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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Filed under: Health care • House • John Boehner • State of the Union
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. jane

    Republicans like Boehner are working hard to turn us into a country of aristocrats and peasants (with them and the health insurance executives and other of their financiers as aristocrats, of course). They should remember what eventually happens to governments who oppress the citizenry past their limit.

    March 14, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Larry

    And the voters are going to stop you.

    March 14, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. a health economist

    Yes, you are doing everything to stop this bill. And I've been doing everything I can to comment on these articles about the healthcare debate to educated the readers of CNN that the Republicans do not have our best interest in mind. While the Democrats' bill is far from perfect there are many good elements. And while there are things the Republicans have been pushing for that are needed, completely blind faith in the free-market system will make things worse.

    Private competition is needed but so is proper government regulation and intervention. And yes, PROPER is the key word. One of the single worst instances of government intervention was MEDICARE Part D which completely through out any price competition for drug companies. And we have the Republicans to thank for that. I guess government is inefficient when those in power are making ridiculous decisions such as that.

    March 14, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. The Other Campaign Strategist @115th and Amsterdam Ave

    I can't wait to see the ads that will be run against the GOP when health insurance reform passes.

    The little doe eyed girl ... a daughter ... red hair & freckles ... from West Virginia whose Daddy was saved from black lung disease because he now has healthcare as compared to the sad eyed little boy ... [blond] ... whose mother died from the same condition.

    This is the kind of ad the GOP would run ... remember their "Mushroom Cloud" ad ?

    If the Democrats unleash the dogs on the GOP this fall, [DCCC are you hearing me?] it's all over. The GOP will be exhiled for 20 years.

    March 14, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    All bloggers here who feel that "illegals sucking money from the hard working tax payer" should wake up and smell the COFFEE MOVEMENT – they are already 'sucking' money from hard-working taxpayers EVERY time they visit the emeergency room for care – and any other uninsured American without health insurance – CASE and POINT!!!

    March 14, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Just Jake

    I pray they take away the health care off all those folks in power in Washington and let them see what it feels like to not have insurance.
    I pray they take away their jobs for 90 days for all those folks in power in Washington and let them see what it feels like to not have a job and depend on unemployment benefits if its available.

    I lost everything in just a few months, no insurance, no job, no money, And all the republicans can think about is destroying President Obama.. Its not all about President Obama, its about the people who paid your salary. I paid taxes over the past 30 years of work of over $101,200.00. I think its time they see what it feels like to not have a voice. I will do what ever it takes to get all the republicans in my state out of office. I'm sick and tired of them trying to destroy one person and make the people of the USA suffer for their mean action. God said, the last will be first.

    March 14, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Republicans are Repugnant Taliban

    @ Steve-Illinois The reason single payer or public option is NOT in the current bill is because the Repugliban cried so hard about it so it was changed to try and appease the crybabies but it didn't help. That however does NOT change the fact that the majority of Americans desire the public option because they know it is the only way to keep the Health Insurance companies honest. Why are we for passing the present bill then? Because we know we may not get everything we want such as the ublic option but to start all over and get NO health insurance reform is NOT an option even though it is the only one offered by the bought and paid for by the insurance companies Repugliban party. Anything is better than the Repugliban option because the only people that option helps is the Health Insurance Companies.

    March 14, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. catmomtx

    So, Bohner is against everything. There is absolutely nothing the Obama administration and the Democrats are doing right so says Republicans. Okay, then what do they suggest? What are their plans ? What will they do to help the American people? Has anyone heard what Republicans plans are to actually help the American people?

    Republicans have just came off of eight years of controlling government and what do we have to show for it. Apparently they never bothered to do anything for the American people during their eight year reign. They started two unfunded wars. They gave tax cuts that benefited ti top 1-2% of the American people. They refuse to accept responsibility and accountability. They immediately blamed President Obama and Democrats for everything that is wrong with the country. Then whine bi!ch and moan all the while trying their best to scare the American people.

    Republicans are in complete scare mode. They are so afraid that the health care bill will pass and do good things for Americans that they are in complete melt down . They seem desperate and frantic. I say if it is so bad and will make Democrats lose control of Congress then help them pass the bill. They did want this to be President Obama's Waterloo. They want the President to fail and they say this bill will do it then vote for it , sit back and watch the carnage. If the American people hate this so much then you all will get exactly what you want. So, what's the problem? Afraid that Barack Hussein Obama will get credit for actually doing something good for the American people?

