Politico gets it wrong on Boehner’s position on Obamacare repeal

Sources close to Speaker John Boehner tell Red Alert Politics that a Politico article suggesting that he wants to keep parts of Obamacare in place should the Supreme Court strike down the law next month are “inaccurate.”

 Politico reported that Republicans would keep provisions such as allowing adult children to remain on their parents’ health plans until age 26 and those requiring coverage of those with pre-existing conditions would remain in place.

“If all or part of the law is struck down, we are not going to repeat the Democrats’ mistakes,” Politico reported Boehner as having said during a closed-door meeting with the House Republican Conference. “We have better ideas on health care — lots of them. We have solutions, of course, for patients with pre-existing conditions and other challenges.”

The Speaker’s office released a blog posting  Thursday reaffirming that Boehner is committed to repealing Obamacare “in its entirety.”

“We voted to fully repeal the president’s health care law as one of our first acts as a new House majority, and our plan remains to repeal the law in its entirety.  Anything short of that is unacceptable,” Boehner said in a statement.

The Speaker plans a step-by-step approach and an open debate and discussion to devise the best possible strategy for replacing Obamacare when the time comes, according to sources close to Boehner.

Whatever happens would not involved  “shoving bills down people’s throats.” Several Republicans such as Republican Policy Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., have already introduced alternatives.

“But let’s be clear: being ‘ready’ doesn’t mean we’re going to move some massive bill overnight that no one in America has seen or understands,” a source inside the conference room quoted Boehner as having said. “What Americans want is a common-sense, step-by-step approach that lowers costs for families and protects small business jobs.”

But what the final Republican alternative would look like remains to be seen.

“The Speaker’s all about the House working its will and listening to the American people,” the sources said. “We go O-care because Dems lost sight of these principles.”

Were Boehner and the Republican leadership to balk at a 100 percent repeal of Obamacare, it would lead to political problems with the grassroots, especially with Tea Party activists who have made getting the law repealed a priority.

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  1. Shaine says:

    Despite all the big campaign talk, I don’t bleveie that Republicans TRULY want to accomplish all the big promises they put out there. It all sounded like rhetoric spewed in an effort to gain seats which is fine, and typical of all politicians but the difference is that the American people really think, for some reason, that they will get all those republican voiced changes that they were promised, no matter how outlandish or blatently bull those promises may have been. It’s been a long, long time since the people of this country voted FOR something, rather than AGAINST something else and disillusionment has become part and parcel of the aftermath. (Regardless of who end up in power .) Health care reform, cap and trade, energy legislation, tax reform, economic reform, etc all things BOTH parties have professed a desire for in the past but the willingness to follow thru always depends on who’s got their party stamp on the paperwork when it comes to vote. (The past two years have been especially contentious disappointingly so )I sense government grid lock coming on again

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