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February 10, 2016

Boehner: Too Late to Just Repeal Obamacare, GOP Should Tackle Immigration (Video) (Updated)

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Updated 10:27 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act make it impossible to repeal the health care law unless Congress has a replacement ready as well.

Speaking at a Rotary Club meeting in his Ohio district, the speaker also mocked members of his own conference for not wanting to address immigration, knocked the tea party — or, more specifically, organizations that raise money purporting to represent the tea party — and expounded upon the role of money in education, according to a news report from a newspaper near his district.

On health care, Boehner said simply repealing the Affordable Care Act “isn’t the answer” and it would take time to transition to a new system.

“When we were debating Obamacare in 2010, we offered an alternative that consisted of eight or nine points that would make our insurance system work a lot better.

[To] repeal Obamacare … isn’t the answer. The answer is repeal and replace. The challenge is that Obamacare is the law of the land. It is there and it has driven all types of changes in our health care delivery system. You can’t recreate an insurance market overnight.

“Secondly, you’ve got the big hospital organizations buying up doctor’s groups because hospitals get reimbursed two or three times doctor’s do for the same procedure just because it’s a hospital. Those kinds of changes can’t be redone.

“So the biggest challenge we are going to have is — I do think at some point we’ll get there — is the transition of Obamacare back to a system that empowers patients and doctors to make choices that are good for their own health as opposed to doing what the government is dictating they should do.”

Spokesman Brendan Buck downplayed Boehner’s comments. “For four years now, the House Republican position has been repeal-and-replace,” he said.

The GOP, however, has taken a number of votes to repeal the law, including bills that would have completely repealed the law without replacing it. The party hasn’t unified behind a replacement, let alone voted on one, since Boehner took the speaker’s gavel. Republicans however have been working to craft such a bill for months. Boehner’s comments seem to reflect the new reality of the law. With 8 million people having signed up on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, and every state having adapted to the new regulations, repealing the law effective overnight would be messy in the extreme without at least a transition period.

On immigration, Boehner gave his impersonation of the Republican refusal to take on the issue.

“Here’s the attitude. ‘Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,'” Boehner whined before a luncheon crowd at Brown’s Run Country Club in Madison Township. “We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to. … They’ll take the path of least resistance.”

Boehner said he’s been working for 16 months or 17 months trying to push Congress to deal with an immigration rewrite.

“I’ve had every brick and bat and arrow shot at me over this issue just because I wanted to deal with it. I didn’t say it was going to be easy,” he said.

Buck played down the mocking as a form of affection.

“As the speaker often says to his colleagues, you only tease the ones you love,” he said in an email.

On the tea party, Boehner said he had issues with organizations who purport to represent the tea party.

“There’s the tea party and then there are people who purport to represent the tea party.

“I’ve gone to hundreds of tea party events over the last four years. The makeup is pretty much the same. You’ve got some disaffected Republicans, disaffected Democrats. You always have a handful of anarchists.They are against everything. Eighty percent of the people at these events, are the most ordinary Americans you’ve ever met. None of whom have ever been involved in politics. We in public service respect the fact that they brought energy to the political process.

“I don’t have any issue with the tea party. I have issues with organizations in Washington who raise money purporting to represent the tea party, those organizations who are against a budget deal the president and I cut that will save $2.4 trillion over 10 years. They probably don’t know that total federal spending in each of the last two years has been reduced, the first time since 1950.

“They probably don’t realize that we protected 99 percent of the American people from an increase in their taxes. They were against that too, the same organizations. There are organizations in Washington that exist for the sheer purpose of raising money to line their own pockets.

“I made it pretty clear I’ll stand with the tea party but I’m not standing with these three or four groups in Washington who are using the tea party for their own personal benefit.”

Heritage Action for America CEO Mike Needham didn’t take kindly to Boehner’s remarks, releasing a statement late Thursday.

“It’s disappointing, but by now not surprising, that the Republican Speaker is attacking conservatives looking to retake the Senate. The Republican Party should be large enough for fact-based policy debates. Unfortunately, John Boehner is more interested in advancing the agenda of high-powered DC special interests than inspiring Americans with a policy vision that allows freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society to flourish.”

Boehner, who is a former chairman of the committee that is now called Education and the Workforce, also offered his opinions on education policy and the controversial No Child Left Behind, which he helped draft.

“All we said with no child left behind is that we ought have expectations for what kids learn and we ought to publish test results so that we know who is learning and who isn’t.

