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Video: Congressman Boehner Shares Stories from Ohioans Struggling Under ObamaCare
Posted by Press Office on October 24, 2013
Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following video message sharing just a few of the hundreds of devastating stories he has received from Eighth District constituents about the effects the president’s health care law is having on their lives. 

Over the past few months, Congressman Boehner has heard from constituents from all walks of life who are dealing with the negative effects of the president’s health care law.  The stories range from those who have lost their employer health care (like the employees at Poelking Lanes in Ohio’s Miami Valley), to those whose premiums have gone through the roof. . .from the job creators who have frozen their hiring because of the uncertainty around this law, to those small business owners who believe they will have to close up shop if they are forced to pay these unmanageable rates.

In the message, Boehner says: “It’s because of stories like these that my colleagues and I here in the House continue to work to provide fairness for all Americans under the president’s health care law.  The president has given special breaks to big corporations and powerful labor unions who have asked for relief from the law’s requirements.  Now it’s time for him to give the same relief to American families and small businesses.”

Take a minute to watch the video and share your story with the congressman by visiting johnboehner.house.gov/contact. Boehner’s full remarks are below:

Hi, I’m John Boehner.  Over the past few months, I’ve heard from hundreds of Eighth District constituents about the president’s health care law and the devastating effect it’s having on their families and small businesses.

Some shared stories about their health care premiums shooting sky high…

Like Ed from Hamilton who told me his current policy is being discontinued and replaced with a policy that increases his premiums by 65 percent – an increase his family can’t afford.

Some told me of how their hours were being cut because of the job-crushing law…

Like Brittany, from Camden who wrote to tell me that her husband’s hours are being reduced because of the law.  She said she doesn’t know how they’re going to make ends meet.

I’ve also heard from small business owners who are struggling to figure out how they’ll keep their doors open with the new costs the president’s law imposes.

Brian, who has owned a small business in West Chester for 15 years, told me he may be shutting down his business because it simply cannot pay 50 percent more for health care.

It’s because of stories like these that my colleagues and I here in the House continue to work to provide fairness for all Americans under the president’s health care law.  The president has given special breaks to big corporations and powerful labor unions who have asked for relief from the law’s requirements.  Now it’s time for him to give the same relief to American families and small businesses. 

If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact me at Johnboehner.house.gov/contact.

Thanks for listening.

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Study Reveals Ohioans Will Pay Significantly Higher Rates in 2014 Because of ObamaCare
Posted by Press Office on June 10, 2013

“The president sold his health care law to Ohioans as a way to bring down costs, but instead, many will pay nearly $200 extra every month while also paying higher taxes. It’s unfair to struggling families and taxpayers, and it’s another reason why we have to repeal this law and focus on patient-centered reforms that will actually lower health care costs and protect jobs.”Congressman John Boehner 


A 2013 study released by the Ohio Department of Insurance revealed that Ohio “insurers expect the cost to cover health care expenses for consumers will significantly increase” next year because of the implementation of ObamaCare.  As outlined in the report, this increase will translate into higher rates, an average increase of 88 percent, for the majority of Ohioans.

The study estimates that the current average cost to cover medical expenses for an individual health insurance plan is $233.  Once ObamaCare is implemented, the cost to provide an individual health insurance plan will skyrocket to an average of $420.  As insurers pay more to cover individuals under ObamaCare, Ohioans will pay more for their health insurance.

“Some people have the impression that the main reason that rates are going up under ObamaCare is because of the law’s requirement that insurers cover people with pre-existing conditions. But that accounts for only a fraction—around a quarter—of the rate hike,” explained Avik Roy in an article for Forbes.  “The rest comes from all the other things that ObamaCare does, such as forcing people to buy richer insurance benefits; to buy products with all sorts of add-ons they might not need; to pay ObamaCare’s premium tax; and to pay a lot more, if they’re young, to subsidize older individuals.”

The Society of Actuaries study is just another in a long line of reports outlining the negative effects of ObamaCare on families, the economy, and the health care system.  For years, Congressman Boehner has led the fight for repealing ObamaCare because it’s increasing the cost of health insurance, reducing access to care, and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.

Fully repealing President Obama’s health care law continues to be a focus for House Republicans and an essential part of the GOP’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs.

