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avatar R-SC Robert Inglis: There's no bill passed by one Congress that can't be repealed by another.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

    I would like to thank George Bush and the past republican congress for doing such a pathetic job of balancing the budget, ignoring the middle class, ignoring health care, and catering to big business that Americans gave the other side a chance to do what they have done. At least they are trying something, and it certainly isn't perfect. Democrats please do what's right, listen a bit more to the people, or the other group will be back again, doing just as much as they did the last time.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. F C

    This Health Care Reform bill was supported by both the AARP and the American Medical Association. That's all I need to know.

    I am glad the scare tactics and falsehoods created by the Insurance Industry and pushed by the legislators they bankroll did not stop the bill from passing.

    I'm also glad that as time goes on, we are seeing the true colors of the so-called Tea Party (i.e., racist and homophobic remarks). Hopefully, these people will be exposed for who they really are (and who is funding them).

    March 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rick

    I hope that when the Republicans regain the WH, and they will some day, that Democrats fight them every step of the way on everything they do. It'll be fun to watch them squirm as they try to pass legislation to sell off our land rights to big oil, pollute our air with thier big monrey friends and start another useless expensive war with a nation that couldn't attack us if they tried. Yeah, those will be good times indeed.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Juanito

    reform or not, the whole system is destined to fail. there are forces that are at work behind the scenes that people cannot understand. it will soon become evident to all.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ME001

    President Obama was handed a mess when he went into the white house and NOTHING is going to change overnight. Everyone needs healthcare, it's a done deal so nomatter who wants it or not, you can continue to fold your arms and pout, let's grow up adults, yes have your opinion, if you don't like it, vote, run for President instead of contnously rant on a blog.....

    March 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Phillip

    Lawmakers should be ashamed of themselves. I have never heard of such a childish behavior from a group of grown "professional" people in my life. Apparently whoever screamed "baby killer" still believes that a womens place is in the home, bare foot and pregnant.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Liz

    By portraying the insurance companies as evil villains to libs, Democrats have avoided the true problems in healthcare. Medical costs continue to soar (we paid $900 for kindergarten immunizations). Whether or not you have insurance, the COST of doctor visits and medicine is insane. This bill does not regulate the pharmaceutical (another multi-billion dollar) industry. Nor does it address tort refom (Why are Dems not appalled at attorney fees? Oh that's right, they are all attorneys). This is Democratic political pandering at the taxpayers expense. Pelosi, Reid and Obama look out for themselves FIRST!

    March 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Leo Vale

    No cap on lifetime benefits? That should ONLY be if the patient has completed an advance directive (living will) that declines extraordinary measures to sustain a heartbeat. Under this law, insurance companies will have to keep hopelessly comatose patients on life support for as long as the equipment can keep them alive and every other patient insured by the same company will be footing the bill through higher premiums. This is wrong.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Heather

    Please remember that all Republican Congressmen already have health insurance- and it's GOVERNMENT insurance, and not one of them is complaining about it.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dysons

    I agree with PJ pants....

    But, I think this reform of health care is very scary to a lot of people. It is something that alot of people do not understand, I am in the same boat. I have not read it nor do I have a lawyer to read it.

    Is there any chance Congress can put a book together that will break this health refrom bill down into readable, understandable, questionable parts. Maybe a "Health care Reform for Dummies" book. How ironic is that?

    March 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Do The Right Thing!

    Congratulations to President Obama and Speaker Pelosi for an accomplishment that has been unachievable for decades.

    They were courageous. They risked their political careers to Do The Right Thing!!

    It has been a very long time since that type of courage has been seen by Americans! Let's keep the momentum going and accomplish more. The next steps will be to take the excesses and abuses out of the system. This team shows they can get things done. I cheer you on to get The Next Right Thing Done!!


    March 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Karen

    These people bemoaning the lack of doctors are disingenuous. They have one so no one else should have one? Isn't this a perfect example of market economics? Supply and Demand? Of course we have to actually have the kids graduate from high school. And I suppose they will need to borrow for college and medical school. Hey- we have unemployment- people could be trained in health care jobs. Seems like this begins to touch on all the Democratic issues. Health care reform can also be an economic driver. What a revelation!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rev M. H. Talbot

    The Insurance co. got what they wanted now pay what they tell you or if you can't go to jail!
    Do you get free health care in jail? Maybe thats the public option!

    March 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TLE

    This conversation is skewed. Republicans are trying to protect the rights of choice, and there is a discussion that is being ignored related to private property. Why not start with reforming sale of insurance across states, and investigate tort reform. Offer insurance on a limited basis for catastrophic coverage. What if I want other than alleopathic medication and surgery that government bureaucrats can now force on me or I want my dying parent to have other treatment than the government bureaucrat will force me to take. Why does government have to take over all of health care? Why not start with some of the suggested things? Last night we began down a giant way that threatens our most basis and fundamental freedoms and many people are clueless. Wake up and stop the large devouring government before it is too late and send our country, our economy, and our industrial base into ruin! It has already begun!

    March 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ohioan

    It's a step in the right direction. The bill doesn't go far enough for me, but I'm pleased that it passed. Plus, the rude and crude behavior of some who were against this bill will most certainly hinder their power.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
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