December 14th, 2009
08:37 PM ET
9 months ago

Murtha hospitalized with gallbladder problem

Rep. Murtha rested in a hospital Monday after being admitted the previous night.
Rep. Murtha rested in a hospital Monday after being admitted the previous night.

Washington (CNN) - U.S. Rep. John Murtha rested in a hospital Monday after being admitted the previous night due to abdominal pains caused by a gallbladder issue, his spokesman said.

"He's currently resting and doing well," said Matt Mazonkey, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Democrat.

Murtha is chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee on defense, and a strong critic of President Barack Obama's recent decision to deploy an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

He was scheduled to chair a subcommittee hearing Tuesday addressed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Due to Murtha's illness, the hearing has been canceled.


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  1. Right wingnuts are as dumb as a woonsocket

    Wouldn't it be great if everyone had the same health care we provide for our congressmen?

    December 14, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. a little sad

    Get well quickly Rep Murtha!

    December 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. democrat h

    Re we gonna have the same great insurance as those congressmen ?

    December 14, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Tim

    My Karma-o-meter says it should have been something much more serious. Like maybe being broadsided by a Marine rushing to get to his base in time for deployment.

    December 14, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Ancient Texan

    I wish him well with his health. But I hope he loses reelection by a 20 to 1 landslide.

    December 14, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Mike in WA

    Yes it would be great if everyone had that good of health care but we can't pay for it. The only way that the health care bill even breaks even is because the start charging you now while not providing any coverage until after the next presidential election. What is the hurry to get this passed again if it won't give anyone coverage until 2013?

    December 14, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. S Callahan Third week of Advent...light you candle for JOY

    I swear that pain is worse than labor....feel bad for him.
    Hope your feeling better soon....stay away from the butter cookies.

    December 14, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Thanks for your military service and support of our Veterans and their families, but the battle isn't won yet so get well quickly and soldier on.

    December 14, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Scot

    I am from Europe and I make no apologies for harping on this subject.
    It is simp0ly beyond any justification that your government members have health care PAID FOR BY YOU. which they would deny to the rest of their fellow citizens. WHERE IS YOUR OUTRAGE!!!!

    December 14, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. Carole

    Get well soon Representative Murtha.......Pennsylvania needs you!

    December 14, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. aliou

    I wish you get well Murtha

    December 14, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. Rocky (Seattle)

    John, what insurance plan do you have?

    December 14, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. Pork

    Murtha, we wish you a speedy recovery. Gallbladder problems can be very painful and none of us wish you pain, so get better soon.

    But while you are recovering, remember that gallbladder problems are usually brought on by eating too much greasy foods like Pork. And we all know that you have been famous at feeding on the Washington Pork for years and years. Maybe it is time to push back from the table, because up until now it has only been the taxpayer that suffered from your Pork habit. Ironic, isn't it.

    December 14, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. Okay, We Can't Be Civil At This Time?

    I wish him a speedy recovery.

    God bless America and Representative Murtha, no matter what his politics are, or his Congressional Healthcare plan.

    December 14, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. Ready for 2012

    Get well soon Rep. John Murtha. I won't be one of the petty posters who will complain about you havin health care insurance.

    December 14, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. Lynn Allen

    Get well Senator, you need to be around to see yourself voted out of office!

    December 14, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. Suzeiki

    Well I hope that he has good insurance coverage!

    December 14, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. Susan

    At least he has health insurance - and at our expense, of course. How many Americans are not as fortunate? When the supposedly greatest nation on earth cannot or will not even take care of tis people, we're in a heap of trouble!

    I'm sorry for Rep. Murtha's health problems, but at least he knows he'll be taken care of - what about the rest of us?

    December 14, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  19. Tom S

    At least HE has good health insurance.

    December 14, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  20. normajean

    Lucky guy.....he's automatically got good health care. Wouldn't it be nice if everyone had it?

    December 14, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  21. J.P.

    A Marine is a Marine for life. God bless them all.

    However, based on his conduct and lack of integrity as a congressman these past 35 years, I consider Murtha a former-marine (with a lower-case "m").

    That said, I do wish the man improved health and a speedy recovery so he can pack his bags in time for his 2010 election defeat.

    Re-elect NO-ONE.
    Incumbent Dump – 2010

    December 15, 2009 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  22. Turbanator

    I want every elected Dem to announce that they r giving up their health care. Until every one in this country hav health care. weather it is public run. Employer run or private run. PASS THE HEALTH CARE !

    December 15, 2009 02:19 am at 2:19 am |