Former House Speaker John Boehner and his band of Republicans tried to repeal Obamacare 60 times to no avail. Now, he’s singing a different tune.
Last week the former GOP congressman from Ohio gave a speech at a conference for the Pharmaceutical industry in Las Vegas. Unfortunately for them, what he had to say was likely not at all what they wanted to hear.
The Washington Post got video footage with John Boehner giving his address, and it does not bode well for the House and Senate Republicans hellbent on TrumpCare or no care. The GOP’s “not going to repeal and replace Obamacare,” he explains, because “the American people have gotten accustomed to it.” If the bill’s still around after a full seven months of the GOP controlling the House, Senate, and the White House, it’s not going to happen.
“Here we are, seven months into this year, and yet they’ve not passed this bill. Now, they’re never — they’re not going to repeal and replace Obamacare. It’s been around too long. And the American people have gotten accustomed to it. Governors have gotten accustomed to this Medicaid expansion, and so trying to pull it back is really not going to work.”
Yikes. John Boehner added that the GOP may be able to undermine the ACA by rolling back some of the taxes that fund it and by ending the health insurance mandates (and hence the ability for insurance companies to mitigate risk). Otherwise, Obamacare’s not going anywhere.
“When it’s all said and done, you’re not going to have an employer mandate anymore, you’re not going to have the individual mandate. The Medicaid expansion will be there. The governors will have more control over their Medicaid populations and how to get them care, and a lot of Obamacare taxes will probably go.”
In other words, the GOP’s best hope is to find sneaky ways to subtly screw over their own constituents in hope that they won’t notice their health insurance geting more pricey and covering less. Most people want access to healthcare and once they have that access, they’re reluctant to give it up.
Less than 12 percent of Americans support Senate’s alleged “healthcare” plan. That makes sense given that most of Obamacare’s flaws — the high premiums, high deductibles, and the high costs of prescription drugs — exist because it has for-profit companies running our healthcare system.
In fact, Obamacare was based on the successful plan Mitt Romney devised as governor of Massachusetts as a market-based solution that got more people covered. Lack of access to healthcare was already becoming a major issue, but only a Republican could have tackled it at the time. After then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s attempt at universal healthcare went down in flames in 1993, no Democrat wanted to touch it with a 10-foot pole.
Now that we’ve had a taste of being able to see the doctor when we need to — something people in other modern societies take for granted — more of us are supportive. Believe it or not, a Pew poll from June show 60 percent of Americans saying the U.S. government is responsible for ensuring we all have health coverage, and a growing number — now 33 percent — support a “single payer”national healthcare system.
Watch John Boehner’s remarks on Obamacare.
The AP adds John Boehner talked about Donald Trump, whom he described as “a friend of mine, we’ve played a lot of golf together over years.” He’s also given to Boehner’s campaigns, the former Speaker admits. However, he added, “I never really saw him as president. You all know what I mean.”
He also advised Trump to “quit tweeting.”
“I mean, going after Mika Brzezinski or Joe Scarborough? What the hell is the point?”