Skip to comments.Boehner: Obamacare is 'Law of the Land'
Posted on 11/09/2012 2:34:21 PM PST by Iam1ru1-2
House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that Obamacare was the law of the land apparently conceding that GOP efforts to repeal President Barack Obamas healthcare law have ended.
Boehner, the nations top elected Republican, hinted in an interview with ABC News that Congress would not undertake efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The election changes that, Boehner responded to a question about whether Congress would undertake repeal efforts next year. It's pretty clear that the president was re-elected. Obamacare is the law of the land.
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I think there are parts of the healthcare law that are going to be very difficult to implement, he added. And very expensive. And as the time when we're trying to find a way to create a path toward a balanced budget, everything has to be on the table.
When asked whether GOP legislators would spend time working to repeal Obamacare, Boehner reiterated: There certainly may be parts of it that we believe need to be changed. We may do that. No decisions at this point.
But Kevin Smith, a Boehner spokesman, sought to clarify the speakers remarks later on Thursday.
"While Obamacare is the law of the land, it is costing us jobs and threatening our health care," Smith told NBC News. "Speaker Boehner and House Republicans remain committed to repealing the law, and he said in the interview it would be on the table."
The Supreme Court's controversial 5-4 ruling in June in which Chief Justice John Roberts changed his position to side the with courts liberal wing to uphold the laws constitutionality disarmed conservatives of one of their best possible chances of defeating Obamacare once and for all.
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Bone-head has to go !
The president was re-elected but his was not supported. He has no mandate. The majority still opposes Obamacare.
The ‘clarification’ at least makes me feel he is getting a lot of flack. Not that it will matter. This guy has no balls.
Bohner is only stating what should be obvious to any and all. The President was re-elected and there is no conceivable way to get a bill through the Senate to repeal.
I say the WE THE PEOPLE RULE THIS LAND. Kick their butts till they cry uncle. I am sick of this dictator Kenyan and the wet noodle RINOS!!!!!
Yep. The only thing now is to let it go into effect and watch people feel the pain.
Can’t Congress just refuse to fund it? They hold the purse strings.
House passes a Fiscal Bill remedy that repeals ObamaCare and recesses congress for the year. Obama chooses - avoid fiscal cliff and lose Obamacare or go over fiscal cliff and keep Obamacare.
Win win for GOP. Got this Boehner?
Repeat - News Flash - NO money is there for Obamacare!
They could, but from the events thus far, most of our Senate, and the Democrats in the House don’t really care about running our national debt worse. They hope to add 350 billion by increasing taxes on the upper class. However, that fails to address even so much as the interest on the National Debt which, at 2% interest rate, is over $400 billion next year. Our politicians pretty much are screwing us with debt and increased taxes and unemployment, and half the population refuses to believe it.
Well, remember that this is Boehner, the worst flip-flopper the GOP has actually gotten to win National Office.
We need a tax revolt. Next april should be interesting.
The SCOTUS said it's legal, just like they said slavery was legal. This last election was the last opportunity to get rid of it. We lost.
I'm sure they will try to "fix" it, but any change will get killed in the Senate or vetoed by obama.
If you don't want the govt making medical decisions for you, or denying care, I suggest you begin looking into medical tourism. If you don't have the money I'm sorry, but in about 10 years you won't have any choice but to do as you are told.
They can't see it - out of sight, out of mind, like a stupid kid with a credit card before he gets his first statement.
Romney moves to embrace Romneycare.
Twice today, Mitt Romneys campaign has cited the health-care law he signed as Massachusetts governor seeking credit for something it took pains to explain away during the Republican primary race.
Obamas health-care law remains perhaps the biggest arrow in the GOPs 2012 election quiver, because it so motivates the GOP base against the president.
Romney has been criticized for enacting a very similar law in Massachusetts. He was largely able to finesse the issue in the primary season and gather conservatives to his side for the general election. But there remain some concerns that his own health-care law may make it harder for him to prosecute the case against Obamas law.
Top conservatives, including radio host Rush Limbaugh, were quick to criticize the move.
Andrea Sauls appearance on Fox was a potential gold mine for Obama supporters, Limbaugh said. They can say, Romneycare was the basis for our health care.
RedState.com editor Erick Erickson agreed: OMG. This might just be the moment Mitt Romney lost the election. Wow, he tweeted . He added on his blog that this might be the moment of Romneys Read My Lips betrayal of his right-wing supporters.
Conservative commentator Philip Klein added: Not sure if the Romney camp realizes what a huge opening theyve just created for Ds on Obamacare.
Added a Republican strategist, granted anonymity to speak candidly: I dont get it, but I have never understood their position on the Massachusetts Plan. Doesnt seem helpful to me.
Sauls comment, in particular, seems to try to take credit for the individual mandate portion of Romneys health care bill, which to conservatives is the most objectionable portion of Obamas bill.
Still, some say Romney may be wise to address the issue and suggest conservatives will turn out no matter what.
Slavery was the law of the land until 1865. Being the law of the land does not mean we have to accept evil. [Note: the parallel is entirely appropriate, as those compelled to use their own resources to support mortal sin can attest.]
‘House passes a Fiscal Bill remedy that repeals ObamaCare and recesses congress for the year. Obama chooses - avoid fiscal cliff and lose Obamacare or go over fiscal cliff and keep Obamacare.”
Obama and the Democrats in the Senate would choose the fiscal cliff knowing the media coverage would doom any chances the republican would have.
That's what is is confusing about this election.
obama's approval rating is only 49%, his disapproval 45%. The majority of this population thinks we're heading in the wrong direction....yet he still get re elected.
Smells really fishy to me.
No Boehner, it’s the fraud of the land. If we know it’s fraud; you do too.
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