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. Brigitte

    We need this healthcare bill passed. It is horrible to think that a person can work all their lifes and lose it all because of an illness.

    The Republicans don't give a hoot about the working people. They are all about enriching themselfs more and faster. In their eyes we don't need a middle class. Let the have's have it all and the rest – just too bad. Greed is rampant.

    March 19, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Liz


    He wil loose his reelectioin. BUT, WE ALL WILL LOOSE!'

    one of very few posts against him, and this one is a perfect example of the mental capacity of the opponents of this bill! thank you, Rep.Boccieri for standing up for the American peope in the face of the fearmongering lizard-brains! these people are being used and screwed and they don't have the capacity to even understand that imple fact.

    March 19, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Bruce

    Sure just throw the rest of the country into economic chaos.

    It will come as a rude awakening to all the idealists out there when this bill winds up costing 3-4 times as much as projected and puts our country on a faster road to insolvency than we are already on.

    This bill will add 30 trillion in unfunded mandates to an already staggering 60+ trillion that is tied to social security, medicare and other entitlements that is unfunded. We have become the ultimate welfare state.

    March 19, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Tommy P

    Choice 1 Healthcare bill with flaws

    Choice 2 – No healthcare bill.

    March 19, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Jilli

    Well done Mr. Boccieri.

    The brutal fact remains..."they are one medical emergency, one bankruptcy, one diagnosis away from complete and utter economic chaos."

    That "they" he's referring to could be you. Stop and think about it.

    March 19, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Patrick

    The only thing Rush wants is more ham.

    March 19, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. ted

    Exactly Congressman. start thinking about the Americans that don't have health insurance or will get dropped or will suffer increased premiums. Stop listening to the Party of NO, the Grand Obstructionist Party that cares only about deficits NOW that a dem is in the WH. They did not care when Bush was in the WH running up the deficits.

    March 19, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Stacey

    Way to go, Senator! If the republikans take control they won't do NOTHING, so good job, Senator. Now let's get it done! For those of you thinking Obama is gone in 2012, think again. The American people want healthcare reform and we are going to get it!

    March 19, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. avatar

    You made the right choice rep.

    March 19, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. catmom

    chris l: 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.
    Spineless would be letting the Republicans get away with using the fear, scare and smear tactics that they and you are so fond of.

    Spineless is doing absolutely nothing for the American people while protecting your financial donor sources.

    Spineless is not caring about your fellow citizens all the while claiming to be such christians.

    Spineless is haters like you whining about a revolution simply because we have a President who is finally doing SOMETHING for the American people rather than big business. It's health care for goodness sakes !!!

    March 19, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Clint

    Don't know what part of Majority Rule the mouth breathers don't understand. WE voted for Obama and elected him .Health Care reform was part of his platform. NOW, any Dem that stands is it's way is going down in Nov. or their next election. The Republicans will avoid the health care issue like the plague in Nov. The majority of Americans will finally have the brains to see it's in their best interest. Republican talking points are just stupid and make NO sense to intelligent people. True Americans are finally taking back the country after GW and the Republicans screwed it up so badly.

    March 19, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. NVa Native

    Let's see how many other politicians side with the people.
    Too many are sucking up to the cash of the so-called "health insurance" for-profit only companies.

    March 19, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. jenn, philadelphia

    I thought the Democrats said there were only 30,000 people in America with no coverage. How can that be if there are 39,000 people in his district alone?

    March 19, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. valjon

    Doesn't matter Dems. This thing is DOA. It violates the 10th and 26 States are suing over that. The "sidecar" amendments also violate Article 7, making it an Unconstitutional procedure and thats if you even pass it on an up-or-down vote because the Slaughter Solution violates 3 specific sections of Article 7. Unconstituional and illegal from the top down.

    You can do what you think is right, but you can't make it Constitutional.
    Let these states try over turn health care reform,they will be wasting their time.. The constutition gives broad powers to congess to pass this health care bill..Case in point SS and medicare.. So your rigth wing proganda is going up in smoke!

    Section-8 Powers of the Congress-The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and "general Welfare of the United States"; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

    March 19, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Since when is it ok for the government to run or regulate insurance companies, is this there new reasoning for socialized healthcare.
    I dont by it or Buy it...If we all would stand up & maybe not use the insurance companies that screw everyone, then start your own insurance company, run it right , don't be greedy. problem solved, How about an asprin not costing 6bucks at the hospital?
    We have the power as "We the people" but it takes a little suffering, & yes I have done my part & spent my whole childhood in hospitals & doctors. My doctor gives me fair cash prices on everything, even outpatient surgeries.Just dont give the government more control & power over the people just because things are screwed!!!

    March 19, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Mike

    Political suicide.

    March 19, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. martin

    If this bill passes, violence will break out. Sad but true, and you know it.

    March 19, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |

    So, do you people realize they will be autodeducting from your checking or savings account, wheather you agree or not....and the IRS will be the watchdog. I guess if you do not earn a paycheck or pay taxes.......but who will pay for it when those paying now are out of jobs? This will increase unemployment within the healthcare industry in massive job losses. I work for a doc office and with the cuts already, along with the massive overhead to keep up with the goverment guidelines (red tape) doctors are already cutting jobs and not rehiring. Also, if people think they will pay fees now and then will start getting the benefits in 4 years, think again. ANYTIME CMS inacts (mandates) anything you might as well tack on a couple of more years because they have NEVER met a deadline since I have been in the field for 30 years. bad bad bad

    March 19, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Dave

    He's punching his ticket out of DC. And in the process, he is selling us down the river.

    March 19, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. stephen

    Rep. Boccieri. Start looking for a New JOB. We will make sure you and any other congressman or senator are put out of office ASAP.

    Your Notice has been Served.

    The American Public (The ones that pay...)

    March 19, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Tina in AZ

    And here we go again...I work and have to pay for everyone to live a good much for me being middle class...I am moving towards lower class as I can only afford to pay my bills and the ones who don't pay their's, I am covering them too. What a joke! We need to change the country's saying from 'freedom for all' to 'free for all' and no matter what you do...the people who work will pay for you. Glad to see I am supporting American's without a choice.

    March 19, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Brandon

    and last for another 60 years.

    March 19, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. RCasson

    This is done. Good work Mr. President!

    March 19, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Steve from Somerset

    Which is better, to have served in Congress for 20 years and fail to pass a single piece of legislation worthy of the history books, or

    to serve in Congress for one term and cast the deciding vote on a bill which will future generations will regard as a blessing?

    With all of the debate over the Canadian, British, and European health care systems, consider that they remain on the books decades after they were enacted.

    March 19, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. LacrosseMom


    There has been so many lies, so much misinformation, so many ads outright lying to the American people about the Healthcare Bill!

    The bottom line is this, THIS BILL WILL SAVE AMERICAN LIVES!

    What does the GOP want a child with asthma whose parents do not have healthcare and earn too much to qualify for Medicaid to do?

    What does the GOP want my sister's family to do, when one of the kids are sick or God forbids, if my sister or her husband have cancer? They earn too much for Medicaid.


    March 19, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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