House GOP Leader John Boehner (Ohio) said on Wednesday that the “arrogance” of their Democratic counterparts’ attempt to push through a healthcare bill in light of the GOP upset in Massachusetts has “the American people about ready to pull their hair out.”
Boehner and his fellow leaders argued that the unexpected trouncing of a Democratic candidate in the traditionally blue state stronghold was a vote against the healthcare reform plan.
“It’s that kind of arrogance that has the American people about ready to pull their hair out and about ready to throw every Democrat out of here,” Boehner said.
A quintet of House GOP leaders spoke to reporters on Wednesday morning, buoyed by Sen-elect Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts the day prior.
Boehner, Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Conference Vice-Chairwoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) called the longshot victory a "win for the American people."
Further, they said that had Democrats included GOP ideas in the major pieces of legislation that moved in the upper and lower chambers over the past year, maybe the outcome would have been different.
Cantor said of a meeting that he had attended several months ago with his Democratic counterpart, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.), that perhaps the second-ranking Democrat would listen to GOP ideas now.
"I would guess this morning that perhaps he’s thinking he should have paid a bit more attention in that meeting, because in that meeting I put forward our Republican plan to effect healthcare reform, to bring down costs. There is a way for us to work together," Cantor explained.
Cantor continued, "I’m hopeful that these elections have sent the message and will settle in that the Democrats will begin to listen to the priorities of American people, which is to put the economy and jobs first as well as not to embark on a plan to spend a trillion dollars effecting a government takeover of healthcare without accomplishing the goal of reducing costs."