March 22nd, 2010
09:57 AM ET

Tweets from the Hill: Lawmakers on health care

The passing of health care reform in Washington, D.C., last night has sparked strong emotions from politicians, both Democrats and Republicans.

After some strong, intense words from both sides in the chamber last night, many key lawmakers hit the press circuit this morning - appearing on morning shows and cable news shows to share their thoughts. But the intense sentiments aren't ending there - lawmakers are making their thoughts known to their constituents on Twitter. Below is a sampling of the latest tweets from those on the Hill:

[Updated 11:47 a.m.]

avatar House Democrats: The dawn of quality affordable health care for all: #hcr #photo

avatar R-TN Marsha Blackburn: Help send Nancy Pelosi a message. We will stand with the American people this Nov to fight every step of the way

avatar R-CA George Radanovich: I would like to set the record straight and be clear that I did not make the statement calling Rep. Stupak a "Baby Killer".

[Posted at 9:57 a.m.]

avatar R-OH John Boehner: Virginia will sue the Federal Government over Dems’ unconstitutional #hcr bill #hcr

avatar R-FL Vern Buchanan: Does passage of the Obama health care bill reflect the will of the American people? #hcr #hc

avatar D-CA George Miller: RT @whitehouse: Pfeiffer: "Reform Begins." Learn about the benefits kicking in this year #hcr

avatar D-MN Keith Ellison: Now, let's get a real jobs bill, real fonancial reform bill, and real immigration reform. We did this; we can do more!

avatar R-WI Paul Ryan: This is not who we are. Now the fight begins.

avatar D-ME Michael Michaud: My statement from last night on health insurance reform package:

avatar R-SC Robert Inglis: There's no bill passed by one Congress that can't be repealed by another.

avatar R-SC Robert Inglis: What do you do when Congress passes a bad bill? You get a new Congress to repeal it!

avatar R-CA Darrell Issa: Good morning. I'm sure you have a lot to say on #ObamaCare's passage. Here are my first impressions ( #killthebill

soundoff (327 Responses)
  1. Kevin Mims

    First off, if the shoe fits....I and everyone I know (and I know a lot of people) do not much care for the idea that my tax dollars would go to abortion. In that case we are ALL baby killers. Next, you can see sooo much socialism in this bill it reaks. As a war vet I am disgusted at the idea that some citizens that do not pay for insurance will be fined...thought the point of this whole darn thing was to give everyone affordable healthcare so there is no need to levy fines and showes that the government has taken over Banks...Insurance...and ONLY the total take over of Utilities and the Internet is left because they have long held control over the news media.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Judie

    Think of all the brilliant minds that have been "job locked" for fear of not having health insurance. They are now free to invent, research, explore new and wonderful ways to make this country even better. New companies can be created, creating new jobs, new industries. Having affordable health care is the key that will open a treasure trove of exciting ideas that will benefit us all.
    I thank the representatives who stood with courage to do what's right and vote for health reform. We all will remember who had this courage in November to make life better for us.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RKopelman

    The fact that not a single Republican thought that the indefensible insurance company policies such retroactively revoking coverage for even accidental and trivial errors on applications, etc, etc. were worth mentioning speaks to the fact that the Republicans do not believe they have better solutions but rather that they believe political power is the only goal worth pursuing.
    They have conveniently forgotten that the Medicare D drug plan was an unfunded 750 billion dollar entitlement which passed the House at 3 AM by a single vote. The Democrats did not fight to revoke it; rather they fought to fix an indefensible rotten core value in the original plan. Instead of offering less to those who need it the most they are fixing the "doughnut hole.'

    March 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. susan

    Since when did this "will of the people" begin??? Have any previous administrations listened to the will of the people? I am very proud of the health care plan passing and by the time all of the amendments are passed, more people than not will be happy.
    There are many people who haven't been polled that are for a passage of health care.
    The best point made last night was that we need to start taking better care of ourselves, our children and families... in other words- those of us who are already born. That's not to say that I am pro choice, but I have worked with many mother's who had been raped and decided to keep their babies. Well, the bad news is that often times the kids look just like the father, usually are boys and spend their young years being treated like dirt just because they were born and they happen to have personalities like the rapist...
    food for thought.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jo an

