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avatar R-SC Robert Inglis: There's no bill passed by one Congress that can't be repealed by another.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

    God Bless America! The Americans in this household are happy and wanted this to pass. We have health insurance we just want every one to have access to health care. To life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What country are some of you from? This is one of the few things I expect our government to provide. For the brave congressman that voted for this, God bless you!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. karen

    The republicans have had decades to reform health care. Now that the democrates are finally doing something about it, the extremist republicans want to stop it. They just don't want the democrats getting credit for making history, especially a black democrat! If they thought they could do better, why didn't they?

    March 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Josh

    Wow, I am a Canadian who has grown up with universal health care as a standard fact of my reality. I have visited America many times and love parts of the country.

    I have always been, and continue to be struck by the stark divide between rich and poor in your country. I will never forget walking down 5th avenue during the mid 90's in awe of luxury cars and gold buildings. I skateboarded about 2 blocks and went down a scaffold covered sidewalk lined on one side with large cardboard boxes. It took almost half a block before I realized these boxes were shelters.

    The hate and scorn that opposing groups slosh on their 'fellow Americans' is also appaulling.

    America is certainly a great country and there is a myriad of evidence to support this notion, but until your country collectively starts to support those that need and deserve help you cannot claim to lead civilization.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gary

    What has happened to this country? Where is the idea of taking care of each other? Why when another country has a disaster and 10s of thousands are killed or made homeless we rush to their aid but when 45000 people in this country die yearly as a by product of not having health care and countless other families loose everything they have to try to get care for an ill loved one its such a horrible idea to try to come up with some system to correct this problem? Why is the "wealthiest " nation on the planet the only major country that doesn't have some type of national health safety net for its citizens? Too expense? Why is there an unlimited amount of cash for whatever war and never any to take care of our own citizens? Communist maybe? Wake up people, Pure communism nor pure capitalism works. One is based on greed and eats itself alive and the other fosters a lack of initiative which stagnates a society. The optimum is capitalism with rules as we used to have till the Reagan years and the mantra of freeing business from all responsibility became the national chorus. There should in any great culture be paths for those so inclined to excell but also remembrance that as a society we are only as great as the care we take and the respect we have for each other especially those who are not born into wealth. When I was young, tradespeople were looked up to, they had a skill and could make a good living. Somewhere along the way we stopped putting value on those who create and produce tangible things that benifited society and came to worship only those that made the most money which usually is done by doing nothing but shufling someone elses money or creating fabricated paper wealth so they can take a real money bonus off the top.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sick and Tired of Greedy Rebublicans

    Long after I have finally gotten the health care I deserve, I will be remembering the shallow morals of those Republican's who opposed my survival if it meant giving up their greed for even a minute. This was a political battle, and as it is after a real battle we should now go looking for those who served as war criminals, selling out their fellow citizens in exchange for lobbyist money. Shame on you, we shall not forget. David Vitter – you are on the list in Bold Type – "Political War Criminals"

    March 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. L

    Oh how people forget what it takes for progress to be made. Our founding fathers went against the will of the majority of the populace in order to separate from the British. Oh thats right a majority of the population was afraid of change. Fear, manipulation of the media, people's personal opinions in the news those things could have stopped our distinguished ancestors from forming this once great nation. Over the past few years we have lost our shine, our edge, and our greatness with an ego so big that we have been so afraid to do anything, that we as a nation and as a people are failures and have been for nearly a decade. With the passing of this health care bill President Obama is doing what John Adams, and George Washington have done. He is taking a chance to do something better for the people than they realize because of the smoke and mirrors.
    This move was not made for someone to be re-elected, because many that voted for this will not be, many of the 219 have just committed political suicide in order to help the American people. I hope his next project is education, so that more people would be able to understand what I am talking about.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jaimon

    This process has been a disgrace. The opposition is racist. The opposition is communist. Politicians hiding from constituents. Children were used as props. FoxNews offers propaganda. MSNBC offers propaganda. Ignore the Polls, we know what's best. It's a crime to not BUY the product of the Insurance Industry. Immediate taxes. Eventual benefits.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. C. Kindschy

    I use to be a card carrying Republican, but no more. What I found out is they do not take care of people or take care of the land. Ther only interest is how much money jingles in their pockets. The rep. they put out are getting very close to be "skinheads" in their thinking.
    I am wondering what Teddy Roosevelt is thinking. They dont seem to be of the same party. As for John Boenner of the house he is short on gray cells. Wasnt he that offered 3 million increased covered people. Hope he didnt work his brain cells to hard. They need a new leader he doesnt seem to be in touch with reality.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bubba

    We Americans wanted this passed, and so it was. Too bad the Party of No wouldn't help fix any of the things they dislike about it, but they are all over now anyway and good riddance. Didja notice this was also a referendum on the GOP?

    March 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. christian

    its total hypocracy that a person could slur duragatory comments at another person, call them a "baby killer", and be pro-life... at the same time they are anti- health and anti-civil rights.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ray

    The Republicans are just like the terrorist – they dont want anything good for our country except their own self-serving interests!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. party of no

    Nice to know that the Party of NO is at it again. Business or should I say Not-Business-As-Usual. Dems tried to work with them and went along with court confirmations, etc., in the Bush years, but now the NO party is foaming at the mouth riling up their fringe element to call out racial and other slurs, spitting on people, instead of working on a real bill for all the people. Well, if they don't like the bill, let them give up their fantastic FREE medical benefits and pay the premiums without any reimbursements! Palin and her call about death squads, along with the "sky is falling" Repubs just show that they are in need of brain implants, because they obviously don't have any.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jackie

    Republicans always want to use the "fear" factor. I'm sick and tired of hearing them whine because they don't get their way. They act like spoiled children. You will notice that all of the ones complaining about this reform have insurance. They don't know what it's like to use the ER as the only way to receive medical treatment. I heard on the news this morning from a person (not a reporter so I don't know where he got his stats) that 75% of Americans didn't want this and it was pushed down our throats. I disagree with this want to talk about things being shoved down our throats....let's talk about a WAR where thousands have been killed because SOMEONE was pissed off. Let's talk about that debt we are STILL incurring because of it. Stop all the whinning folks and let's work with what has been established by our President. I'm saddened and disappointed that people have resulted in name calling. That's a real mature way to show that you disagree. Get real! President Obama kudos to you for keeping your word!!!!! I pray for you and our country!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Susan

    I'm sick to death of republican versus democrat! It would be nice if our legislators would grow up and learn to play in the sand box nicely. This health care bill represents so much of what is truly needed – preventing insurance companies from cancelling coverage when they feel like it etc. Everyone just needs to get over the whole politicalness of it!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ken

    This won't last long. There's no way anything that actually benefits the people will be allowed to stay in place. If some company or individual cannot get wealthy on someone else's misery then what has America become? There should be no healthcare for the poor or middle class in this country. Let them die off and be quick about it. We need to reduce the surplus population. Of course the rest of the world with healthcare may soon out number us but that's a price we'll have to pay.....

    March 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
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