Boehner: Healthcare Failure Will Nix Obama Agenda

Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 10:33 AM

By Dan Weil

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As healthcare goes, so goes President Obama’s policy platform says House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

"If this healthcare reform bill doesn't pass, it is the end of the Obama agenda," Boehner told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham Monday, Politico reports.

"It's pretty clear that they're going to use every trick imaginable . . . to shove this down the throats of the American people."

Massachusetts voters can play a key role in defeating Obama’s goals by electing Republican Scott Brown in the state’s Senate race today, Boehner says. Brown is running against state attorney general Martha Coakley for the seat opened by Ted Kennedy’s death last year.

A Brown victory could be crucial in defeating healthcare, because Coakley would represent the 60th vote that Democrats need to stymie a Republican filibuster against the bill.

Brown is a "great candidate with a real chance to win," Boehner said.

Four of the five latest polls, all completed Sunday, show Brown leading in the contest.

In the fifth poll, the two are tied. State Senator Brown’s lead in the polls showing him ahead ranges from five to 10 percentage points, according to RealClearPolitics.com.

"I have no doubt that the people of Massachusetts are looking at this race as a way to send Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama a message to stop this spending," Boehner said.

"We can continue to put pressure on them, exploit those differences and bring this bill down. This is not about political points. Our members are adamantly opposed to the government taking over control of our health system."

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