    Let me see......the government has taken over the libraries, the roads, the police dept., the fire dept, the schools.....I can't believe my life with out any of when the republicans shout,
    GOVERNMENT TAKE OVER....I don't know what they are talking about.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gezellig

    Americans have a short memory, and woe (or should it be whoa) to the Republicans who think they can keep this story alive and argue that Democrats should be defeated in November so we can return to denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, dropping coverage on people who get sick, etc, etc. The American people want their representatives to turn their attention to jobs and other issues; not listen to Republicans stuck in the mud of a battle they lost.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PMK

    I believe Democrats should use this opportunity to use the slogan "Pro Choice For Life". The republicans have used the "Pro Life" stage and have not really done anything to support it. It is hypocritical to say you are pro life when party ideology is to oppose and postpone all efforts to help a living person lead a healthy prosperous life.

    America is a successful country, full of ideas and resources but Americans are rigid to change because of their maturity and success in the past. However, Americans need to know that in this rapidly changing global marketplace there comes a time when change is better. Yes, everybody has been worried about the ~ 1 trillion dollar price tag but would you be hearing these same people voicing concern when they projected a ~1 trillion dollar surplus at the end of this decade and instead of paying off the debt, they irresponsibly passed tax cuts that they promised would spur economic growth. Yes, it did we had a huge economic expansion followed by the disaster that not only wiped out the surplus but put us ~ 5 trillion dollar in the red.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mario Salas

    Th accusations that the health care package is "socialist" is propaganda in pure nazi form!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sue C

    The only people unhappy with health care reform are those who already have affordable health coverage. Everyone else has been praying and and hoping for this life changing reform. It is a travesty that people actually think the American people don't want affordable health care coverage and reform and that we would vote out of the office those who finally got it for us. Not only is there partisanship in Congress, there is partisanship among heartlessness among citizens. It is a travesty that those who have do not care a whit for those who have not. May God bring you and your talk show hosts what you deserve.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ubong

    I am glad that the bill passed, health care should not be a luxury but a necessity.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shawn

    "Nothing is free people" if you think this insurance is free your wrong. It along with everything else the "Elected Representatives" from the democratic party is pushing through, will in the end cost you more than you have ever paid. Look at how many closed door, and back room deals have been made. It sounds to me like alot of you are under the false impression that they are there to look out for your well being. Wake up!! Are they going to send you a personnal check to the additional expenses that your going to incure? Lets see...does it make sense to "Fine" you if your found not to have insurance? If you cant afford the insurance in today's economy, how are some going to afford the fine? Yup makes sense to me. Next we will have to pay to speak, or write something like this on a blog. Or maybe get fined for not spelling correctly? This is America! Since when do we give up all of our rights?

    March 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ccsykes

    For this to be such a socialist endeavor.. insurrance stocks sure are performing well. Some Americans really are that stupid I guess. On Wall Street you follow the money and it appears the money likes this health car bill... not the other way around.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jerry

    The only reason republicans oppose the bill is because the want Obama to fail. They said clearly at the beginning of 2009. "Health care will be Obama's waterloo" I believe was the quote and that was before the bill was even written. They knew they would oppose it, even before they read the written.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fred

    Do you have any idea how sulliy your country looks even debating the issue of providing health care too every citizen? Its a good thing the air people breath does not cost money or was provided by an insurance company.

    Welcome to the rest of the world..we have been waiting for you

    March 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sickofbeingsick

    If our Congress cared about being Americans and legislated as Americans, perhaps all of these arguments could be resolved on the floor. Unfortunately the system is broken and this is how things need to get done in order to move the country forward.

    If I can do simple math, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost well more than the health care bill and I don't recall hearing the same cries from the Republicans when we added troops and a surge to continue an endless war. Now we're so concerned with taxes and costs that may save other American lives? Are you kidding me!! Great talking points for radio and TV, but hey – let's be real.

    Maybe we should be forcing our elected representatives to have a value added debate on the floor, rather than just shoot rhetoric and venom across the aisle. I don't think this is the greatest piece of legislation either, but what other alternatives have we seen over the last 2 decades. Now we have a document to improve over the next few years, repealing it would be foolish – it only hurts those who now have access to medical treatment. If you don't believe that everyone should have access to preventative care and treatment when they are sick, then perhaps you don't understand the costs that these people add to everyone's medical expenses. Wake up.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
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