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. DAVID

    "He is the first Democrat to represent Ohio's 16th congressional district in close to 60 years." And probably the last one for a while too.

    March 19, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. vat

    Reason. Finally. Thank you. My neighbor, only in her mid-30's – just died this week from a late diagnosis of cancer. She had no insurance, her full time job did not provide it nor pay enough for her to afford it. A trip to the emergency room was the only diagnosis she could hope for. And by then, 6 weeks and 4 hospital stays later, she did not survive.

    Make no mistake. We are already paying for the uninsured's health care in our own escalating premiums. Emergency care is not cheap nor is it effective in reducing problems that could have been caught and treated and prolonged the lives of millions of people FOR FAR LESS MONEY. This is the correct moral choice. Thank you for realizing that the cost of doing nothing is far more than than the cost of this bill.

    March 19, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Mesa Mick

    Some politicians do in fact care about the American people, not their party.

    It's obvious that Mr. Boccieri is one dem that can't be extorted or coersed with the typical GOP "Fear, smear, mock and lie" campaign.

    "One and Done" doesn't scare this guy. Bravo Mr. Boccieri – BRAVO!

    March 19, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. joe

    Cannot wait for November. That will be the end of the Democrats and their control. Then there will be a repeal of this bill and Obama will just be filling a seat as he will have absolutely no power to do anything. This is simply an egotistical move to get this passed. There is no reform in this bill...I am all for reform but someone please show me where the reform is , where insurance companies will cut costs and when rates will go down... I am retired and my fund issued a statement forthe year of 2009. Us retirerees paidin over 9 Million dollars in premiums and they paid 400,000 in claims. The prior years 14 million and only 600,000 in claims. Yet each year our rates went up. % years ago I paid 198 permonth in premiums and now I pay 475.00. What is this bill going to do about that. The answer is nothing.........

    March 19, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. letsdothisalready

    I am ready for this Bill to pass. All Americans deserve healthcare. It should not be a priviledge.

    March 19, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. greenfish

    Congratulations! This bill needs to pass.

    The party of "NO" cannot be appeased. The dam will break once this passes and the normal, reasonable republicans can come out of the wood work.

    March 19, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Maggie in Canada

    p.s. Believe it or not, not all politicians vote a certain way so that they will get re-elected some actually want to help.

    March 19, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Wisconsonite - Stop Smoking the Tea Bags!

    "The Ohio Democrat has been targeted in television ads by health care proponents pressuring him to switch his vote"

    Yes!!!! Keep the pressure on them and make them do the right thing for America! Those who vote against this bill, be they Democrats or Republicans, are voting against the American people and they are going to find themselves on the wrong side of history!

    March 19, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Hal

    Good for him!! The Dems need to stand up to the phoney rhetoric of the greedy, self-serving bigots on the right.

    I have a couple of simple questions for all of the GOPes and their phoney "christian right" supporters.

    Who is it that does not deserve access to a doctor? Who is it that should lose all of their assets because of illness?? Who would Jesus say is unworthy of receiving care??

    March 19, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. SocialismBad

    And the last one.... Better luck in your next job!

    I guess you're putting the well-being of those few people over the financial stability of the entire country. When the country declares bankruptcy will those people and everybody else be better off??? What a complete DOPE!

    This is what happens when you elect leftist radicals to run the country. You stupid Democrats will get the third world healthcare system you deserve. Unfortunately, so won't the 55-65% of Americans that don't want this insanity.

    March 19, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Uncle Ellsworthey

    Interesting! I wonder what kind of bribe he took to change his vote. If this bill should pass it will mostly be to bribes being received. They can call it anything they want but if if looks like a duck and walks like a duck, etc it probably is a duck. A bribe by any other name is still a bribe.

    March 19, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Rick-in-Sacramento

    Good boy, Boccieri! What a good puppy – you do what you're told!

    It's like watching Jonestown unfold all over again, as one fence-sitter after another gets in line for their dose of the cyanide. Drink up, Boccieri – take a big gulp! Good boy!!!

    March 19, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Tom

    It is interesting to compare the tone of the posts regarding healthcare reform.

