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What Do We Call Overhaul Now? Biden Has An Idea

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Vice President Biden had a secret for President Obama at Tuesday's overhaul signing ceremony.

Vice President Biden had a secret for President Obama at Tuesday's overhaul signing ceremony.

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Now that health overhaul has become law, what do we call it?

In the long line of landmark federal health and social programs, we've had Medicare, Social Security and now? Perhaps Vice President Joe Biden settled it for us in what he thought was an off-mic remark as he embraced President Obama at today's signing ceremony:

This is a big f#@!ing deal!

We couldn't quite believe our ears, so we played the tape. Here's a version that's safe for the family:

Vice President Biden's March 23, 2010, f-bomb (we've bleeped it)

If the kids are out of the room, you can find the uncut version all sort of places, including here.

One of the other dramatic moments came when President Obama acknowledged the travails of Democrats who supported overhaul, saying of its passage:

It's also a testament to the historic leadership —- and uncommon courage —- of the men and women of the United States Congress, who've taken their lumps during this difficult debate.

And then some joker in the crowd shouted, "Yes, we did."

Who was it? Listen to the exchange:

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Correction: The initial version of this post incorrectly identified Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak as the person who shouted out during the president's remarks. Other media now report it was instead Rep. Gary Ackerman of New York.

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