message for Pres. Obama.
"He's going to take a victory lap on a bill the American people don't want because they know we can't afford it," he said.
Is the fight about what's best for Americans or pure politics? CNN's Dana Bash is keeping them honest.
We'll also give you an up close look at how the new legislation affects three families - working class, middle class and wealthy. Tom Foreman's report may give you a sense of how the new law will affect your life.
With health care in the headlines, we'll also bring you our new series "Kids in Peril: Obesity in America." 360's Randi Kaye will introduce you to 14-year-old Maria Caprigno, who's been battling a weight problem most of her life. At age 4 she weighed 79 pounds, as much as a 7 year old. By the time she was 7, she was 168 pounds. At 9, she weighed 250. At 14, she topped out at 445 pounds. See how she's fighting to slim down.
Maria is not alone. According to the CDC, teen obesity rates have tripled since 1980. One third of America's youth is overweight.
For tonight's shot, see how a family dog helped a newborn baby. To some people, this pooch could be a star on "American Idol."
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