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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:55 PM

Boehner: ‘Obamacare Is The Law Of The Land’ By Tara Culp-Ressler posted from ThinkProgress Health on

Source: Think Progress

Boehner: ‘Obamacare Is The Law Of The Land’
By Tara Culp-Ressler posted from ThinkProgress Health on Nov 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm

As ABC News reports, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has confirmed that the House GOP will no longer attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. When asked about the future of the health care reform law, Boehner said “the election changes that” and “Obamacare is the law of the land.”
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/boehner-exclusive-raising-tax-rates-unacceptable-revenue-table/story?id=17672947&singlePage=true#.UJw31OS_DoK

During President Obama’s first term, House Republicans spent over 80 hours and $50 million dollars on more than 30 failed attempts to repeal Obamacare.

Boehner did suggest that some parts of the law — presumably the Independent Payment Advisory Board — could “be on the table as lawmakers work toward a balanced budget.”

The Board, or IPAB, is tasked with making binding recommendations to Congress for lowering health care spending, should Medicare costs exceed a target growth rate. Congress can accept the savings proposal or implement its own ideas through a super majority. Some Democrats have joined Republicans in opposing the provision.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/11/08/1168621/boehner-obamacar/

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Reply Boehner: ‘Obamacare Is The Law Of The Land’ By Tara Culp-Ressler posted from ThinkProgress Health on (Original post)
kpete Nov 2012 OP
Cooley Hurd Nov 2012 #1
Brother Buzz Nov 2012 #9
DocMac Nov 2012 #21
Enrique Nov 2012 #2
Bibliovore Nov 2012 #17
mac56 Nov 2012 #3
Dubster Nov 2012 #4
Hubert Flottz Nov 2012 #18
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #5
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #12
WinkyDink Nov 2012 #13
rucky Nov 2012 #16
Hubert Flottz Nov 2012 #19
Berlin Expat Nov 2012 #6
Swede Atlanta Nov 2012 #7
C_eh_N_eh_D_eh Nov 2012 #8
DallasNE Nov 2012 #23
SemperEadem Nov 2012 #10
Shilo Nov 2012 #11
John2 Nov 2012 #14
DallasNE Nov 2012 #24
davidpdx Nov 2012 #15
efhmc Nov 2012 #20
DallasNE Nov 2012 #22

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:56 PM

1. Nice, but can he reign in what remains of the Tea Party Caucus?

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:52 PM

9. It may be easier to nail jello to a tree then reign in the teabaggers

But this may be a good start.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:03 AM

21. LOL

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:57 PM

2. it already was

Boehner does not have veto power.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:20 AM

17. Exactly.

It's been the law of the land since President Obama signed it. It was confirmed as a constitutionally acceptable law of the land when the Supreme Court issued its decision on it.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:01 PM

3. Hoo boy.

This will not sit well.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:04 PM

4. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Response to Dubster (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:32 AM

18. All those crying drunk tears, washed his "Balls"

down the drain. I think the next thing to go will be his liver, judging by the yellowish tone of his crybaby hide.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:06 PM

5. There is an UPDATE on the link in the OP up above. Boehner has already walked back his comment


UPDATE:

Boehner’s office is softening the Speaker’s comments:

Sabrina Siddiqui @SabrinaSiddiqui
Boehner spox clarifies re: Obamacare: "Speaker Boehner and House Republicans remain committed to repealing the law"



Speaker John Boehner @SpeakerBoehner

ObamaCare is law of the land, but it is raising costs & threatening jobs. Our goal has been, and will remain, #fullrepeal.



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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:49 PM

12. He got Romneyated....

Walking back his statements.... smh....

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Response to ProudProgressiveNow (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:09 PM

13. He got a phone call and an offer he couldn't refuse.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:21 AM

16. He's the most powerful Republican in public office

but I guess his masters got to him.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:34 AM

19. Somebody needs to talk for him...

He must be too drunk. I'd be drunk too if I was a GOPer.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:06 PM

6. And Freeper heads explode in

5....

