GOP Silence On Health Care Is Deafening: Interview with John Boehner

An interview with the speaker on Face the Nation

By Art Stevens

Moderator (On Face the Nation): (Speaking about ObamaCare) “When you repeal this, what are you going to replace it with?”

John Boehner: “We’re going to take a common sense, step by step approach.”

Moderator: “Why not, if then you like some of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act, why not work with it rather than repeal the whole thing?”

John Boehner: “No, no, this has to be ripped out by its roots. This is government taking over the entire health insurance industry.”

Moderator: “So, all those people who have pre-existing conditions; you say that we’re
going to get rid of this, and then at some point we’re going to deal with it?”

John Boehner: “Listen, I’ve already outlined, we believe there’s a better way to provide access to high quality health insurance in a different way than we have in ObamaCare.”

Art: Again… What are you going to replace it with? A common sense approach? Hey, Mr. Boehner, WE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WILL BE VOTING. Are we allowed to know what that common sense approach is going to be, or are you just saying ‘just trust us, everything will be fine?’ It was a very simple question. Why can’t we get a very simple answer? In fact, forget the word ‘simple.’ Why can’t we get an ANSWER?

“Why not work with it, rather than repeal the whole thing?” Again, his answer has nothing whatsoever to do with the question. They are so intent on ‘ripping it out by it’s roots’ and getting rid of Obama that there is no feeling for the importance of the question being asked: a question that will affect many, many millions of people. This has turned SO political that the important issues are completely glossed over. It’s like they don’t even exist. These are rival political parties. I can understand perfectly that the Republicans want to defeat Obama. They SHOULD be doing that, but not at the expense of the people, who have a right to hear how both sides would handle the issues. And I want to hear them NOW, not after I vote.

Boehner says, “We believe there’s a better way.” How long do we have to wait to hear ‘the better way?’ Within the last three days, I’ve heard Rubio, McConnell and now Boehner asked very direct questions about the Republicans’ stance on health care. I’m still waiting for an answer. One answer DID get through to me about the health care issue, and that was made by Mitt Romney when he was Governor of Massachusetts.

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