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avatar R-SC Robert Inglis: There's no bill passed by one Congress that can't be repealed by another.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

    Let all of the registered Democrats pay for the 35 million uninsured. Somebody has to pay for this, that means me, and my children. All of you complaining about the Republicans about not wanting to help the poor 35 million that don't have insurance, look at all the deals the Democrats made just to get this passed. Both parties only have their own interests in mind, not the American people. This is just another bloated government program, when toliet seats cost $600, how are they going to control medical costs. You all are getting the wool pulled over your eyes. Good luck to both parties in the fall, then the Democrats will be whinning like the Republicans.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Reese

    I Can't wait for you all to start paying for my 20 year old cousins health insurance. She was denied coverage before because despite being grossly overweight, bipolar, and a chain smoker, she refused to get a job and welfare decided she didn't qualify for any benefits. She aspires to be a professional Gambler and now she can acheive that dream while her family is assured that we no longer have to pay her medical bills. Thank you America!

    March 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ThatWasEasy

    I would rather spend a trillion dollars on health care for Americans than trillions for wars that don't ever resolve anything but cause more death and hate. Health Care was not easy. Hopefully developing renewable energy in this country will be easier "Green Jobs". We the people need to help preserve the yes we can "change" policy we voted for and not let it get derailed. We need the six plus more years to correct 8 years.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    The fact that some Democrats voted against the bill but no Republicans voted for it tells you nothing about the bill but everything about Republican obstructionism.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave Brantley

    Every change in policies or technology that threatens a corporation is usually met by inovation not disaster. Major brewers even survived pohibition. As to nothing the government runs working well, I find our armed forces, the police, and fire fighters are pretty darn good at their jobs!

    March 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Y-s Up

    Who "won" the health care reform debate? The health-care industries with their armies of well-funded lobbyists: first and foremost the pharmaceutical industry, next the insurance industry. Read today's Wall Street Journal article on the subject. Millions of new customers for both industries, very little real reform of their practices which have made medical care a larger share of GDP in this country than in any other. They were set to win whether the Republicans maintained the status quo, or the Democrats passed something they could call reform. Anyone who is suprised by this outcome hasn't been paying attention: the industries give generously to both sides of the aisle. The rest was only sound and fury. Watch for a repeat on financial services "reform."

    March 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tonystl

    This is a great day and I'm glad that somone finally gave the American Catholic Bishops the middle finger and said; "No, you cannot preach from your pulpits and make people listen to you. You do not have authority religious right to blanket your thoughts one everyone! Go-Bama!

    March 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sam

    What planet do those opposed to health care live on? How are the Republicans going to explain why a child should not have health coverage? How are they going to explain why the prespription benefit loophole that they created won't be closed? How are they going to explain why young adults are not going to be able to have affordable coverage through age 26 when there are no jobs to be had?

    They are more afraid of the iwraith of the diots on talk radio and television (Limbaugh and Beck to name just two) than in doing the correct job for the vast majority of the American people.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. guest

    Question to all those who oppose the bill for the cost factor: doesn't it bother you that the government is spending billions of your tax dollars to fund a war, which btw was started by Bush? Basically, what you are saying is that it is ok to use my money to kill, but not ok to use it to save lives. And before you say that it was to save our freedom and protect us from weapons of mass destruction, let me just remind you that the whole thing was a fabrication by a war-hungry administration who had nothing better to do. We were and are still free, and there is still no trace of WMD in Iraq. Shame on the Republican Party and shame on those who still spout their rhetoric!

    Finally, we have a man in the White House who actually thinks and cares about the American people, and who actually remembers the election promises he made to them! Last night, I watched the entire proceedings, and was appalled at the shamelessness of the Republicans. Not one of them had the courage to stand up for the millions of uninsured people! And what was that whole talk about protecting the 'unborn' because 'every life counts'? If every life counts, how about making sure that every living American has healthcare? Didn't the constitution say something about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? And promoting general welfare? I think the founding fathers would have approved of this bill. They were smarter and wiser and more compassionate than today's GOP members.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark M Newdick

    Let's see now ... my employer and I pay for my health insurance, where we are seeing double-digit increases each year. Why? Because we're paying for the increasing number of people who do not have health insurance at all! I think that's called socialism!

