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Boehner Capitulates: ‘Obamacare is the Law of the Land’
CNSNews.com ^ | November 9, 2012 | Matt Cover

Posted on 11/10/2012 6:19:16 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

(CNSNews.com) -- Although the Republican-dominant House of Representatives controls the federal purse strings, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that Tuesday’s election victory by President Barack Obama changed how he will approach the GOP goal of repealing the health reform law, saying that the president’s reelection made it “the law of the land.”

“Well, I think the election changes that. It’s pretty clear that the president was re-elected. Obamacare is the law of the land,” Boehner told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in an interview Thursday when asked if the House GOP would still make repeal its mission.

However, Boehner also said that the law was still “on the table,” noting that he still considered it bad policy and that it was not off limits as he begins negotiations with Obama over key budgetary issues.

As House Speaker, Boehner can prevent any funding for Obamacare or any aspect of it through amendments to funding legislation, to a continuing resolution, or by simply not allowing a floor vote on the funding.

“I think there are parts of the health care law that are going to be very difficult to implement and very expensive and, at a time when we’re trying to find a way to create a path toward a balanced budget, everything has to be on the table,” he said in the ABC interview.

When pressed, Boehner clarified that no decision had been made yet over which parts of the law would be included in negotiations, saying that parts of the law could be on the table.

“There are certainly maybe parts of it that we believe need to be changed – we may do that, no decisions at this point,” he said.

Boehner repeated during the interview that he viewed Obama’s reelection and Republicans’ failure to achieve a Senate majority as a mandate from the American public for the two parties to work together, saying that it was simply the hand he was dealt.

“I may not like the five cards that were dealt to me but those are the cards I’ve got in my hand,” he said. “Now my job on behalf of the American people is to find a way to work with my Democrat colleagues and our Democrat President to solve America’s problems. If there was one mandate that came out of the election, it was [to] find a way to work together to address our problems.”

Boehner’s office clarified his remarks about repeal of Obamacare on Thursday, after excerpts of the interview were released to the public. His official Twitter account posted a message saying that he remained committed to “full repeal” of the law.

“ObamaCare is the law of the land, but it is raising costs and hurting #smallbiz. Our goal remains #fullrepeal,” Boehner tweeted.

Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith also clarified the Speaker’s intentions on Obamacare, saying that House Republicans were committed to repealing the law despite the reelection of its namesake president.

“While Obamacare is the law of the land, it is costing us jobs and threatening our health care,” Smith told the liberal website Talking Points Memo. “Speaker Boehner and House Republicans remain committed to repealing the law, and he said in the interview it would be on the table.”

Obama’s reelection has made repeal of the law extremely difficult for Republicans after they failed to secure a Senate majority and a President who would sign repeal legislation. Obama has repeatedly stated that he has no intention of negotiating over the law and Senate Democrats have refused to vote on multiple repeal bills sent to them by the House.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: capitulation; idiotsdidntvote4mitt; interview; johnboehner; obamacare
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1 posted on 11/10/2012 6:19:23 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Tea Party should target this RINO SOB and do everything in their power to send his sorry ass back to Ohio.


2 posted on 11/10/2012 6:23:27 AM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

My friend’s husband was told by his doctor that the doctor will be penalized (financially, by the Government) if he puts a stent into anyone over 60. So under Obamacare, it appears that 60 is the cutoff for life-saving surgeries. I am over 60; it was nice knowing you all.


3 posted on 11/10/2012 6:23:34 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Compare this to Reid’s statement that the Democrats will never work with Romney and one can understand why we are where we are. It’s time for a third party.


4 posted on 11/10/2012 6:24:29 AM PST by HarleyD
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ashley Wilkes has spoken. What a wimp.


5 posted on 11/10/2012 6:26:30 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: NKP_Vet

The Tea Party should start a nationwide campaign for a tax revolt. We stop filing our tax returns, businesses stop withholding, and we starve this beast.

Eff them, I won’t pay their MARXIST tax. I’ve drawn my line in the sand.

Oh, and I won’t be hiring any friggin liberals either. They want jobs? Go to your sugar daddy.


