Boehner warns GOP against 'spiking the ball' on health care ruling
June 21st, 2012
04:14 PM ET
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Boehner warns GOP against 'spiking the ball' on health care ruling

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner issued a warning Thursday to fellow House Republicans, firmly stating they should avoid celebrating if the Supreme Court overturns the controversial health care law passed by Democrats.

"No one knows what the Court will decide, and none of us would presume to know. But if the Court strikes down all or part of the president's health care law, there will be no spiking of the ball," Boehner said in a memo to GOP members of the chamber.

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The Supreme Court is expected to soon make a decision on the law's constitutionality. At issue is the legality of the measure's health care mandate, a provision that has remained the center of a bitter partisan debate since the law was passed more than two years ago.

Republicans, who frequently refer to the measure as "Obamacare," have especially made the law a hot button topic on the campaign trail. Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney repeatedly says he will attempt to repeal the law on his first day in office should he win November's election.

Even if the high court rules in favor of Republicans' argument against the controversial law, Boehner on Thursday encouraged House members to stay focused on the economy–not claiming victory.

"We will not celebrate at a time when millions of our fellow Americans remain out of work, the national debt has exceeded the size of our nation's economy, health costs continue to rise, and small businesses are struggling to hire," Boehner stated.

A majority of Americans-51%–say they oppose the health care law, according to the latest CNN/ORC International Poll conducted in late May. However, it should be noted that nearly one in six oppose the law on the grounds that it is not liberal enough.

Arguing the law is a major threat to economic recovery, the speaker said the House will work on legislation to repeal any part of the law "that is left standing by the Supreme Court."

"Such action is critical for jobs and our economy and for the health care of millions of American families," he said.

Responding to the memo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office released its own note, chastising Republicans for railing against the law.

"It is a sad day when Republicans continue to cheer against the health benefits Americans are already enjoying, while running out the clock on the economy and pursuing policies that are dangerous to a thriving middle class. No one, except perhaps House Republicans, actually believes they 'are focused on the economy'," the note stated. "Health care reform is not a game for the American people."

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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. maf

    Wow, very presumptive. Does he know something we don't know??? Has there been a leak from the more-than-partisan SCOTUS that is tipping his hand??? I hope he has to eat his words as the Supreme Court upholds the new Health Care Act!!
    The GOP, painting themselves into an indefensible corner . . .

    June 21, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Ozzie

    Johnny is some kind of leader. Will you give the same advise to Rush, Hannity, Trump, Rove, and the Tea Party – the voice and conscience of the Republican Party – and some of the sickest, myopic people on the planet?

    June 21, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. apo caso

    if anyone wants to pay other people's healthcare bills feel free to do it with your own money, while you're at it pay for their food, housing, big screen tv, cable, cell phone, their kids with all different baby daddy and baby mammas

    June 21, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Wes B.

    I can promise you that if it's struck down by the SCOTUS, there are about 30 million people that will most definitely NOT be celebrating.

    But that's okay, I guess the GOP doesn't care about those 30 million people. Meh.

    June 21, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Paul_I

    With talk like this, Boehner is risking the wrath of the Tea Party no matter how the SC rules.

    June 21, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Bill

    Do not worry Boehner, you need not worry about spiking the ball because the law will stand. What you should worry about instead is a full-scale revolt against a favorable ruling by your unmanageable, tea-bag faction in the House.

    June 21, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Expat American

    Boehner and the Republicans can’t wait to spike the ball in the faces of the poor, white, uneducated Republican voters when they lose their healthcare. Or maybe Boehner and the rest of the GOP Thugs will wait until after they have secured their votes first.

    June 21, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |

    You say one thing, your party does another Speaker Orange. There will be parades all over Hickville America if the law is overturned.

    June 21, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, NOT a third term of BUSH's years of FAILURE

    Rmoney's wife survived breast cancer and multiple sclerosis because they could afford a good insurance coverage.
    Yet Rmoney brags about repealing a healthcare law that will give other Americans an opportunity to overcome ill health.
    Does he think Americans are stupid?

    June 21, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Bums , free loaders who pander to big lobbyest !

    John Boehner , Eric Cantor , John Cornyn III , Darrell Issa .

