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Boehner: Haven’t Met “Anyone” Who Backs Public Option

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Ohioans do not deserve this kind of representation. Nope.

Above: A confused Rep. John Boehner. Ohioans do not deserve this kind of representation. Nope.

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.”

*blank stare*

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.

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Written by PJ

October 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

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  1. my spouse and i support a public option.

    ilse schroeder, terry schroeder

    ilse schroeder

    October 6, 2009 at 8:21 pm

  2. Meet me – one person who supports the public option.The ins. companies contribute nothing to health care. All they do is take 20-30%of the premiums we pay and pay high salaries to CEOs and hire bean counters to deny needed care doctors request for their patients. All Ins. Companies do is get in the way of good health care. Most doctors would much rather deal with Medicare(overhead is only 5%). Why are you protecting the Ins. Companies? How much to they contribute to your coffers?

    Fern Traverso

    October 7, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    • From the looks of things, a WHOLE lot:

      WASHINGTON — The largest medical insurers and drug companies spent 41% more on lobbying this year as Congress began debate on an overhaul of health care, which may include a public insurance plan the industries oppose.

      The largest medical insurers and drug companies spent 41% more on lobbying this year as Congress began debate on an overhaul of health care, which may include a public insurance plan the industries oppose.

      Despite an overall decline in lobbyist spending this year, a USA TODAY review of disclosure reports found 20 of the largest health insurance and drug companies and their trade groups spent nearly $35 million in the first quarter of 2009, up more than $10 million from the same period last year.

      And that’s from a USATODAY article in June, before the rough August reform went through. There’s no question that our politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, are getting their coffers overflowed with loot.

      Sometimes the upside, if you want to call it that, of such blatant corporate influence is that it’s put on front street for everybody to see.

      PJ

      October 8, 2009 at 12:49 pm


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