“I don’t think the issue with education is money. If money were going to solve the education problem we would have solved it a long time ago. I think there is a structural problem. It’s not about our kids. Kids are in school 9 percent of the time between birth and age 18. That means 91 percent of the time they are home or they are out in their community. We have books. We have educational TV. We may go and visit places that help reinforce their education. Or they are out in the neighborhood or they are playing team sports or they are part of the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. They are involved in things that reinforce their education.

“But it you are poor and you go to a rotten school or live in a rotten neighborhood, you have no chance. You are probably not going to get the basics.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

  • blfdjlj

    Hmmm… will he actually do immigration (finally)? He’s been mentioning it for almost a year since the Senate passed its bill.

    • gfstiel

      Not if he wants his base to show up at the polls. Anyone who would put illegal aliens ahead of Americans for jobs would be left behind.

      • betsym

        Didn’t mean to put a thumbs up on this comment. I just want to say to you and Layla, keep up this talk and you and your right wing friends will be long gone. What stupidity. If you think that immigration is the problem with jobs you are barking on the wrong side of the fence. The biggest problem regarding the job market here is the wealthy taking their companies overseas where the pay is cheap. But if you look at companies like Costco, Chipolte who pay their employees very well, maybe you can talk your right wing buddies to keep the job market here and pay better wages. The companies that pay great wages are extremely successful and because of what they pay their employees are happy and don’t need food stamps etc.

        • Layla

          Betsy, you need to get out of the DC area and see the mess that is America. The few jobs left in my town are now either part time or closed, due to Obamacare costs. Miles of American neighborhoods have been decimated by foreclosures. Who got bailed out? The banks! Those homes are STILL in foreclosure and most not meeting community codes any longer. This isn’t about the left or the right, this is about the country. I’m tired of seeing families sleeping in cars or in the woods. Neither party stands for anything anymore but GREED. And I think if this continues to exist, both parties are going to find themselves extinct. Gas is twice what it was just 5 years ago. Families can’t live out here and you are worried about politics.

          • betsym

            Layla I don’t know where you get the idea that I live in the DC area. You are very wrong. I live in the western part of the U.S.
            As far as that’s concerned I don’t know where you get the idea that gas is twice what it was 5 years ago. Just a little research shows that’s flat b.s. I have no clue as to where you live but my gas is only a few cents more than what it was five years ago. It fluctuates so much it’s tough to make a statement like that. But that’s okay…you can’t blame gas prices on anyone but the oil companies. That’s fact not a bunch of baloney.
            I really think you need to stop blaming Obamacare because those aren’t facts that you are talking about.
            Anyway, I’m not worried about politics. What I am worried about are jobs and the middle class. The GOP has never been worried about that…they are only worried about who can line their pockets and keep them in office. I’m strong believer in term limits.

          • Jack Everett

            Gas prices are set at the refinery not through the ACA. In my state gas is on the highest list at $3.81 today and a promise it’s going up again soon. The older you are the more you can go back in history and talk about cheap gas. When I started driving gas was 25 cents a gallon and gas war make it as cheap as 18 cents a gallon. The fuel shortage of the 70s was made up by the boil companies by holding the barges off shore to raise the price of fuel. It’s always been the energy pigs creating inflated prices of energy and this tar sands scam and fraking is only profitable is the price of energy keeps being inflated.

          • betsym

            You are right Jack. I too remember when gas prices were 25 cents a gallon I also remember the gas war. I also remember 5 gallons for $1.

          • Johnny__G

            There is no way jobs ” are now either part time or closed, due to Obamacare costs”… I mean come on. It hasn’t affected businesses that much *yet*, largely because the administration is delaying some of those mandates. Why? Because they are actually kind of terrible. The ACA is *not* perfect and will be fixed over time. Jobs may be scare and homes being foreclosed on, but it has *nothing* to do with the ACA. Absolutely nothing. And to state that just shows your ignorance.

            I also agree with a lot of what you are stating about the other sad issues facing our country. But again, those issues are not about Obamacare or immigration reform. It isn’t one or the other. Don’t fall into that narrative because it is just not true.

          • Jack Everett

            Jobs were closed long before the ACA started. China is still accepting jobs from our fascist companies. Bohener will go out as the do nothing house leader.

    • Jack Everett

      Their is only one answer to immigration, send all the illegals and their anchor babies home.

      • Layla

        My God, Jack! Something we can finally agree on!

  • Butteblack

    I looked up fool in the dictionary and all I saw was Boehner’s picture.

