Monday, March 22, 2010

Healthcare debate rages on in social networks

The ink's barely dry on the historic healthcare reform bill passed by the U.S. House last night, but debate over what comes next rages onward this morning on social networks.

If a quick Twitter search of the #HCR hashtag this morning's any indication, Charlotte-area people supporting the bill are ecstatic. A couple representative tweets:

Reesemjc: #HCR Yes We Can!!! Yes We Can!!! RT @BarackObama: Yes we can.

Creativecje: #HCR bill to provide tax credits to businesses to help pay for employee healthcare. Hopefully this will benefit employers in CLT.

Those opposed to the bill are fired up, to put it mildly.

Scottieiland: I am so damn mad I can't see straight.

Just_trouble: Horrible news on #HCR we are all doomed!

Conservatives using the hastag #ConsNC retweeted N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper's office number and asked people to urge him to challenge the legislation in court.

NBenson59 wrote: "I called and the lady knew nothing about this. We need to keep calling ROY!"

Other opponents voiced sadness. When WBT radio announcer Stacey Simms (@staceysimms) tweeted that the station was polling people on it, twitter user Rnadvocate responded: "Liberty died last night. Met with thunderous applause."

With so much passion out there, don't be surprised to see the debate spill over into your social networks, if it hasn't already. One thing I've noticed: social network "friends" from opposite ends of the political spectrum tend to be pretty civil on Facebook and Twitter. When one side gets heated up, the other tends to politely go quiet and let them vent. Or am I wrong about that?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Just_trouble: Horrible news on #HCR we are all doomed!"

Good grief. The teabaggers are so blinded by anger and hate that they fail to realize they are falling further and further behind in life. These idiots vote against their own self interests. Quick! Turn on Rush and waste more of your time!

Anonymous said...

"Just_trouble: Horrible news on #HCR we are all doomed!"

Good grief. The teabaggers are so blinded by anger and hate that they fail to realize they are falling further and further behind in life. These idiots vote against their own self interests. Quick! Turn on Rush and waste more of your time!

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