Boehner: Obamacare on table for 'fiscal cliff' talks
November 21st, 2012
02:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner: Obamacare on table for 'fiscal cliff' talks

(CNN) – As congressional leaders and President Barack Obama search for common ground to tame the national debt as the weeks dwindle down to end of the year, House Speaker John Boehner said the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, must be included in deficit negotiations.

"We can't afford it, and we can't afford to leave it intact," Boehner wrote of Obama's signature healthcare initiative in the Cincinnati Enquirer. "That's why I've been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation's massive debt challenge."

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Though Republicans have continually pushed for a full repeal of the law, Obama's re-election marked the next step in its implementation. Each state is required to decide whether to set up its own health care exchange - where individuals and small businesses can purchase affordable health care, subsidizing insurance for low-income consumers - or choose to have the federal government manage the state's exchange.

In the editorial Boehner lauded Ohio Governor John Kasich's decision Friday refusing to set up a state-run exchange, the result being the federal government management of the state's health care exchange.

As states decide how to comply with the law, leaders from both parties are in the midst of contentious dealings on how to reduce the nation's debt and avoid the so-called fiscal cliff – a series of federal spending cuts and tax rates increases set to go into place at the beginning of next year if Washington lawmakers fail to reach a compromise. At the crux of deficit negotiations is revenue. Republicans want to generate revenue by closing loopholes and tax deductions while Democrats have favored raising tax rates on wealthier Americans.

Since former Republican nominee Mitt Romney's defeat and the Supreme Court upheld most of the health care initiative, Boehner said the GOP's "tactics" must change in their effort to repeal Obamacare. Boehner underscored the law's expense and pushed a dismantling of the law through congressional oversight.

"With President Obama and his party still in control of most of Washington, stopping Obamacare will require both bold state leadership and vigorous oversight by members of the House of Representatives," he wrote.

Shortly after the election, Boehner told ABC he would not make repealing the law his mission saying Obamacare was the "law of the land." Boehner later walked back the comment tweeting the GOP's goal remains a full repeal of the law.


Filed under: 2012 • Fiscal Cliff • House Republicans • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm going to tell you right now that you're headed in the wrong direction with this type of talk.
    President Obama was willing to "commit political suicide" when he fought for and signed off on that law. He kept his promise to millions of us. It is his baby borne of our need, and neither you, nor Robmey, nor your flag-waving, fake patriots, country-last Teatards are going to abort this baby.
    I suggest you find something else to f' with.

    November 21, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Obama wins re-election in electoral college landslide indicative of impending GOP/Teatroll demographic apocalypse.

    Dems increase majority by 2 more seats in Senate despite having to defend 23 to the GOP defending 10.

    Dems running for House garner more popular vote than GOPers running for House and win back 7 or so seats, making inroads on GOP majority that they kept solely via gerrymandering.

    GOP/Teatroll offer to "compromise": "Obama needs to accept the economic and tax policies that our POTUS candidate ran on AND LOST, and he should sign legislation entirely repealing his landmark health care legslation that is predicted to insure millions of uninsured Americans and help bring down the deficit and debt. If he won't do those things, then he's apparently not wiling to compromise."

    November 21, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Travis – For someone who subscribes to teavangelical beliefs, I find right wingnut attacks on the majority of Americans who support ACA anything but Christian.

    November 21, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. MrBeenThere

    Boy the GOP has a set of Bras Balls..................... the Republicans have no intention in helping America recover with all there talk ........... it's time to Crush them as a party and but them out of "our" Misery................ they don't have a moral backbone to negotiate in good faith......

    November 21, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    For someone who claims to be a Christian, you sure have a funny way of expressing it.
    -------------------------------------------------
    But nowhere near as funny as the Republicans who have NO concept of what it means to care for the least amongst us, and who claim to be pro-life but have no problem starting unnecessary wars and sending our children off to die in them while theirs chicken swerve at home.
    I'm a Christian too but when people need to go to hell that's exactly where I send them.

    November 21, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Cedric

    Republicans need to stay out of President Obama's way! He know what's he doing!

    November 21, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F

    The speaker appears to have started his Thanksgiving drinking a little early this year.

    November 21, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. david

    the republicans dont give Obama all...i mean all that he requests, they will lose in the house in '14 and Hillary will be President in '16! I havent predicted wrong for 12 YEARS!