  • Mickey Kovars

    It’s time for Boehner to go. If Eric Cantor isn’t OK, the House Republicans need to come up with someone else fast. As far as immigration is concerned, it’s still dead — there’s no consensus on what to do in the House.

    • Stephen Barlow

      The VOTERS need to put Pelosi back. SHE ran one of the MOST productive Congresses in history.

      But the BLUEidots are too ignorant to USE that reality on the mid term campaigns.

  • MDaly20016

    I’m glad to see the Speaker call out those organizations that exist under the Tea Party or Patriot banner, but really just want to funnel dark money into the election coffers of the conservative wing of the Republican Party. There are many voters who simply abhor big government but have been misled by these (C)(4) organizations that Boehner speaks about. Light at the end of the tunnel.

    • Layla

      The Speaker is attacking his base. Bye bye, Mr. Boehner!

  • Cal Quelus

    Boehner sucks.

    • Jack Everett

      It comes from being a bar fly.

      • Layla

        No, it comes from being gutless, having no fresh ideas and staying too long in Congress at the public trough. Everybody with over two terms needs to be voted out.

        Maybe the US Chamber will hire you. Better yet, go to Mexico!

    • Goon’s ND Redneck

      a lot, he’s absolutely horrible… No backbone at all.

  • Jack Everett

    Bohener knew from the start they could not repeal National health care it was always just another “Obama did it so lets be against it like the GOP refuses to help with job creation after causing the massive recession president Obama stopped. The only thing the GOP will support is war mongering with the military industrial complex and allowing illegal criminals citizenship so their corporate friends can increase their profits through slave labor.

  • Andre Leonard

    “We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to. … They’ll take the path of least resistance.”

    Maybe the only honest statement Boehner has made and paints a portrait of a very dysfunctional group of people (RINO’s)

    It also provides an opportunity for anyone to clearly see why we need to embrace alternatives, like Libertarian, Independent and Constitution party’s.

    • Layla

      It’s time to throw our support behind the 3rd party candidate and END both dead political parties.

      • Andre Leonard

        Outstanding resolve Layla.. Spot-on!

    • Stephen Barlow

      But Boehner is one of THEM too!!! He said that PPACA would fail, and his was BRILLIANTLY WRONG!! it is SAVING money, no jobs have been lost, not one single death panel has been convened and the RED States who REFUSED Medicaid Expansion have PROVED Obama and Pelosi to be RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT.!!! For 4 years.

  • Layla

    Can Congress really be so blind not to see that American families are struggling, barely hanging on? Millions have lost their jobs and the best this idiot can do is to say we need to reform a law that he has REFUSED to enforce for most of his adult life? We are already paying welfare to nearly half the population and you idiots think we need to reform our immigration laws?

    ANY Member of Congress who takes up this issue, putting the US Chamber ahead of the people, WILL BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE in November. That’s a promise!

    • Ed Morgano

      Layla, the economic conditions in this country are not because of immigrants. We have allowed large, very profitable, companies like GE, Exon Mobile, Walmart etc to not pay taxes. We have shipped millions of good paying manufacturing jobs overseas and rewarded the companies doing that with tax breaks in the process. We spend over 50% of our income taxes on our military so we can more efficiently kill people while allowing children in poor families to go to bed hungry. I’m sorry, but our economic problems aren’t going to go away by deporting 11 million people and taking more money from the poor and middle class to give to the rich.

      • Layla

        You are correct. The economic conditions are because of Congress. And with nearly 50% of the population now on food stamps, THE LAST THING we need to be doing is adding more to the rolls. These people knowingly broke the law. How many have applied for citizenship? Sorry, but the American people will never agree to this.

        • Johnny__G

          Sorry, a majority of the American people already have agreed to some form of immigration reform. The only reason the GOP doesn’t want to tackle it is because they have been so against it for so long it will make them look bad either way. But most Americans want something to be done. This shoots up to 80% in some polls to at least give a legal status to undocumented immigrants if they have a job and speak English. It hovers much less to just give citizenship without any requirements or border security.

          This is not a black and white issue, nor does it have to be. Taking up the issue, talking it out, and finding a compromise is hardly something that will cause people to “BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE in November” as you put it.

          Finally, I am not saying you are racist. But I certainly think you are ignorant for assuming that any bill on immigration reform will suddenly increase the percentage of people on food stamps by a huge amount. There are plenty of undocumented immigrants (not just from Mexico) in this country that have full-time jobs and support their families just fine. Probably many that make more money than you or I. Just taking a bill up for discussion and finding a compromise doesn’t mean every immigrant gets citizenship and food stamps out the wazoo. And one bonus is a sense of pride they will have for their (our) new country and they can be properly taxed.

