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. Sam62

    Great move. Excellent.
    Where have these "fiscal conservatives" been when previous administration started the Iraq war? Or when they converted record budget surplas (received from Clinton) to record deficit and worst financial crisis in decades (handed to Obama)?

    March 19, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Kill the Bill before it kills US.

    The "special interests" Republicans are looking out for and everyone else should be looking out for are freedom and pursuit of happiness. Those who are in favor of the so called "health care" bill are supporting Socialism and the further downfall of this nation. And in the end no one will be healthier as a result. The fat cat politicians who cave to the bribery that is taking place may be fatter but they won't be healthier.

    March 19, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    And an Oregon lawmaker just swithched to NO from YES, thereby nullifying this moron.

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

    Cry-baby right-wingers trying to get the rest of us to be afraid of our shadow – talk about spine-less whimps!
    No we won't support your celebrity fear mongers who will say anything (on Fox) for their "all mighty dollar".
    Sell out fascists!

    March 19, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. CW

    I can't wait until next year and 2012. You see, what's going to happen is everyone (except the inbreed righties) will realize that this is really a boon for individuals, small businesses, etc. Republicans will be reduced to a handfull of really old white guys from Texas and the South and be relegated to obscurity. At which point they will secede from the nation in a huff and pay back all the money used to build socialized communist roads and bridges, public schools, etc and become their own little slice of 3rd world heaven......oh crap, I'm letting myself daydream again.

    March 19, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. DR.

    this bill is NOT ABOUT HELPING THE POOR... don't even dare to think that. This bill for one is an attempt to make the morally correct decision for millions of americans.. to FORCE us to make that decision.. and i say us because even tho (100% – 45% – 19% =) 36% of americans are in favor! they DON'T pay for it! ... of course poor people want things free..

    i am getting tired of poor people demanding the charity of the rich.. they already get welfare.. i say i am tired of the days when we give a man a fish and feed him for a day.. when we should teach him how to fish for himself.

    REFORM is a MUST but not at the cost of the loss of our morality [how this bill was bought] ...DEMOCRATS arguing on this post.. need to grow up and realize that there is a time when No Bill is better than this one.. and that the end of this bill doesn't mean the death of health care.. YOU pass this bill [ those who don't pay taxes anyways so i don't know why you get to vote, and would probably force me to give my change to a homeless man ] you will only hurt yourselves.

    The day this bill passes the day I will never, ever take Medicare of Medicaid again and will only give health care to those that pay me in cash. Boutique Medicine is in.. not because I don't want to help the poor.. but because you forced me to cater only to rich people so that i can feed my family. Hundred of doctors will follow suit, and if things get bad enough we'll unionize just like you did.. and you'll see how it feels.

    March 19, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. KennyG

    Yes, another Democrat has assured good favor with the current administration, but possible political suicide this November. He and his fellow Congressmen don't get it. Give us a FAIR health bill!

    March 19, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. insightful

    What did the congressman hold out for:

    The ability to sleep at night because he has compassion for American's caught up in this economy morass and his intense desire to help his hard working fellow Americans gain some lost equilibrium as we all seek a recovery under which we can all be a part of.

    March 19, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Nicey

    Go were born a Winner!!

    March 19, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Thank you Ohio !
    You cant have a competitive work force with out , health care , education and innovation. I hope Ohio will be a leader in building the solar industry for this great country s future !

    The GOP would like us to fantasize of a past time of mediocrity.

    Pass this bill and move on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. jay in denver

    All the naysayers who are posting variations of "This bill will be a disaster" are missing the whole point of the 2008 election. News flash! In the last election, the majority of Americans vote for a change from the destructive and unproductive policies of the last eight years specifically, and the far-right agenda of the last several decades as a whole. They then act shocked! Shocked! to find out that these elected representatives are, for the most part, working hard to represent the wishes of that pluraltiy of voters who elected them.

    These Cassandras are going to have a hard time convincing voters in 2012 that HCR in fact caused the Republic to fall, as they have been predicting (and continue to predict on this very thread). If, as they imply, the American people will rise up to throw out the ones who actually did what we as a country asked of them in 2012, then the right will have its answer. If, as I suspect, the American people will, as a whole, be quite pleased with the fact that some (admittedly imperfect) form of healthcare reform has been passed as a beginning of a much-needed solution, then the right will also have its answer.

    The Republican / Teabag / Palin / Rush / Beck / Bachmann / Boehner Party - The only thing we have to fear is the lack of fear itself.

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

    Atta boy to Rep. Boccieri! Come on now, let's get it done!

