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John Boehner Shows What He’s Made Of

I have been pondering a post putting forward a conviction that is gradually crystallizing that John Boehner may well become a great Speaker of the House, exceeding the accomplishments of his most recent predecessors and securing the reputation as a transformational figure in American politics, a legislator who fulfills the Reagan legacy, a leader who, because of his temperament, completes what Newt Gingrich began (but because of his temperament could not complete).

This piece would focus more on that temperament than his ideology.  The notion first started coming into focus when I read portions of his September 30 AEI speech.  Even a piece by Michael Barone where the sage pundit opined that “Boehner is not likely to become as prominent a figure as Gingrich or Pelosi” helped this idea grow.  Barone contended that the “GOP freshmen will hold Boehner to his big promises”.  Indeed, the incoming Speaker has included two, South Carolina’s Tim Scott and South Dakota’s Kristi Noem in the GOP leadership for the 112th Congress.

That he turns to the incoming freshman suggests he’s aware of the ideas which helped them secure their victories.

The latest news to increase my confidence in my fellow Ohio native comes via the indispensable Jennifer Rubin.  In his “first press conference as the GOP’s officially favored choice for Speaker“, Boehner offered this on Obamacare’s prospects in the 112th Congress:

We think that Obamacare ruined the best healthcare in the country, we believe it will bankrupt our nation, we believe it needs to be repealed and replaced with commonsense reforms to bring down the cost of health insurance and you’ll see us move quickly enough . . . .

Could there be a more succinct formulation of the problems of Republican opposition to the Democrats’ legislative overhaul?   Boehner coupled this articulation of opposition with a promise of action.  This is not exactly what he needs to say on the issue at this time.  Once he becomes Speaker, we’ll need to see more specifics.

He does seem to be aware of the task ahead of him.

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  1. He’s an everyday guy that worked hard and became a successful businessman, something the leftist majority of Democrat voters hate, but which everybody else can appreciate and respect. I think he’ll be a good Speaker too. He’s obviously got dedication, and a heart.

    Comment by ThePaganTemple — November 20, 2010 @ 1:56 pm - November 20, 2010

  2. I also have high hopes for Boehner, but his recent “I fly commercial” statement has blown up in his face, as Boehner – like all congresscritters – bypasses the onerous TSA security procedures that plague the rest of us who fly. When push comes to shove, we’re still just the little people and he ain’t.

    Comment by Southern Man — November 20, 2010 @ 4:12 pm - November 20, 2010

  3. Health insurance profits are soaring and coverage in plummeting. They’re not about to cut their prices anytime soon.

    JB: “We think that Obamacare ruined the best healthcare in the country.”

    That would be the 37th ranked healthcare in the world, according to the World Heath Organization. Right behind Costa Frickin’ Rica.

    Boehner is 100% fake tan and zero substance.

    Comment by Auntie Dogma — November 20, 2010 @ 6:17 pm - November 20, 2010

  4. “ruined the best healthcare in the country”

    This is one of these statements where I want the speaker to provide some backup/proof. What is best? The Doctors? the support staff? the equipment? Easy access? Best pricing? The profit motive of the US healthcare is well known for denying benefits simply to increase profit. Or how about US citizens who travel to places like India so they can receive care/procedures from US trained doctors in similar facilities for a fraction of the cost.

    Comment by Kevin — November 20, 2010 @ 6:38 pm - November 20, 2010

  5. Notice how Kevin and Obama Parrot are demanding all sorts of proof while refusing to provide any of their own.

    The real problem is that Kevin and Obama Parrot don’t want to be responsible and pay their own bills. Like the Pelosi dimbulb said, the health care bill was designed to let lazy Obama voters quit their jobs and sponge off the taxpayers.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 20, 2010 @ 6:47 pm - November 20, 2010

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  7. 37th huh? Then why the hell do people from Europe, Asia and Canada come here for treatments?

    Anything from the UN, WHO, etc is a lie. We should know this by now.

