Speaker Boehner: If Supreme Court Strikes Down Health Care Law “There Will Be No Spiking of the Football”


Speaker John Boehner sent out a memo today telling Republican lawmakers, “If the Court strikes down all or part of the president’s health care law, there will be no spiking of the ball.”
Yahoo-The Ticket reported:

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law within the next week, and House Speaker John Boehner has issued a pre-emptive warning to fellow House Republicans if parts of the law are struck down: Forget about celebrating.

In a memo sent to his entire caucus Friday, Boehner warned members not to gloat over what most Republicans would see as a victory.

“[I]f the Court strikes down all or part of the president’s health care law, there will be no spiking of the ball,” Boehner wrote in the memo. “Republicans are focused on the economy—and under President Obama’s policies, our economy is struggling. We will not celebrate at a time when millions of our fellow Americans remain out of work, the national debt has exceeded the size of our nation’s economy, health costs continue to rise, and small businesses are struggling to hire.”

Boehner also included a list of talking points for Republicans to use when discussing the debate over the federal government’s regulation of health insurance markets and made an open invitation for members who want to join in the leadership’s response effort when the court finally announces its decision.

The full memo is here.

And, you can be sure Democrats would also act with the same humility if the tables were turned.

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