Speaker John Boehner Confirms Republicans Will Target Obamacare Once Again

boehner-thumbsupWelcome to the new Congress, same as the old Congress. Ok, everyone who didn’t see this one coming, please raise your hands. In the wake of the really bad election last November for Democrats, Republicans are particularly emboldened now that they have an even larger majority in the House, as well as control of the Senate.


You’d think that after more than 50 times trying to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act, perhaps Republicans would focus on doing something else. You know, maybe something like coming up with their own version of the road and jobs bill that Sen. Bernie Sanders intends to introduce in the new session of Congress – but no, it looks like we are going to see more fruitless attempts to take down Obamacare in any way possible.

That’s not to say that they will be successful as President Obama is highly unlikely to sign any bills that would undo what will probably be the most important piece of legislation he’s ever signed. This is part of his presidential legacy after all, along with the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” killing Osama Bin Laden, and the end of the United States being involved in a combat role in Afghanistan.

So why would Speaker John Boehner indicate that he’s willing to target the Affordable Care Act once again? It’s simple – he has to in order to keep his position as Speaker of the House since two Tea Party congressmen are gunning for his job.

Who are these Tea Party challengers? One is the ever-daffy Louie Gohmert (R-TX) who believes global warming is a good thing because it will mean more plants. The other is Ted Yoho (R-FL) who once suggested as a congressional candidate that the right to vote should be limited only to people who own property. So naturally, John Boehner would have to agree to go along with other fruitless attempts to defund or repeal Obamacare, or he’d face a revolt within his ranks that could put Louie Gohmert or Ted Yoho in his seat much to the delight of political comedians and writers for the next 2 years.


Here’s what John Boehner’s social media intern posted on Facebook earlier:

Screenshot from Speaker John Boehner's official Facebook page on January 5th, 2015.

Screenshot from Speaker John Boehner’s official Facebook page on January 5th, 2015.

Oh wait, what’s that edit? If you click on the edit, you’ll see one tiny difference – the addition of a hashtag to the word “Obamacare.” Looks like he’s serious about this one you guys, I can just see John Boehner leaning over the intern and saying “you gotta add that hashtag, that way Gohmert and Yoho know I’m serious about Obamacare.” You can see the edit comparison here in this screenshot:

Boehner 2

The fact that the Republicans are going after Obamacare once again shouldn’t be a surprise, Sen. Mitch McConnell already signaled that they would do so in an interview with RollCall.com last month.

“Number one: We certainly will have a vote on proceeding to a bill to repeal Obamacare. … It was a very large issue in the campaign,” McConnell said, reaffirming a commitment to see what can be done against it, also discussing plans to roll back parts of the health care law that have proved to be particularly unpopular.

“We actually had a show vote on the medical device tax … and 79 senators, including that great conservative Elizabeth Warren, said they didn’t like the medical device tax, so we will go at that law — which in my view is the single worst piece of legislation passed in the last half century — in every way that we can.”

McConnell said Republicans are reviewing how to go at the law through the budget reconciliation process — which would allow for passage of legislation through the House and Senate without needing Democratic votes — but said he wants fellow opponents of the law to be realistic. (Source)

So there y’all have it, John Boehner and the rest of the Republicans in Congress will be going after Obamacare once again and don’t be surprised if they threaten to shut down the government over it. After all, they managed to take over the Senate by blaming everything on President Obama; now they’ll ride the same strategy to try to take back the White House in 2016. You can pretty much count on that.



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  • MFM008

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    • TaxPaying American Voter

      Expect anything the teabillys vote for WILL be Vetoed. They need to pass a bill for Low cost Preperation H. All the prolonged constant butt hurt could give them even more brain damage.

  • crabjack

    Bottom line, the GOP and the tea-baggers are targeting the middle class and the working class and everyone who isn’t rich.

    • strayaway

      Those are cliches. Facts include Obama’s promise that his health care plan would save the average American family $2,500 a year in health care policy premiums. Instead, they went up $1,500 while the median family income declined by another $1,500 under Obama. Obama rang up a tab of $25,000 on national debt plus interest on every man, woman, and child in the US. That’s just a warm up though. Signing three new free trade treaties, fast tracking the TPP, doubling the number of indentured foreign IT workers coming here to replace middle class IT workers in the Senate amnesty bill, and issuing his edict to give 5M illegal aliens work permits will smash US workers and its middle class. In all of this, Obama has been just as much a puppet of the US Chamber of Congress as any establishment Republican.

      • FD Brian

        and Reagan started all the deficit spending.

      • strayaway

        FDR did his share of deficit spending before the war and their was probably some caveman leader who ate his way through his clan’s winter vittles too if you want to go that route. But no one -no one has accumulated $8.14 of debt in 6 years. If our children get stuck with the bill; a ball and chain. Isn’t that child abuse? Even drunk dads can’t stick their kids with their bar tabs. Meanwhile, China has used its trade surplus to purchase the world’s natural resources and building thousands of miles of high speed rail for its children.

