John Boehner Admits Congressional Incompetence, But You Won’t Believe Who He Blames

boehner-idiotJust when I thought (fill in the name of any number of Republicans) couldn’t say something any more ridiculous, I always remember the sun will come up tomorrow.

I’ve said a few times, “This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,” and at the time I meant it.  And while I don’t like to use cliché phrases over and over, I can’t help it if Republicans seem determined to top the last ridiculous comment with something even more absurd.

This most recent one by Speaker of the House John Boehner might just take the cake.  While comments from Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz are often just idiotic, what Boehner said to a group of reporters is absolutely delusional.

“When you look at the number of bills passed by the House and the paltry number of bills passed by the Senate you can see where the problem is.  Both the House and Senate have to do their job. The House continues to do its job.  The Senate needs to get serious about doing theirs.”

No, this isn’t April Fools’ Day — he was dead serious.

John Boehner is blaming the Senate for the ineffectiveness of Congress?  Are you kidding me?  This is the same House that’s held over 40 pointless votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  The same House that refuses to take up immigration reform that the Senate passed months ago.  The same House that refused to allow a vote on a clean version of the Senate’s continuing resolution which lead to our government being shut down for 16 days.

This is a statement so laughable that I literally chuckled with disgust when I read it.

Granted, the Senate has its own issues, but they’re nothing compared to what goes on in the circus that is our House of Representatives.

He then went on to ramble about the Affordable Care Act, spouting off more nonsense that wasn’t even remotely accurate:

“Obamacare is a government-centered health care delivery system.  That’s not what the American people want.  The American people want to be able to pick their own type of health insurance.  They want to be able to pick their own doctors.  They want to be able to pick their own hospital. That is what a patient-centered health care system looks like.”

Lies, lies and more lies.

Let me just break down that entire statement bit by bit.

1) “Obamacare is a government-centered health care delivery system.”

No, it’s not.  It’s insurance reform.  It establishes more comprehensive (aka better) requirements that health insurance plans must offer.  The majority of Americans are still buying health insurance from the private sector just like they did before.

2) “The American people want to be able to pick their own type of health insurance.”

Not completely.  With this argument, I always go back to the mandate we have in this country (in every state aside from New Hampshire) to purchase auto insurance to drive.  If Americans weren’t required to purchase insurance, tens of millions wouldn’t.  If tens of millions didn’t, the auto insurance rates for those who did would be ridiculously expensive.  So, yes, some Americans want to buy “health insurance” which only really provides the illusion of insurance.  But once the worst happens, and tens of thousands of dollars of medical bills come rolling in, they’ll wish they had purchased more comprehensive health insurance.

3) “They want to be able to pick their own doctors.”

Before “Obamacare,” Americans weren’t entirely able to pick their own doctors.  Depending on which kind of health insurance plan they had, PPO or HMO, they were restricted to what doctors they could visit — often times being forced to switch doctors because their health insurance stopped carrying that particular doctor.  This notion that “Obamacare” is the catalyst for some Americans being forced to switch doctors is a blatant lie.  This is something that has gone on for a while now, but Republicans are trying to make it seem like it’s a new issue caused by the Affordable Care Act.

4) “They want to be able to pick their own hospitals.”

See above.

5) “That’s what a patient-centered health care system looks like.”

Nobody in this country knows what a patient-centered health care system looks like because we’ve never had it.  What we’ve had is a for-profit health care system where people are seen as figures and health care is seen as a revenue source.  That’s not “patient-centered,” that’s profit-centered.  If health care was actually patient-centered, almost 50 million Americans wouldn’t have been without health insurance and millions more discriminated against because they were born with a pre-existing condition.

Then when he was asked if Republicans might actually present a health care plan of their own in 2014, the only answer he could provide was, “We’ll see.”  Meaning, “Let me see what the poll numbers say and I’ll get back to you.”

I’ve never had much respect for John Boehner — personally, I think he’s spineless and epitomizes everything that’s wrong in Washington — but these pathetic comments are such a joke that I just can’t imagine how anyone could ever take him seriously.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • slightlyamused

    Sociopaths never blame themselves

    • Bonta-kun

      Agreed. Just look at the UK; the Tories are just as bad.

