Speaker Boehner to the U.S. Senate: Fund the Government, Stop ObamaCare

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made the following remarks after the House voted to approve a “continuing resolution” (CR) that provides funding for the federal government at current levels, and protects the American people from the president’s health care law:

“You know, we had a victory today for the American people.  And frankly, we also had a victory for commonsense.

“Listen, Sen. Baucus said it right several months ago when he said that this law is a ‘train wreck.’  And it is a train wreck. You know, the president said, you know, if we pass this law health care costs will go down.  Well, now we find out that health care costs are going up for most Americans.  The president said if you like the health insurance policy that you have, you can keep it.  Well, we found out that’s not quite accurate either, and in the coming months millions of Americans are going to find out it’s just not quite true. 

“Listen, this is hurting our constituents.  It’s hurting the American people.  At a time when the economy is barely eking along, wages aren’t increasing, new jobs aren’t available, and what are we doing?  We’re putting more costs and more inconvenience on the American people. 

“It’s time for us to say no.  It’s time to stop this before it causes any more damage to American families and American businesses.  You’ve got businesses all over the country who are not hiring because of the impact of this law.  You’ve got other businesses that are reducing the hours for their employees because of this law. 

“And so our message to the United States Senate is real simple: The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want ObamaCare.

“The House has listened to the American people, now it’s time for the United States Senate to listen to them as well.”