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avatar R-SC Robert Inglis: There's no bill passed by one Congress that can't be repealed by another.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

    This is an imperfect bill, but there is no such thing as a perfect bill. We must have universal health care coverage, not just as a moral imperative but as a business imperative. We lag the entire developed world in this regard. It is shameful and it is costing American companies a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

    The people who are most outraged probably don't even know what the bill would or would not do. For the vast majority of people who have health care coverage, this bill will not change their lives, and that's a good thing. For those like my brother who has serious medical conditions and has been unemployed for over a year, this may be his only option once COBRA runs out. And lest some self-righteous Republican soul say my brother is a bad example because he chooses not to work, well let me tell you, he is relentlessly pursuing any kind of employment he can get.

    I wish more people would bother to take the time to get the facts for themselves instead of believing what Rupert Murdoch wants them to believe. Although, to quote Stephen Colbert, "reality has a well-known liberal bias."

    March 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gary Moore

    Congratulations on finally moving towards health care for all. You folks have been held hostage by insurance companies long enough. Decent health should be a right in a country like yours. I live in Canada and am very proud of our health care system. It is one of the most dear and proud possessions of every Canadian citizen. I know one day yours will be too!

    Best Regards to all.

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

    Majority of these Republicans were promised CEO positions in health insurance industry. No wonder every one of them opposed to reforming insurance industry. Passing health reform is a victory for every American who will never be denied care because they could not afford it. No one chooses to attend a doctor or admit in Hospital, it is a fundamental right of every American an access health care. Republicans want these people to die soon and save millions for insurance companies.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Connie

    I am neither Republican or Democrat but I am an American and I cannot believe how the Republican party is behavin!!! It is embarrasing. Wasn't it them that did all the voting when they were in charge of the White house and now they claim the Dem's aren't playing fair? Well turn about is fair garme!

    The Health Care bill needs to be passed, it may need changes over time but it is about time that someone thought of us out here. The Rep, only care about themselves and their pocketbook. They do not care about those struggling everyday. Just take a look at the CNN poll. The republicans need to look at that as well. It's running neck and neck on how americans feel about this bill. If the Republicans would have worked with the Democrats instead of blocking everything, maybe we would have a more vialbe bill than what we have but at least we have something!

    March 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barrington06

    The dramatic antics that we are witnessing is nothing more than an classic example of people resisting change. These people would rather remain in a miserable existance as long as they KNOW that there will be no anomalies in their future (be they good or bad). Hence they do not know a good thing when they see it. As far as I am concerned. This reform is desperately needed. This bill is a large step in the right direction (and yes I read it). Now lets keep the movement going!

    March 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LUE

    Here we are again being greedy and focusing on money instead of helping and assisting those in need. The healthcare industry has been robbing people blind for years and no one had a problem with them making billions yearly but now we spend billions on people and then it creates an uproar. This is the most spiteful, greedy, backwards I have ever seen in my life.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Matt

    It is too bad that people don't think of those less fortunate than themselves when forming opinions on bills like these. But the real funny thing is that people themselves don't ever envision themselves being one of the less fortunate. All it takes is some drunk driver to take you out one night and leave you or your family in a severe medical emergency for the rest of your lives. When you do not go bankrupt because of it you will be thankful that the President took up this legislation as a priority.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Don

    I can't believe the comments Republicans are making. They sound like sore losers. This bill may be far from perfect, but it's a good step to join the ranks of civilized nations.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cindy

    Of course the Republicans are going to throw stones at health care reform; they have everything to lose and nothing to gain. They have what amounts to a very good “government run healthcare plan” for themselves and their families as do all of their employees. They will keep that no matter how this plays out, so they gain nothing there, but there is all that big campaign money they receive from the Health Insurance interests that just might go away if things start working in favor of the consumer instead of companies like Anthem and Cigna

    March 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wendy

    This victory was about respect for human beings over greed, money and selfishness. Why do Republicans have no problem creating wars and creating death and distruction with endless price tags, but when it comes to Americans and their quality of life they only care about cost? Where was the cost concern when they voted to destroy Iraq and scare our soldiers for life???

    March 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jtinky

    I will do everything in my power to see that the ones who voted for this bill continue to represent me in Congress. The Republican leadership only hears the voices it wants to hear. They do not speak for the people of America. In November, they will finally hear my voice. Vote out the Republicans. Change we can believe in!

    March 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff

    It's very discouraging to see such childish responses. It is possible to disagree and not sound like a 5 year old child. This is why most Americans are embarrassed by their government.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gary

    All for the healthcare bill because the present system is a disaster. The insurance companies and big phama have been in their Republican pockets for many years and the constant crying and whining is getting stale. Republicans can pile untold trillions onto the deficit as in the Bush years with unfunded wars, tax breaks for the rich and give ways to big pharma in Medicare "D" but now it terribly wrong. How do you spell "hypocrites.?

    March 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. C.C.

    Republicans have no idea what real people with real health and insurance problems face. Or maybe they just don't care! Their entire world revolves around making this President look bad.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    All I see in these comments are statements from the very mouths of people who don't support healthcare but are leaving no room for the credibility of their so called "facts". Where are your facts that we will be taxed to death? That we will be put on a waiting list? That we won't be able to get the healthcare we need? You don't have any validity to those questions. All it is, is your own biased opinion. Typical Republican banter. If a Republican doesn't like it or doesn't want it, then everyone in the nation can't have it. I'm tired of hearing this argument because frankly it isn't one. Stop trying to push your ideals and morals on other people Republicans. Isn't it a person's right to be able to have access to healthcare? I didn't say to "have" it. I said have access to affordable healthcare. But watch people still misinterpret it.

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