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. The battle against Obamacare begins Monday

    Passage in the House will mark the beginning of the battle against socialism and Obamacare.

    The states are already passing laws opting out and if the legal battle reaches the Supreme Court, remember what Obama did to them at the State of the Union. Obama and his fellow lefties are
    persona non grata at the Supreme Court.

    Work will also begin on voting out the Dems. in 2010 and voting out Obama in 2012, we can repeal it in 2013 before it ever gets started.

    Looking forward to the battle.

    March 19, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. acfaber291

    is boccieri retarded?

    there is no health care coverage until 2014!

    he is lying or being lied to.

    March 19, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Mike

    I hope Ohio throws this bum out.

    March 19, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. csf

    Thank you Congressman!

    Don't worry about November because once the Repubs start running on the platform of resending this bill...they'll be out of luck again! We will fight for our children's health care. We will fight to be covered for our pre-exsisting conditons. Repubs we will beat you down!!

    March 19, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Tammy

    Does everyone opposed to this bill have health care? How have you paid, and how much, for your insurance? Are you and your family completely covered? No worries when someone gets seriously ill? Good luck.

    March 19, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. John

    Congressman Gordon from Tennessee switched to a 'yes' vote today as well.....but he got $90 million for Tennessee hospitals in exchange for his flip-flop......

    I wonder what Ohio gets?

    It's a crime what is going on with this bill people.... WAKE UP!!!


    March 19, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Ferret out the BS

    The truth finally emerges.

    March 19, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. patriot


    "....spineless..." At least the guy stood up and did what was right for his district as opposed to the lock step stupity that the conservatives are following.

    The fallacy of the conservative argument is 1) if all your bromides (ie: tort reform) were so important and effectual, why did you not do something when you were in power, 2) if nothing is done now, then costs will only spiral ever higher, 3) even MORE people will not have insurance if we don't do something.

    You just don't like the vote the guy is going to make, Tough with it.

    March 19, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. gandoman

    My God ... a member of Congress with balls!
    A refreshing change from the '1' headed – multibody republican
    Hydra which is very similar to the ancient serpent-like water beast (as its name evinces) that possessed many heads & '1' body with poisonous breath so virulent & deadly that should you NOT pass this Health Care Bill, you will suffer pain, heartache & financial devastation at some point in your future.
    The republican party is such a monster because it is intellectually, morally & incompetently impossible that among hundreds of republican congressmen, NOT '1' is able to break his chains & come forth with some support in an area that over 85% of the citizens of this country need today or will need in the future.
    How is this possible ... I do not have an answer, just an idea;
    Germany was in turmoil after WWI both politically & economically, which enabled the Nazi Party to eventually take control. After '8' years of George '3 below plant life' Bush, America is fighting to ward off the most destructive presidency in its history. So please stop blaming a President who has been in office just over a year. Blame the republican 'Nazi' party for wanting complete control, because as the "Hydra" that they are, this country is only '1' election away from having a tyrant again as President. Wake up America & smell the Roses before the republicans make them an endangered species.

    March 19, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Ryan D

    Armchair Experts but really mindless sheep. Not one of you have read the bill – I can guarantee and willing to bet money on it – those who support it or don't.

    On the plus side, the Internet does make a perfect forum for saying whatever you want, with no respect or civility, and the opportunity to be a parrot to any talking point you pick. A truly magical place where no debate is advanced or common sense solution is reached – just kids on a school ground on two different teams with less maturity.

    "Yawn". I'm bored.

    March 19, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. CNN=corporate no-news

    So there is actually at least one democrat who has apparently grown a pair.

    Y'know I read all these comments about what a big mistake this guy made and I myself don't believe it. Americans by and large have been taking it in the behind from the insurance companies for decades. Recently the insurance industry put out a statement saying that even if reform did not pass, premiums for the most part will go up significantly.

    I myself would rather deal with a government bureaucrat over my health care, then be strung along and eventually bent over by the insurance companies. These are the death panels that so many people are talking about.

    But no, we have an electorate that is so simple-minded, bigoted and stupid that they couldn't even bother to LISTEN to a man with the middle-name of Hussein. I've been saying this all along, and I've always thought that this is one of the avenues where obama screwed up. He should have known – and I'm a little shocked as to why he didn't – that republicans simply will not work with him. Some won't because they're stupid prejudiced rednecks; still others won't because they think Obama is a communist. These people all have one thing in common – they are insanely idiotic.

    So, I can't plead enough. Democrats in congress and Mr. President: hurry up and pass this thing so we can move on. Democrats have more of our government to take over, and republicans have more of our government to lie about and tear down.

    Aim high, America!

