By Molly K. Hooper - 03/19/10 04:44 PM EDT
House Minority Leader John Boehner warned vulnerable Democrats that the
healthcare debate won’t end after President Barack Obama signs the bill
Pledging to do “everything [he] can to defeat the bill,” the top-ranking House Republican said on Friday that “the American people are going to hear about every payoff, every kickback and every sweetheart deal that comes at them.”
“Some of the sweetheart deals are still in this bill, like the Louisiana Purchase — we’ve already discovered new ones like the Bismarck Bankroll; that’s not counting what other eleventh-hour deals are being made right now that may not even show up in this bill,” Boehner said.
Boehner was not surprised that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
announced earlier in the day that she may offer a “manager’s amendment”
to the underlying “corrections” bill to the Senate-passed healthcare measure.
He implied that it would include additional pot sweeteners for fence-sitting lawmakers, such as the “Cornhusker Kickback” that was inserted to sway Nebraska lawmakers in the upper chamber.