Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner has gone on the record about the Republican attempt to “repeal and replace” Obamacare and he’s not siding with the party he once helped lead.
Boehner retired from Congress in 2015 and now he’s not censoring his criticism of the party, especially its focus on repealing and replacing a healthcare program that currently covers more than 21 million Americas.
Boehner was recently the speaker at a healthcare conference in Orlando, Florida, where he talked about the GOP’s attempts to overhaul President Obama’s signature law.
In response to questions about the repeal of the law, he said it was “not going to happen.” Boehner went one step further by calling the party’s promises nothing but “happy talk.”
His comments come one week after his successor, House Speaker Paul Ryan, said the Republican party was ready to introduce an Obamacare replacement bill.
Senate Republicans and House GOP members have been at odds over parts of the bill. Boehner says those two sides are not likely to come together anytime soon.
“I started laughing,” Boehner said, “Republicans never ever agree on healthcare.”
The report says Boehner concluded his talk by saying “most of the framework of the Affordable Care Act” was “going to be there” in the end.
Essentially, Republicans want to make a few quick and dirty changes, mostly at the expense of the poor, and then rename the platform Trumpcare.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.