As House Republicans are busy trying to push the Romney/Ryan tax plan and economic as their compromise with President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner talked to ABC News’s Diane Sawyer about the fate of healthcare reform. Boehner stated that it was the “law of the land”, but later his office would reverse course.
The interview went:
A couple of other questions about the agenda now. You have said next year that you would repeal the healthcare vote. That’s still your mission?
Well, I think the election changes that. It’s pretty clear that the president was reelected, Obamacare is the law of the land. I think there are parts of the healthcare law that are gonna be very difficult to implement. And very expensive. And as the time when we’re tryin’ to find a way to create a path toward a balanced budget everything has to be on the table.
But you won’t be spending the time next year trying to repeal Obamacare?
There certainly may be parts of it that we believe– need to be changed. We may do that. No decisions at this point.
The healthcare reform law was ruled to be Constitutional by the US Supreme Court, but that has not stopped the Republican Party from trying to get it repealed repeatedly. Boehner’s spokesman, Kevin Smith, tried to clarify the statements made by Boehner in the interview by saying that “While ObamaCare is the law of the land, it is costing us jobs and threatening our health care. Speaker Boehner and House Republicans remain committed to repealing the law, and he said in the interview it would be on the table.”
During the 2012 election, former MA Governor Mitt Romney ran on repealing Obamacare despite the fact that it is popular with the majority of Americans. Several Democrats ran on the merits of Obamacare and won election.
Boehner is a fiscal hawk, but there are currently no numbers on how much money each attempt to repeal Obamacare takes.