Health Care Law Sparks Threats on Lawmakers

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While President Obama continued his year-long health care sales pitch in Iowa, the House and Senate battled both over amendments to the health care law and the outrage caused by its passage.

The president smirked at GOP critics who called the bill's passage "Armageddon."

"So after I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling or sudden cracks opening up in the earth," Obama joked. "Turned out it was a nice day."

Democrats are now concerned about vandalism and threats against several House members.

Glass was shattered in the office of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Then, someone had left a voicemail left for pro-life Congressman Bart Stupak, who voted for the bill after having stood against it for its lack of abortion restrictions.

"You turncoat (expletive). I hope you die," the caller said.

Blame Game Begins

The blame is being pointed partly to Republican Chairman Michael Steele and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the upsurge in threats. Steele said Democrats will be on the "firing line" this November and Palin targeted several Democrats for defeat on her Facebook page saying, "we're going to fire them and send them back to the private sector."

"That activity ought to be unacceptable in our democracy," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said.

Some analysts say the Democrats are trying to use the threats to their political advantage.

"Democrats are looking to build some momentum

out of this, and if they can demonize the other side then I think it's only to their political benefit," ABC News senior political reporter Rick Klein claimed.

House Minority Leader John Boehner said the violence isn't justified, but the anger is.

"This bill is going to harm our country," he said.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor said threats also have been lobbed against Republicans. He said somebody had even shot a bullet through the window of his Virginia office this week.

"Enough is enough. It has to stop," Cantor said. "We need to move forward and get back to addressing the important issues facing our nation and let law enforcement handle these situations."

Conservatives say the focus on the threats is a Democrat distraction meant to keep Americans from learning the details in the health care law. Protestors, like those at an Iowa demonstration, don't plan to give up.

"I'm tired of what Obama's doing to our country," one protestor said. "He's trying to take our private property and I'm not okay with that."

Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have been trying to slow down the health care reform law process by adding a mountain of "fixes" to the legislation.

Democrats struck down 29 GOP amendments, including an effort to ban tax increases on families making less than $250,000 a year and a plan to keep sex offenders from using health insurance to buy Viagra.

One Democrat called that amendment "a crass political stunt aimed at making 30-second commercials, not public policy."

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