March 16th, 2010
04:53 PM ET
12 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. T'SAH from Virginia

    PASS THE BILL!!!! LQQK and READ and find out this will benefit MORE AMERICANS than not!!!

    The Democrats who are now in office would LOSE come election time if they do not vote for this HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM BILL!!! We will put someone else in office and VOTE YOU OUT!!!

    It's about COFFEE – not tea – YOU & ME!!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Bob in Pa.

    A little reform, Yes. Government redefinition and takeover, NO !
    The devil is in the details people. I've lived in Europe, trust me, they don't have it better there. This is not about sticking it to the Insurance Industry. Sure they will be a casualty, but it is your freedom that ultimately falls.

    These so called "progressives" pushing this stuff in the Democratic Party need to split out and join ranks with the American Communist Party, but they are too scared to show their true colours.

    March 16, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Leah Texas

    Don't let the insurance companies win this.
    Insurance companies are spending MILLIONS of dollars per day to defeat the HCR bill.
    Do the right thing for ALL of America – PASS THE BILL NOW!

    March 16, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. We're getting healthcare :)

    "It's eleven tea-baggers with auto dial."

    HAhahahahaha! I agree.

    March 16, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |

    How about the thought there is Bipartisanship in this bill. Against it. It amazes me how you libs can't figure it out there would be a bill if all the Dems liked it but they don't. But here come the lib comments saying the R's are against it when in fact there are D's against it. You libs really don't know what you are talking about.

    Remember when Bush and Kennedy were trying to push the immigration bill? Bush pulled back and let it go. Maybe Obama should listen to the MAJORITY of America and pull back and start over. Instead, he is bribing and threatening. Libs, really look at the facts and stop being so ignorant.

    March 16, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    If we don't pass this bil two things will happen:

    1. Insurance companies will continue to raise premiums and don't ever have to worry about HCR because no one will ever bring it up again.

    2. Millions will be without insurance and those who do will have to pay much more than they would have in tax increases, BUT ME MYSELF AND I stand to make thousands of dollars from my Insurance stocks I own.

    The bill fails, dozens make millions, millions lose another 5% of their salary to the premium hikes and we never have to hear about HCR ever again, because no one will ever bring it up.


    March 16, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. aware

    This administration perverts the "I-You" of authentic relationships. I-You is the basic word in an accurately lived life, a life lived in personal relationship. I require a You to become a whole being. There is no humanity without relationship.

    "I-It" turns the other into an object and destroys relationship. It is a person depersonalized – a thing to be experienced or used. There is no mutuality between an I and an It.

    "Us-Them" – the world is divided into two – light and dark – so, whatever is wrong has to be because of them. It turns others into the enemy. It is the basic word that demonizes others. It abolishes language as a way to tell the truth. It attracts demagogues who attract great crowds. In effect it demonizes everyone who doesn't think or feel like Us. It Is dehumanizing! 🙁

    March 16, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Gil Oberdas

    I bet it is partically due to the Just say "NO" people who have no idea there is a need for health care reform. They only shout and never listen!

    March 16, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Ronda Carpenter

    Passage of the Health Care Reform bill will eventually result in the U.S. becoming a Third World nation, and use of the Slaughter Rule to pass it will make ua a Third World dictatorship.

    March 16, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    Americans are frustrated because this is so obviously the wrong bill supported by just the very few Democratic leadership for their own greedy reasons.

    We can not afford to pay for this bill or the increases in our insurance rates that this bill will cause. Start over. That's the message.

    March 16, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. CONNIE

    the bill doesn't need the republicans to vote on this if all the dems were for this than can pass it on their own, but because not all dems like this bill it is better to blame the republicans and therefore the dems won't look back to the american people.

    March 16, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. ran

    The fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans are a great example of "If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem."

    If they cared about health care reform they would have worked with this President and Democrats instead of filibustering/obstructing at every turn. But they do not care and only want this President to fail so they can regain power or at least they think they will by saying "NO" to everything.

    We need to send a clear message by demanding this bill get passed any way possible and then go onto the other important issues facing us and get those done as well. Then we vote for only a true Democrat or Independent in 2010 and not reward a single Republican a win for their actions or lack of.

