February 24th, 2010
12:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Boehner: White House won't allow governors to summit

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/05/art.boehner0105.gi.jpg caption=" John Boehner said Wednesday that he was ‘disappointed’ that governors and state legislators would not be invited to Thursday’s bipartisan health care meeting with President Obama."]Washington (CNN) - House Minority Leader John Boehner said Wednesday he is "disappointed" that governors and state legislators won't be invited to Thursday's high-profile White House summit on health care reform.

The Ohio Republican has been pressing the Obama administration to include governors, not just Congressional leaders, in the summit because of their practical experience dealing with health care legislation in the states. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty also wrote to the White House earlier this month asking that governors be included.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said Wednesday that the White House has turned down the request.

"We are disappointed to announce that the White House has advised Leader Boehner that its expectation is that congressional leaders will appoint only Members of Congress as their representatives at the summit, on the grounds that the discussion is 'about legislation,'" Steel said.

"Leader Boehner is disappointed the White House has not listened to the American people, who want Washington Democrats to scrap their job-killing health care bill and start over, and he is disappointed the White House has excluded our nation's governors and state legislators from the summit," he said.

–CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby and Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report

Filed under: Health care • John Boehner
soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. jack

    Mr. Tan Man, or as I like to refer to him as "the Oompa-Loompa from Ohio" is just trying to gum up the works. This is about creating legislation. Governors can speak with their elected representatives holding national office and give input as to what should be included in those bills. But they don't vote in the house or senate.

    Be a man John, go and WORK with all 3 branches to craft a bill that ALL Americans want. A health care system that protects us from abuse and doesn't sent us into bankruptcy if we need services.

    Is that too much to ask?

    February 24, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. tired of Republicans whining

    Now the Republicans have something else to whine about. This is about federal legislation. Not every governor that is going to run for President in 2012 should not be allowed to attend. Too many people in one room does not get anything accomplished!!!

    How about getting something done? Forget just for one moment about yourselves. You all have a great health care package, most Americans do not. By the time you start over, think about how many more people (including children) will lost their health care coverage.

    What not try to listen to the American people and GET IT DONE!!! We need help!!!

    February 24, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. aos

    How many people will fit in a room and still have meaningful conversation? This is a stall tactic by John Boehner. He and other senators represent their states. He can bring governors' concerns to the table.

    February 24, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Terry in Iowa

    I am an American and believe that this administration has been listening to me. Unfortunately, I don't believe my republican senator and his friends in Washington have been able to hear anything over the irrational shouting from the ignorant neocons.

    The health care system is severally broken; we need solutions. Ignoring the problems and stone walling progress is not in the country’s general welfare.

    I’m tired of my hard earned dollars going to healthcare executives and wall street investors to fund their million dollar homes. You idiots can’t see that the only difference between taxes and the excessive profits for insurance carriers, pharmaceutical companies and those who invest in them are 1) we have no representation in the board rooms of these companies and 2) tax dollars would go to fund more care for more people and not for Mercedes, Rolex watches and Gucci hand bags.

    February 24, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Ernestine

    Can somebody tell me why Governors have to be there?

    February 24, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. America First

    Are you kidding? Pawlenty on healthcare!!!! Pawlenty is currently in hot water here in MN for throwing 35,000 of the state's poorest citizens off of their healthcare. Hospitals are very upset because these people WILL show up at emergency rooms and hospitals estimate they will lose between 60 and 90 million dollar and will have to lay off employees. An example of an individual effected by Pawlenty's bad healthcare decisions is a 26-year-old employed woman who is considered to have "pre-existing conditions" so she cannot obtain health insurance. She is currently receiving chemotherapy for cancer under the program Pawlenty is eliminating. Our MN legislature actually acted in a BI-PARTISAN manner (vote was 125-9 house, 47-13 senate) to keep this program going for the next 16 months in order to figure out what to do in regards to healthcare for these people. Hospitals agreed to take HALF their normal compensation (they were not happy, but said losing 30-45 million is better than losing 60-90 million). After all that compromise Pawlenty simply PHONED IN a veto from the CPAC convention.

    February 24, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Chas

    Just another excuse from under your tan, John!

    February 24, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Peejay

    "Goldilocks" Boehner just isn't happy unless he has something about which to complain. Do the people he "represents" ever wonder why he's receiving a paycheck?

    February 24, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Myke of MD

    When you're the President, you call the shots!!!

    February 24, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Ed Tallahassee

    Why would Governors be there?

    I thought that the whole point of this was to get Congress to work together. Governors can't vote on the issue all they would be able to do is grandstand, and give sound bites. That wouldn't be helpful at all it would only invite partisanship and gotcha politics.

    But I guess if you weren’t serious and want to trash the meeting without taking all the blame getting Governors to come in and do your dirty work.

    February 24, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. jeffee

    Well when you are the president and you are having a party you can invite whomever you like, and when rep. Boner becomes president, then he can invite the governors.

    February 24, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Mr. Boehner, would you please just be honest! You don't want to participate in the health care summit. When you get an invitation to an event you don't want to go to, most people just politely decline the invitation. Just send your regrets and be quiet. The more you, Eric Cantor and the rest of the GOP complain and whinge ... the more you are being ignored by the majority of voters. Be careful you may find yourself out of a job very, very soon.

    February 24, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Shane

    This guy is a complete moron!!!! Would love to hear a 3 way convo between agent orange himself (Boehner),the bore of babble-on (Palin) and bat do-do crazy (Bachman). These 3 are ridiculous!!!!

    February 24, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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