March 19th, 2010
12:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Boccieri switches to yes

Washington (CNN) - Rep. John Boccieri, D-Ohio, announced Friday he is switching his vote to "yes" on the health care reform bill which is expected to come to a vote Sunday. The Ohio lawmaker previously voted against the House version of the health care reform bill late last year.

Boccieri announced his decision to support the bill at a Capitol Hill news conference surrounded by constituents who have been adversely affected by the current health care system.

"When I think…what could happen to those 39,000 people in my congressional district who don't have health care insurance, or the 9,800 people in my congressional district who are living with pre-existing conditions," Boccieri said, "they are one medical emergency, one bankruptcy, one diagnosis away from complete and utter economic chaos."

The Ohio Democrat has been targeted in television ads by health care proponents pressuring him to switch his vote. He is the first Democrat to represent Ohio's 16th congressional district in close to 60 years.


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  1. Mark

    BIG MISTAKE!

    He wil loose his reelectioin. BUT, WE ALL WILL LOOSE!

    March 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Really

    "He is the first Democrat to represent Ohio's 16th congressional district in close to 60 years." And probably the last in the next 60.

    March 19, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Gale

    Yeah, they all changed their vote out of concern for their constituents!!
    Guess they held out for more than those who were already voting for the bill.

    March 19, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Keepin It Real

    YEEEEEEEEES! Get It Done! Don't let the American people continue to die.

    March 19, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. I am the Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    Another Democrat realizes that . . .

    If you vote "yes" on the health care reform bill, the g.o.p. will attack you.
    If you vote "no" on the health care reform bill, the g.o.p. will attack you.

    No do you see the difference?

    March 19, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. gt

    bogus.. one and done...

    March 19, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Michigan

    I wonder what they bribed HIM with?

    March 19, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Republicans are Repugnant Taliban

    The momentum is moving this in the yes direction, debate is over, it is time for lawmakers to step forward and show they are not afraid of Repugliban dhatred and bigotry. The care of the common American is at stake, those who would put money beofre others welfare and who are so low and despicable as to stand against someone who is fighting for thier life are being pushed aside, history is being made and this reform shall pass and once it has all the threats of repealing or overturning it will come to naught, they are just that, empty threats and hot air. Repugliban and all their ilk are being seen and understood for what they are, puppets for the rich and corporations. Even the Orange Boner is seeing they cannot stop it and now turns to the empty threats of what will happen later but in the end it will all come to that, just normal empty hot air from the Repugliban. Once this bill passes they will lose votes and seats in the house as people realize how disgusting and despicable they truly are. It is finally, the Repugliban are losing and with it they lose all the power they seemed to hold, it all comes out as just so much empty hot air and hate filled rhetoric.

    March 19, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Not only YOUR people John, but 90% of America also lives paycheck to paycheck...on the verge of one bad health incident to force them to lose all their assets and go bankrupt.

    What a horrible system the Republicans want to keep intact. America is the ONLY industrialized nation to have such a dysfunctional system based on greed and profit margins instead of patient / consumer rights.

    March 19, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Chuck in CSG

    "He is the first Democrat to represent Ohio's 16th congressional district in close to 60 years."

    And likely the last.

    March 19, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Gee, Boccieri, I guess I should feel honored that you take my money away from me to pay the cost of health care for someone who doesn't work, doesn' pay taxes and won't go out and get a job because they don't meet the education requirements thanks to their NEA education, they can't pass the drug tests, or the unions have put their employers out of business. It makes me feel so much better that thieving slime like you, and your democratic cohorts and that corrupt tool of the unions and left wing groups that is our slimy president will tell everyone how great they are because they were able to pass an illegal law to steal my money from me. The elitist slimeballs that are the democratic party know what to do with my money better than I do. Really sucks. Maybe we should all become part of the Obamanation and stop producting and suck up what little is left and abandon personal responsibility for our lives like an Obozo supporter.

    March 19, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. EDR

    The arm-twisting and secret deal making continues, as 1 by 1 the spineless, jellyfish, liberals bow down to their King! Come November, the King's court will be changed.

    March 19, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Me

    Doesn't matter Dems. This thing is DOA. It violates the 10th and 26 States are suing over that. The "sidecar" amendments also violate Article 7, making it an Unconstitutional procedure and thats if you even pass it on an up-or-down vote because the Slaughter Solution violates 3 specific sections of Article 7. Unconstituional and illegal from the top down.

    You can do what you think is right, but you can't make it Constitutional.

    March 19, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Ohian

    Thank you for your commitment to positive change Rep. John Boccieri!

    March 19, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Fed Up

    How much did that vote cost the taxpayers? Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out.

    March 19, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. L for Legend

    He's a smart man.

    March 19, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. NC

    Vote him out in November 2010......

    March 19, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Mark

    The only thing this Congress is proving is that everyone can be bought. Our Federal Gov. no longer represents the people. It doesn't matter which party. I'm afraid civil violence is not that far off. Very sad!

    March 19, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    Boccieri said, "they are one medical emergency, one bankruptcy, one diagnosis away from complete and utter economic chaos."
    ____________________________________________________
    Yeah, you apparently prefer the utter economic chaos this entire country goes into when this poorly drafted legislation blows up in our face. This is a financial disaster that will bring America to its knees. Thank you for your public service, chump.

    March 19, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Steph

    Very touching press conference. I'm sure your mother is proud of you Representative Boccieri. Thank you!

    March 19, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. call me crazy

    Way to go Boccieri! You made the right choice.

    The bill is not perfect, but it is better than nothing. If the bill passes, ten years from now, everyone will be grateful that it did, including republicans.

    March 19, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Yes for My Master

    Move over Bo. Obama has a new lap puppy.

    March 19, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. valwayne

    How many billions do you think it took to get his vote? If not that what job do you think he was promised if he's defeated in Nov after his corrupt vote. Whatever it was you know taxpayers will be paying through the nose for decades to pay for these last minute conversions! We've never seen this level of corruption in our nations history!!!

    March 19, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. T'SAH from Virginia

    "When I think…what could happen to those 39,000 people in my congressional district who don't have health care insurance, or the 9,800 people in my congressional district who are living with pre-existing conditions,"

    ALL of the Democrats should be thinking this way because they are there to represent their district!

    Come on now – "It's about COFFEE – not tea – YOU and ME"... Come election time – we, the American people – will remember why you are there and will FIGHT to keep you there.... YES we CAN!!!

    March 19, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. David

    Finaly, the Democrats are begining to make sense by voting for healt reform. It is long overdue.

    March 19, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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