    Comment by Kevin — November 20, 2010 @ 9:56 pm - November 20, 2010

  8. I read that Congressmen, Senators and State Governors ONLY can bypass the screeners if they are traveling with armed security details like Secret Service, FBI/US Marshals or the State Police. The rank-n-file Members have to be sexually-assaulted like the rest of us.

    I remind our fellow reaqders that the Shoe Bomber nor the Underwear Bomber were NOT STOPPED by the TSA’s Kabuki-theater airport screeners. In-fact, have any international Islamofascist or Al Qaeda terrorists been stopped by the TSA at a US airport?? I think the answer is “none”.

    It’s the luggage and the air-carfgo that needs to be screened and searched. Scrap the passenger screenings and handout complimentary steak knives to every passenger at the start of the flight.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — November 21, 2010 @ 12:22 am - November 21, 2010

  9. So, Obama Parrot and the other lefties trust the same administration that’s turned airline travel into Government-mandated sexual assault to run the health care system with efficiency and respect for the dignity of patients? You guys don’t learn very fast, do you?

    Comment by V the K — November 21, 2010 @ 8:19 am - November 21, 2010

  10. And Obama shows what he’s made of: “You peasants line up for your intrusive TSA searches, which I don’t have to because I am your Emperor.”

    Comment by V the K — November 21, 2010 @ 8:42 am - November 21, 2010

  11. Yes Granny goodness, premiums are going up. You can thank the onerous requirements of Obamacare for that.

    Strange isn’t it? Bureaucrats interfere with the market, and prices go up.

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 21, 2010 @ 9:48 am - November 21, 2010

  12. That would be the 37th ranked healthcare in the world, according to the World Heath Organization. Right behind Costa Frickin’ Rica.

    That wouldn’t be the same UN that puts Iran on the Human “Rights” Council, and trashes the US while excusing brutal dictators and terrorist organizations?

    Don’t they really rank countries by where they think they can get the best 12 y/o piece of ass?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 21, 2010 @ 12:34 pm - November 21, 2010

  13. That he turns to the incoming freshman suggests he’s aware of the ideas which helped them secure their victories.

    Yeah, it’s a good sign. “Personnel is policy.” But has Boehner started talking specifics, about spending cuts and entitlement reform? (Which is what it’s going to take, to bring down the Dear Teleprompter’s deficit.)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 21, 2010 @ 12:37 pm - November 21, 2010

  14. Saudi king to seek medical treatment in U.S

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6AK0X620101121

    Guess he lost his WHO guide.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 21, 2010 @ 12:51 pm - November 21, 2010

  15. Canadian Premier goes to USA for health care. I guess he doesn’t buy the UN’s crap either.

    Comment by V the K — November 21, 2010 @ 1:05 pm - November 21, 2010

  16. Kristi Noem has been put in a position of leadership, or a gratuitous position to observe leadership?

    Not sure what you mean by being “put in a position of leadership” in this particular context.

    Comment by patrick — November 21, 2010 @ 3:09 pm - November 21, 2010

  17. I hope that “his stuff” means a return to the rule of law!

    Does it really matter how noble an end is? Even if you could run the neighbor kid’s lemonade stand better than he could, YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO SEIZE IT, and to prove your claim.

    FREE people are supposed to have a choice of whether to accept or decline any offer. The concept is called ‘Offer and Acceptance’, and is a centuries old foundation for all contract law. ‘Choice’ is what makes each of us FREE.

    ObamaCare includes every American in a binding contract against their wills, and nothing justifies that! I don’t care how good it is ‘supposed to’ work. (All it did was lock in the high prices we already couldn’t afford.)

    There is no such thing as ‘collective’, or ‘social’ justice in the American system. Our republic is based on the rights of individuals; “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless……..”. As a matter of fact, collective justice is specifically prohibited by the American constitution; “No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.”.

