Despite Govt Plan’s Lead in Polls, Boehner Says He’s Never Heard from a Supporter of Govt Option

photo-boeprhner-garlicHouse GOP Leader John Boehner (Ohio) told reporters yesterday that, based entirely on his empirical experience, there aren’t any supporters of an optional government-run health-insurance plan. He said the government option is as “unpopular as a garlic milkshake.” He also acknowledged that by making this claim, he was “inviting” the plan’s supporters to call him:

“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. I’ve not talked to one, and I get to a lot of places and I’ve not had anyone come up to me — I know I’m inviting it — and lobby for the public option,” Boehner said.

“This thing (the public option) is about as unpopular as a garlic milkshake,” Boehner added, noting that he had not consumed such a milkshake.

As is usual for Bush-era Republicans, Boehner is either clueless or lying. Surely someone his staff has informed him that a Quinnipiac poll in Ohio two weeks ago found that Boehner’s home-staters are in favor of an optional government insurance plan, 57 percent to 35 percent.

Nationwide, the latest CBS News/New York Times poll found that 72 percent of Americans favor the government plan, while just 26 percent oppose it.

A SurveyUSA poll in late August found that 77 percent of Americans supported the government option.

If you’re a supporter of the government plan, Leader Boehner needs to hear from you:

  • Washington: 202-225-6205
  • Butler County: 513-779-5400
  • Miami County: 937-339-1524


  • October 2, 2009 - 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Sen. Boehner, you say you don’t know anyone who supports the Public Option. Well, I have a very large extended family. We all support the Public Option and we vote!

  • dballance
    October 2, 2009 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

    If you want to let Mr. Boehner hear from lots of people who support the public option you’ll need a ZIP in his district. Apparently he doesn’t get the idea that he may have been elected from Ohio but he has a responsibility to the nation.

    Here is one that will allow you to send him e-mail: 45069-6637

    Here is the link to his contact page:

    Let’s all let him hear from people who support the public option.

  • joesdaughter
    October 3, 2009 - 12:05 pm | Permalink

    What is wrong with this guy? His idea of leadership is “snark”. And to state that he hasn’t met anyone who wants a puplic option is a testament to his lack of communication with his constituents.

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