March 19th, 2010
12:44 PM ET
8 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. jackson

    chris l March 19th, 2010 12:45 pm ET

    The Radical Liberals in Congress are Disgusting and Spineless. They will be lucky to make it to the November midterms without being physically removed from office be revolution. If they are luck enough to make it to November I hope for their sakes they have money saved in the bank. They will need it to survuve their new status of unemployed. They will be voted out of office and thrown back in the swamp they slithered out from. As far as our Radical anti American Socialist and chief, he is an absolute one and done. He will be extremely lucky to even make it to 2012 without being impeached or just physically thrown out of office. This administration is an embarrassment and disgrace to this country.

    Gee, Chris, maybe he can start an unjustified war in a foreign country, tie it to terrorism, and start it a year before he is up for re-election....

    Why not learn from the last administration!

    March 19, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Ron

    Opportunistic Coward! How unfortunate it is that you cloak your cowering submission to the administration heavy handed coercion as an attempt to help the people of your district.

    Courage???..... I say Cowardice!!!

    March 19, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. stop the nonsense

    Conservative on CNN
    Corrupt process? You mean the rules and laws that have allowed for so many bills to be past by both parties?The Chicago Mafia was and probably is still made up of regular citizens, not politicians- the Mafia never needed to be elected.
    Why is it all so many conservatives resort to name calling instead of using real facts? Yesterday we had a Congressman insult the Speaker of the House in public ( Rep. Broun) and a Senator threaten retaliation with his vote ( Sen. Coburn) for house members that changed thier vote. I guess when truth is against you, all you have left is bullying and lies.

    March 19, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    Please don't vote for HCR.

    If you do then over 18,000 WON'T die every year anymore.

    Is that what you want? You want to save the lives of double the amount
    of people that died on 9/11?

    No, I'm OK with $800 billion being spent to avenge the lives of 6,000

    That's not what REAL America is about.

    Shame on you people trying to save lives.


    Republican Slogan: I got mine!

    March 19, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Slider

    I'd like for this idiot to explain to the people of Ohio, no stranger to lost jobs, exactly how increasing costs to companies in their effort to provide health insurance, and increasing taxes to the people of this state is going to INCREASE JOBS.

    Standard business question: how do you incur growth when you increase the business cost?

    Go ahead, Genius...

    March 19, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. The Calabash Kid

    chris wrote: "The Radical Liberals in Congress are Disgusting and Spineless. They will be lucky to make it to the November midterms without being physically removed from office by revolution. ... As far as our Radical anti American Socialist and chief, he is an absolute one and done. He will be extremely lucky to even make it to 2012 without being impeached or just physically thrown out of office. This administration is an embarrassment and disgrace to this country."

    More blustery big talk from a Neanderthat Conservative. These guys have started to threaten the nation with a violent overthrow of the government – mostly just to make themselves feel big and powerful.

    I personally have not picked up a rifle since the Vietnam war, but I'm willing to fight for the lawfully elected Constitutional government of my country if push comes to shove. These backyard militiamen imagine themselves riding up to the White House in a jeep and taking over, but they are not clear thinkers, to say the least.

    As for Obama being a "disgrace and an embarrassment," that is just silly. We all know that America's reputation was in the toilet during the Bush years. Now the world is beginning to respect America again – at least according to the polls.

    March 19, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Obama the Pathological Liar

    Keep digging that hole deeper you liberal socialist loons.

    March 19, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. george charles paree

    another obama commie

    March 19, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    I hope Boccieri didn't get too comfortable in his House chair, because this freshman lawmaker isn't going to be a sophomore!

    March 19, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Nate

    I believe the soon to be ex-congressman will come to regret this vote.

    March 19, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Glennis


    March 19, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. John

    In response to Mark: your philosophy is what's wrong wit Washington: too many people are casting votes if it prolongs their career in Congress. Well, thats NOT what they were sent ther for, They were sent there to make our lives better and make the tough decicions. Good for this Rep. to stand up and make that choice. If you want to vote to kill 45,000 Americans a year becuase they don't have health care, you go ahead. I"m sure your conscience and that of the rest of the republicans won't mind one little bit... as you all have no conscience to begin with. It sounds like you must work for an insurance company like the rest of the republicans in Congress. Dems care for the people. It's obvious your gang stands with big insurance and big banks. Good luck with that.

    March 19, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Tea party 4 ever

    the socalist liberals should just stay out of our lifes! The govorment has no bisness taking our taxes or telling us what to do. All they do is spend taxes on helping poor people and making laws and legislations that stop bisinesses form growning. Obama wants to make america into a country like europe or france where everyone is liberal and don't speak english. This country was fonded by CHRISTANS following the word of the LORD and democrats think it should be tollarant and open to other people. I say no theres a reson christian and white people built the best country and its not consedence or luck.

