Wanted to make sure you saw Speaker Boehner’s comments yesterday admitting yet again that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and that repealing it may not be so easy after all. Roll Call reports:
“Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act make it impossible to just repeal the health care law unless Congress has a replacement ready as well…
“On health care, Boehner said simply repealing the Affordable Care Act ‘isn’t the answer’… ‘(To) repeal Obamacare … isn’t the answer. The answer is repeal and replace. The challenge is that Obamacare is the law of the land.’”
“The GOP, however, has taken a number of votes to repeal the law, including bills that would have completely repealed the law without replacing it. The party hasn’t unified behind a replacement, let alone voted on one, since Boehner took the speaker’s gavel.”
We love that he's trying to revive the "repeal and replace" mantra, but as we've seen after more than 50 attempts to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have no other plan than repeal. And Americans are fed up with that strategy. From the New York Times:
“[A] majority of people in three Southern states – Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina – would rather that Congress improve his signature health care law than repeal and replace it, according to a New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation poll. The poll also found that a majority of Kentucky residents – and a plurality in a fourth state, Arkansas — said they thought the health care marketplace in their state was working well…”
“One of the poll respondents, Bonnie Broome, who works as a project manager for AT&T in New Orleans, said that the law was ‘cumbersome,’ but that it seemed here to stay. ‘I’m a Republican, but I’m tired of them saying ‘Repeal, repeal, repeal,' Ms. Broome, 53, said in a follow-up interview. ‘They need to make it better.’”
Here’s to hoping House Republicans will drop the ACA drama at last and work with Democrats to make sure this law works for all Americans.