  • Alfred Neuman

    Harry Reid and John Boehner are the poster children for what is wrong with Washington. One promulgates destructive national policies, while the other is complicit with his refusal to actively oppose the damage. Both are out of touch and must go.

  • Stephen Barlow

    The constant in Orwell’s Animal Farm, the ‘successes of the Soviet union’ and Republican Party Positions have ALWAYS BEEN the constant rewriting of history.

  • red_tide

    I was going to vote for one or two republicans this november. but not any more.

  • DrGeneNelson

    House Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid both seem to be more attentive to the “Plutocrat Party” – the economic elites who are using government actions (and government inaction) to line their pockets.

  • DrGeneNelson

    The high levels of immigration procured by the economic elites via the Immigration Act of 1990 – and the non-enforcement of the employer sanctions that were an important part of the 1986 amnesty are clear examples of how “money talks” in Washington, DC.
    Looking back on American history, the elites earlier procured the “Great Wave” of immigration from Europe in the first decade of the 20th century. The ensuing labor gluts drove down wages and ushered in very good times for the economic elites called the “gilded era.” However, the labor gluts also were an important causal factor for the Great Depression. Then, as now, there was enacted legislation whose purpose was to protect the economic interests of American workers. The key legislation was the Alien Exclusion Act of 1924. This legislation was not enforced, just like the employer sanctions of the 1986 amnesty.
    What actually changed things was when there were bloody, lethal riots regarding the lack of access to jobs that paid a living wage during the Great Depression. Then, the elites worked with the government at all levels to enforce the Alien Exclusion Act of 1924, and related legislation. The result was “forced repatriation” which created employment opportunities for at least 1/2 million Americans. There were two more waves of forced repatriation, following both WWII and the Korean War. The American middle class ranks grew during this time – and economic inequality diminished.
    A U.S. Senator whose interests were aligned with the economic elites, Sen. Ed. Kennedy began the dismantling process which we are still seeing today with the immigration liberalizations he shepherded through in 1965. My question is what actions will it take for the economic interests of the American middle class to become important again?

    • Layla

      No chance. This Congress, both sides, are totally in the pockets of the US Chamber. They could care less that the American people have lost everything because of their policies. The only way we end this is to vote them out in 2014 and 2018, until the entire Congress has been turned over.

      • DrGeneNelson

        I agree that “This Congress, both sides, are totally in the pockets of the US Chamber. They could care less that the American people have lost everything because of their policies.” – That is the hubris of the elites. History informs us that the foundation for this hubris is built on quicksand.

  • Carol

    Mr. Speaker YOU ARE NOT LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE! How dare you mock republicans that do not agree with you. You, as speaker should be totally concerned with how taxpayer money is spent and the taxpayers are SAYING NO AMNESTY and NO HEALTHCARE.
    Do NOT tell the American People that healthcare can not be REPEALED because it can and MUST be.
    Do NOT pass any AMNESTY because the
    people do NOT want it.
    You say we are a nation of laws, than stop lying and enforce the laws and rid America of ALL ILLEGALS.
    When ILLEGALS are released from our prisons by the pardons forthcoming from BO, DEPORT them.
    DO NOT mock republicans for not agreeing with you, they are representing the will of the people, as YOU YOURSELF ARE NOT!
    If YOU truly care about this country than get out in all the states and talk to the people that are paying taxes. But come with the REAL numbers of how much America will save by repealing ALL healthcare and by ridding America of ALL ILLEGALS.
    You are treating us as stupid people that can’t add. You believe that you were elected to correct the stupidity of billions of people, but you are only one and the great majority DO NOT want you to force AMNESTY or HEALTHCARE on us.
    Stand for the American People and for A Nation Of Laws and fulfill your oath to MY COUNTRY!
    STOP YOUR LIES and represent the people that pay your salary, YOU work for us NOT against us!

    • Mark Denton

      You need to get out of your conservative ranting head more often. First, if you disavow anyone that pushes for Immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship, then you disavow President Reagan, who signed the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, which gave 3M illegals Legal status or what you call Amnesty.

      Then try checking out the CBO numbers as well as any real Conservatives numbers on healthcare. The reason BOTH parties have pushed for Healthcare reform is our health costs have been rising at 2 – 3 times the rate of inflation for over 25 years!! We spend 3 to 4 times as much for our Medical care as the rest of the Industrialized world, yet our coverage and effectiveness rank at the middle of the pack! Your Conservative values may say spend 3 times as much for Average, but the rest of us think that is absurd.

