Theodore's World: Boehner Fires Back at Dem Senators and Their Threats About The Repeal

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January 05, 2011

Boehner Fires Back at Dem Senators and Their Threats About The Repeal

The Hill

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner’s office (R-Ohio) pointedly vowed on Tuesday to push ahead with legislation repealing healthcare reform.

Boehner’s office responded to a letter sent by the Senate’s top five Democrats, vowing to block a House bill repealing health reform, with a terse, 65-word note.

Boehner’s office wrote:

Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow:

Thank you for reminding us — and the American people — of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.

The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.

— Speaker-Designate John Boehner’s Press Office

The note comes in response to a letter released on Monday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) office, in which the Democrats promise to block a bill repealing benefits within the healthcare law.

Boehner's response is a sign that the incoming GOP House has little interest in backing off their promise to repeal (or at least chip away) at the healthcare bill.

It's also indicative of what could be a series of battles between the Republican-held House and the Democratic-controlled Senate over the next two years.

Wild Thing's comment........

Stick to your guns Boehner, you have the people behind you and never forget we are watching.

Posted by Wild Thing at January 5, 2011 04:46 AM


JB rocks!! He has all of our support here in the great State of OHIO. Home of the winning Buckeyes! :)

Posted by: jan at January 5, 2011 07:13 AM

Round 1, starts today, I feel much better than I have in two years. the Repeal I don't see as a Reality but they can defund parts of it and no one can do anything about that.

Posted by: Mark at January 5, 2011 07:34 AM

Kind of rings up there with "Nuts" at Bastogne and "Come and take it" at Gonzales. I hope the eventual outcome is the same as it was in these two wars, victory.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at January 5, 2011 10:15 AM

Jan I think so too.

Mark, good way to put it, Round 1.

Tom, yes it does.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 5, 2011 11:49 PM