Boehner's new word choice
January 17th, 2011
10:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Boehner's new word choice

Washington (CNN) - As evidence of a slight rhetorical shift, House Speaker John Boehner abandoned labeling the current health care law as "job killing," and instead called it "job crushing" and "job destroying" in a new message posted on his webpage.

"Repealing the job crushing health care law is critical to boosting small business job creation and growing the economy," Boehner wrote in the post.

Boehner also said "job destroying" in his closing remarks at the GOP retreat Saturday.

After suspending normal business to honor the victims of the Arizona shootings, the House will vote to repeal the health care legislation Wednesday as the GOP's first step toward achieving the "common-sense reforms that will lower health care costs and protect jobs."

Boehner said repealing the legislation will eliminate "job destroying taxes" and cut government spending, paving the way for Congress to pass "common-sense reforms."

"No act of violence is going to keep us from doing our jobs and representing the will of our constituents," Boehner said. "The American people have made it clear they want us to focus on cutting spending and removing barriers to job creation, and repealing the health care law is critical to fulfilling these priorities."

Members of Congress have called for toned-down language and verbal attacks following the shootings in Arizona that killed six people and wounded 13, including Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. However, even if the repeal passes in the House, similar legislation is unlikely to make it through the Senate or survive a presidential veto.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Indie Woman in Denver

    The language is softer, but it doesn't change the action. Too bad the Repubs don't understand that a lot of people really NEED the benefits provided by the new law. Talk about being out of touch!

    January 17, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. KenS

    You might have some credibility if you just once acknowledged that the system without the healthcare bill has been destroying jobs for decades. And thats what you want to return us to. The Democrats would have been able to pass a much better bill – with bipartisan support – if they had started with the premise that it was to overturn a job killing status quo. Too bad they're not smart enough for that. But thats just a flaw in presentation. Yours is an out and out lie!

    January 17, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Shari from Madison

    I want him to spell out how the republicans are going to fix health care? Or do they think it's fine that so many people do not have health coverage? It is a shame and a disgrace that access to good medical care requires that a person has money and/or high priced insurance. If they do repeal the new law, which I admit is not perfect, it will mean that the republican's don't care for anyone who doesn't have money. I'll use myself as an example: I have excellent health care. If I need care I'm lucky that I have it. I could go to an emergency room and get prompt attention. But someone who is living in public housing because he/she doesn't have money to pay for rent, food and healthcare has to wait 4 to 6 hours to get seen and then most doctors don't listen to the person's concerns. I know thi happens because I've seen it I know one person who was sent home because she didn't have any insurance except medicaid and she died at home. So if the republican's vote to repeal the new law I will never, ever, ever trust or vote for them again!

    January 17, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Monster Zero

    Boo Hoo! Call it what it is, the progressive Liberal Socialist death nail in Free Market Capitalism that has made America Great!

    Who Regulates the Regulators? WE THE PEOPLE DO!

    January 17, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Kathy

    Give up your healthcare that the taxpayers pay for (for your entire life). Pay for your own, as you are rich enough and then maybe your words will carry some weight. Until you do you are nothing but a hypocrit!!!!!!

    January 17, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Name king

    These repugs kills me with their sentiments, when we were losing almost 8 hundred thousand jobs a month, you guys weren't worrying about job killing policies then. Ever since the bill have past the repugs have been talking about dooms day, it's coming on to a year now and the economy have crushed the 8 hundred thousand job lost momentum and even added over a million jobs just last year alone. Businesses are getting help with insuring their employers, while their are more than 30 million more people added to the insurance. The health care sector is leading the nation in new hirings by far. Their are thousands of new student hoarding in schools throught the country with high expectations to get a job in the health care field, there are alot of new businesses popping up all over the country that caters to the health care policy which also hires alot of new emplyees If mr Boener was so concerned
    about job killing health care policy they should come with one that covers the same amount of people with all the benefits this system have and all the opportunities to employ so many people. Then dems will consider it if any thing less then shut up and sit down mr speaker.

    January 17, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. GI Joe

    New words - same old "stuff"

    They don't have a clue how to do anything positive, so they go about tearing down the positive that has taken place the last 2 years. It's a shame.