      The Conservative government never takes the blame for anything, preferring instead to wear the living shit out of the phrase “the mess we inherited from the Labour administration”. Despite the financial crisis being widely acknowledged as a GLOBAL thing, and then-Liberal Democrat (sounds like a good thing to Americans, right?) leader Nick Clegg agreeing that then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown was doing the right thing to help Britain recover.

      Now, though, Coalition Deputy PM Nick Clegg is fully signed up to the Nope, Everything Is Labour’s Fault Party. Clegg sold his and his party’s soul to the Conservatives, breaking every single promise he made up to 2010, for a lick of power and a ride in a limo. All of which has less than two years left to run before what remains of his party is cast into a political incinerator at the 2015 General Election.

    • RightofAttila

      Yes, just look at the way Obama takes responsibility. For example the roll out of the ACA disaster.

      • Michelle Rhoades

        Yes, You’re right he did take responsibility by fixing the problems and giving people more time to enroll. Thank you for pointing that out.

    • RightofAttila

      Yes, just look at the way Obama takes responsibility. For example the roll out of the ACA disaster.

  • Dave

    The FOX watching sheeple will believe it.

    • chris1

      disgusting but true!

  • Steven Levy

    Would someone please tell me what drugs Mr. Boehner is ingesting!? Is it LSD? He has lost touch with reality! Is this guy on the same planet as the rest of us?

    • kissyface

      must be some good shit

      • Stephen Barlow

        Or maybe it is chronic UV Radiation Poisoning.Answer me this:

        “Why does an extreme racist want to invest time and energy in becoming darker skinned than the people he hates the most?”

    • Dennis

      AT least the only thing saw on acid was trees lining up and marching into an arroyo.

    • Stephen Barlow

      He has untreated OCD/ADD and is displaying Schizoeffective Disorder as well.. he constantly repeats irrational thoughts while experiencing sheer terror.

  • traveler

    As a retired government employee I have GEHA insurance and have had it for 10 years. If I want to to to the doctor I have to call or check the internet to see if that doctor is a subscriber to my insurance. Not a doctor that will accept my insurance but a doctor that is a subscriber. When a go for a repeat visit I have to check again to make sure that doctor is still a subscriber. Same with a hospital. I don’t know where Boehner gets his info. Oh, wait, maybe I do!!!!

    • gjwilson682

      I have Blue Cross of California and I have to check to see which doctors will accept that plan. Plus, you have to be referred to a specialist (i.e., pap smear at ob/gyn office – you have to be referred by your primary care doc so Blue Cross has to pay for 2 visits).

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      That’s how it works in the private sector. I’m not sure why you think we have it any different that you. You can always give up your GEHA insurance and buy your own from the individual market. But I’ll bet you don’t want to do that because it would be money out of your pocket.

      • amyetkind

        This is you ASSUMING that traveler doesn’t pay penny one in premiums, merely because traveler is a retired public sector employee. Now, I’m not going to speak for traveler, but I WILL speak for the public sector retiree in my house. We DO pay our premiums. And extra for a meds rider/Medicare D. And for a dental rider. And we have the best deal we can get. But I assure you, there are premiums paid for both Medicare and our secondary. So, before you ASSume that a public sector employee gets “freebies” like pensions and healthcare, ASK. We’ll tell you. We can even probably tell you whether our pensions are 100% WORKER funded (Wisconsin, actually, so Scott Walker’s just being an asshole), or some split and whether the employer can borrow against it, or short the contracted employer contribution or just plain take it. In our case, the answer is: 50/50 split going it, it’s in a trust fund that cannot be touched, some is invested in Wall Street but (unlike some folks) INSURED against the shit Wall Street pulled and it cannot be stolen under ANY circumstances, even bankruptcy. It’s a contracted and defined benefit and DEFERRED COMPENSATION. NOT a freebie/giveaway/stealing taxpayer money. Ask before you ASSume, suburbancuurmudgeon.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        I was addressing the idea that private insurance doesn’t have the same restrictions traveler has on his government insurance. I’ll bet neither he, nor you, pay $1200 to $1600/month for insurance like some people I know who don’t have the benefit of employer or government subsidy (at least before ACA). When you start paying that kind of money out of pocket with after-tax dollars, THEN you can call me an ass for knowing you have it better than you think. So cool your jets and try reading a little more closely.

        And I agree that Walker is an asshole. Imagine what your life would be like if he became president. But some idiots in your state elected the guy.

