March 16th, 2010
04:53 PM ET
13 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. ib

    I'm sure the voters are screaming against this thing; just wonder if we will ever know since most of the media is backing Obama and his agenda.

    March 16, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    A vote for "no" on HCR is vote for yes to Insurance company profits.

    A vote for "no" on HCR is vote for yes to unregulated premium hikes.

    A vote for "no" on HCR is vote for yes to paying 12-17% of your salary to insurance comanies in the next 3 years.

    A vote for "no" on HCR is vote for yes to never seeing HCR in America ever again.

    Vote "no", me and the top 1% of wealthy Americans support you 100%.

    Because your rates still go up but so do my stocks.

    March 16, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. ib

    People open your eyes and look. Republicans as well ad independents want healthcare reform not healthcare takeover as this bill is. We need to start over and address the real issues of health care. We need tort reform; ins. companies need to be able to cross state lines and compete with each other; not be allowed to say no for pre-existing conditions now something like that would be true healthcare reform not gov. takeover.

    March 16, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    The people are sending a resounding message. Congress better darn well listen. But I have no doubt they will continue their criminal and unconstitutional efforts to pass this bill by whatever means necessary.

    March 16, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC

    Listen up Democrats!

    We voted for you and for President Obama to get healthcare, get us out of the 2 fraudulent Bush wars, to try to save our economy from the disaster the Republicans put it in, and to move America forward in new Energy, repairing of infrastructure, and the end to Republican corrupt and criminal control.

    We want healthcare WITH a public option. None of us care HOW it is passed – just PASS it now and then let's get moving on more progressive programs and on getting rid of the do-nothing, hateful, fear-mongering lying Republicans who betrayed the People and called for our failure.

    Stand up Democrats and be proud of all you have accomplished for the People and all the more good you can do for us. Our NO votes await Republicans in November.

    March 16, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Does anyone remember 2001-2009

    When the do nothing republicans almost destroyed this nation. They sold medicare reform for their jobs and money. Sold bankruptcy for bank giveaways and then almost broker our country.

    Thank God America kicked them out!!

    March 16, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Reborn

    I belong to the party of the "we" not the "me' and "we" want health care reform. If you don't like government control then you should not use the public commons like roads, Police and Fire protection.

    March 16, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Hannah a.k.a RadicalAntifederalist

    RE: "The Democrats who are now in office would LOSE come election time if they do not vote for this HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM BILL!!!"

    Good God, man! Do you live in a bubble? Half of America didn't want Obama in office, and half of the people who did vote for him are now SERIOUSLY regretting it. You have my pity, Democrats are going to get slaughtered in the next election. For the love of heaven, we elected a Republican in Massachusetts! Do you need me to repeat that? A... Republican... in ... Massachusetts! In a seat held for decades by Ted Kennedy.

    March 16, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Hannah a.k.a RadicalAntifederalist

    RE: "Republicans don't care about the elderly OR the unborn. It is perfectly fine with them if the insurance companies cancel their coverage, or raise rates to the point they can't afford it, and they die as a result."
    *Blink, blink* Right. That is why the Republicans are the ones who are known for being pro-life and anti-euthanasia (and, no, those are not young people in China). Hey, here's a radical thought... why not skip insurance and just but aside what would normally be your premiums into an emergency fund... hospitals give great discounts to people who don't use insurance to pay their bills.

    March 16, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Ruth

    Get off your butts and pass this bill! Americans are dying–don't you idiots get it?

    March 16, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. MatthewDetroit

    Those are NOT jammed phone lines.

    Those are DEMS refusing to answer the phone so they are leaving them off the hook.

    More shady activity...

    March 16, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. ej in Tacoma

    I'm in full support of Obama and Health Care Reform. My old party the Republican Party has no new ideas they are just obstructionist who do not know of any other word than No, No, No a thousand times No. If it doesn't help them politically or line their pocketbooks they are not interested. I wouldn't be surprised if the Right wing fanatics are jamming the lines on purpose so voices really can't be heard.
    EJ. in Tacoma

    March 16, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Lori

    This is NOT health care reform, it's another entitlement program and we ALL are going to pay for UNLESS you already live off the systems and don't pay tax's. I'm TIRED of working and working hard to make ends meet and I do NOT take ANYTHING from the governement because my husband and I work HARD to provide for our families. If this bill passes, everyone that wanted it will be VERY sorry because it's NOT going to do anything but cause LESS care and cost everyone that works and pay tax's MORE. Please tell me how college tuition goes into a health care bill? And why is one state getting MILLIONS for a new hospital and why will Fl and another state be excluded from medicare cuts? This is a joke, and ALL our politicians are just in it for what they can get!!!!

    March 16, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. Chris

    The one comment that I always love to read is that it is the Republican's fault for not working with the Democrats on this travesty of a legislation. The Democrats knew that they had the majority in Congress, so they could throw in any piece of junk in the bill (read student loans), and possibly pass the thing with NO Republican support. They had no intentions of ever allowing bipartisan talks on this issue. Every single Republican (and an ever-growing number of Democrats) are totally against this bill, and yet the President is still trying to ram it down the American's throat. People need to wake up and realize that they are throwing away their liberties and freedoms for a handout from big brother.

    March 16, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Mike

    As an employer, uhbama said my insurance premiums for my employees would drop 3,000 percent if uhbamacare is passed. I pay about 3,000 per employee, so insurance companies will actually PAY ME, according to uhbama, $90,000 per employee! What a great bill! PASS IT NOW!

    March 16, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. m smith

    The american people should all call in and tell them what we want. No poll has asked me if want health care.

    March 16, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. m smith

    The american people should all call in and tell them what we want. No poll has asked me if want health care. The repo right is a bunch of whinning selfish mean nasty people. What a bunch of jerks you are. Don't tell me You have made this country great. What you have done is raised a generation of pampered self indulgent children. You think only of your selves and to heck with everyone else. You have a set of false morals that only work when it is in your favor. Hard working people need health care Not everyone is a dead beat as you would have us believe.Health care is eating up the wages of the middle class .You over privilages bunch of repos show no respect for the office of president or the majority of people that voted him in. Why should we listen to the likes of you. Look what you did over the last 8 years?? How may of your kids whent to war??

    March 16, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. misanthropicus

    The MoveOnOrg and Acorn dreck, the finest seminar callers and trolls in the country, seasoned in thei years long experience of sabotaging Fox and AM radion are again at it – oh, I forgot the newest addition to this elite: the Coffee Party activists –

    March 16, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  19. Sue

    A lot of these Democrats are telling LIES!!!!

    There were people in Washington, DC over the past few days-–who were interviewed today on Fox-–they said that a lot of these Democratic politicians had their phones off of the hook.

    How dare they!!!!

    Every day proves more and more that these loony left, liberal Democratic politicians forget who they work for!!!!

    However, no problem though--as the majority of them are going to get FIRED in November, 2010.

    The majority in the country have made it clear time and time again-–they do NOT want any version of Obamacare!!!!

    March 16, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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