6 posted on 11/10/2012 6:28:14 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

He’s right it is the law of the land, and there is nothing he or anyone else can do about it - you can’t knock him for it.

Maybe more people should have shown up to vote


7 posted on 11/10/2012 6:30:17 AM PST by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The House will be voting for a new speaker in a few weeks. Isn’t there some way we could mount a campaign to get rid of Bonehead?


8 posted on 11/10/2012 6:31:02 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

And then they went out to play golf


9 posted on 11/10/2012 6:33:10 AM PST by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: unixfox

They don’t want jobs. They want you to pay their way.


10 posted on 11/10/2012 6:33:21 AM PST by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: All

what is he supposed to say. It was passed by congress, signed by the president and has withstood it’s first SC challenge. That sounds like a law to me.

If all this people that bitch about Obamacare actually voted for the guy that promised to repeal it, we would have a different president in January. I don’t blame Obama, I don’t blame Pelousy or Dingy Harry, I blame the people that voted for this or didn’t vote against it. The talking point was “people don’t for against a person, they need to vote for a person”.. well, we had the opportunity to vote for the person that more closely supported the founders values and most of them stayed home.


11 posted on 11/10/2012 6:33:42 AM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: unixfox

I’m all for not paying taxes. I’m changing my w-4 on Monday as a start.


12 posted on 11/10/2012 6:34:26 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
We need a new Speaker...

..I have urged my Congressman, Jeb Hensarling to consider someone else...but I am not holding my breath.

I fear that all these R "leaders" are selling us down the river as fast as the D's.

It is disappointing and disguising.

THERE IS NO "MANDATE" for the R's to "reach across the isle"!

If there is gridlock, so be it. The very least that comes out of Congress doing nothing is that our Life, Liberty and Property are relatively safe for the time being.

....see, the easy thing that the HR could do right now is to start removing funding from the Executive Branch of govt...but nooooooo...they go along with every "continuing resolution", and the Obama Admin is flying high...

..BTW...if there is somebody out there who can explain to us why the HR cannot defund any branch or agency of the Fed Govt...I want to hear it.

The thing I fear is that they CAN....but WILL NOT.

13 posted on 11/10/2012 6:35:40 AM PST by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance.....)
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To: bigheadfred

I don’t have any “dependents” so I get royally screwed. I’m thinking by January I might have triplets. All with nice shiny SSN’s.


14 posted on 11/10/2012 6:38:11 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: NKP_Vet

“The Tea Party should target this RINO SOB and do everything in their power to send his sorry ass back to Ohio.”

He will just run as a democrat and win back the seat on the other side.


15 posted on 11/10/2012 6:40:29 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Media goes nuts in 2004 because Bush went to the dentist 20 years ago. Benghazi? Nothing.)
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To: unixfox

All businesses need to start laying people off, there needs to be a massive taxpayer protests in DC with millions of conservatives on the ground, they need to stay there until they back down or start firing on us.


16 posted on 11/10/2012 6:40:41 AM PST by stockpirate (Slaves to the collective! SCOTUS is just as corrupt as congress. IMPEACH ROBERTS!)
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To: HarleyD
NOBODY will ever work with a “3rd Party”

You are absurd.

17 posted on 11/10/2012 6:43:26 AM PST by Kansas58
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To: Fiji Hill
The House will be voting for a new speaker in a few weeks

And you think a new speaker will lie to you and tell you Obamacare is NOT the law of the land?

The SC defined the mandate as a tax which made is constitutional. That's the law of the land.

Now you can work to repeal parts of it still. Which is exactly what Boehner says can still be done.

18 posted on 11/10/2012 6:45:41 AM PST by what's up
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To: stockpirate

Protests don’t work. Voting doesn’t work. Blogging and emailing doesn’t work.

Real action is what we need. None of this pussy footing around anymore.

This is WAR.


19 posted on 11/10/2012 6:53:46 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This guy should be flushed down the toilet.


