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avatar R-SC Robert Inglis: There's no bill passed by one Congress that can't be repealed by another.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

    My biggest problem with Healthcare for all is this is about personal choices:

    1) Your personal life style choices such as drinking, smoking, poor eating habits effect you health. Do yo work out and exercise?

    2) Your personal financial decisions impact if you could have your own insurance or not. Cell phone? how many cars? vacations? eating out? how many children to have? Bad investments? late to your job? poor work habits? what job you chose more money per hour vs. benefits?

    Why should I pay for these mistakes that others have made that impact them and now me by having me pay for their mistakes. Eutopia will never be reached and we will all suffer trying to get there.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Terry - Indiana

    What we have witnessed over the last thirteen months is very simple, grown men and women serving in the house and senate, are no different from the guys tossing back a few beers at the corner pub. When the guys at the pub get upset, they resort to name calling or attack the other guy's mother, etc. When faced with loosing the healthcare battle, not to the Democrats, but to President Obama, the Republicans lost it, and name calling was introduced. This matter has always been about President Obama vs. the Republican Party, or the Tea Party. I suggest that you watch the polls over the next several weeks, and do not be surprised when the acceptance rate for the new healthcare bill jumps above 55%. Many people need healthcare coverage, and the young people who waited until they were in their late thirties to decide on healthcare insurance, will join the ranks of the insured, just as they joined the ranks of Social Security Taxation when they first started working.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ashley

    I find it interesting that people are so resistent to spending money on health care reform. Some even go so far as to label it as socialism or even communism. Americans have no issue with paying for public education. Why? Because only a few actually have the funds to provide private education for thier children and without a public system, a lot of Americans would not receive the very basics of education. Now, what would happen if that were taken away? We hand over tax dollars to make low cost vaccinations available at public health departments all over the country. Why? Because disease does not differentiate between those who can afford to be ill and those who can't. Healthcare reform is simply something that could help us all.
    If that doesn't make sense, there are other "social programs" that we could stop putting tax dollars toward. We could start on the local level. Anyone willing to give up trash collection and water sanitatation?

    March 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. O. Geoffrion

    It's really ironic and truly hypocritical that conservatives and wing-nuts are pro-life, but only for the unborn. Once you make it into the world, you can go to hell in a hand basket. They don't care about access to health care for everyone, as long as they have theirs.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. myociam

    My question to the people who are against this bill is this, are what you speaking about the bill, is it the truth where you have researched it or are you going simply by what some politicians are sayin? I have looked up most of your arguments in and they are not all correct. My suggestion to those who do not know, do not go by what people say, research it for yourself.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave Brantley

    Y-s Up, You have a point. I strong public option would address that. This is only a step in a smarter direction.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. enough

    Both parties have had ample opportunity to get a healthcare bill passed in the last few decades. I am sick of hearing the whining from politicians. All you care about is how your vote will affect your power and position. The bill is not perfect but it is a start. Work together and make it better instead of acting like someone took your ball. I am an independent and vote my preference. I could care less what color tie you wear. You can not tell me you are voting for your constituents when, to a person, you vote party lines. Not one of you has the courage to break with party lines and work as a united Congress. We should replace you all for you have failed, on both sides of the isle.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. drew

    Way to go this is such an amazing first step – what makes me question republicans – who are ALEADY on a socialized governemnt sponsored healthcare plan – and for all my friends who have no medical care for when they retire – but are planning on being covered by a government run health plan – in the years in their lives when they will really need it – so why fight this? Do they really wants caps on coverage, being dropped if they get sick, having to sell homes, empty savings if they get cancer? Wake up folks – the insurance companies have made medicine so expensive that it is out of reach in America – why do almost all of our trading partners have unioversal health care – and enjoy it – why are so many people afraid?? Oh right – the Republicans and their leader Sarah Palin say that its socialist, marxist and next to being like Hitler – well – great debate – you scared people – I just hope that you never need to find insurance as a small business owner.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jaygee

    I live in Canada and I thank God every day for our health care plan. I make an appointment, arrive on time and I am seen by my doctor on time. As always, there are "good" doctors and not so good. But you have the choice to pick the one you want. No plan is perfect as so many of the commenters have said, but this one you have been given is for all Americans and you should be glad and proud of your President for working so hard for you. He has demonstrated his will and desire to do right by the American people and if there are some problems that need fixing in this plan, he will do his utmost to fix them. What I can't understand is the hateful attitude of the opposite party members instead of offering better suggestions to get all Americans covered in order to live a healthier life. Their selfish and dare I say racist attitude towards their President is overwhelming. Some had vowed at the beginning of his presidency that he would fail, but from where I sit, he is doing a good job and everyone should give him a fair chance.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kippen Moxness

