March 19th, 2010
12:44 PM ET
5 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. Dad of a Diabetic

    Thank you John Boccieri!!!!!! Please do not let the Republicans keep my child "uninsurable"!!!!! The Republican record, when they had complete or partial power during the last 10 years, makes it clear that they have no problem with insurance companies denying children with deadly diseases health insurance for the rest of the child's life!!!

    March 19, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. joe averagae

    He IS TOAST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Mickey

    TOOT TOOT! The train is leaving hthe station...Any Republican passengers?!? No?!?

    The Democrats are going to ride this crest for DECADES!

    March 19, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. j

    Good! PASS it already!

    March 19, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. smokey

    Thanks Senator so much for finally siding with the American People..
    And in regards to John King, just what we need is another talking head ????? Especially from becoming biased CNN..Why do they always show so much oppositon and negative viewpoints re pres Obama..It is so obvious now that I pretty much have stopped watching not only CNN but David Gregory on my once favorite news show Meet The Press..They just don't make them like Tim R anyomre..Where is the true journalism and unbiased reporting ???

    March 19, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    Thank you, Congressman. It would have been nice to have had single payer, or the public option, or a Medicare buy-in. But I guess we have to start somewhere. And providing affordable insurance to 33 million people who don't have it now is good no matter how you look at it.

    The big payoff to the insurance industry and big pharma, well, That's not so good. For-profit medical care needs to go the way of the dinosaur. Handing our money over to corporations that answer only to their shareholders is so wrong on so many levels.

    March 19, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. guest

    Thank you for standing up for the sick in this country. May you find favor with God.

    March 19, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Al Kast

    Thank you Congressman Boccieri. Great courage on your part to support the people who are most in need. You will continue to have our support in the future.

    March 19, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. one of the few conservatives who watches cnn

    this guy is done. a brutally bad bill that is passed by a totally corrupt process. disgusting, but understandable from from the chicago mafia.

    March 19, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    YES....LETS GET IT DONE. LETS MOVE IT ON.The opposite is disaster. Thanks Congressman.

    March 19, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. susanj

    Great! Thanks for having the courage and conviction to do the right thing.

    March 19, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. GM from MN

    I'm not a HUGE fan of this bill, however it seems to be a stepstone in the right direction. I'm not thrilled about mandatory coverage......but lets face it.....essentially everyone at one point in time in their lives will use the healthcare system.

    March 19, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. God bless you!

    May God bless you as you vote your heart. I wish that my representative would vote for this bill. I will make my voice heard at the ballot box.

    March 19, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Tom C

    I blame this not so good health care bill on the republicans. If they had not elected George Bush, whose record allowed an open gate for the democrats, then we would not have this expensive bill presented as it is. So, it was the repubs that had such a lousy record that caused them to lose congress and presidency. It was their poor choices that led to this.

    March 19, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    As a native Buckeye I know how hard people in the State of Ohio work and because of job loss they can't afford health care for their families. Health care reform is vital and no family should not have to tell their children because of job loss I can't take you to the doctor because we don't have health insurance. How does it make a man or woman feel to tell their children something like that.

    March 19, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. kf

    THANK YOU Rep. Boccieri for your explanation of your support for health reform. You words should ring loud and clear to many American's as they look back to what could have happened to them if their parents were confronted with this challenge.

    March 19, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. CR

    Good for him. Supporting health care reform is on the right side of history. It's pro-consumer, and the right thing to do for the citizens of this country.

    March 19, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Frustrated

    If this bill passes it will be the biggest mistake ever made by our government. 45% of the American people don't want the bill, and another 18% are confused by it. At least 37 states are lined up to sue the federal government if it passes. Now we're hearing that among higher taxes, student loans issued by our government will be used to help pay for the trillion dollar plan. In addition Obama's continued blame toward insurance company's for high rates will leave thousands more unemployed if it passes! And all of this is supposed to LOWER the cost??? This bill is totally misguided and will raise the cost of health insurance to even higher levels. Obama was on the right track by addressing the unemployment issue which would at least get more people insured. As I said, this bill is a mistake and unfortunately is turning into a political card aimed at getting votes this fall. Since at least 45% (and growing daily) of the people don't want the bill in the first place, getting re-election votes may backfire on the dems.

    March 19, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Reggie from LA

    I am glad to see that Sen Boccieri's decision is based on a certain reality. Apparently a reality that many political figures fail to see or choose to ignore. Of course the headlines will detail how "the Pelosi, Reid Gang" hog-tied his vote. Maybe some of those...those..OMG, I don't have a word. I'm not sure the dictionary has a word for the kind of vermin that have sold their souls and trained the the unwitting to believe utter nonsense about healthcare. And we can't sleep at night because the BIG ol' Obama Gov't is spending our tax money on lazy seniors, the unemployed (who lost health benefits), the under-insured. We'd rather see them dead? You will have done the right thing sir, but you may not be able to get a job in the insurance industry like some of you bought-n-paid for colleagues. Thank you.

    March 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. .....

    it's about time! but i wonder what YOU want for your "yes"?!...we elected you to serve us, not the other way around!!!!

    March 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    If this passes, I'm investing in Health Insurance Companies! They will make millions more every month from this legislation than Toyota made on that whole Cash For Clunkers program.

    30 million new customers guaranteed by Uncle Sam...new rules to make justifying much higher rates easier than it has ever been. This will be a windfall and I want my piece of it.

    March 19, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    For those who believe in Divine retribution for the sins of our country, they should expect hell to pay if this bill does not pass.
    It's interesting that for a political party so proud of their belief in God and the teachings of the bible that they are so opposed to treating people fairly and showing compassion. Passing a health care bill that will provide coverage for those who cannot cover themselves is in accordance with the teachings of the bible.

    March 19, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Marty, FL

    God bless you, Rep. Boccieri, for your moral compassion to suuport health care for our fellow Americans!

    March 19, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Operation Crush Rush

    Yes we did.Dont forget to call Rush today on open line friday.He claims to want hear from all Americans,not just his staff members he takes call from all week long.

    March 19, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. Pragmatic

    Good for him! These are not merely numbers, these are actual Americans with faces & names! There will be those in the minority who will scream "take back my government – he doesn't speak for me!" –

    Bottom line: no elected representative speaks for "ALL" his voters. You can't please all of the people all of the time so you do the best you can with the information available. Not a perfect bill – but a good start! If not now -when? The GOP response would be "never!"

    March 19, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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