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: http://bit.ly/cKdPmO #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 http://tinyurl.com/ygz24dl

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 http://ow.ly/1pjMV #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 http://bit.ly/anv4ta #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. http://tinyurl.com/yh5wkhf

avatar D-ME Michael Michaud: My statement from last night on health insurance reform package: http://tinyurl.com/yd965av

avatar R-SC Robert Inglis: There's no bill passed by one Congress that can't be repealed by another.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 (http://bit.ly/cKn390) #killthebill

soundoff (327 Responses)
  1. Ladybug212

    Everyone keeps talking about socialism. Government regulation is what kept this country going until Reaganomics created all the deregulation. Each subsequent president seemed to jump on board with this (both Democrats and Republicans) and now it is time to realize deregulation does not work. Corporate greed is breaking the country! You pay $5 a gallon for gas while lthe oil companies are reporting billion dollar profits; you pay outrageous fees for insurance and insurance companies are reporting billion dollar profits; and airline tickets are outrageous; you are afraid to invest in the stock market because of corruption! What are middle-class citizens to do? What are all the people that have been laid off to do? I am sick and tired of the hypocracy in Congress. Republicans scream there's too many deals being made and too much being done behind closed doors - Democrats said the same thing when Bush was in office. I think everyone in Congress should not be re-elected - that's where we need to start over!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Melina

    I am so appalled at the Republican Congress for making this a political statement and not truly caring what so many people in this country has to suffer for not having insurance and also for confusing the heck out of everybody with their negative message regarding healthcare reform. Shame on them for not wanting to work with the new President on so much needed change in healthcare and many other areas.
    They are crazy if they think they will be able to repell this in November. I'm certainly not voting for them and I hope that most people don't. I know what a Republican run congress is capable of, I saw it with the Bush era, however I'm still desappointed that the Democrats have not been able to achieve more with an all majority. 34 of them voted agaisnt it? What is up with that? Then they wonder why people don't trust them to make change happen, they cannot even agree amongst themselves. They have to toughen up and work with each other if they are ever to defeat the Repulicans in any future elections.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. A Friend

    Brian went to the emergency room 3 times in 3 weeks fluid build up in the lungs.. they gave him a water pill to take .. He died 2 days after the 3rd visit .. He should have been admitted into the hospital and taken care of .. No insurance so he was given a death sentence by the doctors Happy to know that this will Not happen again to someone who works hard but cant afford medical insurance

    March 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Paul

    It's funny no one seems to point out that we already have free health insurance. It is against the law for anyone to be turned away from medical care at an emergency room. We are already paying for it.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David

    I must echo Tom's comment that opposition to this bill is not opposition to reforem in general. If Massachusetts is any indicator, we can expect our insurance premiums to skyrocket and docter wait times to increase drastically, which may lead to many people getting crappier care (and dying earlier) in exchange for helping a few. It shouldn't have to be this way. This bill should have been focused entirely on shifting the supply curve in order to reduce costs for eveyone and increase the quantity of healthcare demanded, which means more people would have been covered for less money (if you don't understand that, you really need to study some basic economics before declaring your opinion on such matters to be "informed"). The best proposals to do so included: removing the tax break for employer sponsored health plans, removing barriers to competition in the insurance industry such as allowing companies to sell across state lines, medical malpractice reform, and connecting healthcare consumers to their product by discouraging "all you can eat health-plans" and encouraging high deductable plans. This could easily have been accompanied with subsidies for the poor and a mandate that insurers cannot deny coverage. Then we could truly have had a "bi-partisan" bill that worked towards lowering costs and expanding coverage, rather than this sham.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. maria

    To all ignorant people out there! We already had government medicare and medicaid and it has helped many seniors and people with disabilities. So lets get on with bank reform and helping the Palestinians have there own country so that we may have some peace in the middle east. Thank you Obama ,Nancy Pelosi ,Joe Biden and all others involved for finally getting us on the road to health care reform. God Bless all of you and the USA. Hurrayyy!

