Barack Obama's journey to reform America's health care system comes full circle Thursday as he returns to the place where he launched his ideas.
Three years ago, Obama began his crusade with a memorable speech focusing on health care that was delivered in Iowa City, Iowa, the state that holds the first presidential caucus in an election year.
The president will speak on the freshly signed law at the University of Iowa in the afternoon, his first event since the historic passage of the landmark legislation.
Obama's speech is part of a White House plan to begin aggressively selling the benefits of his health care overhaul and give some political cover to Democratic lawmakers jittery about their political futures, according to Democratic officials familiar with the plans.
Obama is expected to make many such trips in the weeks ahead, following up on promises to push back on Republican attacks in the months leading up to the November mid-term elections, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to publicly discuss the emerging White House strategy.