    November 21, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Facts don't Lie

    Did not John say just last week that "Obamacare is now the law of the land"? So I guess for the 30plus time the GOP will try to repeal it..and then replace it with WHAT? Letting insurance companies deny you if you have a pre-condition? Allow the poor to go to the ER so the rest of us can pay for it? Kick our kids off who maybe in college or trying to make it on their own and can't really afford HC right now? What we REALLY can't afford is to keep giving tax breaks to big oil and other companies that are putting profit in their pockets and refuse to hire anyone new.

    November 21, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. plain&simple

    Back to the polls and vote the bums out!!!! Dumb as a rock......

    November 21, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Canuck

    "We can't afford it, and we can't afford to leave it intact,"

    Here's a suggestion Mr Boehner. The cold war ended decades ago. The United States does not need its hugely bloated military any longer. How about reducing it and using the money saved to do something really great for the citizens of your country by giving them affordable health care???

    November 21, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    You people funny. You want jobs, the economy to improve, the national debt to come down, able to pay for that house, less people in poverty, or do you want Obama Care. You can't have both. You can take personal responsibility for your life or wait for the government to do it. Most of you voted for someone else to do it. Better buy some bushel baskets. You will need them to carry tons of usless money.

    November 21, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. rs

    Heaven forbid that once- JUST ONCE Republicans back something that benefits the average middle-class worker- before their party sinks beneath the waves of massive unpopularity and bad policy.

    November 21, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Grow up already...

    Posture much, Mr. Boehner? You have no hand to play. Nice try though...

    November 21, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. rs

    Facts don't Lie-
    Yes, that is the case. Boehner did say the ACA was law. He is however a member of the party that has no reality, so once again we see that facts don't matter.

    November 21, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. BigTBone

    Drunk uncle forgot what he said last month. Drunk uncle forgets a lot of things.

    Republican politicians are like Hamas. If you let them up for a second, they lash out.

    Crush this idiocy for the 30+time. File treason charges on pledge signers. End the obstruction.

    November 21, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. mcskadittle

    so once again the republicans are playing games, just like all the other B S they have pulled. they know that obamacare is not on the table

    November 21, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. david

    they thought the Obama coalition was a fluke in '08 they were wrong, they thought the same in '12 they were wrong willing to bet again in '14? or '16? bad bet! u think the gop is losing influence, wait and see. give Obama ALL he requests or the people will be begging for a viable opposition party! u lost! now give the POTUS his due! this is NON- negotiable!

    November 21, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Discernment

    Has Boehner lost his damn mind?!?

    It is Obamacare that will keep millions from having to hoc their homes & life savings when a family member gets sick. I hope Ohio send this brainless-coward packing during his next re-election bid.

    November 21, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Bob

    Crybaby Boner has proven himself to be a liar.

    He is only looking for reasons to crash the talks and blame it on President Obama.

    Impeach Boner.

    November 21, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. WB

    Get real, Boehner. Also, the CBO says Obamacare SAVES money over time. So I think I'll listen to the non-partisan CBO instead of this GOP mouthpiece.

    November 21, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Bob

    "You want jobs, the economy to improve, the national debt to come down, able to pay for that house, less people in poverty, or do you want Obama Care. You can't have both."
    ----------------------------------–

    Yes, in FACT, we can.

    November 21, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    Travis

    @ Woman In California
    " I personally can't wait to send all of them back to their rifles, bars and sheets."

    For someone who claims to be a Christian, you sure have a funny way of expressing it.

    ---------
    Being a Christian does NOT require you to be perfect.

    November 21, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Republicans want to generate revenue by closing loopholes and tax deductions while Democrats have favored raising tax rates on wealthier Americans."

    This is a purposeful misrepresentation.

    First, GOPers/Tetrolls do NOT want to raise revenue. They very carefully say they want two thing: closed loopholes and lower rates. They want the lower rates to balance the loophole closures and net ZERO. The "increased revenue" they claim to generate with their proposals comes entirely from the ideological daydream that a zero net change in the revenue generated by the tax code will result in massive economic growth and more people paying taxes. It has NEVER worked that way.

    Second, Dems want a mixture of EVERYTHING. That includes rate increases on some, loophole closures, getting rid of some deductions AND making appropriate, targetted cuts where it makes the most sense to cut. It was no doubt intentional on CNN's part to inaccurately portray the Dems as wanting only to raise tax rates, because that helps further the controversy narrative the MSM desires to sensationalize.

    Grow up, CNN.

    November 21, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Has Boehner lost his damn mind?!?

    It is Obamacare that will keep millions from having to hoc their homes & life savings when a family member gets sick."

    Boehner knows very well that would be the result. 2 + 2....(hint: who has been buying up all these homes?).

    November 21, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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