Boehner: public option stinks
So, does anybody out there in the real world support a government-run “public” health insurance option?
House of Representatives Republican leader John Boehner doesn’t think so.
Democrats suggested the Ohio congressman is not getting out enough, but Boehner thought otherwise. “I get to a lot of places,” he said.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll found 57 percent of people in his native Ohio supported giving people the option of a government-run insurance plan, but Boehner said the idea was “about as unpopular as a garlic milkshake.”
Pressed by a reporter, Boehner admitted he had never tried a garlic milkshake — drawing the ire of California garlic growers.
The San Francisco Chronicle said Brian Bowe, executive director of the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the go-to guy for all things garlic, invited Boehner to next year’s event.
“You can’t go wrong with garlic,” he said.
UPDATE: The Democratic Party’s House campaign arm today fired off an email to supporters urging them to sign an online petition informing Boehner they support a public option.
And the pairing of garlic and healthcare reform inspired Democratic Congressman Mike Honda of California, who represents Gilroy, to deliver to Boehner a basket of garlic and this poem: “Two things make for a strong healthy heart. Gilroy garlic, for one, a good start. Public option? Also high, in the American eye, 65 percent ne’er want it to part.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Desmond Boylan (man with strings of garlic in Spain)