March 12th, 2010
05:23 PM ET
12 years ago

Boehner: Dems 'don't have the votes' to pass health care

Washington (CNN) - As the House gears up for a health care vote in the next 10 days, the top Republican in the House said he is confident Democrats "don't have the votes" right now to pass the reform bill.

"If they had the votes, then it would be law," said House Minority Leader John Boehner in an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley.

Democrats need 216 members of their 253 member caucus to vote in favor of the legislation, assuming no Republicans vote for it.

"They can pass this all on their own, the only bipartisanship involved in this town right now with regard to health care is there's bipartisan opposition to what they're attempting … If she had 216 votes, this bill would be long gone," Boehner said.

Watch Boehner's interview with Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union" this Sunday at 9am ET.

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  1. Mickey

    Earth to OrangeMan....WAKE THE %*#& UP!

    Just because YOU say it, doesn't make it so. The Democrats are giving you EVERY OPPORTUNITY to jump on board...

    ...the train is leaving, you domestic terrorist, Fascist!

    March 12, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    The orange man is guilty of being felony stupid.

    It is NOT health care reform. It IS insurance reform.

    Keep yelling NO. Nice job you have there, Boner, just say NO. Don't do anything to earn you $180,000 per year. Just yell NO NO NO NO.

    Heck, any idiot can do that. It takes intelligence to do something good for the US Citizens.

    Just yell NO NO NO NO Orange Man.

    March 12, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Stallion

    Fantastic! Hope it remains that way.....the last thing anyone in this country wants is a government dictating to us about something as personal as our own health. It will not be tolerated.

    March 12, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Scottyrw

    The Republicans are puppets for big money, special interests and the health care corps. The eight years they were in power from 2000 to 2008 they bent over for the big money and pulled all oversight and controls. It was like the police leaving town for eight years and letting the crooks and gangsters to rape and pillage the town. The citizen of the USA were taken to the cleaners for eight years. Then when the police got back to correct the problems the same crooks and gansters are there to make more $$$$ to help clean up the mess! Brilliant!!!!!

    March 12, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    I won't watch Crowley – she favors the republican Taliban that's trying to spread terror (fear) in our country. To heck with all of them.

    March 12, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. big chunky33

    as much as I hate to say it, the bohner is right.

    March 12, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Yes. It is becoming clear that our system might actually work. If the democrats are serious about health care reform they will work with the Republicans to come up with real reform...something based on cost savings rather than back room deals.

    March 12, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. @GI Joe & Mickey

    The ORANGE Kool-Aid is dripping out your behinds. . . not a pretty picture!

    March 12, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Minnesota gal

    I would like for people to stand by the ballot boxes in Ohio in Boehner's district and make sure that ALL THOSE voting against this piece of dung get counted. I would not put anything pass any republican when it comes to stealing votes.

    Look at the big fraud they are continuing to uncover in OHIO right now. Connelly the republican who died in that mysterious airplane crash was willing to tell all as to how rove and the white house had the ohio ballot boxes hooked up to the servers in the white house. How in Hades do you think ALL ....EVERY SINGLE.....SOLITARY.....EXIT POLL...IN OHIO WAS WRONG. And that they had myriad votes over and about most of the districts and the were ALL FOR BUSH.

    So tell me how Boehner the perfect buttwipe can even come close to winning in his district.. WE KNOW....TOO BAD THE KILLED CONNELLY WHEN HE WAS GOING TO SPILL THE BEANS.

    March 12, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Adelita

    He should use his government run health care to check out that wierd skin color. Hepatitis you think?

    March 12, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. harold

    Hey Boehner.. You got your Health Insurance coverage for you and your family?..How about the Private Health Insurance premium TAXES going up in California 39%.. Some tax increase huh?.. You and your Private Health insurance government schemes....You were against Medicare and Social Security also.. Private Health Insurance is a Government.. with its rules and regulations....get me?.

