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Health Care Reform's Journey To Law In PHOTOS

First Posted: 05/23/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:55 PM ET

The official White House photographer Pete Souza and his team chronicled in photos the long journey that health care reform took from being an abstract idea to a concrete bill that has been signed into law. Relive it yourself via the slideshow below.

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  • President Barack Obama and Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., enter the East Room of the White House, to attend a Health Care Summit with members of Congress, March 5, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., listen to President Obama’s remarks during the Health Care Summit in the East Room of the White House, March 5, 2009. Seated at left is Melody Barnes, director of the Domestic Policy Council. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Health Care Summit in the East Room of the White House, March 5, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama talks with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, following a health care meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, April 30, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama meets with Senate Democrats to discuss health care in the State Dining Room of the White House, June 2, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with, from left, Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyo., Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to discuss health care reform in the Oval Office, June 10, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama's signature is seen on a health classroom wall at Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wisc., June 11, 2009. The staff at the school, where the President attended a town hall meeting on health care, left a note asking him to sign the wall for future students to see. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama speaks with Charles Gibson during a taping for a nationally televised town hall meeting on ABC in the East Room of the White House, June 24, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama answers questions during a health care reform town hall meeting at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., July 1, 2009. Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett is seated at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama pumps his fists while talking with senior staff in the Outer Oval Office, July 13, 2009. From left, Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the Office of Health Reform, Peter Orszag, director of Office of Management and Budget, Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, and Larry Summers, director of the National Economic Council, in the Outer Oval Office, July 13, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama meets with nurses and Members of Congress in the Oval Office, prior to a health care event, July 15, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel hold a conference call with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid in the Oval Office, July 17, 2009. Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, palms a basketball at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with health care professionals at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama answers questions during a health care town hall meeting at Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio, July 23, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

  • Members of the audience listen as President Barack Obama addresses a town hall meeting on health care insurance reform at Gallatin Field in Belgrade, Mont., Aug. 14, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • 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. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama is applauded by Members of Congress, as he steps to the podium to deliver remarks on health care to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama meets with, from left, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office for Health Reform, and Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, regarding the health care vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, in the Oval Office, Nov. 7, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama arrives at the Cannon House Office Building at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to discuss health care with the House Democratic Caucus, Nov. 7, 2009. He is accompanied by Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, left, Reggie Love, the President's personal aide, and Wilson Livingood, right, the Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. House of Representatives. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama arrives at the Cannon House Office Building at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to discuss health care with the House Democratic Caucus, Nov. 7, 2009. He is accompanied by Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, left, Reggie Love, the President's personal aide, and Wilson Livingood, right, the Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. House of Representatives. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama preps with staff for an upcoming health care meeting with U.S. Senators in the Oval Office, Dec. 5, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, talk in the Oval Office, after the U.S. Senate passed health insurance reform, Dec. 24, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama gestures during a conference call on health care in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Jan. 5, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama meets with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., for a conference call on health care in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Jan. 5, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama pauses during a health care meeting with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Jan. 15, 2010. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., is seated at left. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Martha Coakley for U.S. Senate event at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., Jan. 17, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama meets with senior advisors on health care strategy in the Oval Office, Jan. 20, 2010. Attending, from left, are Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, director of Communications Dan Pfeiffer, Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, and Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office for Health Reform. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama bows his head during the invocation at the nationally televised Republican House Issues Conference in Baltimore, Md, Jan. 29, 2010. With the President on-stage, from left, are Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama discusses a point with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, during the nationally televised bipartisan meeting on health insurance reform at Blair House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

  • President Barack Obama talks with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., during the nationally televised bipartisan meeting on health insurance reform at Blair House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama walks from Blair House to the White House, following the bipartisan meeting on health insurance reform, Feb. 25, 2010. He is accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama greets doctors and nurses following his remarks about health care reform in the East Room of the White House, March 3, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

  • President Barack Obama edits a health care speech with Jon Favreau, director of speechwriting, in Favreau's West Wing office at the White House, March 3, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama fist-bumps a medical professional in the Green Room of the White House, prior to the start of a health care event, March 3, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama meets with New Democrat Coalition Congressional leadership in the Oval Office, March 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama speaks about health care insurance reform at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., March 8, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • 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. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama meets with the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss health care reform in the State Dining Room of the White House, March 11, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama meets with Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, aboard Air Force One en route to Cleveland, Ohio, March 15, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama checks his BlackBerry as he walks along the Colonnade to the Oval Office, March 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • Dan Turton, deputy director of Legislative Affairs, left, and Sean Sweeney, confer as President Barack Obama talks on the phone with a Member of Congress in the Oval Office, March 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama discusses health care reform during a meeting with senior advisors in the Oval Office, March 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama discusses health care strategy with Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the Oval Office, March 19, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama talks on the phone with a Member of Congress, while en route to a health care event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., March 19, 2010. Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, rides with the President. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama calls a Member of Congress to discuss health care reform in the Oval Office, March 19, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama works with Katie Johnson, his personal secretary, in the Outer Oval Office, while Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, talks on the phone, March 19, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama calls a Member of Congress about health care reform from the Oval Office, March 19, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama talks on the phone with a Member of Congress about health care in the Oval Office, March 19, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama calls a Member of Congress to discuss health care reform in the Oval Office, March 19, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • President Barack Obama listens to Dan Turton, deputy director of Legislative Affairs, during a health care strategy session with advisers in the Chief of Staff's Outer Office at the White House, March 20, 2010.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • Katie Johnson, President Barack Obama's personal secretary, leans into the Oval Office to alert the President to an incoming phone call, March 20, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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