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Obama says benefits from healthcare overhaul would be immediate

New York Times, January 11, 2010

President Obama said that Americans would see immediate benefits from an overhaul of the nation's health insurance system and he urged Congress to swiftly reconcile differences over the legislation so it could be signed into law in the coming weeks, the New York Times reports. In his weekly Saturday address, President Obama highlighted elements of the plan that would take effect soon after enactment of the bill, saying the law would allow people with pre-existing illnesses to be able to buy affordable insurance, children with pre-existing conditions would no longer be denied coverage, and small business owners who could not afford to cover employees would receive tax credits to buy insurance.