    March 19, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. life long democrat

    it is about time. if not now, when? the rethugs have had their way for most of the last 30 years and this is the mess the american people have been left with. they don't care because they have their health care (Socialized Medicine) provided for the rest of their lives. they can not lose their homes, or have to claim bankrupcy. they don't have pre-existing conditions. i am amazed at some of the people commenting here. let one of them lose their job or develop a deadly disease, then the situation would be different right? how many of you are willing to give up you medicare? don't you know this is just the rethugs trying to scare you with lies? thank god for the democrats who have enough balls to stand up for the majority of the american people who voted them into office. my compliments ladies and gentlemen, ITS ABOUT TIME WE ENTER THE 21ST CENTURY AND STOP ACTING LIKE ITS 1900.

    March 19, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. jm for sc

    It is funny how people are against a bill that will bring down the US debt while helping millions of people in need, yet voted for bills in the past that raised the US debt to help people in greed.

    Here in the state of SC, our Senator could care less about the thousands of uninsured persons in his district. Thank God for our congressman though. He is fighting day and night to make life better for the people whom he serve.

    We pray that the bill passes.

    March 19, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Brad

    Good for him. Yes, he probably will lose his next reelction bid, so he has the stones to do what is right and not think about simply staying in power.

    March 19, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. elcrabo

    To Chris I: The total tonnage of your ignorance and myopia is astounding. Most of the "perks" you enjoy in your life/job were the result of spineless Liberals who fought against shellheads like you. The fact that you think the President has done anything impeachable after what this country has went through during the Bush/Cheney era shows a lack of any sense of right and wrong.

    March 19, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. The Calabash Kid

    Conservatives are rabid in their opposition to this health bill. I don't think it's the best imaginable bill, but it's a start. We can work on it as we go along, just like we did with Medicare and Social Security, which are similar programs.

    What many people don't realize is that American Conservatives do not believe in Democracy. They do not believe that Americans have a right to disagree with Conservatism (even though it is a laughable approach to the art of government) and they don't believe that elected officials have a right to disagree with Conservatism either. Many of them, mostly just blowhards, are actually talking about a violent overthrow of our Constitutional government.

    We have to ignore Conservatives and try to run the nation in the best way, with the greatest good for the greatest number always in mind. Conservatism is intellectually bankrupt. It is nothing more than a skimpy library of silly proverbs. Despite their inability to think, Conservatives are actually dangerous, so we must keep our eye on them.

    March 19, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Sam Ellison

    Here's a positive comment for a change:

    I'm glad to see a politician who is putting the needs of his constituents ahead of his own political security. It seems not to happen much these days, and regardless of your own personal opinion on the matter of healthcare, it's refreshing to see a politician stand up and put people ahead of politics.

    March 19, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. jay1975

    I wonder how much his bribe was.

    March 19, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. JohnRJ08

    The insurance companies and Republican Party will resort to the lowest forms of character assassination and disinformation in order to intimidate ANYBODY from voting for this bill. Just the fact that they are so violently opposed to it is ample proof that it is the right thing to do.

    Pass the bill. Then amend it to make it even better. Get it done!

    March 19, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Vic of New York


    Someone who cares MORE about his constituents than the greedy, self-interested sickos who pass themselves off as "Americans"

    Science has recently demonstrated that "Conservatism" is a genetic predisposition. There's nothing you can do about those sicko's other than to fight them off.

    You can count on me for my support - and I'm not even in your district!

    March 19, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. katnick

    Thank you, Mr. Boccieri. There are far too many Americans without health insurance. Today, you have helped to save lives.

    To the Republicans who claim to be pro-life and oppose this bill, I say you are the ones who have to worry about the elections. Concessions were made to your concerns (no public option) and you stlll refuse to get behind something that will bring health care to millions of real Americans. You seem to be content to let people be sick and die and let health care costs become worse than they are now. This is simply a shameful position.

    Thank you, President Obama, for continuing the fight and hanging in there!

    March 19, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Maggie in Canada

    Just suppose that the Republicans are correct and the bill will not do what a health care bill should, well, when they point the finger at the Democrats they should see, and recognize, that there are three fingers pointing directly back at them (go ahead, try it, point your finger at someone}. Had they contributed to the process something could have been done for the American people but then the Republicans certainly would not want the Democrats receiving the acolades. The American populous are the ones that suffer everytime the Republicans refuse to do the job they were sent to do. They are also giving the U.S. a 'black eye".

    March 19, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. angel

    Great decision. ?!*# (&%
    I just would like to point out that your decision not only put your district but also the whole USA in the path to disaster. Just to let you know so you can sleep better at night.

    March 19, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in 1!

    He is just voting for his "principles" cons.

    You remember those don't you?

    That would be what the shrub did when he kept forcing an elective war on this country.

    It was good thing to vote your principle when it killed people, but this guy has bad principles because he votes to save lives.

    And you clowns wonder why your the minority.

    March 19, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Ben

    "In a nation as wealthy as ours, where we can spend a trillion dollars on wars, certainly we can find the resources to reform a system that is causing people to suffer so greatly."

    John Boccieri for President, 2016

    March 19, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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