 

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Boehner on CBS: ObamaCare Hurts Small Businesses, Must Be Ripped Out By Its Roots
Posted by Press Office on July 01, 2012

With millions of Americans out of work and wages stagnant, Congressman John Boehner told CBS News Face the Nation the president’s health care law is driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire. Boehner said ObamaCare must be “ripped out at its roots” so we can start over with “a common sense, step-by-step approach that will lower health care costs.” Watch him here:

Boehner: President’s Health Care Takeover & Tax Must Be Ripped Out By Its Roots

“This has to be ripped out by its roots. This is government taking over the entire health insurance industry. The American people do not want to go down this path. They do not want the government telling them what kind of insurance policy they have to buy, and how much they have to pay for it, and if you don’t like it we’re going to tax you. It has to be ripped out and we need to start over. One step at a time.”

Boehner: Supreme Court’s Ruling Has Strengthened Our Resolve to Repeal ObamaCare

“All it really does is strengthen my resolve and resolve of Republicans here in Washington to repeal this awful law, which is increasing the cost of health insurance for the American people and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.”

Boehner: Common-Sense Steps Will Help Lower Costs for Families, Small Businesses

“We’ve outlined a number of provisions last year allowing employers, or the American people to buy insurance across state lines. Why wouldn’t we allow small businesses to group together for the purchases of buying health insurance? Why wouldn’t we deal with one of the big cost drivers in health care, and that is medical malpractice reform? That results in almost one out of four tests being ordered by a doctor as unnecessary only to protect themselves from being sued. These are the kinds of common sense steps that we can take.”

Boehner: Washington’s Spending Binge Threatens Families, Economic Growth

“We clearly have a problem. This president’s driven the debt up $5 trillion in less than four years. We’ve got a 16 trillion dollar national debt now. We have a 1.3 trillion dollar budget deficit this year. You can’t continue to spend money that you don’t have. And I do believe that it’s time to deal with this. I tried everything I could last year to work with the president to try to come to some agreement to begin the process of getting our debt under control.  … We’ve got to make changes to all of our programs because if we don’t, they will not exist.”  

Boehner: Terry Family Has a Right to Know What Happened in Fast & Furious

“The American people have a right to know what happened here. Brian Terry’s family has a right to know what happened here. And the fact is that the only facts that we’ve received about this entire Fast and Furious operation came from whistleblowers and others associated with it. We got no information that helped in our investigation from the Justice Department at any point in this investigation. The American people deserve the truth.”

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Boehner on 55KRC: “House Will Vote to Repeal Whatever is Left of ObamaCare”
Posted by Press Office on June 26, 2012

In a radio interview today with Brian Thomas on Cincinnati’s 55 KRC-AM, Congressman Boehner addressed House Republicans’ commitment to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety and the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the president’s health care law.  House Republicans are relentlessly focused on job creation and, as Boehner put it during the interview, “the president’s health care law is driving up health care costs and its making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.”  In addition, Congressman Boehner addressed President Obama’s failure to lead on immigration and the Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s law. 

Listen to the interview here: 


BOEHNER ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FAILED ECONOMIC POLICIES

“It’s all about the president trying to find a way to win an election.  His economic policies have failed and as a result he cannot run on his record.  He is going to try to make the election about everything other than his failed economic policies…all about energizing certain segments of America in hopes of finding a way for him to win…This election will be about the economy.”

BOEHNER ON HOUSE REPUBLICANS’ COMMITMENT TO FULLY REPEAL OBAMACARE

“We all know that the president’s health care law is driving up health care costs and its making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.  And I’ll say this: unless the Supreme Court throws out the entire law, the House will vote to repeal whatever is left of ObamaCare.  Then we need to enact commonsense reforms in a step-by-step process that protects jobs and protects the American people’s access to the care they need from the doctor they choose at a lower cost.” 

BOEHNER ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FAILURE TO LEAD ON IMMIGRATION

“…if the federal government isn’t going to do its job there is no reason why the people of Arizona can’t do theirs...The president talked about it during the campaign, he’s talked about it half a dozen times since, and has offered nothing – nothing to the Congress and has provided no leadership to get this done.” 

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Constituent Mailbag: Helping Small Businesses by Voting to Repeal, Defund, and Dismantle ObamaCare
Posted by Press Office on June 07, 2012

Today, Congressman John Boehner responded to phone calls and emails from Eighth District constituents regarding House efforts to repeal the president’s unpopular and harmful 2010 health care law, which is driving up health care costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers.  In the video, Boehner speaks directly to Michael from Eaton, who voiced his opinion by email, saying he wanted to see the “full and total repeal of ObamaCare.”

As Boehner notes in the video, “repealing ObamaCare was one of the first votes taken by this Congress.  Since then, we’ve voted 29 times to repeal, defund, and dismantle the law.”  In a recent weekly column, Congressman Boehner reiterated his commitment to taking action on ObamaCare, saying, “the president's health care law is raising costs and hurting small businesses, and it must be fully repealed.” 