      Then check out the Republican National Conventions platform for Healthcare reform…The Affordable Care Act is a near mirror image of the platform! It is not Single payer, it is not Universal, it is not Government provided, the ACA is a public Corporation administered plan, allowing States to take ownership of their own citizens!

      And let’s be clear, you do not care about our Nations Laws, or you would recognize what Mr. Boehner states, the ACA is the LAW of the Land, PERIOD.

      • Carol

        Don’t tell me about “law of the land, period”. Then why wasn’t it enforced back than?
        I have been insured ALL of my adult life and have never seen insurance cost rise as you have stated. Have you received raises within those 25 years? Has your salary not covered the rising costs? Have you seen people HIT with such high premiums and deductibles in the past? Have you had options about choosing your own doctors and hospitals? Did you only have one choice of insurance coverage? If you were a make and single did you have to cover ob insurance and did you always opt to have paid abortions in your coverage?
        You better wake up and talk about this country now and not about in the past. Look at our deficit and make me believe that this administration is not pushing to truly socialize OUR AMERICA.
        BO was a senator and strangely. as one, he has never, ever brought up any of these subjects then. Was hardly even around for the voting. But once in, by lies and deceit, he has taken power into his own hands against America.
        When he is out of office and flees America with all this millions will you follow him than too?

        • Hollyinla

          Let’s leave this one alone, Mark. Anger often causes people to think irrationally. And you’re right about Reagan. He wouldn’t recognize the Republican Party of today and would never be allowed in.

        • betsym

          Oh please Carol, your ignorance is really showing. Why don’t YOU do research rather then trying to pretend like you know what you are talking about. This country is far from being socialized…that’s the first thing.
          And ACA IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. Get over it. Also the President was elected twice, so get over that too, instead of your stupid rants about NOTHING.
          By the way, I’m on Medicare and have not had one problem with my doctors. My son and daughter in law have NOT lost their insurance and are able to keep their two grown children on their insurance policy.
          I have a son who states that he’s not paying for abortions or OB coverage like some of you claim. ACA is now working so well that no one is running on repealing it.
          I guarantee you that costs for medical care have risen beyond control. I personally think we should have single payer, but not going to happen anytime soon, sadly. By my own personal experience I can tell you that the SAME operation that I had in 1996 and 2010 was three times more expensive in 2010.

          • Carol

            Pardon me for my ignorance in your eyes. First off, where do you do your research? IF all that is written is truth than why go any farther with anything? You are on Medicare, so why do you pay monthly for medical coverage? It was written in the past that the money you contributed was yours, well where is it? Why aren’t you fully covered? Second, you have two grown grandkids that are old enough to die for America but not old enough to be responsible for their own insurance. When my kids went to college full time they were allowed to be on their dads insurance, if not then they were on their own. Third, if you can explain why ACA is not going toward socializing the USA than tell me why so many Canadians come to America for medical treatments? Isn’t their medical coverage better than ours? Fourth, your son claims he is not paying for OB and abortion coverage. Must be because he still is covered by company insurance. But when that is dissolved than he will be paying for it. Fifth, tell me when anyone needing medical care has been turned away from an ER due to no insurance? Sixth,, 1996 costs as course have gone up. Medical care, treatment, medications, modern technology do not come free of charge. You had the same operation twice at a 3 X’s increase in the rate, wasn’t the surgery effective the first time, or have things become more advanced with a higher price tag? Then why did you opt to have it? I am guessing that you also had better coverage in 2010. Sixth, how many of the 40 million uninsured are now insured? And if this ACA is so great than why has Congress opted out of it?
            I worked both in the medical billing end of things as well as HR. And I can tell you that the doctors did what they had to do for anyone that needed their help. Also included was 3 post op visits after surgery without any charges. All was billed to Medicaid, so please tell me who was not covered? While in HR I got to know all of the employees because I was also responsible for scheduling. And I can tell you that more than 50% of the employees did not carry any medical, dental or vision coverage because they didn’t want to spend the money, not even the divorced dads with kids. The company offered 3 plans for full timers and 2 plans for part timers and still they opted out.
            Tell me what an entitlement is? You have researched it, so tell us all. Are entitlements given to people who have not worked, looked for work, didn’t go to school to receive an education and now can not get a job, but if they do they now feel their minimum wage is not enough.
            My husband worked for many many years at a union job and is still paid on commission. He has purchased 3 properties, many new cars, raised 3 children, paid for college (white married Catholic couples children could not receive assistance) and I was a stay at home mom for many, many years. Yes we had to chose our priorities, very few vacations away from home but we were always there for them and always involved in sports and school committees. Our 1 son while away at college signed up here at home to manage baseball little league because he was proud that his dad always had time to do it over many years My husband has a job that never had set hours, he worked until he was done and we never knew how much his check would be for from week to week. We have been married for 42 years and never, ever has he been for 1 day without a job, never. Stay at home moms was the thing than but now I am punished for it by the amount of SS I receive, while about 50%, yes 50% receive some forms of welfare. Fair, isn’t it?
            You are a BO man, so tell us what promises has be kept? Go ahead and research it and get back to us since ALL that is written is true.
            Can’t wait to hear about how great BO is, in your eyes.