      • FD Brian

        you shouldn’t blame China, blame the 1% for sending all the jobs there.

      • strayaway

        I don’t blame China. I respect China for looking after its next generation. I do blame the 1% and its puppets including Bush and Obama.

      • FD Brian

        good for you.

  • Keith

    All they know how to do is take things away, they aren’t smart enough to make things better.

    • Chery Luna

      No, that is what Obama and his goodies said about all of us, including you when they called us stupid voters.

      • Keith

        Send me a list of the good things the Republicans are planning on doing for the working class, I must have missed that.

      • Jillz

        A consultant who initially worked on Romneycare is the one who made those comments, wasn’t it? I don’t recall Obama or any of his “goodies” saying it.

      • Chery Luna

        Jonathan Gruber, Obamacare Architect is the one who said we are stupid.

        Look it up. Google has several links.

      • Jillz

        Yes I know it was Jonathan Gruber who made those comments. A government contracted consultant who was one of many who worked on the ACA (and in Gruber’s case, also an architect of Romneycare, the healthcare program upon which the ACA is based) and who foolishly made public comments.

        You said, “No, that is what Obama and his goodies said about all of us”.

        As you said in your reply, Obama didn’t make those comments, Jonathan Gruber did. So why are you blaming Obama?

      • Michael Keville

        Dow under Bush 7980
        Dow under Obama 17900

    • Florencio Ello

      Are you a part of the fraud?

      • Keith

        No, I am a part of America, a vet, hard working American that needs insurance just like everyone else. Are you a part of the elite that has insurance as a part of your job?

      • Florencio Ello

        You are not a fraud but accept the fraud,

      • Keith

        Florencio, I want my children to be able to buy insurance, they can now with the ACA, it was the best they could do at the time. It is not a good deal, but it is better than nothing.

  • Chery Luna

    Obamacare should be abolished. Too many things were added to it without our knowledge because (as they said it) we are too stupid to know what we want.

    I have a policy that is grandfathered. (Before 2010). The monthly premium is $360 with a $10,000 deductable for whole family. I was told back then I could not afford this. We have a daughter on the plan at this time who will be coming off this year. When she does, that constitutes a change to the policy and I loose the grandfather clause. The new policy would just be myself and my husband. The monthly premium is going up to $940 and the highest deductible I can now get is $6,000. Now that is for 2 family members not a whole family as before. Can I afford this new monthly amount? No! My daughter is getting married and her husband just checked on insurance through his company and it will be more than half his monthly salary. Can they afford that? No!

    Obamacare needs to be abolished. Everyone’s premiums have gone through the roof and the country will soon be in a recession. Watch and see.

    • FD Brian

      you didn’t have insurance before, you paid premiums, sure, but it was a scam. $940 a month for you and your husband sounds about right for your age, try shopping around or getting on the website to see what other companies are offering. You may even qualify for a subsidy.

      • Chery Luna

        I did have insurance before and right now, I still have that lower premium. It is a good plan and NOT a scam. However, he said I could not afford that, but I can afford the $940 a month premium? I have shopped around and this is the lowest I can find.

        Then what about my daughter and her new husband? Their premiums will be over half of his income through his employer. Yes, we are shopping around for them, but no hope out there. Talk about a scam. Get everything the government can out of us. Then, these new couples trying to start out together don’t have a prayer.

        We are already being taxed to death, then that idiot in office wants to take more of our money and forcing it on us. That is not right.

      • Michael Keville

        Do you have any idea why our taxes are so high?? It’s because our Corrupt Republican lawmakers insist on giving out Corporate Welfare to large multinationals Like GE, Verizon, et al who pay no taxes and off shore money to minimize and avoid taxes. But go ahead keep watching FOX news and bury your head in the sand like a good clueless republican

      • Chery Luna

        You people are so blind. There are too many government hand outs, and all of you are saying my kids need to go check out government programs? What that is doing is adding to the deficit. We should be self reliant and not depend on them just because they raised the price. Don’t you see what is happening? The government is doing all they can to make all of us dependent on them to control us.

      • Michael Keville

        The more I read your stupid missives the more I realize you’re a right wing troll working for some right wing think tank with the nonsense you write because it’s hard imagine anyone with a brian who is well informed would write such nonsense. And why did you not respond to my question about tax breaks and Corp welfare????

      • Chery Luna

        Right-wing troll? What’s the matter? Can’t handle the truth? I don’t work in a think tank. What I write is not nonsense. It is what is going on out here. It is what we are actually facing. Many are saying they are not going to get any insurance. The fine at the end of the year is cheaper than paying premiums each month. So, here we are back to no insurance for thousands and the illegals will not get insurance either.

      • Michael Keville

        You are a Moron. In fact you are in league with Morons

      • Michael Keville

        Get a clue. My insurance rates and deductibles from my employers have gone up drastically well in advance of ACA. What the republican alternative?????? Waiting on your answer ????

      • Kuzimo Gardner

        Please lady you sound like an uneducated fool.