Today, the House will take its 30th vote in this effort by voting to repeal ObamaCare’s Medical Device Tax.  This job-crushing tax threatens thousands of jobs across the state of Ohio, including some jobs in the Eighth District and surrounding areas.  As the Dayton Business Journal points out, “The Dayton region is home to many medical device manufacturers, including AtriCure Inc. in West Chester, X-Spine Systems Inc. in Centerville and Mauch Inc. in Dayton, among others” that may be impacted.

Let us know what you think about ObamaCare in the comments below, and please take a minute to watch Boehner’s message here:

“Every week I hear from Eighth District constituents who oppose the president’s health care law, which is making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.

“Michael from Eaton wrote that he wants to see “full and total repeal of Obamacare.”

“Now, repealing ObamaCare was one of the first votes taken by this Congress.  Since then, we’ve voted 29 times to repeal, defund, and dismantle the law.  And while the Democratic-controlled Senate continues to block these and other jobs bills, we are going to continue to take action.

“This week the House will vote to repeal ObamaCare’s medical device tax. 

“In Ohio alone, this new tax threatens the jobs of more than 35,000 people.  With many medical device manufacturers headquartered in our area, it will surely affect families in our community and our region’s economy.

“While we continue to fight for full repeal of ObamaCare, repealing this tax will protect jobs here in Ohio and across the country.

“Michael, you are not alone in being against ObamaCare and I appreciate you adding your voice to the fight. 

“Please visit johnboehner.house.gov and let me know what you think of the president’s health care law.  I look forward to hearing from you.”

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Boehner: Anything Short of Full ObamaCare Repeal is Unacceptable
Posted by Press Office on May 17, 2012

“Our economy continues to struggle, and the president’s health care law is making things worse,” Congressman John Boehner said today. Whether the Supreme Court strikes down all or part, or upholds the law as it is, Boehner says Republicans are committed to “repealing ObamaCare in its entirety”:

“Our economy continues to struggle, and the president’s health care law is making things worse -- raising health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers.  The only way to change this is by repealing ObamaCare in its entirety.  We voted to fully repeal the president’s health care law as one of our first acts as a new House majority, and our plan remains to repeal the law in its entirety.  Anything short of that is unacceptable.” – Congressman John Boehner

The House Republican majority has voted 29 times so far to repeal, defund, and dismantle President Obama’s health care law. Here’s an update to a previous post looking at these efforts:






  • SCRAPPING THE RATIONING BOARD: The House passed legislation (H.R. 5) repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel of 15 unelected and unaccountable government bureaucrats tasked with rationing care for America’s seniors.

  • EXPOSING TRUE COST OF THE LAW: The House voted to repeal the CLASS Act (H.R. 1173) whose phantom “savings” were “crucial to garnering support for passage” of Obamacare, according to a bicameral Congressional investigation.



The president’s health care law makes it harder for small businesses to hire new workers, jeopardizes seniors’ access to care, and adds to the debt that threatens job growth. It needs to go.“There’s only one way to truly fix ObamaCare,” Congressman Boehner has said -- “and that’s by fully repealing it.”

Republicans made a Pledge to America to repeal ObamaCare and create a better environment for private-sector job growth. And the House is going to continue working to keep that pledge to repeal the law and then work on step-by-step, common-sense legislation that will help lower health care costs for families and small businesses, and protect American jobs.

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Memo Reveals Top White House Officials Behind ObamaCare Deal With PhRMA, Investigation Ongoing
Posted by Press Office on May 16, 2012

Senior White House officials were “involved in negotiating and approving”  a deal with the pharmaceutical industry to win its backing for a government takeover of health care that is now making it harder for small businesses to hire workers, a new House Energy & Commerce Committee memo reveals. 

The staff memo, released to the public a short while ago, is part of an ongoing investigation into what insider deals were struck in the writing of ObamaCare, and whether policy outcomes were traded for public support.  The pharmaceutical industry (PhRMA) agreement was announced with much White House fanfare in the summer of 2009 and industry lobbyists “huddled” with Democratic staffers in the final push to jam the bill through Congress.  Details of the White House’s role in the agreement and its contents were largely elusive, leading the committee to announce an investigation last year.  Its findings to date, detailed in this memo, include an e-mail from then-White House deputy chief of staff (now President Obama’s campaign manager) Jim Messina to a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry, which explicitly invokes the existence of a “deal.”

The memo also reveals that administration officials knowingly kept the House, controlled by the president’s own party at the time, out of the talks.  “I think we should have included the House in these discussions, but maybe we never would have gotten anywhere if we had,” Office of Health Reform director Nancy Ann DeParle wrote in an e-mail to a PhRMA representative.  Then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was also pivotal in securing a deal, the memo states.

