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. CAW in MD

    Really? That's the best that Boehner can do? What's the qualitative difference between "job-killing" and "job-destroying"?

    January 17, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Johnson

    This guy and the Republican Party are soooooooooooo full of themselves. This is all about keeping their constituants happy and to keep their voters on their side of the fence. Although the current Health Care bill isn't perfect in any stretch of the imagination (knowone expected it to be), it could use some tweaking on different parts of it. To say "Repeal Health Care", just means that the Republican Party has no interest in fixing it PERIOD. The Lobyist are ruthless and will spend whatever it takes to get rid of it, guess what team they are on. We as Americans are soooo Dumb it isn't even funny. I am nor Rep or Dem, but lately have been leaning Dem. I would be embarrassed to be labled a Republican. We call everything Socialist as if it were a bad word, we have numerous programs in this country that people call Socialist, the majority of the people crying Socialist would be in an uproar if we cut every program. The point is, most people in this country don't even know how much they actually depend on certain programs. We sit and dribble about the countries finances but I remember people going into the voting booth and voting Bush TWICE, now everyone is crying and Obama has to pay damage control. Our attitude toward race and politics in this country warrants a third world country in the making.

    January 17, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Don

    I've never heard anyone explain how forty million people having to buy health insurance is not going to create millions of jobs in the health care and insuarnce industry.

    January 17, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. LGNY

    Well, it' a start.

    Now, to get him to present a viable replacement.

    Before removing the health care law, please provide a viable replacement proposal. Otherwise, we are doomed to years of no national health care system.

    Without a national law, what's to stop employers deciding that health care is too expensive and either dropping care from their benefits package or continuing to push more of the cost to the employees?

    January 17, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Janet

    But he's still dishonest in his portrayal of the bill. Doesn't matter what adjectives you change, he's still dishonest.

    January 17, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    The main issue with ObamaCare, has been the unconstitutional issue with mandating that citizens buy something they may or may not be able to afford.

    The second main issue, is that ObamaCare does nothing to contain costs, and it will drive up heath care for all of us, in the end (not to mention now.....when health care is already rising by as much as 59%, in some places in the country.)

    The best solution for health care, has been, and will continue to be, National Health Care for all.....but that will mean increased taxes (substantially), and will be a political hot potato. However, the ability of the government to set wages and prices in health care, will be essential to keeping it affordable, not just for all, but for ANYONE!

    January 17, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. SA in OO

    And more to the point, were the team of crack GOP economic analysts who determined that the new health care plan would "Kill" or "crush" or "destroy" jobs part of the same conservative brain trust who picked the $100 billion out of the air as a promise (not a target or a goal, but a promise) to voters on the amount the GOP would reduce the deficit in their first year IF elected.

    The real problem with the words politicians use is that they don't even believe them themselves. You can say virtually anything you want on the campaign trail, without actually intending to do it, because no one believes politicians tell the truth anyway.

    January 17, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. maf

    Serious problems with the GOP message. No substance to follow up REPEAL!!
    Get ready for it . . . gridlock! Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, please come up with some alternatives rather than just
    your empty rhetoric.

    January 17, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. American

    No act or sad attempt at political correctness (which seems to carry the same disrespectful connotation) would change the fact Speaker Boehner is wasting our time and tax dollars on his divisive nonsense.

    Boehner's unnecessary provocation would actually increase deficits by hundreds of billions of dollars, has absolutely no chance of passing, and he knows it.

    Instead of trying to stir negative emotions again amongst Americans during these challenging times, Boehner should show some true leadership for a change and work together with his colleagues for realistic improvements to our health care.

    January 17, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Indy

    Now if Boo Hoo can prove how the new reform destroys jobs he might have something, but of course it is a complete lie that healthcare will crush or destroy jobs, that is just an excuse for Republicans because they have no idea how to create jobs. They lied their way back into the house and the lies were paid for by Pharma and big corporate insurance so he has to come up with anything he can to try and rally all the stupid people that believe him. Every progressive country in the world that has government healthcare is on the "best healthcare" list and every country that has private healthcare is on the "worst healthcare list" and Republicans like to keep Americans on the "worst healthcare access" list.

    January 17, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Sticky G

    It's astounding that the republicans are purposefully wasting weeks rewording a blatant lie on a piece of political theater that has zero change of passing. Instead of dealing with the overdue budget and other very real problems, they are mired in reworking talking points for the 2012 election. The old phrase about rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic comes to mind.

    January 17, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. Four and The Door

    Whatever you call it, killing, destroying, crushing... we need to see the poorly conceived ObamaCare repealed and replaced with something that was put together with careful thought and common sense objectives, not just negotiated compromises. This kind of legislation will compromise our economy into the dirt for generations.

