“I'm doing everything I can to prevent this bill from becoming law. Plain and simple,” House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in an interview that airs Sunday on State of the Union.
Boehner added, “What I'm doing is working with my colleagues to keep the American people engaged in the fight.
“I don't have enough votes on my side of the aisle to stop the bill. But I, along with a majority of the American people who are opposed to this, can stop this bill. And we're going to do everything we can to make it difficult for them, if not impossible, to pass the bill.”
The Ohio Republican also faulted the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats for a lack of what Boehner considers meaningful bipartisanship on the issue of health care reform.
Asked about the GOP ideas President Obama embraced after the White House recently hosted a bipartisan health care summit, Boehner suggested that Obama’s move was little more than a gesture.
Obama “took a couple of Republican bread crumbs and put them on top of their 2,700 page bill. That's not good enough,” Boehner told CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
“We could come to an agreement on probably eight or ten common sense steps that you've outlined,” Boehner also told Crowley in the interview, “to make our health care system better. But we can't come to agreement on eight or 10 things, and throw them into a 2,700-page bill.”
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