    The worst of the worst !

    America , what happened ? We once had the best and the brightest.

    Now we have mediacraty with arogance .

    June 21, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. kayla

    since they have insurance that we pay for, they are saying to the uninsured to hell with you. why the bonehead and the rest of them give up their insurance? hypocrites

    June 21, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. chilly g

    boehner is worst speaker ever,hes a real hater

    June 21, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Let's Pretend

    Yes, GOP, let's pretend that we're not thrilled beyond measure that we have yet again foiled President Obama at every turn by promising from day 1 to say no to everything he wants in order to make him a 1-term president. Let's pretend we're not thrilled beyond measure that the economy is not doing so well. Let's pretend to care while we sit around and point fingers and pretend to do our jobs. Then let's pretend it's all the President's fault nothing got accomplished.

    All we need now is a candidate who pretends, and maybe the American voters will be dumb enough to reward us in November.

    June 21, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Fred Evil

    How sad that the GoTP would be so triumphant over THIRTY MILLION AMERICANS losing their health insurance, that their Speaker has to remind them no to publicly celebrate.
    Who votes for the Anti-American GoTP?!?!

    June 21, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. greenfish

    Only reason republicans oppose the health care bill is because it was done under a democratic administration. When are the rednecks going to wake up and realize they're in bed with the devil?

    June 21, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Charlotte

    Romney doesn't understand that there are people in this country who do not share his and his wife's affluence, and he is incapable of relating to someone who struggles to make ends meet. For them it's never "can I afford to buy groceries or a coca cola today" it's "can I get a bigger tax deduction if I do this instead of that." The rest of us are not real to him, we are not individuals with lives and likes and wants and needs. We are just assets, liabilities and numbers on a spreadsheet. And eternally damned because we are not Mormons. Although if the Mormon sect leadership decides to, they can vote us into heaven retroactively...or something like that.

    June 21, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. John in Brooklyn

    As if the Tea Baggers have ever listened to him before.....or even held to the promises they've made to him, for that matter.

    June 21, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. dtio

    apo caso wrote: "if anyone wants to pay other people's healthcare bills feel free to do it with your own money . . ." Ignorance was always the main problem during the Health Care debates. Apo, do you not understand that we who have health insurance are already paying for those that do not? Having everyone contribute would have decreased the financial burden for those who currently pay for their health care. So sad.

    June 21, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. patrick

    So basically they already know how the Republican court will rule.

    June 21, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. NVa Native

    GOP puppets can't help but "spike the ball", make snide or insulting remarks, spread rumors, making up hurtful lies about some one, or any and all other forms of bullying. Being a childish brat is in their DNA.

    June 21, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    Becausse of anyone knows about spiking (his drinks) it's the orange weeping man.
    We are still waiting on those JOBS your teapublikkkans ran on in 2010. I am pretty sure that after the elections corporations (those pesky people) will open their doors and hire like there's is no tomorrow.
    Look at the ceos who are giving money to the bishop. They make millions of dollars a year while the real workers work or are fired!

    June 21, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. CNN Loud Mouth

    How exactly will striking down healthcare reform that already benefits so many Americans help us out? You strike it down Republicans,with healthcare costs skyrocketing, you damn sure better implement a solution stat. Your leadership has already put this country into an economic tailspin, this may be the straw that breaks the camels back.

    June 21, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. NVa Native

    apo caca ~ that's how the system was before the Healthcare reform act. People walked away from (or just died) leaving huge bills behind and the healthcare industry spread out these losses to those who responsibly pay for their own healthcare/insurance.
    You people are idiots ~ continually denouncing things you just don't understand! Just follow the garbage spewed out by talking heads on your cable TV shows or hate radio.
    Trying thinking on your own for once.

    June 21, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. Niuhc

    NVa Native
    GOP puppets can't help but "spike the ball", make snide or insulting remarks, spread rumors, making up hurtful lies about some one, or any and all other forms of bullying. Being a childish brat is in their DNA.
    Oh the irony!!!!!! No wonder there is no leftist poster on here with any credibility.

    June 21, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Gearloose

    If the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare, it means Obamacare was fatally flawed from its inception. If anything, this would be the fault of those who created it, and no one else.

    June 21, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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