    January 17, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. jules sand-perkins

    Although I have mixed thoughts about the health care bill as passed, I wonder how many jobs in England or Canada–or anywhere else civilized–were, to Boehner's knowledge–actually killed, crushed, or destroyed by the public health-care programs there.

    January 17, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. greg in jax

    "common-sense reforms."

    Please further elaborate when you make a statement like this. Will this "common-sense reforms." include no pre-existing conditions, no financial ceiling caps, no kicking you off when you get a serious illness, no going bankrupt because of medical bills, less out of pocket for prescriptions for those on medicare.... do your "common-sense reforms." include any of these?

    The reason that I ask, is because you have not said what your alternative is going to be.... please tell us what you intend to do.

    January 17, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. brad

    Jobs are already getting crushed the way it was going. Fine, if you feel that it should be repealed, please suggest an alternative. You know. Another idea. Seriously. It's getting old. I am not happy totally with the Bill as Obama had to compromise several areas, but something needed to be done. So, I'm all ears for anything where people can afford healthcare. I pay full premium coverage yet I an not totally covered. Pre existing hearing impairment. I don't think that's fair. Come up with a alternative or move on.

    January 17, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    Wow – what a change! I want to know which one (or all) of these hypocrites is willing to give up the cadillac health care we taxpayers provide them, since they so obviously want to take away what few crumbs we got with this bill. I think it's time they pay for their own, too, just like we do. And they should also pay for their own travel expenses. I'm sick of footing the bills for the guys who want socialism for corporations and the rich and the rest of us to just pull ourselves up by our bootstraps or drop dead.

    And speaking of socialism, is Social Security, Medicare, and union benefits really socialism when we pay for them ourselves? Extra tax breaks for the rich, tax breaks for corporations that create jobs overseas, bailouts for billionaires on Wall Street. Now that's socialism. Social Security, not so much. Do they think we're stupid? Don't answer that.

    January 17, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    As Bill Maher said over the weekend, this crybaby (he wasn't so kind) is 3rd in line for the presidency. What the heck were we thinking?

    January 17, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. curtther

    I don't know any politicians but I read and I think most of them are just playing the game.

    January 17, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. rusty155

    I though you Republican was going too listen the American People, not everything In that bill Is bad. It seen to me that all you listen too Is big business and not the American people.

    January 17, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. TM

    A LIE is still a lie no matter what words you choose Mr. Speaker. PROVE it has had a negative effect on jobs. You can't, because it hasn't.
    I bet it included coverage for tanning products you would support it.

    January 17, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. PacificView

    What numbers does Boehner base his claims on? I have seen no analysis that supports his views. If he has it he should share with the rest of us and we can see how well it stands up to scrutiny.

    January 17, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. curtther

    Here is a first step let's debate how we can get of the republican party and start a new one.

    January 17, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. GOP = Greed Over People

    The latest poll shows only 25% of America wants health care repealed.

    Since when do cons get to pretend that a 25% minority is the "will of the people"?

    Looks like pandering to the tea baggers and posturing to the racist base is all the "new" House is all about.

    Keep wasting our money on repealing issues that 75% of Americans do not want repealed, and I predict your "mandate" will be repealed in 2012.

    January 17, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Georgia, Joe

    I own a small business. Health insurance costs have been increasing at 10% per year for the last decade. The Republicans have this all wrong. Increasing health care costs are destroying jobs, but it has nothing to do with health care reform, it is the result of a system with costs out of control. If they want to do something productive, look for solutions to increase efficiency in the system and reduce the cost. Health care costs and rising energy costs are destroying more jobs and weakening the economy far more than any bill passed by Congress.

    January 17, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. AEJ

    The Repubs have to fulfill their promises to big corporations. These corporations provided BIG MONEY to the Repubs in the 2010 elections and they expect to be repaid. There is nothing in the bill which will "kill" jobs. In fact it is the other way around, i.e. repealing it, would cause job losses. These people cannot be taken seriously.

    Americans really has a SHORT-MEMORY. For 8-years the Republicans were in charge and in the end they caused the WORSE/GREATEST RECESSION in 1929. How can anybody TRUST these people with their policies. And what is even more pathetic, upon handing over the worse run country since 1929 to President Obama, they in turn asked him to FIX IT in one-year. This alone tell me these repubs cannot be taken seriously. And more sadly is that they are LAUGHING at the American people for their stupidity!!! How could they put us back in power after we drove up ther deficit US$5.3 Trillion in 8-years they are asking. And given a huge Surplus from President Clinton to a record deficit.

    January 17, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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