          • Jack Everett

            So who pays the bill for uninsured that use the emergency rooms like a doctors office? My Medicare is covered very well. You should get off this non issue and start being a citizen again instead of a hate Obama messenger.

          • betsym

            Carol your rant is way to long for me to go point by point. I’ll just say that Jack is correct regarding the ER. For the noninsured who very freely used the ER and couldn’t pay, we the taxpayer paid in increase costs.
            Secondly, it’s a total fallacy that the Canadians come over here for our health care. YOU obviously haven’t researched health care in other countries. We have the highest costs and highest mortality rates in newborns. Every Canadian that I’ve ever talked to loves their health care and feels sorry for us.

    • Hollyinla

      Republicans are representing the will of the people? Oh, you were referring to the people named Koch. Oh, OK.

  • Mark Denton

    Boehner better be careful, speaking in facts, realities and bipartisanship is the best way to get his a– eviscerated by those with a need to hate and rant! This isn’t the days when Tip O’Neill was a daily visitor of Reagan’s where they compromised on everything from Gun Laws to Budgets…Irony being that Reagan was the Big Pro Amnesty guy as he pushed for and signed into law his “pathway to citizenship” Immigration bill…

    Today Reagan would be labeled a RINO and run out of Washington, so Boehner can’t afford to be like Reagan.

    • DrGeneNelson

      Reagan was a RINO indeed….”During these years (1932-1948), Reagan considered himself a liberal Democrat, having proudly voted for Franklin Roosevelt four times, and he supported liberal causes such as the Americans for Democratic Action after the war. He described himself later as having been ‘a near hopeless hemophiliac liberal.’ ” – Ronald Reagan, Where’s the Rest of Me? (New York: Dell, 1981), p. 160 quoted from

  • Ed Morgano

    On education Boehner contradicted himself. First he said that it’s not about money. Then he said that if you’re in a poor school, poor neighborhood, you have no chance. You can’t have it both ways Mr Speaker. Let me give you a hint…. if you’re poor, it IS about the lack of money!

  • Tabitha Babella

    Is the change in focus because election time is coming up? Is it a ploy to keep the American public following behind him like sheep to the slaughter?
    I have got to say………………..
    After all this time you have wasted on the affordable health care act….I don’t trust anything out of your mouth. You need to find a hole to slink into……ass-but.

    We need term limits for all public representatives……. ….. no more bullshit……

  • betsym

    Reading some of the comments here I see that Speaker Boehner is now on the rights hit list. Why? Because he’s telling it like it is. That’s what happens with the GOP when they don’t understand that Congress is elected to do what’s best for the American public. There are millions of Republicans who agree with Boehner but don’t say because they fear the wrath of the far right which has taken the party over.

    I’m not a fan of Boehner but when I think he’s right I will say so and agree with him. Sadly people just don’t understand and so they end up voting out the people that care the most about the people. Sad.

    • Hollyinla

      You are 100% correct. I’m also not a fan of Boehner, but the right wingers do not want to hear the truth. For once, Boehner is trying to reason with a group of unreasonable people. That puts a political target on the Speaker.

      • Layla

        Would you two ladies please explain how adding millions of illegals to the voter rolls will help the nearly 100 million Americans with no jobs? Would you explain to us how almost having almost 50% of the population on food stamps will improve when we legalize millions of law breakers? According to my Congressperson, business will be given a waiver on having to pay for Obamacare for all these people initially.

        Tell me, whom do you think will get the jobs?

        • Zippy

          what the ever living hell are you babbling about? Seriously? 100 million Americans don’t have jobs? 50% of the population is on food stamps? Are you high?

