Most people get worked up about what current politicians say to the media. But now everyone is getting worked up about what a former Speaker of the House is saying. Liberals are going crazy. John Boehner of Ohio spoke to the media about the Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare and what he said comes as a shock to us all.
Boehner stated the following to Politico in a Thursday interview,
“[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare — I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen.”
He argued that instead of repealing the Affordable Care Act that Congressional Republicans will simply tweet it instead of dumping it all together. When the President initially brought it up he laughed and said the following,
“Most of the framework of the Affordable Care Act, … that’s going to be there. Republicans never ever agree on health care.”
A January poll from CNN shows that fifty-five percent of Americans support a full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Since it passed in 2010, it has been a Republican and conservative cornerstone to repeal it. Republicans though have never been able to come to an agreement on how to replace it.
However, his comments come in contrast with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s. Ryan has maintained that a full repeal and replace is in the works. He told Chuck Todd of NBC News “Meet The Press” the following about it,
“If you’re going to repair the American health care system and fix its problems, you have to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better: patient-centered health care. And that is how you repair this health care system. Somewhere along the line, there was confusion that we were going to take the Obamacare architecture and, you know, tinker at the margins and repair it. You can’t. It is a collapsing law.”
The President called the legislation a disaster and said in January the replacement would include insurance for everyone. Furthermore, that Congress was working towards fully repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
While Boehner does not speak for the party anymore, it is surely disconcerting when such a high-profile former public servant discusses such an issue of high-profile prominence.
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