Speaker John Boehner: U.S. Can't Afford to Leave PPACA Intact

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "has to go" and should remain on the table as Democrats and Republicans discuss ways to avoid the fiscal cliff, according to his op-ed in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Mr. Boehner said that while "the tactics of our repeal efforts will have to change," the imperative remains the same. He said the law adds a government program that is too large, costly and "unworkable" for a time when the national debt exceeds the country's economy. "We can't afford it, and we can't afford to leave it intact," Mr. Boehner wrote.

He said there are three major routes to repeal of the law: the courts, the presidential election process and the congressional oversight process. "With two of those three routes having come up short, the third and final one becomes more important than ever," he wrote in the op-ed.

Mr. Boehner said the House is demonstrating more vigorous oversight of the PPACA, as evidenced by a subpoena it recently issued to HHS demanding documents on its public relations contracts. The speaker also said his home state of Ohio has acted "clearly and decisively" in response to the law. Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently announced the state would not implement its own health insurance exchange and instead would leave it up to the federal government.

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