20 posted on 11/10/2012 6:58:30 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“I may not like the five cards that were dealt to me but those are the cards I’ve got in my hand,”

Here the other side's cards:
1. USSC was pressured to uphold Obamacare
2. Slight loss in R House seats and members who will cave (e.g. my rep Wolf who caves on important things like TARP)
3. D Senate gains and Reid's hand on the nuclear button
4. Obama's support from the media
5. Obama's excessive executive power and willingness to ignore the constitution.

Yet many here expect and want the R House to go down fighting like Custer. The problem with that approach is that the cards that Boehner has are not pretty, and will work better with verbal window dressing like "flexibility" and "will look at all offered legislation". In short he needs to look good publicly and be tough privately.

21 posted on 11/10/2012 7:01:14 AM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: unixfox

Yep.


22 posted on 11/10/2012 7:01:17 AM PST by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: All

As more jobs are lost due to Obamacare perhaps attitudes will change.


23 posted on 11/10/2012 7:03:07 AM PST by eekitsagreek
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Boner thinks that because the RINO GOP candidate lost, that now we need to be pussies and give reach arounds to the dems. We need to get rid of Boner ASAP!


24 posted on 11/10/2012 7:03:45 AM PST by Blue Highway
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Slavery was once “law of the land”, too, but that ended up being repealed.

The terms of “Obamacare” are just another form of involuntary indenture, with no opportunity for manumission.


25 posted on 11/10/2012 7:04:51 AM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: unixfox
This is WAR.

So Boehner should parade in front of the cameras with a knife in his teeth? If it is a war, where are our weapons?

26 posted on 11/10/2012 7:05:09 AM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: what's up

But repeal of any of it will not occur with Boehner.
The Speaker is CLEARLY compromised.
They have something on him and he is being blackmailed... including blackmailed into staying on as Speaker.
Why do you think he cries all the time?

He KNOWS his sins are destroying America.
Nixon left office because the Speaker of the House went after his butt.
Clinton was only the second president in history that was impeached because the Speaker went after his butt.
We have Obamacare because the Speaker of the House (Devil that she is) went after it.

Need to “impeach” Boehner if you want to get to Obama and/or Obamacare.


27 posted on 11/10/2012 7:06:32 AM PST by armourup (Your Doctor is 100% wrong about Lyme Disease.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Hopefully Allen West gets his seat when the ballots are recounted, and then maske HIM the speaker. That’s the kind of tough talking / tough action kind of guy we need in a position of leadership, not pansies like Boener and McConnel.


28 posted on 11/10/2012 7:06:50 AM PST by Blue Highway
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To: Blue Highway

No, he knows that he can do nothing except stop even worse legislation (e.g. gun control). So he has to appear to work with them while running the clock to the fiscal cliff. Once we are near the cliff (or hopefully over) he will get some good offers from the D-Senate who are more beholden to the interests who will get directly hurt by the cuts (e.g. defense contractors).


29 posted on 11/10/2012 7:10:00 AM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: originalbuckeye
Thank You for that information. I too am a goner. Will meet you on the other side FRiend.
30 posted on 11/10/2012 7:10:08 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: unixfox

Don’t have triplets January 1. Have them December 31 and pick up an extra year. Suggest giving them Hispanic or ethnic first names like Hugo, Fidel and La’Shawn. No one at IRS will even blink.


31 posted on 11/10/2012 7:10:33 AM PST by masadaman
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To: armourup

How do you propose Boehner goes after Obama? There are lots of executive things Obama can do to make any house member’s life miserable no matter who they are.


32 posted on 11/10/2012 7:13:17 AM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: PMAS
FRiend, at this point in time, and take solace there will be few, if any recounts or investigations, no Conservative would or will gloat by any stretch of the imagination. People are going to hurt. Our whole nation is going to hurt. Prepare and be forewarned.
33 posted on 11/10/2012 7:13:57 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: palmer

That is wishful thinking and a very speculative plan at best. It is the equivilent of playing chicken with a semi tractor trailer and we are in a SMART Car with the entire American population inside the SMART Car. Not very SMART, is it?


34 posted on 11/10/2012 7:15:08 AM PST by Blue Highway
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To: palmer

No, Boehner won’t do jack sh!t.

Notice I said WE?