4....

3....

2....


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:11 PM

7. I wish I could draw some optimism from this development but I can't.....

 

I would hope that maybe with Obama having a larger win than Nixon, Carter or Bush and with the Democrats increasing their outright majority was well as their likely caucus majority in the Senate and picking up seats in the House, the Republics would finally realize the time has come to govern. That means doing the hard work rather than just saying NO. It means sitting down and working across party lines to achieve compromise that moves the country forward. Maybe he personally really sees that. That would be refreshing.

But. I don't think he will be Speaker in the new Congress. I think this statement and the one that he is open to new revenue means that the hard right Teabaggers will all but kill him rather than re-elect him as Speaker. Just as there are some Republic strategists that say this election was a watershed in the changing demographics in this country and that the party must accept and adapt, there are just as many saying the reason they lost was because their candidate wasn't conservative enough, i.e. the party must move even further to the right.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:23 PM

8. The failure of the "one-term" strategy.

Congressional Republicans didn't want to repeal Obamacare just because it would mean more money for insurance companies. Like most of the things they've done over the past four years, it was meant to make Obama look weak and ineffective, thus serving their ultimate goal of denying him reelection.

Now that that plan's gone out the window, they're just going to have to make the best of it. The smarter heads in the GOP, like Boehner, realize this, so they want to rebrand themselves as reasonable moderates in preparation for the next election. It'll be interesting to see what other tactical reversals the Repubs try to make in the months to come, and how many of the young T-bag hotheads go along with it.

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Response to C_eh_N_eh_D_eh (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:33 PM

23. Smarter Heads And GOP Is An Oxymoron

Boehner wants to retain his Speakers job so he is incapable of leading in the lame duck session. Period. In the Senate the Republicans suffered their worst debacle since 1964 with 25 Democrats winning to only 8 Republicans. This election was a complete disaster for the GOP but the GOP cannot come to grips with this simple fact. GOP Senators up in 2 years have to be sweating blood right now.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 07:10 PM

10. He smells something burning

and it's his ass in 2014 if he doesn't open up a can of "act right".

the teahadists are rendered irrelevant by this election... our task as progressives is to make sure it stays that way by not letting up, not getting complacent, not getting distracted by every little small battle that doesn't go our way. There is a bigger picture here.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 07:11 PM

11. Damn straight Weeper of the House

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:23 PM

14. I'm

 

willing to go off this Cliff the Pundits and Repugs are talking about if the Repugs don't compromise. They lost the election period. President Obama needs to keep his promise just like we told him to stand up to the Repugs in the second and third Debates. The people that voted for him got his back. If the Repugs give him anymore trouble, two can play their game. A lot of Repugs will lose jobs if they go off the cliff. A lot of the Repugs Districts will lose aid too. Take Mr Pat McCrory in North Carolina. Let him ask for charity from his faith base congregations. That is their philosophy. Cut all Federal aid to North Carolina schools and see how they like it. McCrory will be raising local taxes and I'm not paying any money to that idiot. I'm doing a Mitt Romney on him. I'm not giving the state of North Carolina one penny.

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Response to John2 (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:41 PM

24. I Have Been Saying This For Months

It does represent a speed bump but nothing serious. Deal with things individually next year and make them retroactive. Even some of the pundits are starting to think in this manner.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:42 AM

15. I think we should take bets on how many times the Republicans will try to repeal the ACA

The over/under is 31

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:37 AM

20. First the supreme court and then the election but he is the one who gets to decide

"it's the law of the land"?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:18 PM

22. Romney Tweeted "Repeal Obamacare"

Obviously, the Tea Party gave him new marching orders. And with an election in January looming for the job of Speaker of the House, Boehner will not stray one iota from what the Tea Party wants. Since Boehner is incapable of leading the House the President needs to bypass Boehner and try to find individual Republican votes to join with Democrats to pass a comprehensive plan. The way forward will not be pretty and some political blood will likely be spilled. So be it.

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