          • Johnny__G

            Layla has been repeating this over and over. The lack of jobs and poor economy are not caused but, nor will be further damaged by, a well-designed immigration bill. If anything, an intelligent and practical bill could boost the economy with tax revenue. Not to mention, the whole human rights issue of us as a country essentially abusing these undocumented immigrants with cheap (and illegal on the part of those who do so) pay because they have no legal recourse.

          • Jack Everett

            Get off the kool aid and start living in reality.

        • Jack Everett

          The only reform we need is to start supporting our immigration laws and send the illegals back home.

      • Jack Everett

        Want to support these criminals move to Mexico.

    • Jack Everett

      Their is nothing right about supporting criminals.

    • Johnny__G

      Yeah, I was never a fan. But there always was *something* about him that I knew made him a good person. I don’t agree with him on pretty much anything. I doubt his version of an immigration bill would be anything close to what I would find ideal. But here you can see that he clearly *cares* and doesn’t want to continue to just cast aside real human lives and pretend they aren’t already ingrained into our economy. He wants some sort of compromise to acknowledge them, help stabilize them in some way so they don’t constantly fear being just deported, and to document them. That alone will help protect them from illegal (ridiculously cheap labor) activities and bring in tax revenue.

      I think he knows his time is up and he will go out with a bang. Either getting a bill passed or at least his legacy won’t be “the guy who did nothing”. Because he has stood by his party too long, realized too late in the game they he let himself lose control to outside interest, and now that party is no longer the one he joined. I honestly think he may be so annoyed and hurt with the Koch brothers and other elite rich manipulating the party he once respected and loved that he may not give a crap if he helps wake people up. Even if that brings the downfall of the GOP. Hey, from ashes rise a phoenix, right?

      • Jack Everett

        You mean his alcoholism makes him a good drunk!

  • MyTooCommonSense

    A Dear John Letter –


    Dear John Boehner,

    If I know that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 (aka PPACA, ACA, Obamacare) is unconstitutional, then YOU should sure know it.

    Obamacare is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! What you need to know!

    On January 31, 2011, in a brilliant decision (, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled the “mandate” of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 (aka Obamacare, aka ACA) was unconstitutional and, as a result, ruled Obamacare unconstitutional.

    The Plaintiffs included Attorneys General representing the 26 states of Arizona, Indiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Georgia, Alaska, and as of January 19, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kansas, Maine, Iowa, and Wyoming. Also, the National Federation of Independent Business and two individuals, Mary Brown and Kaj Ahlburg.

    Judge Vinson’s ruling was quickly appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court where they ruled that the “mandate” was really a tax which the U.S. Congress has Constitutional authority to levy.

    By the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the “mandate” is a tax, it turned Obamacare into a Revenue Bill. The Constitution of the United States mandates that all Bills for raising Revenue originate in the House of Representatives. (!/articles/1/essays/30/origination-clause)

    Obamacare originated in the Senate. As a result, Obamacare is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! ( The way Obamacare was created by the Senate and passed by the House (“We have to pass the Bill in order to find out what is in it…”) was criminal. Why didn’t the Republican minority sue the Democrats?

    As you should know that there are still several court cases pending trying to wend their way to the U.S. Supreme Court. What are you and the Republicans doing to assist?

    In the future, whenever you speak about Obamacare, please reiterate the above and show support for Pacific Legal Foundation in their effort to bring their case to the Supreme Court so that, once and for all, pull the plug on this socialist health care system that’s not only bad medicine…it’s the
    worst kind of bad medicine.(


    Please share/copy and paste and spread the word. Thank you.

    May God bless.

    • Johnny__G

      It isn’t unconstitutional. If it were, it would have been ruled as such by the United States Supreme Court. Quit trying to justify your disdain for the ACA by going backwards in rulings. The United States Supreme Court is the end game when it comes to legal disputes. It is over. It is done. Get over it.

