On March 23 President Obama signed the Senate version of the healthcare reform bill into law, an historic achievement that extends health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the long fight to pass the bill.
President Barack Obama and Sen. Edward Kennedy enter the East Room of the White House, to attend a Health Care Summit with Members of Congress, March 5, 2009.
President Obama meets with Senate Democrats to discuss health care in the State Dining Room of the White House, June 2, 2009.
President Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with health care professionals at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2009.
Town hall meetings over the summer offered Americans the chance to weigh in on healthcare reform. Here, Obama answers questions during a health care town hall meeting at Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio, July 23, 2009.
President Barack Obama and Jon Favreau, head speechwriter, edit a speech on health care in the Oval Office, Sept. 9, 2009, in preparation for the president's address to a joint session of Congress.
President Barack Obama preps with staff for an upcoming health care meeting with US Senators in the Oval Office, Dec. 5, 2009.
A member of the audience holds a "Thank You" sign during President Barack Obama's speech on Medicare fraud and health care insurance reform at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo., March 10, 2010.
Here, opponents of the healthcare bill rally outside the Capitol Building on March 21, 2010. Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives on Sunday said they had the votes to pass a landmark healthcare reform bill seen as critical to President Barack Obama's political standing and legislative agenda.
Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey holds a list of Democratic congressmen who were voted out of office for supporting President Clinton's healthcare initiative in 1993 as a warning to current members as he walks into the House of Representatives chamber to begin the vote on healthcare reform, March 21, 2010.
Anti-choice Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak holds an Executive Order signed Obama affirming that no money from passage of the health care bill will be used for abortion, March 21, 2010. At left is Rep. Kathleen Dahlkemper.
House Republican Leader John Boehner and Republican Whip Eric Cantor lead the Republican members of Congress into the U.S. House of Representatives chamber to begin the vote on health care reform on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 21, 2010.
In this video still, the vote tally for House Resolution 3590, the Senate healthcare bill, is shown on Sunday, March 21, 2010. The Democratic-controlled Congress approved historic legislation Sunday night extending health care to over 30 million uninsured Americans and cracking down on insurance company abuses.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, signs the Senate Health Reform Bill, Monday, March 22, 2010, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y.,. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich.
House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio walks away from the House floor after the House passes health care reform in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sunday, March 21, 2010.