Boehner on NBC Nightly News: “ObamaCare is the Biggest Job-Killer We Have in America Today” | Speaker.gov

In an interview with NBC Nightly News’ Brian Williams, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called the presidents’ health care law “the biggest job killer we have in America today,” and affirmed that Republicans will keep their Pledge to America and work to repeal it. Boehner also discussed the importance of listening to the American people and more. Below is a link to video of the full interview (two segments) and several brief excerpts.


BOEHNER ON REPEALING THE JOB-KILLING HEALTH CARE LAW:

“In my opinion, ObamaCare is the biggest job killer we have in America today. It's a weight over every employer that we have. Thereby-- requiring them to hold back their willingness to hire people. Secondly, I believe that ObamaCare will ruin the best health care delivery system in the world. And then thirdly, I think it'll bankrupt our country. On September 24th, when we rolled out our Pledge to America, we made clear that we wanted to repeal ObamaCare. We are going to do what we said we were going to do.”

BOEHNER ON LISTENING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, REFLECTING THEIR PRIORITIES:

“If we're listening to the American people we'll get along just fine. The American people -- at the top of their list are two things. They want spending in Washington to be cut. And secondly, they want to get our economy moving again so that there will be more jobs available in our country. Those were the two big messages out of the election. That's what unites all of our new members with our existing members...”

BOEHNER ON DENYING A SAFE HAVEN TO TERRORISTS IN AFGHANISTAN:

“[A]s expensive as it is in terms of lives – and in terms of our treasury – denying a safe haven to the terrorists who want to kill us is critically, critically important to the long term security of our country. You know, when you think about our responsibility as a government, I think the first responsibility that we have is-- is to make sure that there is security in our country. Security for our people abroad. And you can't have security when you're worried about the planes being blown up, buildings being blown up. And to allow-- if we weren't in Afghanistan today-- the terrorists and their allies would have safe ground from which to plan, train, and execute attacks on Americans -- here and abroad. We cannot allow that to happen.”

BOEHNER ON LEADING THE HOUSE IN DEMOCRAT-RUN WASHINGTON:

“Today Republicans are the majority party in the House, but the Democrats still have the Senate-- they still have the White House. So, by and large, Democrats still have control of Washington, D.C., and so, we have limited power. And we need to understand that.”

BOEHNER ON SERVING AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE:

“It’s just me. As I said yesterday, I'm just a regular guy with a big job. I mean, I'm humbled to have the opportunity that I have to be the Speaker of the House and have the confidence of my colleagues and the American people. But it's a humbling experience.”

BOEHNER ON WORKING HARD & DREAMING BIG – ADVICE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS:

“Get a decent education. Work hard. And most importantly, dream big. You know, we are the biggest inhibitors to ourselves. We have blinders like this. I've spent my whole life trying to push the blinders back. Trying to push the blinders back, because there's a big world out there. And there's-- you do whatever you want to do. I play football for Gerry Faust. Moeller High School , Cincinnati. Went on to coach at Notre Dame. One of my dear friends. Left me a voicemail yesterday. But I've told the story for 20 years-- what he taught us. ‘There's nothing in this world that you can't accomplish. Nothing that you can't succeed at. If you're willing to work hard enough. And if you're willing to make the sacrifices that are necessary.’”