    March 19, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Greg in Cabot, AR

    Food for thought:

    As we are (and have been) bombarded with millions of dollars worth of TV commercials paid for by insurance lobbyists telling us how health care reform will raise our taxes and our insurance premiums, ask yourself these questions;

    Do the insurance companies REALLY care how much you and I pay in taxes?

    Do the insurance companies NEED permission to raise our premiums NOW?

    In my humble opinion, I don't trust the insurance companies to fix themselves.

    One prescription I take costs $58 per month, cash price at the drug store without insurance. If I use my insurance prescription card, it costs $70 per month for the exact same drug at the exact same drug store. (someone please explain how this can happen)

    March 19, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Tammy

    That poor 15-year-old girl beaten up outside school by another 15 year-old and now in a coma - her family has no health insurance and is appealing for donations. How humane, how kind, how unbelievable - in a country where the Congress and celebrities don't worry about money and health payments. Wake up people! You could be in that situation anytime, God forbid.

    March 19, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. NYbywayof Texas

    We have become so snical and hateful towards one another. America really does not care about their fellowman. All they want is somethignthat benefits them personally. Let go! You might just learn something! GREED WILL BE THE DEATH OF US!!!! Political reform is needed. Represent your consituents. Not just the ones that donate to your campaign or give kickbacks. DOES ANYBODY CARE WHAT THE MAJORITY WANTS?!!!!

    March 19, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Will

    Of course he said yes now. Doesn’t anyone here get it? I thought Americans were supposed to be intelligent? He was waiting for a big enough bribe. It's sad, I thought the Bush administration was corrupt – but this administration gives a new name to corruption. It’s sad what America has come to. How many people are being bribed? And if even Democrats have to be paid off to support the bill, everyone should realize how bad it is for America. Democrats getting free rides on Air Force One, and family members of those undecided being given federal jobs? Wow, that is corruption on a whole new level. Pay attention people. Good job Democrats for proving you are even worse than the Republicans. The independent voters will have to speak again in November – I think we should throw all incumbents out of office and start over.

    March 19, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Mike in MN

    The difference between the Republcians and Democrats is that Republicans want to pass health care reform that will help people get the care they need that we can afford and that won't force people to purchase health care and does not threaten Medicare.
    Democrats want to bankrupt our nation with health care and other spending bills that we can't afford to pay for. Under the current Obama budget and plan our nation goes bankrupt during the current decade and when that happens there won't be any government money to help anyone.

    March 19, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. John

    This is the right thing to do. Even if you don't care about the people who are suffering without health insurance and want to think selfishly about it... remember that right now 40 million Americans essentially pay NOTHING in health insurance. Then they get sick or get in an accident and they compete with all of us for the same emergency and often diagnostics and treatment services. This bill requires all Americans who can afford health insurance to purchase it BY LAW! So Republicans against this are essentially wanting to keep in place a system that gives a free although risk ride to tens of millions rather than supporting a system of individual responsibility.

    Ironically Republicans still support giving free medical care to rapists and murderers sitting in prison yet want to deny 30 million+ American's access to health-care.

    March 19, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Pete East

    Liberals claim that the passage of this bill will be “a great victory” .

    Sure it will.

    In the style of king Pyrrhus of Epirus.

    For all of us; but especially for the members of Congress who voted for it.

    March 19, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. What a Man .... What a Man ... What Mighty Good Man

    I'd like to hear from the media the names of the Republican members of Congress that are in swing voter districts.

    Some of those will loose their jobs because they VOTE AGAINST the Healthcare Insurance Reform Bill.

    March 19, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Jim

    @ chris l

    actually, chris, i think YOU are a disgrace to this country

    you are advocating actions without jurisprudence. dictatorships operate under lack of rules just like that. is that really what you want?

    March 19, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Steve

    He will also be the last Dem to control that seat for the next 60 years...

    March 19, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. Ryan

    This shouldn't even be a debate.


    Let me remind everyone here what happened the last time Republicans blocked passage of a healthcare bill in 1993:

    Premiums skyrocketed completely unjustified, employers would hire you at 39 hours a week to avoid the 40 hour full time benefits, medical costs would be so astronomical even if you DID have insurance that no one could ever afford them and most of us would be denied coverage for things the insurance companies saw as pre-existing conditions of just plain petty... like cancer and diabetes.

    If you honestly enjoyed the sickening profits that the insurance companies and the republicans earned for the failure of 1993 then you of all people need health insurance now more than ever so you can get your head examined finally.

    March 19, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. T'SAH from Virginia

    ONCE THIS BILL PASS – We should ALL flood the lines @ Rush Limbaugh's office and ask him.... "When are YOU leaving AMERICA!!!

    We should stampede his office and offer to PACK his bags. Then, we will escort him to the nearest airport for the next flight out of this country. Let’s hope the plane take him far enough away where he would no longer have to SUFFER the MISERIES of America!!! Good Riddance!!!

    March 19, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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