The White House’s secrecy about the process extends to the agreement itself, the specifics of which were not made available to the public and news organizations.  “In the coming weeks,” the memo states, “the Committee intends to show what the White House agreed to do as part of its deal with the pharmaceutical industry and how the full details of the agreement were kept from both the public and the House of Representatives.”  

The American people will be interested in those findings, especially in light of the president’spromise to conduct public and televised health care talks.  Instead, the White House cut a string of backroom deals with special interests and reluctant lawmakers.  Mounting public unrest with the lack of transparency, and the prospect that the bill would not lower costs or protect coverage as promised, led then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi to infamously pronounce, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”  

We now know the American people got a bad deal from ObamaCare, which is making it harder for small businesses across America to hire new workers.  That is why, in keeping with the Pledge to America, the House has taken nearly 30 votes to repeal, defund, and dismantle this health care law.  But what kind of deal did the White House and PhRMA get?  The Committee’s investigation is ongoing.

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Boehner Hosts Listening Session with Ohio Job Creators in Hamilton
Posted by Press Office on May 11, 2012

Today, Congressman Boehner hosted an open discussion with Ohio small business leaders and job creators in Hamilton.  Boehner opened the discussion by asking the job creators what they needed to see coming out of Washington in order to encourage job creation and grow the economy, here are a few of the responses:

As reported by the West Chester Buzz, Trevor Stansbury, president and founder of a company in Loveland, told Boehner, “One of the things that is killing all of us is the uncertainty and our reluctance therefore to hire people because we don’t know what is around the corner.”

Boehner agreed with Mr. Stansbury’s concerns and replied: “This uncertainty – I have explained to the president so many times that I am blue in the face…When people get that uncertain, they sit on their money. They sit on their hands and they wait for the market or the picture to clear. Until there is more certainty out there, we are not going to see big changes in our economy.”

Laura Doerge-Roberts, president of Vinyl Max Windows in Hamilton, was among the many job creators who expressed their frustrations with ObamaCare and the threat it is posing to employer provided benefits.  As reported by WCPO, Mrs. Doerge-Roberts “told Boehner under President Obama's healthcare plan, it's more attractive for her company to violate federal law and pay a $340,000 a year fine for not providing healthcare than to provide what she called the rising costs and decreasing benefits.”

Boehner wrapped up the event by reiterating that House Republicans will continue to stay focused on job creation:

“All I can do, on the House side, is try to be responsible in governing and hope that our colleagues on the other side of the Capitol do the same and hope the President maybe comes back off the campaign trail and works with Democrats and Republicans to get things done that the American people expect us to get done.”

If you are in the Cincinnati area, tune into your local news tonight to catch their coverage of the event.

More from Congressman Boehner’s Discussion with Job Creators here:

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New Report: ObamaCare Encourages Employers to Drop Health Coverage for Workers
Posted by Press Office on May 01, 2012
“Anyone who gets insurance through their job should be worried about what will happen next, because there is adistinct financial incentive for employers to terminate health care coverage under the Democrats’ health care law,” House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) said today, unveiling a new report titled “BROKEN PROMISE: Why ObamaCare Will Force Americans to Lose the Health Care Coverage They Have and Like.”  Contrary to President Obama’s oft-stated claim that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” data provided by 71 top employers and analyzed by the committee shows that each company would save, on average, $400 million in 2014 and nearly $6 billion between 2014 and 2023 if they drop coverage for their employees – forcing them into government-controlled exchanges.  Here are a few additional highlights from the report, courtesy of the committee:

  • In total, the 71 Fortune 100 companies that responded to this inquiry could save an estimated $28.6 billion in 2014 alone by eliminating health insurance coverage for their more than 5.9 million U.S. employees (impacting more than 10.2 million employees and dependents covered by those plans) and instead paying the $2,000 per full-time employee fine created in the Democrats’ health care law.  From 2014 through 2023, these employers could save an astounding $422.4 billion if they took this action.”

  • “84 percent of responding employers expect their future health care costs will increase at rates that are greater than those they’ve experienced over the past five years.  During this period, employers responded that their health insurance costs have increased 5.9 percent, on average, while they expect future health costs will grow 7.6 percent, on average.”  

In a report on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, Neil Trautwein, Vice President and Employee Benefits Policy Counsel for the National Retail Federation, said “In a pure dollars and cents standpoint, it could not be more clear: You save a lot of money - hundreds of millions of dollars for some of these companies - by no longer providing coverage.” James Capretta, a fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center, warned that if a business “stops offering coverage, their competitors in the local community are likely to follow suit.  There could be a snowball effect.”  “The higher costs of subsidies” resulting from the influx of Americans forced into government-controlled exchanges “would fall on taxpayers,” according to Fox News’ Jim Engle.  