    I am very proud of the leadership of President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and the progresives in the Demcratic party who have brought vitally needed health insurance to millions of people in this country. Yesterday was a great day for America and this legislation in time will be seen as a key piece of the vital safety net program for our citizens just like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. What was embarassing was watching some of the more ideological Republicans in their expensive suits and fancy haircuts crying crocodile tears and throwing up a list of horribles at this great piece of legislation. Why did they do that? It is because they have been paid millions by the health insurance and drug industry to kill this bill and thy were not able to deliver. These Republicans do not care a whit about the American people except a few very wealthy white people, their own campaign chest and their power in Congress. My greatest hope is that in November these racist and self-absorbed Republicans will be defeated at the polls. We do not need these Fox News worshipping, Limbaugh, Hannity and Ann Coulter following, racist ideologues in our Congress. They frankly are an embarassment as politicans at the Federal level in America in 2010. My exhisit A is the loud and whining Republican minority leader who made a complete ass out of himslef in his remarks and demeanor. He looked like a two year old having a tantrum. He is clueless about waht the average American who is out of work and has no health beneiftis is dealing with on a daily basis. Most in the Congress are multimillionaires, they have great health insurance and thanks to all of the fund raising (legal and illegal) most will never have to worry aobut working again and this is on top of their very generous pensions after only a few years of service. Frankly, term limits for Congress is looking better and better to clear out some of these people who are so out of touch with the country.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Halfcalf

    Yes, we live in a highly partisan country. It's killing us. It is making us second rate. On one hand the GOP demands concessions in this healthcare bill. On the other hand, no one votes for it. Its like going into a restaurant, complaining about the menu, ordering things specially prepared by the chef and then throwing it away and not paying the bill The GOP is so concerned about reclaiming power, that they are AFRAID to do what is right by the people of America...which means to cooperate with the other side. All the GOP has done is say NO, spread falsehoods about the bill, and other bills (Death Panels? Our insurance companies do that right now). So, GOP, get with the program. You complain over Dem tactics They are simply using your play-book. Help make something happen in America and cross the aisle. Status quo is not going to cut it.

    Many of the posts complain about high far no one has really been taxed. Where was the GOP when they started two wars and lowered taxes?! What kind of stupid idea was that? So when the GOP talks about fiscal responsibility, sorry. They don't understand the concept. Either with Reagan or the Bushes. Face it, taxes will have to go up across the board. Less because of Healthcare and more because we never thought to actually having to pay for two wars!

    March 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matt J.

    Tom says, "understand that opposition to this bill does not mean opposition to help."

    To which I reply: oh, but it does. That is the political reality. The forces of reaction really are so strong that if we do not pass the bill now, warts and all, then we will not pass ANY reform, and the out-of-control abuses of the current system will only get RAPIDLY worse.

    As Krugman pointed out, the health insurance market in California has already started its "death spiral". The rest of the nation will soon follow if this bill fails.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Adam

    Do all of you people want to see exactly how well this "system" will work. Go to Canada where they already have it and ask them. I can already hear your jaw dropping when you hear the answer. This is why a large number of Canadiens come to America to get seen by our doctors right now. And as for the people who have the stories about all the little children it will help what about the abortion part that will allow these little ones to be aborted. YOU WILL HAVE THIS ON YOUR HANDS!! I don't know about you but I don't want my tax dollars going to help people murder their children.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 1rooster

    The republicans voted 100% against health care. I guess they will vote 100% against any jobs bill. It is evident now that they will do anything to fulfill Rush Limbaugh's ultimate dream, to
    make President Obama fail. How unpatriotic can you be?

    March 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Michael Conner

    When will people realize that you only live once? Government was created to help the people. Republicans only care about the money aspect of life while the real issue is life itself.
    People deserve to be treated and cured because they are people, not because they have money. The whole point of life is to live, not to have money. As human beings we must do more than just worry about money, and start showing that we actually care about having our loved ones still alive and not suffering. I pray that one day everybody in America can agree that life is more important than having thousands of dollars to give to the Republicans because you don't like helping people who are truly in need of help.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
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