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. gg

    To all the hysterical hard core reactionaries screaming about revolution and violence because the Democrats are going to provide much needed reform: The American people hear you well and will NEVER allow you to impose your fascism on our country.

    March 19, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Trini B

    Finally someone who is voicing the opinion of those who don't have voice! It boils down to caring and compassion. If we can go broke for those who live in other countries, we can go broke for our own!

    March 19, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. TCM

    He was probably threatened by ACORN and other obama thugs...idiots posting here supporting healthcare reform, in this bill have little idea of what's in the bill. We all will suffer. The bill should have been scrapped and issues in the bill addressed one at a time. putting it all together just allows liberals to further grease the skids of the entitlement machine. In contrast, here's what's going to happen...

    a WWII veteran, or contributor to the war effort that kept this country free will suffer at the hands of the OBama administration because healthcare will be rationed to them in the greatest need portion of their live....on the other hand, Jamaal, who's been in and out of prison, smokes crack and robs convenience stores...or steals cars...has 6 kids with 4 different women...will now, and "Rightfully so," according to tthe liberals, get fantastic healthcare. After all, he deserves it...

    What a bunch of winners you liberals are; dragging down the success of this country because you're incapable of wiping your own nose.

    March 19, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. AEJ

    I was touched by his speech. ""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."

    God bless you sir for your caring and understanding. This is REAL LEADSERSHIP. This is not about you, but about the American people who are looking to their representative to represent them. AGAIN, THIS IS GREAT LEADERSHIP. Not about you, but about us!!! Thank you!!!

    March 19, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Alex

    Thank you, thank you, Congressman Boccieri. Hopefully this legislation covers the dreaded disease called "fear mongering" as the opposition is in dire need of it and should be thankful the new law will cover pre-existing conditions.

    March 19, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. All of america

    If this bogus healthcare bill pases, obama should be impeached for deciving the public, pelosi,reid and all of their followers, will be gone next elections.A majority of the public said no to this bogus legislation. The newly elected congress will have this repealed by the federal courts.

    March 19, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Robert

    What a spineless, unprincipled man. His family must be so proud.

    March 19, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Ohio Dem

    And he will be the last Democrat to hold that district...

    March 19, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Right Leaning Independent

    Spare us the drama Dems! You know you are going to pass this bill. Go ahead and do it so we can start laughing at all of these middle class folks that find themselves being taxed for this "free" health care. Nothing is free though many of you seem to believe this!!

    March 19, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Judy

    What a coward! I hope the people of Ohio vote his butt out next election!

    March 19, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Lori in St Pete

    Any Dem who votes for this bill is d!&^ed if they do, d!&^ed if they don't as the rethuglicans have already said they intend to challenge even those who DON'T vote for HCR, so they might as well do the right thing as they're heading out the door.

    March 19, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. RICO

    Chris... Spoken like a true terrorist buddy. Give the right propoganda up.

    March 19, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Lee Pearson

    Mr. Boccieri,

    My sincere thanks for doing the hard but right thing to do. Voting 'yes' has been made politically difficult by the unrelenting stream of half-truths and out-right falsehoods knowingly perpetrated by the Republicans and Fox. History will show you voted in the best interest of all Americans. I hope that your constituents will have the intelligence and awareness to realize this immediately.

    Again my thanks,
    Lee Pearson
    Houston, Tx

    March 19, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    President Obama wheeling and dealing with the BEST of them ON OUR BEHALF!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU GO MR. PRESIDENT! Oh, and thanks to you too "Boticelli".

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

    See what you've done, 16th District of Ohio? You got mad, thought it couldn't get worse electing a Democrat, AND IT HAS! Remember this and get rid of this guy in November.

    March 19, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Oregon calling

    Thank you for the YES vote. Just thought that I would post this again for the people to see that not everyone that needs healthcare is a free loader or a doper...... I happen to work 3 (THREE) jobs right now.

