John Boehner, elected to represent the Eighth Congressional District of Ohio for a 10th term in November 2008, is a national leader in the fight for a smaller, more accountable government. Throughout his time as a small businessman, state legislator, and Member of Congress, John has been a straight-shooting and relentless advocate for freedom and security.
GOP Leader: Only Republicans have offered solutions to lower health care costs and make it easier to obtain quality, affordable coverage without imposing a massive burden on the American people.
Washington, Oct 30 - Delivering the weekly Republican address, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) outlined Republicans plan to make health care more accessible and affordable for American families at a price our nation can afford. The address highlights the differences between Republicans smart, fiscally responsible reforms and Speaker Nancy Pelosis (D-CA) 1,990-page government takeover of health care. More on Republicans common-sense health care solutions is available at *******healthcare.gop.gov. Audio of the address is available here; video of the address will be available here once the embargo is lifted.
Im House Republican Leader John Boehner. At the beginning of this year, I told President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Republicans would be ready to work with them whenever possible to address the nations biggest challenges. I also said that where there are differences, it was our obligation as a party to explain to the American people how we would do things better. And on the stimulus, the budget, the energy bill, and health care, we have done exactly that.
As a matter of fact, only Republicans have offered solutions to lower health care costs and make it easier to obtain quality, affordable coverage without imposing a massive burden on the American people.
We first released our health care plan in June, and over the last six months, we have introduced at least eight bills that, taken together, would implement this blueprint. You can go right now to healthcare.gop.gov and get all the details, but for now, I just want to share with you four ideas Republicans have proposed:
· Number one: let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines;
· Number two: allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do today;
· Number three: give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs; and
· Number four: end junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it's good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.
These are four smart, fiscally-responsible reforms that we can implement today to lower costs and expand access at a price our nation can afford. Again, you can learn more about these and all the health care initiatives Republicans have supported by visiting healthcare.gop.gov.
The best way to get a sense of what Speaker Pelosis takeover of health care looks like is to actually look at it. Just shy of 2,000 pages, it runs more than 620 pages longer than the government-run plan Hillary Clinton proposed in 1993.
This 1,990 pages of bureaucracy will centralize health care decision making in Washington, DC. Itll require thousands of new federal employees. Itll put unelected boards, bureaus, and commissions in charge of who gets access to what drug and what potentially life-saving treatment.
And it wont come cheap. Speaker Pelosis health care bill will raise the cost of Americans health insurance premiums; it will kill jobs with tax hikes and new mandates; and it will cut seniors Medicare benefits.
We now have a choice: we can come together to implement smart, fiscally responsible reforms to improve Americans health care or we can recklessly pursue this government takeover that creates far more problems than it solves.
Its clear where the American people stand on this issue. Theyre frustrated and fed up. The stimulus bill isnt working. Unemployment is rising. The debt to be paid by our kids and grandkids is exploding. And now, Speaker Pelosis 1,990-page government takeover of health care.
Enough is enough. Breaking the bank and taking away the freedoms Americans cherish is not the answer to the challenge...
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One’s an addict in rehab. The other -- one of the most powerful politicians in Congress. Actor Charlie Sheen and House Speaker John Boehner seem to have nothing in common -- but Tea Party Nation leader Judson Phillips is suggesting one might be smarter than the other.
In a blog post on his website, Phillips expressed his disdain for what Mr. Boehner has -- check that -- hasn’t done in Congress. He writes, “Charlie Sheen is now making more sense than John Boehner.”
And in a telephone interview with CNN, Phillips says Boehner needs to straighten up quick -- or lose his job.
“If Boehner doesn’t get up there, get on the ball, and start getting us some serious budget cuts -- I’m going to do whatever I can to have someone run a primary against Boehner.”
Comparing Speaker Boehner to Charlie Sheen seems like a low blow, but this is only the latest of media-magnified conflicts between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party.
Fox News contributor Juan Williams says the Tea Party’s demands have really gotten out of hand -- in the budget debate in particular.