    PS: Obama You are amazing. I know your mom would be very very proud of you!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Julie P

    I doubt very seriously that all of you opposed to this health care bill would be complaining if you were one of the millions of people who cannot afford health insurance or if you were denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions. We are one of the few nations who DOES NOT take care of it's people. Look at Europe. They all have universal health care and none of their countries is falling apart. Read the posts from people who are sick and can't afford health care. How can you scream and shout about debt when people are dying and in pain? This bill will HELP people access doctors. And please. Stop whining about how there aren't enough doctors. People would still be sick even if the bill didn't pass. So it's better for them to just suffer than for all us to wait a little longer to see our doctors? We're all human- we all need care. And it's definitely time for the US to step up and take care of its people.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tammy

    People need to get a clue and move into this century. Republicans do nothing but try to put fear in people about everything. Fear mongering left when the Republicans left office and those outdated people that are trying to keep using their talking points need to move aside because my generation is taking charge. The Republicans had a chance and they failed. My generation is going to succeed so either get on this train or get off the tracks because you are not going to keep progress down any longer.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. YadaYada

    If President Obama had proposed closing all the unions, letting the insurance healthcare companies continue to run amuck, keep Gantanomo open, and continue giving the banks a free ride, the same people that oppose him now would still oppose him. Why? Because his skin color is not the same as theirs.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Melissa

    All you naysayers, even those in Congress, are driving this country right into the ground. If your ideas are so great, if you have the answers to all our problems, why don't you run for congress, and where were these Republicans 8 years ago when the healthcare system needed fixed? You all had your chance, and things just got worse. The typical Republican is so far into the insurance and pharmaceutical industries pockets, they can't be unbiased if you paid them (see what I did there?). This is just the first step in fixing the healthcare industry to benefit ALL Americans, not just the rich ones. If you want a class war on your hands, keep this kind of obstructionist talk up.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. Smith

    All I have to say is be objective America see the good and the bad, and be sure you understand what you are talking about before you go off on a tirade. Their is alot of positive things involved here, do you want to repeal it all, are you sure. Their was alot said about the "saintity of life" if that is true and you beleive that then an innocent life whether the person is 30,13,3 or a 3 month old fetus is all the same. Or maybe I am just full of it.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sara

    Our country is finally moving in a more progressive, "all" movement. I am sick of paying for wealthy people tax cuts, medicare, medicaid, WARS and extravagant healthcare and retirement for the very people who doesn't respect my life or whether I can get the medical care I deserve...simple for being a Human Being. Thanks Dems for standing up for Americans, finally.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pete

    You gotta hand it to those Republicans. Talking about repealing the Health Care Bill already. I guess they weren't paying close enough attention during the last election. The American people chose change over greed. We chose hope over fear. And we chose the many over the few. It might take a generation before the GOP has any real power in Washington again. Every day that an elderly American passes away, their party shrinks. And each day a new American is born, the Democratic party grows. The only way they will ever be significant again is if they change their whole philosophy. You know, take care of the middle class. Stop sending our young men and women to fight needless wars.
    Uncover and stop the corruption with Special Interest Groups. etc. etc. But then if they started thinking this way, they might as well be Democrats.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bev

    All I know is that I refuse to listen to anyone gripe about this legislation who currently has health insurance. It is disingenuous. And, I have yet to hear that anyone wants to give up their Medicare coverage – certainly a national health care plan. People seem to think they are experts on this legiislation, when in reality they are just restating some exaggerated statement by some self-serving politician. The fear tactics – the sky is falling rhetoric – means nothing to someone who can't afford decent health care. It means nothing to the person who dies early because they couldn't afford the cost of seeing a doctor. It means nothing to someone who files for bankruptcy because of medical bills. For those people, there is no time for wait and see. The vote to approve this legislation was the right vote, and long in coming.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Antoinette Fontenot

    Thanks Mr. President and all the brave men and women of Congress for giving every American a chance at health care. It’s un-American and simply selfish for anyone to thinks this is a bad decision. Good health is not promised to anyone. If we can pay billions for a war that wasn't necessary, we can certainly pay for good healthcare for every citizen.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
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