Boehner: Haven’t Met “Anyone” Who Backs Public Option
This guy seriously missed his calling:
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has just more or less dared proponents of a public option to bombard his office with their expressions of support of the plan.
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 .
“This is about as unpopular as a garlic milkshake.”
[Politico’s Glenn Thrush] then asked him: “Isn’t a garlic milkshake healthy?” to which he replied, “I don’t know I haven’t tried it.”
High comedy. What an idiot. To argue the pros and cons of the public option on its merits is one thing. Standing there and saying ludicrous lies which are at odds with common sense and reality is an entirely different brand of stupidity.
Media Matters exposes Boehner’s falsehoods:
65% Of Americans Support The Public Option. According to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, 65% of Americans favor “the government offering a government administered health insurance plan – something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get – that would compete with private health insurance plans.” Only 26% of respondents said they were opposed to such an option. [New York Times/CBS News poll, 9/19-23/09]
What about Ohioans? You know where this is going:
57% Of Ohioans Support The Public Option. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, “57% of Ohioans support ‘giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans’ and only 35% are opposed. In fact, over 50% of voters in every age, income and education level support the public option.” [Quinnipiac via ProgressOhio.org, 9/16/09]
So the public option enjoys majority support in the dimwit’s own home state. Is this a tacit admission that he does absolutely nothing all day in Washington? Or that he proactively chooses to ignore the wishes of his constituents?
One things for sure: it proves that John Boehner is a moron.