Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Obama signs package of final healthcare changes

President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday a package of final changes to his landmark overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, hailing it as an "important milestone" for reform.

"It represents a major step forward," Obama told a college audience in Virginia, just outside Washington, after lawmakers last week put the finishing touches on healthcare legislation, including reforms in college student loan programs.

The signing capped a yearlong political struggle between Obama's Democrats and opposition Republicans that has set the stage for a bitter campaign for control of Congress in November.