    March 12, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Texas Doc

    I can't wait until they do pass it and Americans finally have the health care they deserve. I hate these people that have /FEDERAL/STATE RUN health care and can't stand the fact that they would have to share.While I am at it, name one thing any Republican since Dwight Eisenhower has done that has benefitted the people (OK, Nixon had the EPA), but that is IT. They hate America plain and simple. They want it to be the Good Ol Boy, anti poor/middle class, anti minority, anti woman past that we have fortunately overcome

    March 12, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Andy

    Does anyone wanting this piece of crap bill pay taxes or are you the 50% that pay nothing and look @ this as just another freebie .This is just another democratic welfare give something to somebody for a bought vote .Kinda give away enough and buy their votes.

    March 12, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Rupublicans are Repugnant Taliban

    The "Orange Boner' speaks and who really cares, everything he says is a lie anyway. Perhaps the Democrats do not have the votes just yet but they will and this clown is only trying to scare everyone so he can have his way. Hopefully this clown will soon be gone from Congress and we can all say good bye to the worthless 'Orange Boner'.

    March 12, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. CEE

    He should be worrying about the members in his own party who are bought by big Insurance.

    March 12, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Recent studies show that spray-tans cause progressive degeneration of cognitive function by instigating frequent embollic strokes.

    BTW, pink shirts and bright orange skin? It's like fingernails on a chalkboard every time the guy opens his mouth...isn't that enough? Does he have to dress to annoy too?

    March 12, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "...the last thing anyone in this country wants is a government dictating to us about something as personal as our own health. "

    Said the people who are anti-choice....

    March 12, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. The Party Of No And Proud Of It

    Bone just tell them NO,that is about all they can understand,just tell them NO.They will fail along with their Mezziah,THE O GREAT OBAMADOO.1 and done If they had the votes,they would have gone with it,THEY HAVE NOTHING,call their hand.

    March 12, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. wbn

    Oh, I hope he is right! I know folks on both sides of the aisle who know that such a huge socialistic approach could ruin the financial future of America. It would certainly and eventually be "undone," just as some things were by Thatcher in England, but not without a lot of financial, societal, and personal damage.

    March 12, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. They call me "tater salad"

    Once again, Boenher not letting a little thing like cold hard FACT's stand in his way of brainwashing the couple dozen mindless cattle that only pay any attention to him between episodes of their favorite Reality TV shows!!!............The sheep say,BAAA........And the cow says MOOOOOO!!!!!

    March 12, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. Mike in MN

    Even if Obama and Pelosi get the needed votes eventually to pass Obamacare, the Republicans will just campaign to promise to do exactly what the voters have been asking for. Republicans will campaign to promise to repeal everything that is bad about Obamacare and that the voters don't want. That coupled wiht the massive deficits Obama is growing should be enough to route the Democrats in November. No more Pelosi as Speaker, no more Reid as Senate leader and a Republican Congress that will take the USA checkbook and credit card away from Obama.

    March 12, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. Paul H

    They don't have to have the votes. All they have to do is change the rules until they socialize it into existence. Dictate, and enforce laws into being rather than majority vote. Just listen to the static coming out of Washington, and watch the actions of your Representatives.

    March 12, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Aaron

    I'm sure that Boehner is relieved that his doctor counterparts and insurance company pals can continue to rack up the big bucks without health care reform interfering.

    March 12, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. vinny

    I wonder why americans does not recognize that rep like these so called Boner does not care about average person. wake up americans. this is what happened during medicare initiation. when democrats were doing all they can to help the old and poor get health care republicats were screaming socialist, govt take over and now they " are depending the same system" that opposed it. these people know exactly that democrats does a good job to help people and them just want to help the rich. wake up americans and vote out these obstractionsits out. did you just forget a year ago where we were?

    March 12, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. big gov

    "the last thing anyone in this country wants is a government dictating to us about something as personal as our own health. It will not be tolerated."

    um... but y'alls want to tell us who we can love... haha, you suck.

    March 12, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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