    March 16, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. CONNIE

    if the healtcare bill passes 2 million people will be without a job because the insurance employ over 2 million people and everyone thinks the insurance companies make trillions of dollars but the don't but you couldn't tell because so many people want free hand outs they need the government to tell them what to do because these people are stupid and need to be taken care of.

    March 16, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. get real

    We're getting health care reform, and the obstructionists will benefit from it too. Have a good day.

    March 16, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Dex, Houston TX

    Healthcare is not a game. The best plan for healthcare from the Republicans only aided 3 million Americans verses the Democratic healthcare plan that will asist 38 million.
    Why are we entertaining the 3,000 Tea Heads who already have healthcare.
    The American people want healthcare reform, the Republicans are lying to the public and they don't speak for me.....WE WANT HEALTHCARE REFORM....NOW!

    March 16, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Paul H

    No the answer is no. This is even worse than reconciliation. It bypasses our whole system of governing in this country. It has no consideration for how we the people feel or think on this issue.
    When government decides they are going to impose their will over the will of the people then it's time for everyone to go. If we allow this to happen, then we have opened the door to Tyranny: the word "tyrant" carries connotations of a harsh and cruel ruler who places his or her own interests or the interests of a small oligarchy over the best interests of the general population, which the tyrant governs or controls.
    Just look at the actions of your so called Representatives people.

    March 16, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    Its the opponents, of course. Supporters actually think it will pass without any efforts on their part.

    March 16, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Robert Dick Cloos

    Ayn Randy March 16th, 2010 5:22 pm ET

    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.
    What a crock. 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. Come back and talk to us after your rates go up 45%, or your get cancelled due to a preexisting condition. Oh, and I'd be willing to bet that I pay more in taxes than you make in a year.

    March 16, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. File under "Sarcasm"

    It's "unclear whether it's supporters or opponents ". How convenient? They won't bother to find out as then they might have to admit they don't care.

    March 16, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Unregulated capitalism has a short shelf life

    Call Rush today and everyday.

    March 16, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. Leah Texas

    Things to think about:

    1) The teabaggers are out during they day when most people are at work, so most of them must be either stay-at-home moms or retired etc. and most of them look old enough to be on GOVERNMENT MEDICARE. If those teabaggers are against government health care then they should immediately give up their Medicare!

    2) The insurance companies are spending MILLIONS of dollars each day so that We The People will NOT get better health care.

    3) Insurance companies have been raising rates everywhere from 39% to 76%.

    4) If you lose your job and health insurance and you or your kids get sick – what are you going to do? Send your hospital bills to the republicans? Yeah, send your bills to Bachmann, Boehner, Palin, etc 😉

    March 16, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    You know what I love about this bill failing?

    Instead of paying a few percentage points in higher taxes YOU will be paying about 10-12% more on your insurance premiums.

    God bless all the REAL AMERICANS that vote "NO" on healthcare.

    A "No" vote means more money to insurance companies.


    March 16, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    If you vote "No" on this bill, then you should know that Insurance companies have already promised to reduce premiums for the people who voted "No"

    Now I know this seems unreal but why would the insurance companies charge you more if this bill fails?

    I mean your giving them a free pass to do whatever they want and they have only spent hundreds of millions of dollars in lobbyists and advertising.


    Insurance companies care about Americans. I mean if they didn't then why would they drop coverage for people who get cancer?

    I support the Insurance companies. I also stand to make thousands when this bill fails. AND less people alive means less overpopulation.

    Two birds. One stone to crush their skulls in.

    March 16, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. jfs Memhis, Tn

    I made a call to the GOP members from TN asking them how they expected to get relected to a legislative body if they didn't legislate anything ??? Just by saying No doesn't do the job that they were sent there for !!! I was in the minority....I have a feeling that the lines are jammed by the sore losers from the Nov 2008 Presidential election. They just can not say that they lost and they are and will go after this young President ANY WAY they can...Tea Party, Rudeness, Hatefulness. The average American WILL get the Health Care Reform that we all need....The GOP are going to get a suprise this coming Nov. The voters in the USA are taking notes and will send a LOUD message to the GOP in Nov.

    March 16, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. IVOTE

    The phones are jammed by SUPPORTERs of the health reform.

    March 16, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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