The Washington Times - March 23, 2011, 07:13PM

Congressional Democrats pushed back Wednesday at an onslaught of Republican attacks aimed at the health care reform law on its one-year anniversary.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California posted hourly “tweets” on Twitter�Wednesday lauding the reforms. “By 2014, insurance companies can�t charge women more than men for the same coverage” and “Insurance companies have to spend at least 80% of your premium $ on medical services�not CEO pay & marketing” were just a couple examples.

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House Minority Whip Steny H.Hoyer of Maryland also tweeted throughout the day extolled the benefits of the law.

Assistant House Minority Leader James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, who previously called the law the “the Civil Rights Act of the 21st Century,” said the reform has “ended the abuse of insurance companies and put patients and doctors back in charge of their care.”

Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota urged the Senate to beat back a House GOP effort to “undermine the integrity” of a provision in the law that requires health insurers to spend at least 80 to 85 percent of what they collect in premiums on actual health services for their customers, as opposed to administrative costs, profits or CEO salaries.

“American families should not have to shoulder those fees through further increases to their health insurance premiums,” said Franken in a letter to Senate leaders of both parties.