    March 19, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Fred

    All of you conservatives who claim socialism here have no idea what it even means! There is no government take over of healthcare here. There is no government attempt to take over hospitals or medical clinics. Only an attempt to bring some reason and order to a five company monopoly/collusion that has exsisted for years.

    These companies are not interested in freedom. They do not care about you or your family. They only care about making as much money as possible. They have manipulated you and you have fallen for it!

    All of you conservatives need to quit being so selfish and see the larger picture!

    Hopefully this bill will pass whether you like it or not!

    March 19, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. William

    I love the people who can't spell either "lose" or "loose" in a statement. It's hilarious in caps as well. Good that the representative is voting yes on the HCR bill. Health care money spent should not out of principal be nearing 20% of the GDP.. Although the legislation has big holes in it, the bill is a start and long overdue. PTDB already!

    March 19, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    So many of you posters claim that the Health Care Bill will financially benefit the Insurance Companies. If that is true, how come those same Insurance Companies are so dead set AGAINST the passage of the bill ?

    March 19, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. David

    Thank you John for standing up for the rest of us folk, they say this is a bill that will kill freedom, Not only does it NOT kill freedom, it also does NOT kill unborn fetuses with Federal $$$. Just ask the Catholic Nuns about that. Get with the program Repubs, and bishops, you cant keep thinking that the deficit will shrink without major reform, and it all starts with the #1 wasted $ in the world. and that would be in medical spending our Govt makes.
    Not only do I think the republicans are in pretty bad shape, when the truth comes out on the $ that big Insurance has given to this effort, we will see who comes out ahead. the Repubs or the American People as a whole.
    Major Reform, yup, that's whats needed, not the piecemeal approach that the rest of the Republicans think is OK.

    March 19, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. The Other Michael in Houston

    I love to hear the "45% of people dont want this", you mean 45% of 2000 people polled???? Here is a percentage for you all: 100% of everyone I know, Republican, Democrat and Independent want this bill to pass. Although one of my Republican friends was totally against it, until he lost his job at KBR aka Halliburton and his spouse was diagnosed with condition that I will reserve from stating. His new company does not provide Health Insurance and he makes too much money for Medicaid, so has to resort to using the Harris County Hospital District which will only provide emergency treatment due to his income. So it's not just the Democrats that want this bill. And all this talk about all the Democrats seats will be lost hmmmm, aren't you the same people that said there were 18 million pissed off people that would never vote for then, Senator Obama in 2008? All of you saying you wont for (insert democrates name) was not going to vote for a Democrat anyway. You Republican Jihadist are very entertaining at the least.

    March 19, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. MTMel

    Thank you, Rep. Boccieri, for standing up for the American people in the face of overwhelming criticism from your detractors.

    The voters of Ohio "done good" when they elected you!

    March 19, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Karen

    Did he get a ride on Airforce 1 too?

    March 19, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Jane Sullivan

    to: valwayne – "we've never seen this level of corruption in our nation's history." So, we all have to assume that you were in a coma the last 9 years. Hope you're feeling better. ANOTHER poster (like TCM, that lib new jersey maniac) whose responses are always way out of proportion to the subject matter. It's like you don't even read the story – you just bounce up and down waiting to get the chance to spew the same nonsensical, hateful garbage – basically recycling whatever you heard on Glenn Beck the night before. Grow up.

    March 19, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Ralph

    Fear. That is all the right has left.
    So many comments, so many opinions, so much BS.
    Most of you have only talking points you learned from FOX News and have no true idea of what you are talking about. You don't care if the ship goes down, as long as you have a seat on the lifeboat – to hell with everyone else. If that's what your ideology is about, you can keep it. I, in the meantime, will proudly be a "liberal".

    March 19, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. jeff jackson, alabama

    Same question I asked the other
    day after another mind change.
    What was this guy promised in
    exchange for his compromise ???
    Skullduggary is alive and well
    in D.C.

    March 19, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Jim

    Thank you, Rep. Boccieri, for doing the right thing for our country!

    Our President's reform package will extend coverage to millions of the uninsured, outlaw abusive insurance practices, provide incentives to control healthcare costs, and reduce the deficit by $138 million. I personally read the Congressional Budget Office analysis. The Catholic Health Association and leaders of 50,000 religious sisters have also endorsed the reform package.

    Some of these bloggers gloat that you will be defeated for your reelection. But I remember Pres. Kennedy's book "Profiles in Courage" about how important it is for a leader to do the right thing at crucial moments in history!

    March 19, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Sue

    Thank you Congressman for doing the right thing!

    March 19, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Why do all the Neo-Con's not know how to spell? Makes them look like ignorant lunatics.

    March 19, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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