    • Megan

      I have UHC and I’ve always had the in network and out of network doctors, I always have to go to the website to check if the doctor is in network, if my insurance is going to pay for it. And people who KNOW it’s always been this way will still say the same thing Boehner said, probably BECAUSE Boehner or other republitards said it. It seriously hurts my brain.

  • Hoode

    He apparently has not had to BUY his own insurance for FAR too long or he would know almost all of these restrictions are already there!!!!! What an ill informed nut job.

  • Thomas

    Wow, what a douchebag you are. You don’t know anything about how copyright works nor do you have any respect for artist. (Nor do you know how to use google to search for image sources). When you realise you’re wrong, you get insulting and tell other people who are being professional that they act like children? Laughable.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Are you in the right thread?

  • jcie316

    I have to wonder if people like John Boehner are just trolling the government. How could he be serious? THE PLAN WAS WRITTEN BY THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION. It literally could not be more conservative. Obama bended over backwards to keep private insurance in place and have a plan Republicans could approve of. IT WAS THEIR OWN IDEA.

  • RU_Kidding

    He and the GOP have gone past moronic to venal, corrupt, greedy & CRIMINAL!

  • Joe

    He’s trying to destroy our country from the inside out, which is basically terrorism in a different form. No patriot goes against his own people.

  • Robin Berss Ross

    This is a man who is a Government employee who made a mockery of our healthcare system yesterday. Inviting a member of the press into his office while he signed up for Obamacare & show the press how the website doesn`t work. Well BONEHEAD it worked.

    • amyetkind

      Except it worked and HE was the one who tried to make it look like it didn’t. HE put the customer service rep on hold for 45 minutes.

      • Stephen Barlow

        It’s on track for 450,000 NEW POLICIES in December. (based on the first 2 days results) So if the Supreme Court ever gets to hear the latest semantic argument from the WRONGS in 2 years, Roberts will be CANCELLING 9-15 MILLION established insurance policy holders and FORCING the insurance companies to refund all that money they collected in premiums.

        I doubt they will even take the case for review. The RED Army has lost and is now going to have to trudge from here back to “Paris” like Napolean and Hitler did.

        Expect the main boy pf Republicans to pressure Boehner to floor Immigration Reform after the application dates for primary challengers passes in March.

        If he is stupid enough to try another shutdown, no amount of voter suppression will allow the house to Remain Republican in 2014.

  • joe sanford

    Bonner needs a bottle of poppers and some bell bottoms.

  • Erin Weldon

    No, Mr. Boehner, what Americans want is affordable health insurance.

  • Jim Bean

    #2 compares a desire to pick a level of health insurance to the option to NOT buy auto insurance if it were available. That’s completely illogical.
    #3 Suggests Obamacare has absolutely no effect on anyone’s previous ability to select their own doctor. That’s a lie.
    #4 See #3.
    #5 compares the quality of health care delivery to the accessibility of health insurance. Apples and oranges.
    I am amazed by the number of comments from people who think this dude is making sense. He’s not. He’s babbling incoherently.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Word salad!!! Palin & Cruz have taught him how to spew nonstop refutable garbage phrases that don’t even make up sentences.

      Ever watch an Evangelical when they are confronted with “SATAN” and are terrified all Brown and yellow in the shorts? they babble the favorite “power blurbs”. Those snippets of scripture they have been indoctrinated with and that they spew robotically when they meet a human… The semi clauses that only reinforce the other partial sentences that justify them starving children and keeping them stoopid, just as long as they can MANDATE PREGNANCY and FORCE CHILDBIRTH on any and all women, even if that signs their death warrant.

      THAT’s the ‘word salad’ that Boehner is now reduced to drooling when confronted with a “Satanic” question like:

      “What exactly IS the Republican Alternative Healthcare PLAN?”

  • Stephen Barlow

    Boehner’s crowning achievement in hos whole political career was when he lied to a 13 year old girl about how hard he promises to work because he feels “it would be awful” to have his parents arrested and deported, or have his US born children raised in foster care while he was shipped back to a banana ranch in Honduras.

    • emeraldeyes24

      Well, if the Republicans keep up the way they are, she won’t have to go back to a ‘Banana Ranch in Honduras’, the Banana Republic will be coming to a neighbourhood near you – New York, Chicago, Miami, LA, you name it! Have no fear!

