Boehner: The American people want no part of ObamaCare bill

posted at 10:40 am on March 20, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

John Boehner uses the Republican rebuttal to the weekly presidential address in order to make one final stand against ObamaCare as the Democrats attempt to get it passed without a direct vote over the weekend. Boehner hits all the main themes here: an opaque process, kickbacks and payoffs, soaring deficits, rising premiums, and loss of freedom. He only fails to mention the new role the IRS will have in our lives as an expert panel on health insurance, but then again, Boehner only gets a few minutes. Will this move the needle on health care? Probably not, but at least he’s still on topic. What did our President decide to discuss as his party gets ready to steamroll his top domestic-agenda item through Congress without a vote? Financial reform.

Transcript via Andrew Malcolm:

Hello, I’m House Republican Leader John Boehner. I’m speaking to you from the Capitol, where in a matter of hours, the House of Representatives will vote on health care legislation sure to have a drastic effect on our economy and our lives.

It was here fourteen months ago that President Obama took the oath of office with a promise to govern from the center. Republicans stood ready to work with our new president and find common ground to address the issues Americans care about.

Unfortunately, President Obama and Democrats in Washington chose a partisan path and a costly, big-government agenda.

The trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ isn’t working as struggling families continue to ask: ‘where are the jobs?’ And taxpayers’ hard-earned money is being spent so fast that two trillion dollars has been added to the national debt on President Obama’s watch.

Now Democrats want the federal government to take over health care, which represents one-sixth of our economy.

From the beginning, the one thing the American people wanted out of health care reform was lower costs. That’s why Republicans proposed a bill based on common-sense reforms that, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, would reduce premiums for families and small businesses by up to 10 percent. Our bill achieves these goals without cutting Medicare or raising taxes. All of the details are available at healthcare.gop.gov.

The Democrats’ bill, which runs more than 2,300 pages, actually raises premiums and ushers in a massive expansion of government – with roughly 160 new boards, bureaus, and commissions.

Instead of finding a responsible way to pay for all this, Democrats impose more than half-a-trillion dollars in Medicare cuts and more than half-a-trillion dollars in tax hikes.

In fact, this bill requires 10 years of tax increases and 10 years of Medicare cuts just to pay for six years of supposed benefits, many of which don’t even go into effect until 2014. That’s not reform.

It’s clear where the American people stand. They want no part of this bill, and they haven’t been shy about saying so. We’ve seen standing room only crowds at town hall meetings. Rallies in towns and cities around the country. And now, jammed phone lines on Capitol Hill. All of this coming from citizens yelling ‘stop’ at the top of their lungs.

But Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrat Leaders are too blinded by their ‘Washington knows best’ attitude, too out-of-touch with the concerns of working families, to listen.

Instead of trying to do better, Democrats have packed this bill full of kickbacks, payoffs, and sweetheart deals in order to buy the support of lawmakers and Washington special interest groups.

Democrats are so afraid of the public’s outrage that they have devised a strategy that would allow them to force this massive bill through Congress without even voting on it. It’s outrageous, and it’s an affront to the principles of representative democracy.

We were elected to make tough choices, not run from them. And this vote is certainly one of the toughest.

With that in mind, I asked Speaker Pelosi to have the final health care votes recorded by a ‘call of the roll.’ Under this procedure, each lawmaker will have to stand before the American people and announce his or her vote.

The stakes are too high, and this bill is too controversial, for anything less than complete transparency and accountability. It’s time to stand up and be counted.

Don’t let Democrats in Washington take this debate away from you. Don’t let them make this about arm-twisting and backroom deals.

And don’t let President Obama get away with asking his fellow Democrats to vote for this bill to save his presidency.

Because this vote isn’t about saving a presidency or a politician. It’s about doing the right thing for our kids and grandkids. It’s about ensuring that freedom and opportunity remain the birthright of our people. And it’s about listening to the hard-working taxpayers who sent us here.

That’s why the only responsible course of action is to scrap this health care bill. Let’s start over with a clean sheet of paper. Let’s work together on a step-by-step approach focused on lowering costs for families and small businesses.

Republicans can’t beat this bill, but the American people can. It’s not too late to make your voice heard.
Thank you for listening.