JUAN WILLIAMS: “You need to have people who are willing to negotiate and so far, the kind of demands that the Tea Party is forcing on John Boehner are just so out of realm. I mean, nobody is going to buy into them. Republicans aren't going to buy into them, so, the question is, ‘What are you realistically are trying to accomplish, John Boehner?’ It’s not about simply pointing fingers.”
And a writer for the Huffington Post characterizes the House Tea Party Caucus’ first meeting as - quote - “boisterous” -- and saying it...
“...exposed two potential rifts -- one between its members and state-level Tea Party activists, who have no appetite for compromise, and another between its members and Republican Party leaders, who will soon be asking them to do just that.”
But some say the “rift” between GOP leaders and the Tea Party is really just a media concoction. A contributor for the conservative website Obama Talk writes, bottom line, the GOP & Tea Partiers want the same thing -- a Republican in office.
“There is no third party per [se]. It is still Democrat vs Republican.”
And in a January interview on CBS Face the Nation, Tea Party “darling” Michelle Bachmann tells host Harry Smith the Republicans and Tea Party members are sailing into the same harbor.
MICHELLE BACHMANN: “I think we’re very - I think we’re fairly unified, but of course we won’t all necessarily be agreeing on everything, but I think you see a fairly cohesive group, we have a singularity of purpose in that we want to be able to get the budget in order.”
But the conflicts over recent budget proposals might tell a different story. Republicans pushed for $61 billion in cuts from the budget -- and CNN’s Shannon Travis says -- the Tea Party is making it clear they want more.
CAROL COSTELLO: Everybody is wondering whether the tea party is that influential. Is it safe to say it is?”
SHANNON TRAVIS: “Yeah, it is safe to say they are, Carol. You may not even be hearing these kinds of numbers -- 60 billion and a hundred billion dollars were it not for the Tea Party. Remember, they were very influential in electing and flipping the House towards Republicans. They are saying, you know what, we helped you win. It's time for payback now.”
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"Like the old joke goes, President Obama isn't a doctor, but he plays one on TV -- giving Americans a discomforting glimpse of life under ObamaCare, with government leaders and bureaucrats dispensing medical opinions that are better left to doctors, medical professionals, and patients," said House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH). "This is a lighthearted video, but it underscores a serious point that Congressional Democrats are going to hear throughout August as they travel outside of Washington: Americans want lower health care costs not a trillion-dollar government takeover of health care that increases costs and lets Washington bureaucrats make decisions that should be made by doctors and patients."
The House GOP Health Care Solutions Group has crafted a health care reform plan that will address rising health care costs and expand health care access and quality at a price our country can afford. To read about this better solution, go to *******blunt.house.gov/Read.aspx?ID=1140 . President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should scrap their plan for a government-run health care system and start over, and work with Republicans for real health care reforms that will make a positive difference for all Americans.
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GOP Leader: Americans asking where are the jobs are getting more the same from out-of-touch Washington Democrats: more spending, more debt, and more government.
Washington, Nov 7 - WASHINGTON, D.C. House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement shortly after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Democrats passed a 2,032-page, $1.3 trillion government takeover of health care:
I came here to renew the American Dream, so my kids and their kids have the same opportunities I had. I came here to fight big-government monstrosities like this bill that dim the light of freedom and diminish opportunity for future generations.
Americans want a common-sense approach to health care reform, not Speaker Nancy Pelosis 2,032-page government takeover that increases costs, adds to our skyrocketing debt, destroys jobs with tax hikes and new mandates, and cuts seniors Medicare benefits. Americans asking where are the jobs are getting more of the same from out-of-touch Washington Democrats: more spending, more debt, and more government.
Republicans have better solutions to lower costs and expand access to quality care especially for those with pre-existing conditions without adding to the crushing debt Washington has placed on our children and grandchildren. Our plan will lower premiums by up to 10 percent, making health care more affordable for families and small businesses. Thats what the American people want, and thats what Republicans will continue to fight for.