Today’s report echoes the findings of a House Energy & Commerce report released last week that found that ObamaCare will raise costs and increase uncertainty for job creators, and jeopardize coverage for American workers.  In addition to these reports, House Republicans have held several hearings to highlight the disastrous consequences ObamaCare is having for American taxpayers and small businesses (see: herehere and here), as they continue making the case for full repeal of the law.   

Keeping the Pledge to America, the Republican-led House has already voted nearly 30 times to repeal, defund and dismantle parts of ObamaCare, and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead.  Learn more and follow our progress by liking the Pledge to America on Facebook: Facebook.com/PledgetoAmerica

Here is the full report

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Boehner on CNN: House Focusing on Jobs, POTUS Picking Fake Fights & Going After Straw Men
Posted by Press Office on April 29, 2012
On CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Congressman John Boehner noted that while the House is working to address high gas prices and stop excessive regulations that hurt job growth, President Obama is “diminishing the presidency” by “picking fake fights” and “going after straw men.” Boehner highlighted the House vote to extend current student loan rates by cutting a slush fund from ObamaCare – a slush fund Democrats (including the president) previously supported cutting and a law that’s making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers. Below is video and key excerpts from the interview:

On the American People Still Asking, “Where Are the Jobs?”:

“The American people are still asking the question, ‘where are the jobs?’ And it’s clear this president’s economic policies have failed.  As a result, he’s turned to the politics of envy and division. The way we help the middle class is we get our economy going again. We develop more American oil and gas so that their gas prices, which have doubled under President Obama are, again, reasonable. How do we do that? We stop the regulatory juggernaut that's going on downtown here in Washington. Every agency of the federal government scaring every employer to dickens and they're afraid to invest. … This election is going to be about the president’s economic policies. They’ve failed.”

On President Obama “Diminishing the Presidency By Picking Fake Fights, Going After Straw Men”:

“[H]e’s diminishing the presidency by picking fake fights, going after straw men every day.  You know, we had the Buffett Rule.  You know, went on for months, even the president admitted it was a gimmick.  Then we have the Rose Garden ceremony talking about manipulation in the oil markets without one shred of evidence.  And he has an entire administration to go after speculation or manipulation in the oil markets.  And then they pick this student loan fight where there is no fight.  And the point I’ve been trying to make here in the last couple of weeks is that the president’s bigger than this.  The presidency is important.  America has big challenges.  Big fiscal challenges, and we’ve got big challenges with our economy and the president ought to be working with Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill to address the big issues that affect the American people.” 

On Student Loans, & the President “Picking a Fight Where One Doesn’t Exist”:

“This problem was created by a Democrat Congress in 2007, and Democrats and Republicans, for months, have been working together trying to figure out a way to resolve the problem. And for the president to politicize this for his own reelection is picking a fight where one doesn’t exist. … Listen, what we’re trying to do here is to deal with this problem in a responsible way. Democrats and Republicans have been working together to get this resolved and I believe that we will. If the Senate wants to do a different pay-for, that will be up to them. But, we will have this issue resolved.”

On Democrats Supporting Cuts to ObamaCare Slush Fund in the Past:

“Well, then why did his budget director and the president put in their budget reductions in spending in this program?  Why did the president sign into law the payroll tax credit that included $4 billion dollars worth of reductions in this same program? … The same fund.”

On Democrats’ Political “War on Women” Rhetoric:

“That is just nonsense. There is no women’s health issue here. … I’ll guarantee you they have not spent a dime out of this fund dealing with anything to do with women’s health. … The president’s own budget called for reductions in spending in this fund, in this prevention fund. So, why would they have done that if it wasn’t available to use as an offset to make sure the student loan interest rates don’t go up?”

On Keeping the Pledge to America to Listen to the American People & Reform Congress:

“No earmarks, who can imagine?  You know, we’ve been through 16 months now, not one earmark.  It’s made my job a lot more difficult, in terms of how to pass important legislation, because there’s no grease, I’ve got no grease.  So, no earmarks.  A more open process, allowing Democrats and Republicans to represent their constituency, to bring their ideas onto the floor.  We’re making real progress.  One of my major goals is to rebuild this institution.  If we’re serious about tackling America’s big problems, you’ve got to have an institution strong enough to be able to do that.  Having watched what’s happened here in this institution over the 21 years that I’ve been here, we’ve made positive steps in the right direction.  Both Democrats and Republicans are very happy about the progress we’ve made.  They want more and so do I.”

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