    1) Receptionsit for 35 hrs a week – no benefits (no raise for 3 yrs either)
    2) Cleaning lady – again no benefits (7 days a week for 2 – 3 hrs a day) AND
    3) Assist my grandparents with their 20 acre farm farming on 1 – 2 days a week (this one give me fresh produce and a feeling of well being that I am assisting my grandparents with their dream)

    Add to this that I am a single parent of one, I chose to leave the abusive nature of that relationship and teach my child that it was better to be alone than to be beaten.

    Even though I live in Oregon (insert comment here) that you would say that I am : (dope smoking people who can't get a job due to drug tests, and/or products of our NEA dominated public education system) is very narrow minded of you.

    Peace

    March 19, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Alex

    Pass the bill! I care about my fellow Americans, unlike so called "compassionate conservatives".

    Pass the bill!!!

    March 19, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. daniel

    The bill will pass, and you know what? Little birdies will still fly, the sun, the moon, the stars and all the planets will not implode, the sky will not fall, spring will come, then summer, fall and winter, then spring again. Passage will expose the dust Republicans have thrown in our eyes the last few months for what it is - a load of steaming poo.

    March 19, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    The numbskulls who cloud the health-care debate with such dishonest, stupid talking points as "Obama is a radical socialist" and "death panels" and "government takeover" and "no big government" and "Liberals want a Marxist utopia" are the same idiots who unwittingly (of course) carry water for the corporations that swim in the profits created by screwing them.

    March 19, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. ch

    He switched his vote! He based his decision on what the people want and not what will get him re-elected. He obviously isn't concerned about re-election as much as he is the people of Ohio, isn't that what we all want from our politicians. I wouldn't count out a re-election just yet.

    March 19, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Lori in St Pete

    Only the ignorant and obtuse believe the lie that only those who are "too lazy to work, don't work, don't pay taxes and won't go out and get a job because they don't meet the education requirements thanks to their NEA education, can't pass the drug tests, or the unions have put their employers out of business (another lie perpetuated by the screaming head liars)" don't have insurance. My spouse is retired military so I'm covered for life, regardless. The rest of you are just one illness or injury away from being kicked to the curb by your insurance co.

    March 19, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Minnesota MD

    I wonder what his price was? Perhaps we need to start looking for the Buckeye buy-out.

    I am outraged at the absolute gall of the Democrats in this. I understand that politicians accept kickbacks and favors all the time in legislation – but to see this process out in the open and so blatant is shocking.

    What is more shocking is that people who have taken an oath to "preserve and defend the Constitution.." are so quick to ignore its mandates when it becomes politically inconvenient. History has shown over and over again that the death of a democratic society begins when its elected leaders ignore the common rules and laws that restrain their authority. Be it Rome, Weimar, or any of the failed democracies in history, the decline began when their "constitutions" were ignored "just once" or "just for this emergency/crisis". Who is to say that the Democrats (or Republicans for that matter) wouldn't choose to ignore the Constitution to extend terms of service or transiently ignore certain civil rights or other horrors that we can't even imagine.

    I understand that America has become the political equivalent of the Western Front a la World War I with few caught in the no mans land of moderate political thought – but both sides GOP and Democrat, Conservative and Liberal, need to understand that if we stray away from what our Constitution mandates on various political whims – we risk unraveling the fabric that holds our country together and makes us a great democracy.

    March 19, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. from Canton Ohio

    I am one of Boccieri's constituents. Waited a long time for a new congressional rep. in our district. I had decided earlier this week I would vote against him any way, shape, or form if he didn't vote yes for this, even it it means voting for a Repu... you know. I wish he'd get his act together though. He contributed to the watering down of this bill, regardless of how he votes now. We need new representation – not a new face with the same style of voting.

    March 19, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. hampster

    Kudos a many to Bocciere!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. LSingh

    What do you get in return for casting you vote? This is a big mistake.

    March 19, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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