March 16th, 2010
04:53 PM ET
5 years ago

Jammed phone lines add frustration to health care fury

Washington (CNN) - Amid the partisanship and protests over health care reform on Capitol Hill Tuesday, another challenge: a phone call pile-up at the House of Representatives.

"The House phone system is overloaded due to an unprecedented amount of calls attributed to the significant interest in the health care bill," a spokesman for the House Administration Committee told CNN. "Some callers will experience busy signals during high-traffic hours."

It is unclear whether it's supporters or opponents of the sweeping $875 billion dollar measure who are primarily jamming the House phone system.

Both sides are stepping up their efforts ahead of a final vote in the House which is expected Friday.

–CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. The Calabash Kid

    Attention hayseeds: Our elected representatives have private phone numbers for special people. If you don't have one, don't bother to call. You will ony speak to a sweet young lady who was in high school last year and who will listen to everything you have to say. Then, she will put a check in the "For" box or the "Against" box. She will then tell you to have a nice day.

    March 16, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Steph

    I called in support of the bill. If you can't get through, send an email. Oh, and if you're trying to call representatives out of your district, stop it and get a life! Go call your own rep. Let us talk to our elected officials, please.

    March 16, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. BobH

    It's eleven tea-baggers with auto dial.

    March 16, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The phone lines should have been jammed 8 years ago to stop GWB from creating this mess.

    March 16, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom

    Its easier to email your Congressional delegation, folks.

    PASS HEALTHCARE NOW!

    AMERICAN LIVES DEPEND ON IT.

    WHICH SIDE WILL THE PART OF NO BE ON?

    WE, THE PEOPLE OR BIG INSURANCE?

    March 16, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Flipper

    "It is unclear whether it's supporters or opponents of the sweeping $875 billion dollar measure who are primarily jamming the House phone system."

    Unclear? Unclear? The vast majority of Americans don't want the Senate bill. Who's showing up in D.C. right now to oppose the Dems devious and unconstitutional tactics? That's right...opponents of the bill!

    Unclear? C'mon CNN, try to show some intellectual & journalistic integrity for once.

    March 16, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    Please don't pass this bill. PLEASE!

    If it doesn't pass I will be making over $100,000 from my Insurance company stock profits.

    And I will need it since an insider I know from Aetna just showed me their project premium raise for next year.

    ****Spoiler Alert****

    It's a 12% premium hike to pay for the lobbysits and advertising of HCR.

    March 16, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. Stacie

    Amen LacrosseMom! Let's get the word out...The American people DO want health care reform.

    March 16, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. beevee

    I do not beleive that the republicans will do anything about health care reforms if the president's reform bill fails to pass into law now. I have not heard them utter a word about health care reforms during Bush's tenure as president for eight years and now they calim they want the reforms on their terms. If thie bill is killed now it is a victory to the healt care industry and americans should brace for more expense to get coverage and no coverage at all for preexisting conditions. That is the reason why they are fighting tooth and nail not to pass the democratic bill through the GOP idiots in the house and senate. I hope that at least some fair minded GOP think otherwise.

    March 16, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Ryan

    It's easier than calling your insurance company. They'll put you on hold forever in hopes that you'll die before they have to deal with you!

    PASS THIS BILL & STICK IT TO BIG INSURANCE INDUSTRY!!!

    March 16, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. donttreadonme

    More socialist propaganda, this bill doesn't hurt big insurance that is just the ploy dem politicians use to get the small minded in line.

    We need portable, private insurance not attached to any companies or government! Companies can pay us Health Credits that we can use to buy private insurance with out state restriction. The Feds can do their real jobs and act as a watch dog for us and regulate not run or control but regulate.

    March 16, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Dar

    You kool aid sippers dont know what you are wishing for, us hayseeds are the ones who built this great country so you would have your cake and be able to eat it too. You little weasels think you know it all. I hope you like being taxed to death in the future dumb asses. Just ask any other country with national health care.
    And the phone lines are most likely not jammed, the congress just took the phones off the hook so they dont have to listen to: YOUR FIRED over and over again.

