I watched the Health Care debates and the vote on Sunday evening (switching back and forth between Fox News and C-Span. It was depressing, to say the least. I tweeted (you’re surprised, I know) during the entire evening. I tried to keep up with who was saying what as best I could. I didn’t mark whether the speakers were Democrats or Republicans, but it is generally very clear from what they say.
What follows are most of my tweets from that evening, with some additional commentary sprinkled in. As I said then, I can sum up my feelings simply with, “God help us.”
Don't know why I want to punish myself by watching the coverage of what's going on in D.C....but I am. I may have an ulcer by time its done!
Congressman Stupak makes me angry. He is a traitor to Pro-Life. I yelled that earlier....My oldest child and my youngest responded, "We know that!" (Do you think they’ve been listening to me rant a bit?)
The question today is how many "moderate" Democrats have been "bought off" or who "bought into" the lies! Shame on any who claim to be Pro-Life!
Congress hasn't fixed major problems in #CPSIA -- they can't be trusted to pass, and then fix Health Care bill...No way!
Rep Paul Ryan of Wisconsin: "Rule of man does not trump the rule of law" I so agree!
I liked Senator DeMint’s comment on Twitter during the debate: “What's happening in the Capitol today gives a whole new meaning to "March Madness." It would be funny, if not so sad.
The rule has passed on the House floor...Grrr...They've taken the first step towards disaster...
I was already planning to teach a class on the Constitution next fall -- didn't realize I would be teaching on a document despised by so many!
Caller on CSPAN "nothing is free" ...Wife of a doctor, she understands what Congress doesn't! HC will not be free! And will be rationed!
Rep. Hoyer is making a connection between what Congress is doing with march from Selma to Montgomery -- how dare he!?!
Hoyer: "Critics call it government takeover, not true..." How can he say that? How is this anything BUT govt take over?
Hoyer: "Critics call it tyranny...it is lower costs to the middle class...Biggest deficit reduction bill..." Where do they get this stuff?
Rep Clyburn going to start on the nonsense of the "big, bad insurance companies" again....And this bill will add jobs...Sure to the IRS...Yuck!
Hoyer: "I know this bill is very complicated...." What, has he actually read it? Doubt it!
Hoyer..."elected us to this, the People's house..." Wait, did he just say the People's House? We want our house back!!!
Rep Deal: "problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people's money" Exactly!
Waxman again....Arrgh! "We strengthen Medicare..." How? They are weakening Medicare, not strengthening it!
Rep Upton "Only in Washington can folks stand here and argue that spending 1 Trillion dollars will cut the deficit..."
Dingell, "It's the Insurance companies who are against this bill..." No, Mr. Dingell, we the people are against this bill!
Rep Pallone: "Our health care system is in crisis..." No, it will be in crisis after this bill passes! This is not HC Reform!
Rep Whitfield "How can you strengthen Medicare when you are taking money out of it...
Markey: “The Republican Party is the Party of NO, and the Democratic Party is the party of Hope...”
Woolsey: "Being a woman is a ... preexisting condition..." What?
Rep Kline: "...Perhaps its time for Washington to stop talking and start listening...listening to calls, 13 to 1 against this bill..."
Rep Kline: "Listening to the thousands of citizens who traveled to our capital this weekend to tell us to 'Kill the Bill'"
Hensarling: "Personal freedom...So many reasons to oppose this bill...taxpayer funded abortions...Back room deals..."
Pence: "Give the people more choices, not more government!" Exactly!!!
Rep McMorris Rodgers" It is the wrong time...I urge you to vote NO...Don’t let the hunger to do something trick us into doing the wrong thing" Exactly!
Swartz "Ensuring all insurance policies use easy to understand language" ....As opposed to those who write 2,000+ page bills!
Rep Capito: good analagy about how blanket of legislation was made...and what it does and doesn't do..."flimsy fabric of broken promises"
Rep Capito: "How can we turn a deaf ear to the American people...we should stop this unfortunate endeavor...listen to heartbeat of America..."
"If not this, then what? If not, then when?" Not this, then something that is true health care reform...Not now, when we have a GOOD bill!
In case anyone wants to read what Congress wants to force down our throats, CSPAN has it for us: http://bit.ly/a4612c
After hours of CSPAN tonight, my kids are only half listening...But heard Rep Cantor - and from the other room one yelled, "He makes sense"
Rep Boehner : "Do you really believe if you like the health plan you can keep it? No you can't...Is this really the time to raise taxes?"
The House is getting a little rowdy during Boehner's speech
I like Rep Boehner better right now than when he came to Alabama to campaign for Rep Griffith, the turncoat...
Boehner is requesting a roll call vote - good for him! And reminding his colleagues that this is the "People's House"
Boehner : "We break the ties with history...If we pass this bill, it will be the last straw for the American people." Definitely!
Pelosi is going to have to follow Boehner...Fun...
Pelosi "Tonight we will make history for our country, and progress for the American people...Health Care for all Americans..." Yeah, right.
Pelosi is trying to equate socializing our health care with the pursuit of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness..."
Was there booing when Pelosi mentioned President Obama?
Can Joe Wilson yell "You Lie" now?
I'm so happy to hear that being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing condition...Wait, hasn't been a problem for 1st 53 years of my life.
Now we get the tribute to Senator Kennedy...gag...
Having 200 Republican amendments makes it bi-partisan? Don't think so!
Can she NOT bring up "life, liberty..." again? Pro-lifers believe in life...Pro-death folks do NOT!
Roll Call vote turned down... Now a "recorded vote" instead... Voting on Senate's bill from last December...
As I waited for the votes to be made, I wondered:
216 democrats can sell us into slavery...will they do it? Why haven't all the Republicans voted yet??? Who are the cowards who waited till the end to vote?
We have lost the battle -- can we still win the war?
So the liberals bought enough votes...why are we not surprised? You would think they were counting down till New Years.. .
Absolutely amazing. Such a major reworking of our country, and they accomplish it with tricks...
Now they are going to "reconcile" the bill...And how exactly will they accomplish that? It is irreconcilable!
The house and the senate just passed the largest pro-abortion bill since Roe v Wade went through Supreme Court. Sad day for life in U.S.
Now they’re getting into post-bill issues:
Stupak needs to sit down and be quiet, hasn’t he done enough damage? Stupak has no right to talk about what promotes life at this point...How dare he?!?
First call for the bill that "promotes social justice"..gag, gag!
After several frustrating hours, I finally called it a night…Time will tell whether this day will go down in history as “the beginning of the end” for the United States.