      • Stephen Barlow

        It’s a forgone conclusion that WHITES will become a non-majority within a generation. The demise of the loud minority of White Suppremecysts (note CYSTS…) that will be hastened by their absolute obstruction to abortion rights and even contraception. Think hard hater, if they have more and more success BREEDING and multiplying, the “hell on earth” you fear so much will happen sooner than predicted.

        But then what do you expect from the ‘Grumpy Old Peckerheads?” I mean these geezers like McCain and Grassley can’t even get it up on an overdose on Viagra!!!

  • salsera1

    The booze has damaged his brain..!

  • StacyG

    I had a conversation with someone today about how insurance companies can decide to just stop covering things, like different meds or test strips for diabetics. This has happened to me more than once in the last year or so. I would fill a script for test strips, the next month, the insurance company wouldn’t cover them, and insisted I get a different machine. It happened again this week. They stopped covering the strips for the new machine they insisted I get. This person told me it was all because of “obamacare”. I said, that’s bull, because before it went into effect, they did the same thing. Insurance companies change what they will and won’t cover all the time, and it can be quite irritating. It’s also irritating that every time the insurance company does something different, it’s all obamacare’s fault.

    • emeraldeyes24

      Call your local Navigator # or @ 1-800-318-2596 and make sure that isn’t something that Insurance companies can do under Obamacare and then I would call your State Representative to let them know that is a practice that your insurance company engaged in.

    • amyetkind

      Get a Freestyle meter from your endo. They’re put out by Abbott and they’re on the Medicare OK list. I know my MIL has one and we haven’t had issue one getting strips. And Endocrinologists usually have a closet full of these things. The companies give away the meters free or super cheap (like $10 cheap if you hit the drugstore right) because the meters and lancets are where the $$ is. And her secondary has been trying to force us into mail ordering meds for years. But they screw it up every time.

  • Ram Garcia

    He couldn’t even answer the question with a straight face!!!

  • Angel Rivera

    Insurance is about money for the company not about caring about the patients. You only pick your doctor if you have money to do so. You are always at the mercy of the insurance companies if you can’t pay thousands of dollars for proper treatment…

  • Cynthia Padley

    Cry baby Boehner, needs to quit speaking for all Americans, he sure as hell doesn’t speak for me !! I think we should have a class action law suit against the republican/teabagger party , I want my tax dollars back from these do nothing, blame shifters !!! But the biggest problem of all is fox, and the knuckleheads who watch it !!! They actually believe the garbage it spews all day !! It blows my mind that he stood in front of those cameras today, with a straight face and blamed the Senate !!! I wonder if any of the reporters had a straight face while they were listening to this ???

  • MiMg

    John Boehner is the WORST Speaker of the House EVER

    • Michelle Rhoades

      And when you consider how bad some were (cough *Gingrich* cough) that is really saying something.

      • MiMg

        very true! Democrats CREATED Social Security, Unemployment Benefits, Medicare, Disability Benefits, Veterans Benefits, College Grants and Scholarships, Medicaid, Food Stamps, FMLA Family Medical Leave Act, Equal Pay for Women, Employee Rights, Consumer Rights, the list is endless. Guess what? Republicans voted AGAINST ALL of those programs!

  • Gary Watrous

    Many will find his statement logical. I am appalled at the ignorance of the electorate.

  • bill

    Apparently they take him seriously in Ohio’s 8th Congressional district. He’s been in Congress for 23 years.

  • Edward Krebbs

    Well, of course Boehner blamed someone else – when has he ever accepted responsibility for his own actions.

    Senate is a good target as it is a slight majority dem (but don’t forget, enough repubs to easily block any votes for cloture. Considering all the Senate work that has ground to a halt due to lack of cloture, perhaps Boehner is blaming the Senate repubs ????) Then there is the standard Obama/Marxist/Communist/Dictator/Benghazi/Benghazi reflex spasm.

  • jag0581

    John Beohner is being controlled by the Tea Party end of story. He knows that if he compromised or did anything against what the Tea Party wants he would be out of office in a heartbeat. In 2009 when Obama took office the Tea Party and the GOP decided to be the party of NO, and they have been just that. I have said for the longest time the Obamacare would be so much stronger if the Republicans would have just worked with the Democrats to get a good law.