    Actually, "socialism" is merely the control, usually by the state, of the supply side of the economic model. Today, we have "Insurance Company Socialism" – same thing, except we don't get to elect/ un-elect those rascals!

    As for "rationed care", it's rampant in the US today ... that is, if you can't pay, you don't get treated (granted, we're largely talking elective medical needs here). Still, that's rationing by economic resources/ status.

    So if this bill takes us down the path to universal heathcare for all, then at least we're going in the right direction. Why Republicans think it is good for the country to let their fellow citizens go broke/ bankrupt/ die for lack of affordable access to the medical system is totally beyond me.

    Perhaps they feel that poorest and least able amongst us should just be left to chance and to heck with them and their never ending needs! Wow, the last time we saw that kind of thinking we called it fascism.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. notoj

    Welcome America into the league with all other industrialized nations. As right wing extremists have hijacked the agenda and turned US into a third world country, we are starting to restore the balance where laws are written for the people and corporations don't have a blank check for profits. If you have health care and any insurance company can cancel your policy as soon as you get sick, you have a phoney policy.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. C.Chukwudolue

    This country belongs to all of us regardless of our political ideologicals and yet republicans sore losers think that unless you are a republican you are not an American. Americans in 2008 rejected Sen.John McCain and yet he thinks that he could flip and flop his way out of being a sore loser. Only corrupt morons will think they can repeal this law in November and hand Insurance companies another victory. Every body in America has one vote and democrates out number republicans as registered voters. Come November we will see how republicans will campaign against preexisting condition, denials for sick Americans, tax credits for families and small businesses, family insurance for kids until they are 26 years old, and more. It seens that republicans abortion political talking point is centered more the life of unborn but careless about the life of the child when she is born. Republicans could not be bona fide pro=lifers when they don't care for mothers, children, and the uninsured poor and unemployed Americans. If you are pro-life , you should be pro-life for all Amerians and not pro-life jargon just to win election. Sick people die everyday and a true pro=lifer should care for the sick no matter the cost.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. todd dandridge

    Exactly who are the "Americans" that don't want this bill? Surely this isn't the millions of uninsured nor can it be the folk who's situation wont change much. Also, categorically speaking, they cannot be those people who understand the consequences of doing NOTHING about healthcare. If only media would attempt to balance the arguement and not give so much credence to the opponents' fear laced conjecture, maybe the whiners would feel less intimindated by the "change(s)" yet to come...get over it conservative, rich, psuedo patriotic Americans...let's call them by their true identity and clarify the is power yes...but wealth doesn't reflect the will-of-the-people so much as it produces greed, selfishness and elitist tunnel vision.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Senses

    to hear the same rethoric and fear mongering by Republicans is truly amazing. So it is Ok to spend billions and billions on an illegal invasion of Iraq but not ok to spend to provide affordable with no pre-conditions to the people. it is also OK to use the arm of religious beliefs in the santity of life as it begins and equally OK to allow the very same children to die due to lack of health care ... what a bunch of hypocrites!! I pray the american people remembers that when they cast their votes...What do republicans really want ? what ideas do they have ? what have they done to improve the current situation in the USA ? Absolutely nada !! geesh.. they only had 8 years !!

    March 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Do The Right Thing!

    Hey Tim G.

    I agree that it is unforgivable that your father, a veteran, is not being taken care of. Let's pass another health care bill that will give our veterans the care they deserve. Let's honor the heroes by - yes - Doing the Right Thing!

    Then let's get some very smart folks in DC to figure out how to pay for it! Instead of whining!

    March 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
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