John Boehner says swift Obamacare repeal, replace is just 'happy talk'

Posted February 24, 2017

During an Orlando health care conference on Thursday, former House Speaker John Boehner predicted that the idea of repealing and replacing Obamacare is nothing more than wishful thinking.

Republican leaders insist they are on track to repeal and replace as much of the Affordable Care Act as they can this spring under a fast-track budget procedure that allows them to bypass a Democratic filibuster.

Boehner said the talk in November about lightning-fast passage a new health care framework was wildly optimistic.

However, Boehner's comments are in direct contradiction to what current House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has signaled.

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If your local bridge were "very near collapse", the first thing you would do is send in a rescue crew to fix it temporarily so no one else is hurt. Boehner also said he "started laughing" when Republicans started talking about rapidly replacing the law after Trump won the election because "Republicans never ever agree on health care".

Will the replacement plan, like Obamacare, require insurance companies to provide health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions?

Republican lawmakers, however, have reportedly clashed with constituents at high-profile town meetings over efforts to dismantle Obamacare, among other things - skirmishes which some have attributed to paid protesters. In January, before President Trump took office, just 41 percent of voters approved of ObamaCare, compared with 52 percent who disapproved. Nearly half of Democrats want to see the law expanded. That same poll - which survey an estimated 2,000 registered voters - found that 27 percent strongly approve of the president, while 33 percent strongly disapprove.