35 posted on 11/10/2012 7:17:36 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: no-to-illegals

Americans apparently need more pain before they learn, and they will feel more pain - continued higher inflation & Unemployment, then the loss of their employer healthcare and put onto 0bamacare.

I’ve been preparing, but who knows what kind of confiscating they will do.


36 posted on 11/10/2012 7:19:13 AM PST by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: Blue Highway
You forgot the rest of your analogy: you want the smart car to crash into the truck and hope you can disable the truck.

Face the facts, all you and many other angry posters here want to have your anger expressed by a "leader" who will quickly be marginalized by the media and bypassed by Obama with a couple of EO's. Then when there is a clear Constitutional crisis we will have no popular support for impeachment (ok, well 30% of Americans). This is the time to get the best deal we can, not explode in rage and get nothing.

37 posted on 11/10/2012 7:20:40 AM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: armourup
But repeal of any of it will not occur with Boehner.

They've already passed legislation to repeal Obamacare in the House under Boehner on a 244-185 vote.

But how will repeal happen without the Senate? Think!

BTW...the only time the Speaker cries is when he is making patriotic speeches/comments or at funerals of great men (like when he cried at Reagan's funeral). As much as people like to make fun of him for it I don't see a whole lot wrong with that.

38 posted on 11/10/2012 7:21:43 AM PST by what's up
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To: palmer
This will be where the rubber meets the road. There is a way and a method. It maybe is madness of ones mind to think Americans on the outside can turn this around. Am working on a plan if can gain information from those here. It may be futile to try and prepare a plan. It would have to be completed and on our representatives and senators desks yesterday. Prayerfully, a plan can be prepared and Freepers will make it happen with the TEA Party. Otherwise we can go to our corners, come out for the fight, and be completely unorganized with no chance.
39 posted on 11/10/2012 7:22:21 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: unixfox

Yeah, you said “we”. “We” just lost the election. We have no media support, no federal authority, no support from the USSC. What we do have is some strong governors and attorneys general who can help sue the feds. Other than that you are day dreaming, so just quit doing that and face reality.


40 posted on 11/10/2012 7:23:46 AM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
While I have no respect (or expectations) for Boner, a few of his comments seem to hint at a willingness to let Zero's policies take a real bite out of America's collective a$$ and allow the full ramifications to be felt with the realization of what the Left has done to us.

Probably just a despair-induced fantasy, but what the hey...

41 posted on 11/10/2012 7:25:16 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: palmer

Yeah, tell me when that all works out. K.


42 posted on 11/10/2012 7:27:46 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: palmer; unixfox
I'll fight with you FRiends, and we should all fight for our core principles. I do not want to surrender and neither do either of you.
43 posted on 11/10/2012 7:29:04 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: no-to-illegals

I will support that in any way I can. I am ten years away from the “no treatment” cutoff so I can say that somewhat selfishly. We must have a way to move a large segment of the population to our side. The over 60 population is a good start.


44 posted on 11/10/2012 7:30:20 AM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: palmer

We should come together here first. I’m working on a draft letter. It maybe will be ignored. No big deal, have been ignored before. Where there is a will, there is a way. We have have to decide as a nation if we, each of us is an individual. I think there is a way to turn this around. I pray there is a way, am ready to work for a way, and know the individuals on this site are the most intelligent of all forums. Should “we” try?


45 posted on 11/10/2012 7:34:51 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: unixfox

Hey, I might need your help some day, but not today.


46 posted on 11/10/2012 7:38:05 AM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: no-to-illegals

Getting it in writing will be beneficial. It will be mocked as a “strongly worded letter” until people read it.


47 posted on 11/10/2012 7:40:19 AM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: palmer

I want a “leader” that will say FU to the media and say “bring it on” to any executive order Obammie wants to shove through. Someone to represent the pissed off Republicans by fighting for survival not caving in now when we are still moments from crashing and burning anyways.


48 posted on 11/10/2012 7:41:26 AM PST by Blue Highway
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Speaker of the House

Speaker of the White Hut

49 posted on 11/10/2012 7:42:02 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

John Boehner has a vagina.


50 posted on 11/10/2012 7:42:37 AM PST by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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