      • Jillz

        I’m also interested in a response regarding the issue of tax breaks and Corporate Welfare. It seems there is no end to Conservative moaning about spending that helps the general populace, but all you get is crickets when you ask them about spending that benefits already highly successful corporations.

        I have yet to hear one Conservative address this issue reasonably (i.e. without insulting posts and merely repeating FOX talking points). Would be nice to hear a rational explanation from the Conservative side.

      • Kuzimo Gardner

        Because she’s a right wing hack. Listening to her, sounds like I’m listening to those idiots on Fox and No Friends. Seriously.

      • Chery Luna

        No, it’s that idiot in office that has caused it by his stupid programs. He has spent way more than any other president in history. And did it within the first four years. Then continued to spend a whole lot more during his second term. Who is to blame? Not Republicans! They tried to get him to slow the spending down.

      • David Meaders

        The vast majority of our spending can be linked to military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan: Add corporate welfareand no-bid contracts for Halliburton and others to the mix and you’ll see where our debt comes from.

      • FD Brian

        why don’t you try going on the governments website and then posting a screen shot someplace and we can all take a look and see.

      • Wingsfan81

        “Then what about my daughter and her new husband? Their premiums will be over half of his income through his employer.”
        If that’s true, he can turn it down and get it through the exchange. Anyone who’s premium is more than 9.5% of their income is eligible to buy off the exchange and get subsidies.

      • Chery Luna

        Yes, he turned it down. But, they are not finding much better.

        Premiums should be going down, but they are not. They are going through the roof. Even those of us that make descent money, our premiums are trippling, policies are not as good and it is getting to the point we cannot afford it anymore. We can afford what we have now, but Obama told us we could not? We cannot afford the way increase, but he said we can? Come on!!!!!!!

      • David Meaders

        Most people have actually seen their tax rates go down, and many large corporations have actually seen their tax payments evaporate thanks to loopholes that the gop protects like a “momma grizzly”. While you may have payed a low premium before, I’d be interested in reading the policy to determine how many essential treatments/medications are not covered. (And a 10K deductible would crush most people who need regular care-like young couples with small children.) According to many studies, the vast majority of those who claim to be struggling with the impact of Obamacare have misunderstood what options are available, including subsidies, discounts (disabled, over 50, and many other methods for cutting costs to a survivable rate, all while impimproving coverage.) Try accessing the various agencies set up specifically to help you navigate Obamacare, I’m certain you’ll be guided to a better situation (it’s ok to reach for help, especially on something as important as your families health.)

    • Pipercat

      Hitting the Federal exchange and guessing your ages, putting in a combined income above the level for the tax credits, and choosing a gold plan through Aetna came up with this:

      979 premium
      2800 deductible

      Silver

      909
      5500

      Your results will vary.

      Now if you make less than a combined 65,000 per year, those numbers will go down in relation to your taxable income.

      I would take another look and there is no obligation!

    • Wingsfan81

      “Obamacare needs to be abolished. Everyone’s premiums have gone through the roof and the country will soon be in a recession. Watch and see.”
      Premiums have gone up LESS that they ever did before the ACA. Imagine how high your premium would be without it.

      • Chery Luna

        No! They are trippling and getting to the point we cannot afford it.

  • GenerallyConfused

    You want to get rid of Obamacare, fine. What are you proposing to replace it? We can’t go back to millions of people without health insurance and pre existing conditions being slapped down for coverage.

    • Chery Luna

      I want to be able to keep what we have. I want to see group coverage to not go up as high as it has. I want to see policies that are affordable enough for young couples starting out to afford it. Illegals will never get insurance. Millions will still nor get insurance. No matter about the fine, they will not get it. Why? Because they are being for ed to get it. Their right of choice is taken away and they are no going to get any. I am hearing people saying they had rather pay the fine at the end of the year than get Obamacare. That is cheaper.

      • GenerallyConfused

        I think the aca could be better… much better. I’ve heard people say that too. They are healthy people, Yada Yada blah blah and all that jazz, but once you hit a certain age.. doesn’t matter. Entropy happens to everyone.. no matter the lifestyle.

  • Macdoodle

    Defund it as much as possible.Starve the beast.Sure some people benefited from it, but the majority of Americans now are facing much higher premiums and deductibles.Obamacare sucks period.If you like your plan and doctor you can keep your plan and doctor.Liar.

    • Wingsfan81

      How is he a liar? HE didn’t cancel those plans. The insurance companies did.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Boehner will attack the ACA. Is anyone surprised ?

    And is the the Boehner who held what seem like a 24/7 series of Benghazi inquiries ? Or that proposed a budget without numbers ? Who cost the slowly regrowing economy must shy of $ 30 billion in just a few days because their lack of action on the budget shut down the govt ?
    Or promised to fix immigration and then did nothing only to tell Obama to fix it – all the while threatening to impeach Obama over his handling of immigration as being from the Executive Office rather than from congress? And then said he was using Congressional funds to hire a lawyer to sue Obama ?