    The rules clearly state that Congress cannot arbitrarily single out any group of people and punish them, without first finding them guilty of a crime. ONLY INDIVIDUALS, or INDIVIDUAL ENTITIES, CAN BE GUILTY OF A CRIME! Examples of a ‘Bill of Attainder’: Racism, Class-ism, Sexism, Religious-ism, Secularism………..Progressive-ism

    All ObamaCare will do is add to the 150 year-long list of failures (and genocide) that socialists are already trying to explain away.
    .

    Comment by gastorgrab — November 21, 2010 @ 3:48 pm - November 21, 2010

  18. 5: Yes, once again, you can’t the answer the question logically so you just make an attack.

    Comment by Kevin — November 21, 2010 @ 6:15 pm - November 21, 2010

  19. Yes, once again, you can’t the answer the question logically so you just make an attack.

    The point is that you NEVER do so why should he or anybody else?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 21, 2010 @ 7:05 pm - November 21, 2010

  20. I’m still waiting to find out what Hope & Change means.

    Really though, how can anyone blame Capitalism for the price of health care when companies are not allowed to compete in an open market? How can anyone blame Capitalism for the price of health care when lawsuits account for 10% of our health care costs.

    The reason that Obama got so much help from the legal industry, from the pharmaceutical industry, and from groups like AARP, was because he promised TO LOCK IN THE HIGH PRICES that they benefited from.
    .

    Comment by gastorgrab — November 21, 2010 @ 7:13 pm - November 21, 2010

  21. 5: Yes, once again, you can’t the answer the question logically so you just make an attack.

    One cannot answer logically illogic such as what you push, Kevin.

    For example:

    The profit motive of the US healthcare is well known for denying benefits simply to increase profit.

    Yes. For example, when one files fraudulent claims, US health insurance companies block and deny them, which increases profitability. Indeed, the fact that Medicare and Medicaid pay fraudulent claims because of Obama Party corruption results in the loss of over $60 billion annually to the taxpayers.

    Do you profit from fraud, Kevin? Is that why you hate private insurers who work to stop it so much? Why do Obama Party members like yourself want to force payment of fraudulent claims?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 21, 2010 @ 7:29 pm - November 21, 2010

  22. Actually, I’ve read several times that the government denies more claims than the insurance industry. I have no idea where I read it, but I suppose I could find it if I had to. (yes, this is an invitation for the reader to look it up for themselves, as I’m feeling quite lazy today)

    Comment by American Elephant — November 21, 2010 @ 10:46 pm - November 21, 2010

  23. #22 Well, CATO said in 2004:

    Over 7 million uninsured lack coverage due to health care regulations
    Medical liability, FDA reform hold most promise for regulatory savings

    WASHINGTON–Health care regulation costs Americans $169 billion per year, and makes health insurance unaffordable for over seven million Americans, a new Cato Institute study argues. The costs of health care regulations outweigh the benefits by 2-to-1 and induce more deaths each year than the Institute of Medicine estimates are caused by a lack of health insurance.

    In “Health Care Regulation: A $169 Billion Hidden Tax,” Christopher J. Conover, an assistant research professor at Duke University, writes that health services regulations cost the average household an estimated $1,546 in 2002 and that roughly one out of six of the average daily uninsured owe their plight to excess regulatory costs.

    “Americans would be better off taking their chances on less regulation and instead saving 22,200 lives for certain by keeping [the $169 billion] in the hands of consumers, thereby enabling them to purchase safer products (cars, homes, etc.) or to make other investments to improve their health,” Conover argues.

    He says that the most promising target for regulatory cost savings is medical liability reform. He found that the medical liability system imposes costs of $113.7 billion but provides benefits amounting to just $33 billion.

    Conover adds that other ways to reduce excess costs would be to deregulate the Food and Drug Administration, health insurance (e.g., continuation-of-coverage mandates and mandated health benefits), and health facilities (e.g., accreditation and licensure).

