March 21st, 2010
06:51 PM ET

Tweets from the Hill: Lawmakers on health care

The debate over health care is heating up in Washington, D.C. as we near a vote on health care reform.

But the strong words and feelings aren't staying inside the halls of Capitol Hill - lawmakers are making their thoughts known to their constituents on Twitter. Below is a sampling of the latest tweets from the chamber:

[Updated 6:46 p.m.]

avatar R-GA Thomas Price: The Democrat health care bill bends the cost curve in the wrong direction.

avatar R-GA Thomas Price: The Democrat health care bill is chock full of special deals.

avatar R-GA Thomas Price: The Democrat health care bill actually costs $1.33 trillion.

avatar D-AZ Harry Mitchell: 2. #HCR will improve Medicare for 84,000 beneficiaries and will close the prescription drug donut hole

avatar R-GA Thomas Price: The Democrat health care bill has an employer mandate that will destroy jobs.

avatar R-OH John Boehner: Will Democrats Stand Up and Be Counted? A Defining Bill Requires A Transparent Vote #hcr

[Updated 5:00 p.m.]

avatar R-TX Kevin Brady: No one must have told #Stupak that an executive order is not law #hcr

avatar R-OK Mary Fallin: RT @BuckMcKeon: VFW: #HCR Bill Betrays Veterans – bill doesn't protect health programs for veterans, service-members or their families

avatar R-GA Jack Kingston: RT @davereichert: I say YES for real reform that will lower costs and help individuals, families and seniors #hcr

avatar House Democrats: White House sets the record straight after Republicans misrepresent the truth on the House floor:

avatar R-UT Jason Chaffetz: Sad day for pro-life. President Obama had no problem using US taxpayer $ for abortions overseas (Mexico City lette)

avatar D-CT Jim Himes: Interesting overlap of rallies at the Capitol today. Anti-health care reform teapartyers on one side. Immigration reform on the other.

avatarR-CA Kevin McCarthy: Working as hard as I can to stop this bill as Pelosi twists arms and cut deals on this #hc takeover. There is a better way. #tcot

avatar R-UT Jason Chaffetz: I don't believe a President can just write an order that will have the full force of a law.

avatar R-CA Darrell Issa: I demanded on @HouseFloor that @HouseDemocrats reveal&remove gifts, earmarks & legislative bribes-for-votes in ObamaCare. They refused.

avatar R-OH Robert Latta: RT @MaryVought SBA List President Dannenfelser: Proposed Executive Order on Abortion Funding is a Slap in the Face to Pro-lifers #ohiolife

avatar R-CA Dana Rohrabacher: Emotional stories being used by Dems do not justify their corrupt deals or, bankrupting America. #hcr #killthebill

avatar R-CA Darrell Issa: Taking this fight to the floor of the People's House #killthebill

avatar R-WY Cynthia Lummis: Paul Ryan attacks cost, Patrick Kennedy promotes legacy.

avatar R-FL Ander Crenshaw: Obama, Pelosi still insist on ramming health care takeover through Congress. This big govt. plan wrong for Florida, wrong for nation.

avatar R-PA Glenn Thompson: With 28 yrs as rural #hcr provider the Medicare cuts, Medicaid ext & compliance burdens puts rural hospitals in bankruptcy #tcot #handsoff

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Cheri Kirby

    Any member voting for the Health Care Bill, thank you soo much. You are showing courage with a capital "C"!

    March 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anne

    After painfully watching 2 hours of these repetitive idiots drone on today I am ready to blow my brains out... No wonder the American public just wants them ALL OUT.

    I hope health care passes.

    But this is so ridiculous, I will cast my vote against every incumbent on the ballot in November.


    March 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sara

    Can't you all work together for the people. Please stop fighting and get along, do you realize what you doing to the American people. People are no longer civil or have any respect, see CNN comments by the people.

    March 21, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lana

    It is so disappointing that all the politicians care about are whats in it for them. If this plan is so wonderful why are they not required to be on it? What ever happened to representing the people? Both sides are only interested in their political position and not what the American People want. How are families supposed to make ends meet when all we ever hear is taxes going up, give give give, where does it end?

    It is time to start listening to what the people want and come up with a joint plan that is in the best interest of the people. We need reform but not at our grandchildren and greatgrandchildrens expense.

    March 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. camille renk

    We have a supposedly good health insurance: blue shield ppo. Daughter had fractured bone in hand from gymnastics. Insurance didn't cover cast.."it wasn't mandatory". Who is going to put a halt to these institutions who don't care about anything but their profits. This country should be embarrassed.

    March 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Paula

    I'm an insurance broker and I work with Medicare beneficiaries every day. I'm wondering why Congress felt the need to cut out Open Enrollment? How is this going to help anybody? In fact, it will probably cut jobs.

    March 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carolyn Anderson

    I wish the pro-life leaders would have the same passion, as they do for the unborn, for the children who are suffering due to the lack of health care. In addition, where's the passion for the children in foster care who are abused and neglected. I live in Michigan and the foster care system is broken.

    March 21, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |

    These bills are just a start. The Republicans are clearly obstructionists working for big money.


    Moreover, the entire abortion issue is a smoke screen, and everyone involved should be ashamed of standing in the way of progress.

    March 21, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lanier,Gerald

    The average citizens does not realize that Governors,& Senators to include their famiy
    members receive free medical and dental care. The V.A. and Tricare network are completely sound and fair, when a member of the senate,congress has a emergency they
    head for Walter Reed or some other Military Hospital,give the individuals without medical
    care a chance or have members of congress/ senate paid their own?

    March 21, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Casual Observer

    Seems that most politicians forget that most people have got a brain, and current memories ,such as the last mega bills passed by the republicans when they were in power ,had so much pork it became part of the platform for the dems to campaign on. Not to mention the pork attached to the dems huge bail out bill for the financial institutes that almost killed the country. So give the people a break ,do the right thing and vote yes for a very good reason,,,, health care!

    March 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Disgusted 2

    I knew they would attached earmarks and pork to this bill to get it passed. What a bunch of Z grade people we have supposedly working for us but actually trying to line their own pockets and get their faces in the history books, especially the two at the top of this push.

    March 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stephanie

    As a medical student I find this health care reform very scary. It takes at least 7 years to train one physician and we aren't making any new doctors any faster any time soon. The government currently has a cap on the amount of residencies open for each graduating doctor, and there will soon be more doctors graduating than spots available. The government is not doing anything to reduce student debt which on average is around 250,000 dollars. Doctors will start taking matters into their own hands by picking and choosing patients that have insurance that will pay the most. In the end the patients will be the ones to suffer.

    March 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Edie Langley

    OK let's understand- the Dems are crediting FDR with Social Security and LBJ with medicare and our "fantastic Congress with bankrupting both". I am all for health care reform but not in the governments hands. Government aka Congress tends to bankrupt anything it touches. Standoff!! I think the real problem is most Americans have a gutter opinion of Congress!!! I am sure that does not bother most of them because they are so much more intelligent than most Americans!!

    March 21, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. pebbles

    yes! we may be able to have the same health care that the hill!!! has, but only if we can afford it , and thats the trick to this. we can have it but can we afford it .of course not !there'policy is free ask how much the policy cost!! for the rest of us.

    March 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JLP

    If this bill passes it will be a sad day for what will be left of america. It wont be the same place, socialism will have won.

    March 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
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