For those of us who don’t call ourselves Republicans, having a member of the GOP admit to something we already knew is something we never tire of seeing. The most recent example of this happened Thursday when former Speaker of the House John Boehner essentially admitted that Republicans have been lying for years about “repealing Obamacare.”
As reported by Politico:
Boehner, who resigned in 2015 amid unrest among conservatives, said at an Orlando health care conference that the idea that a repeal-and-replace plan would blitz through Congress is just “happy talk.”
Instead, he said changes to former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement would likely be relatively modest.
“[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare – I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” he said.
Just for the record, in total, Republicans voted over 60 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Furthermore, they shut down the government in 2013 trying to put an end to the law.
That 16-day government shutdown cost more than $2 billion, according an analysis by the Office of Management and Budget. While a lot of that was compensation for workers who were paid not to work (a combined 6.6 million days total), that’s still a massive amount of money that was wasted because congressional Republicans shut down the government trying to stop “Obamacare.” Something they knew wasn’t going to happen.
Keep in mind that Boehner was House Speaker for the majority of all of this as well. Yet here he is, saying that the years Republicans spent promising to “repeal and replace Obamacare” were nothing but a giant scam. The 60+ votes, government shutdown, that was all wasted time and taxpayer dollars spent lying to their voters about doing something that they knew wasn’t going to happen.
Though Boehner’s comments shouldn’t surprise anyone. For weeks the GOP has had all the power it needs to “repeal Obamacare” as so many promised to do “on Day 1” — yet the law still remains in full effect. And even though Republicans have spent years promising to replace the law with something “much better,” based upon what we’re seeing, it’s obvious they never once put together a health care plan of their own.
If I were a Republican, I’d be infuriated. This is the former leader of your party admitting that Republicans spent years lying and manipulating conservative voters because they were counting on right-wing ignorance about the law to help them out politically — and it worked.
This is something that makes me laugh when I hear conservatives say they don’t trust politicians. Folks who blame Democrats for the problems and lies Republicans con them into believing.
It’s like a joke I use to get my right-wing friends worked up: Perhaps the reason why conservatives distrust politicians and loathe the government as much as they do is because they keep voting for Republicans.
But at the end of the day, John Boehner more or less admitted that progressives have been right about the Affordable Care Act, while Republicans have been nothing but frauds, blatantly lying to voters concerning their plans for health care.