Oh, happy days.

That's the message from LI's congressional Democrats after the House passed a health care reform bill that is now going to the desk of President Barack Obama.

Here's what they had to say Sunday night:

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights): "It really doesn't get better than this," Ackerman said from Washington. "A very important thing happened here today."

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola): "By enacting these provisions right away we will be able to lower costs for everyone and give all Americans and small businesses more control over their health choices. This legislation is a long time due."

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), in remarks to the "Congressional Record," speaking of residents to need health care help: "They are the average Long Islanders -- not rich, not poor, but usually somewhere in between -- who live in quiet desperation and concern."

Meanwhile, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), the lone Republican among the Island's five-member House delegation, called the bill "harmful legislation" that will result in "government regulation of health care."

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