    March 14, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Woody

    Of course he wants to stop the bill since 40% of his major contributors are Insurance Companies – OpenSecrets.org

    March 14, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Susan in NC

    What's up, CNN? Just how many articles about Boehner can you fit on one page? Enough already!

    March 14, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. Susan in NC

    Boehner is trying everything in his power to STOP everything - the entire process of governing this country. He and his cronies are only interested in stopping President Obama - their only concern. They are NOT interested in governing and growing and supporting US, the American people. Sad and totally unacceptable!

    March 14, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Indy

    He should have said " I am doing everything I can to stop the black President form getting anything passed" because that is the whole agenda of Republicans. They want America to fail at any cost to the middle class.

    March 14, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Chris

    Of course, the Republicans are doing everything to destroy healthcare reform. It's all about political maneuvering to restore the GOP back to power. They don't care anything about common Americans and would do nothing to jeopardize all that insurance lobby money they keep reaping in. And what happened to "start over for a better bill"? I knew it was all just lip service, but now they are not even pretending to do that. "Start over" was just code for keep delaying so nothing gets done or slap some empty gesture like tort reform on it and pretend its all been fixed.

    March 14, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. John

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

    Republicanism: Greed and selfishness masquerading as an organized political philosophy.

    March 14, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Adalbert

    This guy is a well paid insurance cartel representative. He and his family has an excellent HC provided by us. So, why should he care?

    March 14, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Kat

    I hope they are successful at stopping this Bill and start over with one with less waste and backroom deals. And by the way Indy... Why would anyone say this is a race issue? Do you have a chip on your shoulder or something?

    March 14, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Steve-Illinois

    @Republicans are Repugnant Taliban-
    How can that be? the Republicans did not have the votes to stop anything! You can continue to blow that smoke all you want, but the fact is, the reason there is no single payer or public option in the bill, is beacause the Democrats chose to take it out! No other reason! The Democrats were more interested in special deals than they were doing what the majority thinks is right. You can't tell me that they pulled these two major parts of the legislation just because Republicans were against it. The Republicans are still against it! So if the Democrats have decided to pass the bill, with or without the Republicans, there is no reason to not have public option or single payer in the bill! That's just common sense! Blame whoever you want, but hte only ones to blame for not having single payer or public option in this bill, is the majority party, which in this case, is the Democrats!

    It's just common sense!

    March 14, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. b in FL

    Would someone please tell me what Boehner does other than constantly bash and add negativity? Where are his ideas for moving this country forward and helping the American people, not his party? I truly believe he has no idea of what's going on in the legislative process because all he is good for is throwing out his same old talking points every other day. Nothing new ever comes out of his mouth. He and his party are definitely part of the probem, not the solution!!

    March 14, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    Boehner and anybody else with sense should do anything possible to stop this bill.
    Save America!

    March 14, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. cph9680

    Get 'em, John. The people that really love America and don't want to see it being destroyed by socialist leaches are counting on you!!!

    March 14, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. FM

    We all know each Party benefits from the failure of the other. Dems are aware of this and will not let the Health Care Bill fail.

    March 14, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. b in FL

    To Andy who asks if those who want the healthcare bill passed pay taxes.... You're kidding, right? Of course we pay taxes but we don't scream and act like spoiled children because we're responsible adults who know that taxes need to be paid to help our country as a whole. Remember Andy, there are only two certain things in life....death and taxes! Please grow up and stop being so greedy. Otherwise, go live on an isolated island somewhere.

    March 14, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. ray

    how i wish i had the power to put morons like this idiot to sleep.

    March 14, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. Marcus

    'Candi of NC March 14th, 2010 9:15 am ET
    DO ANY OF YOU LIBERALS WORK AND PAY TAXES OR JUST SIT AROUND AND WAIT FOR YOUR NEXT HAND OUT AT THE TAXPAYER'S EXPENSE.End welfare for the lazy/wothless then would not have all the illegals sucking money from the hard working tax payer,the jobs would be taken.50% pay $0.'

    There so many lies, misinformation (Faux News and Limbaugh maybe?) and arrogantly biased arguments in your post that I don't even know where to start rebuking them with facts!!!
    Oh, wait, for believing in them you probably are refractory to logic and true. That would be a waste of time.

    March 14, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. jim

    "I am doing everything I can to stop health care bill." Of course he is. First, he always votes in the interests of corporations. Second he knows the truth: If Obama could actually effectuate health care reform, he would go down in history as one of the great presidents. It would turn the middle class American back into democrats.

    March 14, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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