    If the president of our country allows this to happen folks we are in tremendous trouble. with this type of fowl play Obama would and will stop at nothing to create a goverment that could and would run our lifes. Seems to me that this is just the ticket he has been looking for.

    This so called lady (Pelosi)will stop at nothing to get this pig of a bill passed to honor Obama, right or wrong.
    It seems to me that even her own party has with drawn into their holes and she doesnt care who she runs over to get this done, Pelosi knows that she is done in the next election and doesnt care who she takes with her. Obama is loving this. He can point the finger at someone else again.
    Swallow had folks this is going to hurt being cramed down your throat.

    March 16, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. JES

    We're trying to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a president that also is exempt from it and hasn't read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese and financed by a country that's broke...
    What the hell could possibly go wrong???

    March 16, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. Bruce Carlson

    Listen to the people of this country; with the majority apposed to the health care bill why are some trying to do by what ever means pass a bill that is not supported by the people that elected them?

    This is radical politics! Wrong Wrong Wrong!!!!!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. donttreadonme

    First the Banks, GM and now healthcare. What's next are the Feds going to create tax payer subsidized automobiles so everyone can afford one? Haven't we seen this before?

    Collectivism at its worst!

    March 16, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Leah Texas

    Now the question is.. is that fake reporter that dressed up like a pimp that went to Mary Landrieus' office to see why her phones were jammed with calls, is he going to go to the White House to check up on the White House phones? LOL

    March 16, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Pragmatic

    If you listen ... many of the calls received are NOT from voters in their district! If you live in Arizona, don't call the senator in Pennsylvania. That's obstruction, jamming the phone lines so the elected representative is unable to hear from the people he/she represents.

    March 16, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Fitz in Texas

    That's right Dems, ignore your constituents and go a head and listen to Obama, Pelosi and Reid and you'll be out of job soon, very soon. These three will throw you under the bus once you give them what they want. They've done it before and they'll do it again. Give the people what they want and vote against this Obamacare.

    March 16, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. The Other Michael in Houston

    Uh Flipper I have asked everyone I know and all want this bill to pass. The so called polls are a fallacy. This bill will pass, like it or not. And for you idiots who claim the only people supporting this is the middle and low income, wrong. Most of us in the $250,000 and plus part of America think this is what the country needs. It is sad that there are millions of Americans out there that cannot afford healthcare.

    March 16, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. jay1975

    So how does this bill bring the cost of health care down again? I hear a lot of talk about the cost of health insurace, but that cost is a symptom of the real problem, the cost of care. I took my son to the ER a couple of months ago and they charged me $40 for a dose of motrin. My insurance covered that and the $200 charge for the nurse to verify his info in the computer. That bill was for a total of 10 minutes of time with the nurse. How is forcing my insurance provider to go out of business by charging less while paying out more going to bring the cost of care down?

    March 16, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Dean

    Faux news reported tens of thousands of tea party people are on capitol hill what a crock more like 300. Enough of the LIES
    Pass the bill NOW

    March 16, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. Ayn Randy

    Let's let the elderly die and kill the unborn so enough money can be diverted to cover the unproductive non-taxpaying Democrat-voting rabble.

    March 16, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. jay1975

    From Jes...so good it needed to be said again:
    "We're trying to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a president that also is exempt from it and hasn't read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese and financed by a country that's broke...
    What the hell could possibly go wrong???"

    March 16, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Kat

    Jammed or off the hook??? They don't want to hear from hard working people who pay their salaries. STOP THE HANDOUTS!!! I've also tried email but it doesn't work either.

    March 16, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. ran

    As one of the Americans I want this bill.

    Why: because it is the best we can get at this time.

    BECAUSE: of the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans filibuster, Lieberman's vote for no public option/medicare buy in or non-profit co-op to get pass the Republicans filibuster, Blue Dogs (Nelson,Buyh,Lincoln etc.) special deals to get their vote to pass the Republicans filibuster.

    What is wrong with this bill: REPUBLICAN FILLIBUSTER.

    March 16, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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