Just as an interesting aside, Boehner taped this in the Capitol Visitor Center; I visited this a few weeks ago while in DC for CPAC. It’s worth remembering that the Visitor Center was another government project that took years longer and far more money than its original projected cost and delivery time. I doubt Boehner had it in mind, but one couldn’t find a more perfect backdrop to use for criticizing the proposal of a huge government program whose real costs can’t possibly be projected.

Update: Link to GOP health-reform plan fixed.


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tatersalad on March 20, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Thanks spud! Gives us hope this is still not over. We fight!

NumberTwo on March 20, 2010 at 1:12 PM

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What’s a “blue dog” democrat good for?
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Peeing on your leg as soon as you turn your back on him–when he thinks you aren’t looking!
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Remember their names and vote these evil corruptocrats out of office and into FUNEMPLOYMENT in the 2010 election.
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Check your pantsleg when you vote in Nov. 2010. The yellow stains will remind you who not to vote for.
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John Bibb
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rocketman on March 20, 2010 at 1:33 PM

OT
Rep. Davis from Kentucky is giving the heck on C-Span.

yoda on March 20, 2010 at 1:48 PM

I have no complaint whatsover about the GOP argument. They have proven smart.

They do understand that people really, really do want reform.

They do understand the problems of the current overly loose regulations on insurance.

They don’t seem deaf-tone to what’s going on.

I trust that they would introduce a better and more effective form of reform.

But we do, indeed, need reform. Make no mistake.

AnninCA on March 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM

I think voters have more real influence than in years.

We can ask specifically now….tell us how you’ll vote on this or that?

And make our choices.

That puts both GOP AND DEM on the real seat.

AnninCA on March 20, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Clearly this all has nothing to do with healthcare and everything to do with statism and control. Every Congressperson knows this. That, in part, explains why it is highly likely that not a single member of Congress has read the bill or knows what is really in it. Obama has no clue what is in it. Think about that. It doesn’t matter to them, because the goal is control and self-perpetuation of the Democrat rule.

If this passes, as far as I am concerned, America is gone, and the current state is corrupt and illegitimate. The rule of law becomes meaningless.

justltl on March 20, 2010 at 1:07 PM

I don’t think it’s quite that easy. It started with commenting on state cases over criminal matters on a national level.

“That guy SHOULD HAVE………FILL IN THE BLANK.”

People love to comment on state issues, when it’s not their state, of course.

It’s exactly what 90% of anti-palin comments are really about: Alaska policy.

How many of us know about the particulars?

I’d guess less than 10%.

Same thing with HCR.

AnninCA on March 20, 2010 at 1:56 PM

I think what I recommend is that states immediately cease all state programs.

Give people the Federal money only.

I would guess it would be less than 5 years before people turned on the Feds with a veangence.

The hidden story is that most states have terrific state programs that really help their own population.

This is tough love time.

Give the Feds what they are demanding.

Let them live with the decision.

AnninCA on March 20, 2010 at 1:59 PM

They don’t seem deaf-tone to what’s going on.

AnninCA on March 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Must have brought some of that medical mary jane with you when you left CA…

fossten on March 20, 2010 at 3:10 PM

I just sent an E mail to John Boehner suggesting that if Pelosi does not agree to his proposal on a stand up vote the Republicans should go it alone. This will show up the Democrats for the craven cowards that they are. Can you just picture the chaos among the Dems.

Big Nicholas on March 20, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Don’t let Democrats in Washington take this debate away from you. Don’t let them make this about arm-twisting and backroom deals.

And don’t let President Obama get away with asking his fellow Democrats to vote for this bill to save his presidency.

Because this vote isn’t about saving a presidency or a politician. It’s about doing the right thing for our kids and grandkids. It’s about ensuring that freedom and opportunity remain the birthright of our people. And it’s about listening to the hard-working taxpayers who sent us here.

Excellent…

Lourdes on March 20, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Stupak, Blue Red Dogs, etc….

What the hell are Blue dogs ?? Democrats that act like…..Democrats ??? Don’t they all ??? Shouldn’t we call the “repubics” Blue dogs??

cableguy615 on March 21, 2010 at 9:06 AM

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