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Originally published March 23, 2010 at 8:57 AM | Page modified March 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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Lawmakers took a beating? 'Yes, we did'

President Barack Obama says members of Congress took their "lumps" over health care reform - and he's getting no argument from them.

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON —

President Barack Obama says members of Congress took their "lumps" over health care reform - and he's getting no argument from them.

One lawmaker responded, "Yes, we did," after Obama pointed out the political beating that some members are taking on the issue.

Speaking to a large group of lawmakers before signing the health care bill at the White House Tuesday, the president paid tribute to what he called the "historic leadership and uncommon courage" of the members of Congress who pushed ahead with the measure amid the often heated debate.

Obama is setting out on the road later this week to try to minimize the political damage to lawmakers over the health care bill by convincing the American people of its merits.

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