Retired Republican congressman John Boehner reportedly had a rough go of it during his tenure as Speaker of the House.
Now that he has ceded control to Paul Ryan, Boehner had some surprising remarks about the current Speaker of the House and his allies attempts to overturn Obamacare.
Said Boehner, “They’ll fix Obamacare, and I shouldn’t have called it repeal and replace because that’s not what’s going to happen. They’re basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it.” He stated that Obamacare will likely remain in place with a few tweaks, explaining, “Most of the Affordable Care Act, in the framework, is going to stay there: coverage for kids up to age 26, covering those with preexisting conditions. All of that’s going to be there. Subsidies for those who can’t afford it, who aren’t on Medicaid, who I call the working poor, subsidies for them will be there.”
Continued John, “What will be different is that CMS will not dictate to every single state how the plan’s going to run. And if the state wants to run an exchange, the state can run an exchange. The states will control the policies that are offered like they control every other insurance product offered in their states.” He mentioned how he laughed when he first heard of Republicans attempting to overturn the law, saying, “In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time agreed on what a health care proposal should look like. Not once. And all this happy talk that went on in November and December and January about repeal, repeal, repeal—yeah, we’ll do replace, replace—I started laughing, because if you pass repeal without replace, first, anything that happens is your fault. You broke it.” Do Boehner’s comments give you hope?