      • Salriz

        Chief Justice Roberts changed a law that was unconstitutional
        (The individual mandate); Roberts called the fine/penalties that are written in the law signed by Obama a tax. The Chief Justice acted from the bench,changed the law and then called it constitutional. The Chief Justice–no judge — is authorized to change from the bench a law that has passed congress and signed by the President. Only congress has the power under the Constitution to make laws. Neither the Executive, nor the Judiciary are empowered by the Constitution to make laws or change laws passed by congress and signed into law by the president. Obama has changed the healthcare law over 30 times–Unconstitutionally. ObamaCare was unconstitutional when the President and his crony extreme left wing progressive democrats rammed it through the House and Senate and forced it on the American people and the Republicans in the House and Senate. No Republican voted for the law. The law is still unconstitutional. The Supreme court should have declared the law unconstitutional or at most referred the law back to congress to be reconsidered. 85-90 % of Americans had health care they were mostly happy with. ObamaCare has turned upside down the best health care system in the world in order to give insurance to the 10-15 % that had no insurance, When the dust settles 30 Million of the 40-45 million will still not have healthcare. And the extreme left progressive Liberals (Statists) who want an all powerful intrusive federal central government have taken over the control of 18% of our economy and put us on a path to a ‘Single Payer system’–Socialized Medicine. Five days before he took office Obama proclaimed “In five days We will begin to Fundamentally Transform this Nation”–Obama wants a European Socialist Democracy with a One World Order. Obama and his extreme left wing cronies who control the dems in congress (Sens. Reid, Schumer, Durbin, Levin, Leahy, Gillibrand, Rockerfeller, Whitehouse, Boxer, Feinstein and many other Dems in the Senate and Dems in the House–Reps. Pelosi, Hoyer, Cummings, Lee, Levin, the whole Black Caucus, and many more. They all want to transform our exceptioal Constitutional Republic with free market capitalism which in 230 years made us the most prosperous, the most powerful and the most free country in the world in which the people are citizens with individual sovereignty, individual property rights And the rights to life liberty,and the pursuit of happiness, into a Socialis Democracy where the Citizens become subjects and the all powerful central government with it’s elite ‘masterminds dictate the rights the subjects may or may not have. Years ago then president Clinton publicly said at a luncheon speech in Texas– ‘the Federal government knows better how to spend the people’s money than the people themselves do’. In November 2014 the voters must get out and vote out many of these Statist (Marxist/Socialist) progressive liberal democrats. Republicans must keep the House and Republicans must take control of the Senate sending Obama’s lackey Reid to the back benches. Reid is anti business,anti capitalism except when it comes to making his own personal business deals like land grabs that just happen to become very valuable when a Los Angeles to Las Vegas Super highway will be built on the land Reid made a bundle on. Reid (serving Obama ) changed the Senate filibuster rule so that a simple majority gave Obama the ability to appoint liberal, activist judges to lifetime appointments to federal courts. Obama told Oreilly ‘not a smidgeon of corruption’ exists in his administration. I could go on but the bottom line is the people in November should vote to take back our Constitutional Republic. When the Republicans control the House and the Senate -if Obama continues to rule as an Imperial President the House should consider articles of impeachment. God knows Obama has violated the Constitution he swore to uphold and defend on numerous times. Being Black may come up but I say to that –the white half is being impeached.


    What Kind Dirt does Oboma Have on Boehner????

  • Layla

    Mr. Boehner: Liars don’t get reelected to Congress and liars most definitely do not remain as Speaker.

  • Goon’s ND Redneck

    Speaker John A. Boehner needs to go. Enough is enough, he’s a poor leader.

  • williampenn

    HILLARY/BOEHNER ’16 – Perfect together!

  • dennis pitner

    Boehner says that we will have to transition to a new system to undo Obamacare,what the hell are we doing now ,this supposed system will not be fully implemented until 2017.Boehner, you are a sellout to big business ,and you are not to be trusted.

  • Timothy W. Lucas

    Yes, lets move on from he last f-ing mistake to the next f-ing mistake. Makes sense to me. I can’t believe that you people are actually paid to make this big a mess. No matter how many decisions you always manage to get them wrong. Out of touch? Trillions of light years and the lot of you belong on Pluto.

  • Michael Hathman

    A nation can ill afford to be a nation of sick people. That’s why healthcare reform is critically needed. Sickness causes business BILLIONS of dollars annually. Our nation needs to focus on the well being of our citizens and to focus on being the best we can in providing preventive and healthcare products and services.

  • joxxer

    we knew we couldn’t count on this wimp, nor the R-party on ANYTHING. They will do the same on immigration and anything else. Either they have sold out, or they are undercover Democrats—not one conservative in the bunch, and certainly no fighters. Wimps, sell outs, cowards.

  • Mike Logan

    What corrupt assholes! Not that they care, but contrary to what Bonehead believes, if they allow amnesty, the Republican party will NEVER win another election again! And, if they go along with “amnesty,” Many of us will never vote for them again. Hello Democrats and Democrat lite! I am looking in vain for an island to escape to.

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