    10 years of unfunded wars and tax cuts, and they STILL haven't learned how to do anything but put down the other side. SHAME SHAME. just 21 months till we vote THEM out AGAIN. They promised jobs, now they want to give us hate and fear.

    January 17, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. gt

    the house the senate and obama...its people back to work ....

    January 17, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. w l jones

    When I were in the hospital My Doctor and all those caring Nurses took care of me as those I were one of theirs. Quit sure we need to hire more of them to cover the 35 five million who do not have health insurance for my fellow American in case they go in the hospital.Bless.

    January 17, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Joseph Agunbiade

    John Boehner you are wrong. Let us debate first and then we repeal, if necessary. You have to start listening to what Americans like me wants. Okay?

    January 17, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Judith_NY

    What a limited imagination! "Crushing" and "destroying" are hardly better than "killing." Why not "limiting" or "impeding" (not that I think the plan does any of this, but he could at least get out his thesaurus to broaden his available choice of insults)?

    January 17, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Joseph Agunbiade

    John Boehner you are wrong. Let us debate first then we repeal, if necessary. You have to start listening to what Americans like me want. Okay?

    January 17, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Skokie

    Who cares what words they use some of their policies would drive anyone to the brink of madness.

    January 17, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. marcamp2

    "PC" rhetoric, attitudes and actions have placed this whole country in a socially-inept, morally obliterated state of's hoping the new congress truly "gets it" and stops bowing to the idiots that look for every word, action and inaction to justify their plights...Here's hoping they have the gumption to not change anything and move forward with what the American people elected them to do...bring some common sense back to our government..who care if the words are "job killing" or "job crushing."

    January 17, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Bill

    Like everything else in this country, healthcare reform is here to stay. Once enacted you can never be rid of it even when it destroy's your country.

    January 17, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. Margie

    The only thing crushing "jobs" and this country are the republicans and the way they are defending and trying to pass laws for corporations. If the people who vote for them were intelligent and really took the time to read the bills = such as Health
    Care and what good they are doing for America, they might help the country get rid of republicans. But with fox going 24/7 lying and manufacturing junk about the things that are really going to save America they can't overcome the brain washing. It just goes to show that people who listen to this sludge have low resistance and can not process the constant drumming into their brains the lies being spewed.

    It is a shame that the investigation into the fact that the people who gravitate to the right have limited brain power can't be sent around the country to try to fix that problem.

    January 17, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Lynmarbro

    Thank you Mr. Boehner for leading the way to a better, and more civil discourse.

    January 17, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. JOhn

    What a complete fraud this clown is. The CBO rpeeorpt they are referenceing in claiming that Jobs will be "crushed" refferes to the people that are only working because they have to in order to keep thier health insurance. Once that is fixed, people that would retire will be able to and moms that are working just for health insurance will be able to leave thier jobs and stay at home with thier children. Harldy crushed killed or destroyed. They toned it down on the death references but the compleletly missed the other half of the problem. Honesty. We need open and honest debate to find our best solutions and you do not get that from these radical extremist that currently run the GOP today.

    January 17, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Jilli doesn't change the fact that Mr. Boehner and the rest of the republican claims that the health care legislation will kill jobs is factually inaccurate. But heck, facts don't matter to republicans/tp's and the intellectually lazy minions they pander to.

    January 17, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. joey

    Hahaha.....A presidential veto? Yeah ok

    January 17, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. ATL Guy

    YOU LIE!!!! By the way, where the REPLACE part of your Repeal and Replace campaign? You guys haven't been able to come up with a replacement bill yet? It's been over a year already dude.

    January 17, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. joyost

    Have yet to hear from any of them, HOW extending health care to more people results in fewer jobs. It's a mind-boggling concept!
    It has the opposite effect. More people hired by insurance companies to handle the additional customers, more healthcare workers, etc.

    January 17, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. Former Republican - Now Independent

    I am pleasantly surprised that Speaker Boehner is showing such good sense at keeping the rhetoric sensible. I hope that he keeps up this sane practice.

    I also hope both Reps and Dems follow his example.

    January 17, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. SayWhat

    The Republican party so absurd that it is making it almost impossible for the ONION and SNL to make a living.

    January 17, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Russell La Claire

    Better verbage, but just as wrong.

    January 17, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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