    “FDA regulation imposes an annual cost on society of $49 billion and annual benefits of $7.1 billion. The lion’s share of this cost represents the value society places on the lives that are lost while waiting for better pharmaceuticals to be approved (after subtracting the number of lives saved by FDA safety regulation),” Conover writes. “Continuation-of-coverage mandates (predominantly stemming from federal regulations) have a net cost of $15 billion, while benefit mandates have a net cost of $13.5 billion.”

    http://www.cato.org/new/10-04/10-04-04r.html

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 21, 2010 @ 11:13 pm - November 21, 2010

  24. Oh here we go:

    Beverly Gossage, Research Fellow for Show-Me Institute and founder of HSA Benefits Consulting wondered which insurance companies rejected the most claims. She found her answer in the AMA’s own 2008 National Health Insurer Report Card. The chart below appears on page 5 of the 16-page report. Of the eight insurers listed, Medicare is most likely to reject a claim, sending away 6.85% of requests. This is more than any private insurer and double that of the private insurers’ average!

    In short, the AMA is endorsing a plan whose closest existing example is the most frequent denier of claims. How the public option exemplifies “delivering care to patients” is unclear.

    http://biggovernment.com/ptuohe/2009/10/05/ama-endorses-largest-denier-of-health-care-claims/

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 21, 2010 @ 11:16 pm - November 21, 2010

  25. Them facts sure are pesky things, aren’t they, lefties?

    Comment by V the K — November 21, 2010 @ 11:26 pm - November 21, 2010

  26. Thanks for your post, GP. It has given me pause to reflect and see what happens. I’ll give the Orange Guy a chance…

    Comment by MVH — November 22, 2010 @ 3:29 am - November 22, 2010

  27. MVH…

    I thought Crist lost? :-)

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 22, 2010 @ 7:38 am - November 22, 2010

  28. #7. check the life expectancy of americans compared to canadians; check the infant mortality rate compared to americans; check the amount per capita spent compared to canadians; check the % of the populace covered by the american system; if you’re filthy rich the american system might be good. if you’re not you’re screwed. and, i assume, all you usa usa usa types aren’t in the top 1% of your plutocracy……

    Comment by bruce picken — November 22, 2010 @ 8:35 am - November 22, 2010

  29. lol What I find amusing is that no one is willing to acknowledge that our healthcare system before HRC was already bankrupting the nation and that one in 6 bankruptcies is caused by health care costs.

    If people aren’t even willing to acknowledge that the system was already broken they are never going to work on the very real problems that HRC was only able to scratch because of political tensions.

    Comment by Tim — November 22, 2010 @ 11:11 am - November 22, 2010

  30. Source, Tim?

    And ‘it’s already broken, let’s make it WORSE’ sounds so much like a government solution…

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 22, 2010 @ 11:22 am - November 22, 2010

  31. “What I find amusing is that no one is willing to acknowledge that our healthcare system before HRC was already bankrupting the nation and that one in 6 bankruptcies is caused by health care costs.”

    —————

    I not only acknowledge it, i totally reject those SOCIALIST programs. We should have never created Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, any Welfare system, the Fannie Mae/Freddy Mac, or any of the other SOCIALIST programs that are bankrupting our country.

    BTW, it’s not “our” money! The government doesn’t produce anything, and it doesn’t have any money of it’s own.

    The question that i would like answered is: Will government ‘death panels’ (see: Paul Krugman’s recent interview) kill more people than a lack of health insurance will?
    .

    Comment by gastorgrab — November 22, 2010 @ 11:29 am - November 22, 2010

  32. What I find amusing is that no one is willing to acknowledge that our healthcare system before HRC was already bankrupting the nation and that one in 6 bankruptcies is caused by health care costs.

    You’ll have to forgive me. I was edumacated in Hinds County, MS. Isn’t “one in 6″ just another way of expressing 16.67%? And isn’t it true that the intent in using “one in 6″ rather than 17% is because it sounds scarier than it really is?

