The current Republican Speaker of the House will not repeal and replace Obamacare as promised, predicts the previous Republican Speaker of the House.
Congressional Republicans will “fix Obamacare,” former House Speaker John Boehner told a health care conference in Florida Thursday, POLITICO reports. “I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” he added.
“I started laughing,” Boehner said of claims Obamacare replacement will happen in the next few months. “Republicans never ever agree on health care.”
“Most of the framework of the Affordable Care Act…that’s going to be there,” he said.
He appears to be right. The current plan put forth by Republican leaders keeps many components of the Obamacare system Republicans once opposed.
The GOP leadership plan keeps the Obama mandate forcing insurers to cover pre-existing conditions, which is one of the major factors driving up health insurance premiums.
It also appears to keep Obama’s expansion of Medicaid. Instead of repealing the expansion of the welfare state, Republicans plan to make it a “block grant” program, giving states more flexibility in how they administer the money.