Boehner: Repeal Won’t Happen Because ‘Republicans Never Ever Agree On Health Care’
The former House speaker says he should never have called it "repeal and replace" because most of the framework of the Affordable Care Act will probably remain.
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Former House Speaker Predicts 'Obamacare' Won't Be Repealed
Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replacement of "Obamacare" is "not going to happen." The Ohio Republican, who was forced out by conservatives in 2015, said he started laughing when he heard President Donald Trump and Republicans promise swift action on undoing and replacing the health law. "Republicans never ever agree on health care," Boehner said. (2/23)
Boehner: Republicans Won't Repeal And Replace Obamacare
“They’ll fix Obamacare, and I shouldn’t have called it repeal and replace because that’s not what’s going to happen. They’re basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it,” Boehner said. The former speaker’s frank comments capture the conundrum that many Republicans find themselves in as they try to deliver on pledges to axe Obamacare but struggle to coalesce around an alternative. (Tahir, 2/23)
Boehner: Obamacare Repeal And Replace 'Not What's Going To Happen'
He said lawmakers were too confident in how easy they thought the process would go. "All this happy talk that went on in November and December and January about repeal, repeal, repeal -- yeah we'll do replace, replace -- I started laughing because if you pass repeal without replace, first, anything that happens is your fault. You broke it." Boehner said he warned GOP leaders about repealing Obamacare without a replacement ready because the members "will never ever agree what the bill should be." "Perfect always becomes the enemy of the good," he added. (Burlij, 2/24)