March 14th, 2010
08:15 AM ET
3 years ago

Boehner: I'm doing everything I can to stop health care bill


Washington (CNN) – As House Democrats plan to mount a final push to pass their health care reform bill in the next week, the top Republican in the House says he is doing everything within his power to see that the bill fails.

“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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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. lara

    It's like this dude actually likes watching people die. How can people have no healthcare in the largest economy in the world, still be taxed to pay for HIS health care, and actually put up with that?
    With the republlicans, government aren't out of your life, they're taking you for a ride.
    Man, he must think we're all really stupid. If he thinks government run health care is such a bad idea, why doesn't he give his up?
    He's like someone sitting in a corner, eating ice cream everyone else paid for, and telling them that they really don't want any.

    March 14, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Pedro

    All for the good of the country, right John? We can sit and suck on it while the insurance premiums skyrocket and more and more of us fall onto the ranks of the uninsured. You are a real American hero John.

    These GOPer's should be run out of politics altogether. They are the lice and rats of our society!

    March 14, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. marty

    One of the first words a baby learns to say is....NO. Most children then grow up and learn the importance of give and take while others learn that having a tantrum gets them what they want. These honorable (?) men and women in Congress are showing us and the entire world a form of tantrums....it is called fear mongering. Other tantrums are evident in ridiculous orchestrated town hall eruptions, tea parties, swiftboating, dumbing down ads, various "freedom" groups sprouting out of the woodwork or the unbelievable 'you lie' demonstrations of the J.W's. And we wonder why some of our young display ignorant, thoughtless manners.
    And, may all country clubs, associations, church groups etc be very careful lest you become portrayed as socializing socialists.

    March 14, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Lindsey Williams

    I am sick of listen to the Republicans say that the american people don't want health care reform. That is a lie. I want health care reform as well as every individual I know. I am sick of these just say know folks like Boehner. The Republicans did nothing about the run away health care cost for the time George Bush was President. Now they want us to think they are all for doing something for the american people. We want health care reform now.

    March 14, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Emma

    I am so sorry to hear that. How much money has the insurance industry paid you?

    March 14, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. cc Pennes

    YOU HAVE THE BEST HEALTH COVERAGE(ONE OF YOUR PERKS) BUT YOU DON'T WANT THE REST OF US TO HAVE ANY, YOU AND ALL THE OTHER REPUBLICANS DON'T GIVE A DAMM ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS OR THE POOR, SOMEBODY PLEASE ASK HIM ,HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF WE TOOK YOUR HEALTH COVERAGE AWAY , PLEASE!!!!

    March 14, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Republicans are Repugnant Taliban

    @Steve-Illinois that is why the House wanted to add back the public option but then you mouth Repugliban nonsense so you never really check on the truth. The Democrats have bending over backwards to get the Repugliban on board but to no avail because the Repugliban do not want ANY Health Insurance Reform, they would lose thier campaign contributions. As for your just common snese if a Repugliban ever made just common sense then it would be a true surprise to the rest of America. The difference between Democrats and Repugliban is Democrats believein democracy and trying to satisfy EVERYONE where as the Repugliban only wish to satisfy THEIR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS which is the Insurance Companies and Wall Street, now there is common sense for you.

    March 14, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Donna from Colorado Springs

    why are you so against healthcare reform, Mr. Boehner? You Republicans just rail against it, but never quite explain why you hate the thought of it so much! Is it the fact that you don"t want affordable healthcare for the American people? Could it be thatyou might be losing the powerful healthcare lobbyests that pad your bank accounts with money? Could it be that you are just a cranky tightwad who ony cares about his own political party, and the rest of us can just go to HELL as far as you and the Republican party is concerned?

    March 14, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. John

    John Boehner is doing every thing he can to prevent average Americans from getting decent Heath Care, how reassuring.

    John Boehner came on television almost a year ago waving a binder that he claimed was the GOP Health Care, has anybody seen it?

    John Boehner and the GOP love the Health Care system just the way it is with Health Insurance Industry raking in higher and higher profits while middle class America goes broke – nice plan John.

    March 14, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Steve-Illinois

    The majority of Americans do want health care reform. Helath insurance reform has nothing to do with health care reform! The health insurance companies pay the bills generated by health care providers! They do not decide to charge $175.00 for saline solution. They do not decide to pay $40.00 for a tylenol! They negotiate with care givers to pay the lowest amount possible. The majority of Americans want health care costs to be reasonable. This bill does nothing towards that goal! Ask yourself, how many hospitals in your area have been able to expand, or build new,during the greatest recession since the great depression? In my area, the answer is every single one! How can this be? How does this bill control costs established by the health care givers? As long as health care providers are allowed to charge outrageous prices for everything, there is no health care reform!

    Common Sense!

    March 14, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Stella

    Such nonsense! Oddly enough, no one has polled me or anyone I know regarding health care reform. If they had, it would be a resounding "yes" and would include the public option.

    March 14, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. normajean

    This man is dangerous. He is in a position of some power and thinks of himself as some kind of little god. He says and does nothing positive,he is negative in the extreme and is the head of the well named "Party of No" How can any government ,anywhere progress with this kind of leadership. If you really look at it ,he looks only to that which will benefit him. The constituents of his party are forgotten, those who desperately need help are put aside and ignored. I'm sure there are millions of families, who think of themselves as Republicans, who are hurting with lack of jobs and health care that the Repubs couldn't care less about. All they want is POWER.I,personally will NEVER vote for another Repub for any office.

    March 14, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. normajean

    ONCE AND FOR ALL, THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT AGAINST THE PROPOSED HEALTH PLAN AS THE REPUBS CONTINUE TO CLAIM. HAS ANYONE ASKED YOU YOUR OPINION?
    PROBABLY NOT.

    March 14, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. normajean

    Apparently Mr. Boehner doesn't realize,being blinded by his own image, that he is the biggest detrement the Repubs have. He'd be wise to shut up.

    March 14, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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