    Those that support reform, are generally appreciative and congenial.

    However, those opposed (more often than not) appear to have a near rabid contempt.

    I suppose that it really the difference between Democrats & Republicans though.

    March 19, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. vlaw

    Good job BO

    March 19, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    John Boccieri finally came into his senses with this quote: "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."

    March 19, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Bob in Pa.

    Yeah, and your new costs and taxes on me will force me into bankruptcy.

    March 19, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. MJ

    Another buy-out. Wonder what this is going to cost Taxpayers? Now Government wants to control the FBI & CIA. Do you not see where this is going? The latest Rassmussen Poll indicated 68% said, "America is heading in the wrong direction." This complete Socialistic Agenda, by Omama, is destroying America.

    March 19, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Pete

    Amazing how many conservatives are threatening physical violence over health care reform.

    Guess they really don't understand that the rest of the world is laughing at how stupid Tea Baggers really are.

    March 19, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Liberal and Proud of It!

    Hey Republicans:

    1) All the (false) advertising in the world won't change the reality of tens of millions of Americans without health care.

    2) All the flag waving in the world doesn't make you patriotic.

    3) All the pious moralizing in the world doesn't make you more holy.

    Republicans, when will you become real Americans? When will you put the long-term interests of your country (America–just a reminder) over the short-term interests of your cult?

    March 19, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. kola

    Thanks congressman. It takes courage to stand up for is right in the face of unrelenting opposition. You have my vote come November.

    March 19, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Mike in MN

    I hear the Dems are giddy over the CBO deficit estimates on Obamacare. They project deficit reductions of 138 billion over the next ten years and a possible trillion over the following 10. Sounds good. Obama says health care reform is essential in order to get the long term defiicts under control.
    So let's take a look at the impact of Obamacare on the long term deficits.
    Obama has released a new $3.8 trillion budget he will be asking Congress to pass right after Obamacare. The CBO says it will create defiictis over the next 10 years that average 980 billion a year with 1.15 trillion in 2019 and 1.25 trillion in 2020. The CBO says these defiicts are dangerous and unsustainable. Obama care would cut about 14 billion a year over the next ten years to bring the 980 billion down to 966 billion a year. If the savings from the next ten years kicked in by 2020, the 2020 deficit would be cut by about 100 billion down to 1.15 trillion, if not it would be cut by about 14 billion down to 1.236 trillion. Looks like to me Obamacare leaves us with dangerous and unsustainable deficits under the Obama budget proposal. And it's 100 billion a year cost takes a potential 50 billion in Medicare cuts and 50 bilion a year in tax increases out of the pool of deficit reductions options availabe to the commission he has appointed to make recommendations on how to reduce the defiicts. In fact every new Obama spending bill will do the same.
    Unless Obama and the Democrats pass bills that reduce these deficts projections by hundreds of billions of dollars before the Novermber elections, voters will vote the Dems out of power in the House and Senate and take control of the nations checkbook and credit card from Obama and the Dems. There is no way voters are going to wait until 2011 for Obama's commission to make their recommendations.

    March 19, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. AmFem

    Chiris I-
    How do you really feel you heartless, unfeeling Neo-Con?!?!?!? You need to take a vacation, or cut out the caffiene. This US Congressman knows, full well, what's at risk... his seat in November. But, like a true "bleeding heart" liberal, he is going to do the right thing for the people, not the INSURANCE INDUSTRIES!!!

    March 19, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Doraine Gordon

    Those Republicans are a sorry lot when they get up and lie about all the American people being opposed to health care reform. Look at the people in Ohio. Look at all the the other states where people desperately need help with health care. These people who are saying no to this bill are in bed with the insurance companies and should be ashamed of themselves. I hope I see the day when some of these folks are struck down with some uncurable disease so they have time to think about how wrong they are with their no vote. They are despictable!

    March 19, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. jon

    Vote him out. However over 95 percent of hard working citizen are still the big losers of Obamacare. Welcome to the Obama-Socialist Republic of America!

    March 19, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. AmFem

    Rachel-

    So you aren't going to take Medicare when you become eligible? Or Social Security? Tea-Baggers are so uneducated.

    March 19, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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