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would lead to political problems with the grassroots, especially with Tea Party activists who have made getting the law repealed a priority.

Comments

Comments

  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

Polititainment

WH responds to 'Deport Justin Bieber' petition

Despite the pleas of more than 270,000 Americans to deport Justin Bieber, the White House has chosen not to weigh in on the issue. However, the Obama administration did use a petition calling on the White House to revoke the pop artist's green card to plug President Barack Obama's plan for immigration reform.

Secret Service once threatened Mr. Met's life

Mr. Met sure has a lot of fans in New York. But the larger-than-life mascot definitely doesn't have one in the Secret Service, who threatened to shoot and kill him if he approached President Bill Clinton, according to a firsthand account.

Jill Biden on Joe: "I fell in love with the boys first"

Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden didn't marry Vice President Joe Biden for his sense of humor -- instead, she "fell in love" with his two sons first.

Joe Biden's first Instagram photo

Ladies and gentlemen of this great nation, rejoice! Vice President Joe Biden has joined Instagram -- and his first post is everything you ever dreamed it would be.

Celebrate Tax Day with this ditty

What better way to celebrate curse Tax Day than with a little toe-tapping, finger-snapping ditty that perfectly describes how we all feel about the Internal Revenue Service?

White House

PETA is peeved with Michelle Obama and used little girls to tell her about it

First Lady Michelle Obama has earned the ire of three young girls. But they're not upset with her less-than-filling "Let's Move!" school lunches. Instead, these youngins are upset about the real eggs used in the White House Easter Egg Roll.

Jay Carney: “Never been a more transparent administration”

Despite consistent objections by journalists that the White House overly restricts press access, Press Secretary Jay Carney believes that there has "never been a more transparent administration."

Jay Carney: Toughest interview for Obama in 2012 was with Jon Stewart

Give comedian Jon Stewart a gold star sticker. The host of The Daily Show was President Barack Obama's toughest interviewer during the 2012 election cycle, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.

The most powerful selfie in the world

Joe Biden — he's just like you, and he takes selfies, too.

Obama: Republicans a threat to the right to vote

President Barack Obama slammed Republicans on Friday for supporting voter identification law and labeled the GOP as a threat to the right to vote.

Congress

Rep Black: GOP budget makes a path to a bright future

Our nation is $17.4 trillion in debt and out of control Washington spending has no end in sight. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that on our current trajectory we will return to $1 trillion annual budget deficits by the year 2022.

Cruz: Impeach Holder

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pulled no punches when criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, as he called on Congress to impeach the Department of Justice head.

Pelosi: GOP not acting on immigration because of race

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pulled the race card when speaking about Republicans' inaction in passing comprehensive immigration reform and said "race has something to do" with the GOP not bringing such legislation to the House floor.

House passes Ryan's budget plan

The House on Thursday passed a 10-year Republican spending plan drafted by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

Read more at The Washington Examiner.

Harry Reid's Koch-fueled meltdown

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been in a Koch-fueled rage, seizing moments left and right (mostly from the left) to bash Charles and David Koch.