Boehner: Obama's Health Care Speech ‘Will Try to Put Lipstick on This Pig’

By Nicholas Ballasy and Edwin Mora | September 9, 2009 | 4:02 PM EDT

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) (AP Photo)

Washington ( – House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said today that President Obama will “try to put lipstick on this pig and call it something else” tonight when he talks about his health care reform plan in a joint session of Congress.
“I think we’re all interested in what he (Obama) has to say," said Boehner. "But I hope he’s been listening to the American people, because I think over the course of August they’ve raised their voices loud and clear that they don’t want this massive government takeover of our health-care system.

“But it appears that the president is going to double-down tonight and try to put lipstick on this pig and call it something else--and it’s a phrase that’s used around here many times--but it appears the president’s going down this path,” said Boehner

Bohener said there are a number of “commonsense things we can do” to make the current health care system better.
"I would hope the president would soon realize that that’s what the American people want," Bohener added. "They want the current system to work better. They don’t want it replaced with this big government-run plan.”
Obama’s address is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Eastern time tonight.