    Interestingly,

    ABSTRACT: David Himmelstein and colleagues recently contended that medical problems
    contribute to 54.5 percent of personal bankruptcies and threaten the solvency of solidly
    middle-class Americans. They propose comprehensive national health insurance as a solution.
    A reexamination of their data suggests that medical bills are a contributing factor in
    just 17 percent of personal bankruptcies and that those affected tend to have incomes
    closer to poverty level than to middle class. Moreover, for national health insurance to have
    an impact, it would have to define “medical” expenses in a much broader way than is now
    typical of either private or government-funded plans.

    http://tinyurl.com/2ajfcer

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 22, 2010 @ 2:14 pm - November 22, 2010

  33. Dangit TGC! There you go with FACTS again.

    Plus there’s this. “contributing factor” How many of those were people who had one bad break after another, and the medical expences were just a contributing factor?

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 22, 2010 @ 2:22 pm - November 22, 2010

  34. I never took statistics and flunked Algebra I thrice, but I’m fairly certain this is correct.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 22, 2010 @ 2:28 pm - November 22, 2010

  35. [Removed as comment is unrelated the post.]

    Comment by Dooms — November 22, 2010 @ 3:14 pm - November 22, 2010

  36. Hey Dooms, figured out that Texas isn’t part of Philadelphia yet? or maybe that putting HIV people in Obamacare is the problem not the solution?

    And your (unsourced link) is still older than your ‘friends’ in NAMBLA. Is that the point of your argument? Leftists want sex with 8 year olds, but look there’s one person arguing for twice that age? I don’t know what a Bryan Fisher even is. Though the article cites the extension of adolescence as an issue.

    Nice try though. You’re cute when you’re blindly flailing about.

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 22, 2010 @ 3:57 pm - November 22, 2010

  37. Thanks TGC! :)

    Comment by American Elephant — November 22, 2010 @ 7:57 pm - November 22, 2010

  38. I’m hate to disagree with everyone else in this thread, but i find that SOCIALIST programs are very harmful to every walk of life in the United States, an they just gotta go!

    Literally everywhere there is failure in government, there are SOCIALIST programs.’

    The view from my Overton Window doesn’t look good!
    .

    Comment by gastorgrab — November 22, 2010 @ 8:36 pm - November 22, 2010

  39. figured out that Texas isn’t part of Philadelphia yet?

    Now that I do know. Texas is about 285 miles from Philadelphia, MS. ;-P

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 22, 2010 @ 11:59 pm - November 22, 2010

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  41. Hmmm. Good insight and analysis. Maybe the Tea Party will distill some change in gov’t.

    Comment by Matter — November 24, 2010 @ 9:04 am - November 24, 2010

  42. Regarding the commonly cited low health raking of the USA compared to other countries:

    A big part of this is people having fun with statistics, specifically infant mortality. In the USA, if a newborn draws breath it is considered a live birth, so if it is born and dies two seconds later that is an infant death.

    In other countries they have all sorts of different ways of counting infant mortality, and “live birth”. Such as:

    * Any newborn under a certain weight is not counted as a live birth (Canada, Germany, Austria)

    * Premature? Not a live birth (France, most EU countries)

    * Too small (lengthwise)? Throw it back. Not a live birth. (Switzerland, other EU countries)

    * Any newborn that doesn’t last 24 hours is counted as “stillborn” (Japan, Hong Kong) — Note that 40% of all infant mortality happens within the first 24 hours!

    In the United States, any child that draws breath is counted as alive. Thus we have a lot of infant mortality that *exists* in other countries, but we count it all, and they don’t. If you adjust for these differences, The USA is at the top of that list, not 37th place.

    Comment by Stephen R — November 24, 2010 @ 12:00 pm - November 24, 2010

  43. Should have added — Birth Rates are also lowered by things like high rates of drug use in certain areas, as drug use equals higher rates of prematurity and birth defects.

    Comment by Stephen R — November 24, 2010 @ 12:12 pm - November 24, 2010

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