Jump to content

Boehner Out of Touch With Regular Americans


1 post in this topic

Recommended Posts

Filed: Country: Philippines

Well, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) asked for it.

Boehner claimed, with a semi-straight face, that he has yet to meet a regular "American" who favors the option -- despite polls showing that a majority of voters support to the idea of having the choice of a government plan.

"I'm still trying to find the first American to talk to who's in favor of the public option, other than a member of Congress or the administration" said Boehner, whose sole recent foray into a public discussion of health care reform was a tea-party-style event in Ohio a few weeks back.

"I've not talked to one and I get to a lot of places," he told reporters at his weekly press availability. "I've not had anyone come up to me -- I know I'm inviting them -- and lobby for the public option."

Really? He's "inviting" supporters of a public option to let him know about their position?

Boehner probably meant this as a throwaway line, and didn't think it through. But it's causing something of a stir.

Many Dems are noting, for example, that 57% of Ohioans -- Boehner's home state -- support a public option. The Minority Leader may "get to a lot of places," but maybe he needs to travel his own state a little more.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has launched an online petition for public option supporters to email Boehner about their support for the policy. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) has launched a campaign of its own. HCAN has sent out a petition to its national list, and as of this afternoon, there's even a Facebook group on this.

Several House Dems have also taken the opportunity to ridicule Boehner's limited sources of contact.

Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT): "
t's pretty clear John Boehner isn't hanging out with the people he represents when he goes home. Maybe he should change up his golf foursome to include fewer Republican cheerleaders and hit the links with a few regular people."

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY): "There are plenty of average Americans in Louisville who support the public insurance option, and I'd be happy to personally pay for one of them to fly to Washington to tell John Boehner why, if he will agree to meet with them in public. Shoot, I'll pay for John to come to Louisville, if that will make it easier for the Minority Leader."

And Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "Minority Leader Boehner clearly hasn't been listening to the American people."

I haven't noticed if the major news outlets have picked up on this -- I kind of doubt it -- but it's nice to see the left pounce on a foolish remark like the one Boehner offered up yesterday.


Link to comment
Share on other sites


Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
- Back to Top -

Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
  • Create New...