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Boehner On Obamacare: Repealing And Replacing It Isn’t Going To Happen

Despite campaign promises by President Trump and congressional Republicans to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, it is “not going to happen,” according to former House Speaker John Boehner.

Politico reported that the Ohio Republican, who gave up his leadership post and resigned from Congress two years ago, made the prediction Thursday while attending a health-care conference in Orlando, Fla. He said it was mere “happy talk” when GOP politicians proclaimed following the November election that they would get rid of Obamacare quickly, once President Trump was in office.

While the House has approved several measures abolishing the law (formally known as the Affordable Care Act), the bills have failed in the Senate. It did not matter much with Obama in the White House, since he would have vetoed any legislation rolling back one of his signature achievements.

Boehner said that with a Republican president, as well as a GOP-controlled House and Senate, there will be changes to the ACA. However, he suggested the reforms will be minor. “They are going to fix Obamacare – I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” the ex-speaker explained.

Politico noted that anti-Obamacare lawmakers are under fire from not only liberal Democrats, but also from people who could lose their health-insurance coverage if Congress eliminates or reduces the government subsidies that help them afford their policies. Republicans are encountering large, unruly crowds at some of their town-hall events.

Boehner claimed that when he heard his fellow Republicans vowing to end Obamacare, “I started laughing (because) Republicans never ever agree on health care.” He added: “Most of the framework of the Affordable Care Act … that’s going to be there.”

Trump recently announced that next month, he will unveil his administration’s strategy to repeal and replace the program. Proposals under consideration on Capitol Hill include reduced subsidies and higher costs for recipients. About 20 million people have gotten health-insurance coverage due to the Affordable Care Act.

Source: The Hill
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