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LI delegation reacts to health care bill passage

President Barack Obama, seen here with House Speaker

President Barack Obama, seen here with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, revolved much of his presidency so far on passing a national health care bill. (March 20, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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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