Speaker John Boehner Pushes for Full Repeal of Affordable Care Act
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made some conflicting statements yesterday about his plans for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, first abandoning plans to repeal what is now "the law of the land," but vowing for a full repeal only hours later.
After President Barack Obama was reelected to his second term Tuesday, Mr. Boehner told ABC News he had no firm plans to repeal the PPACA, which had become "the law of the land" with President Obama's victory. Mr. Boehner did say some provisions should be on the table as lawmakers work to avoid the fiscal cliff and balance the budget.
Shortly after that interview was released, Mr. Boehner tweeted, "Obamacare is the law of the land, but it is raising costs & threatening jobs. Our goal has been, and will remain, full repeal."
Kevin Smith, a spokesperson for Mr. Boehner, released a statement to The Hill, saying: "We're two days out from the election and the leaders will make decisions on leg schedule and timing in the weeks ahead. Point is our commitment to full repeal has not changed."
Mr. Boehner is not the first GOP lawmaker to voice resistance to the healthcare law post-election. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) also affirmed his opposition to and plans to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which is part of the PPACA.
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