Opinion: Boehner admits ‘repeal and replace’ is a fraud

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses while meeting with reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, before Congress leaves for a two-week Thanksgiving break. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(AP)

John Boehner, the man who repeated “repeal and replace Obamacare” so often that it became a political catchphrase, admitted last week that his fellow Republicans are incapable of keeping that promise and always have been. “That’s not what’s going to happen,” the former speaker said, “They’re basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it.”

That’s stunning, because with that admission Boehner basically acknowledged that his party’s core messaging of the last seven years had been a fraud, and that the party leadership knew it all along. For seven years, they whipped their base into a frenzy over a promise that they had no intention or capability of keeping.

Because as Boehner also acknowledged, “In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time agreed on what a health-care proposal should look like. Not once.”

Oh, they can agree on saying “no.” From the very beginning, since the initial debate over passage of the Affordable Care Act back in 2009, they have proved themselves capable of “no”.

“Did Obama and the Democrats propose it?”

“Yes.”

“Then the answer is no.”

“But it’s a Republican plan, pushed by folks such as Newt Gingrich and the Heritage Foundation. Mitt Romney implemented it in Massachusetts. Conservative politicians like state Sen. Judson Hill in Georgia introduced versions of it in state Legislatures.”

“Oh. Then the answer is no longer no.”

“Great!”

“It’s HELL no.”

And why can’t Republicans get to yes, even when negotiating strictly among themselves? As Boehner learned, it’s a question of math, of getting 218 GOP votes from a House caucus that is deeply, fundamentally  split.

A significant number of those House Republicans want to get the federal government out of health care altogether. They do not believe that access to health care is a right. And if millions of Americans are stripped of health insurance and thousands or tens of thousands of Americans die as a result of repealing Obamacare without some means of replacing their coverage, that is less important to them than preserving their own ideological purity.

On the other hand, another fairly large piece of the GOP caucus is ready to forget repeal. They understand that problems with the Affordable Care Act are inevitable with any major program seven years after its launch, and they are ready to accept the basic design of the plan and take political credit for fixing its shortcomings. A lot of those legislators come from states such as Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Arkansas or other states that have accepted Medicaid expansion and as a result have seen a healthier population and a more viable health-care industry, particularly in rural areas. Going backward is not an option, as the town halls have made clear to some.

To get enough votes to pass a bill, House Speaker Paul Ryan needs a plan that will satisfy both groups of Republicans. No plausible plan that accomplishes that feat, and the draft outline of a plan released by Ryan earlier this month is no exception.

Then there’s the question of where President Trump will come down. “I am going to take care of everybody,” he said back in the campaign. “I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”

He reiterated that after the election as well. His plan would not only maintain coverage for those covered by Obamacare, he said. It would actually expand coverage to include those still outside the system. “It’s going to be — what my plan is is that I want to take care of everybody,” Trump said. “I’m not going to leave the lower 20 percent that can’t afford insurance.”

So, a plan that meets the promises made repeatedly by Trump, that can satisfy the contradictory demands within the House GOP caucus, and that then passes the Senate as well?

As Boehner says, good luck with that.

 

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Kamchak
Kamchak

From Jay's new article:


That reflects one of Washington’s most ironclad ironies: Those people who are most likely to launch into a lecture that you can’t solve a problem by throwing more money at it are always the same people demanding that we do exactly that when the debate turns to defense.

Let's throw that $84 billion into education and single payer for the citizens of this country.

Kamchak
Kamchak

The site is sucky, Jay.

Just sayin'.

honested
honested

@Kamchak 

Logged out to run some errands and when I came back it was BROKE!!

Has it been hacked by the russians or worse yet the NSA?

gotalife
gotalife

trump's State media is fox and the only network he wil go on.


Tough selling his policies like that.


Failed.

gotalife
gotalife

The dems are free to use all gop protests they used under President Obama.


It is called karma and fair game.


Do unto others........

gotalife
gotalife

Nothing wrong with President Obama organizing to save his legacy.


Fair game.

KUTGF
KUTGF

Let's be clear to the td liar.  GOP voters are welcome to Indivisible and may start their own groups.  There are many GOP voters who disagree with the Trump Administration on issues such as the ACA. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

just as angry at the Republican establishment as Obama.

Not intended to be a factual or even a rational statement

gotalife
gotalife

The tea party started on corporate media because they were going to bail out homeowners too not just the banks.


gop pols robbed donations to end them.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

Tea Party was grassroots

Koch Bros. are grassroots?

The things I learn on this blog....

Boggles the mind, it do.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

How will the tea party react to increasing debt under the guy who promised to eliminate the debt?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 @Kamchak Yes they grew and funded the movement as did Fox.  Why do you lie. 

gotalife
gotalife

ACA is here to stay and another thing for the gop to play politics with.


They will never tell the truth to their voters because their voters don't care.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Lawd ah mercy!

OFA (Organizing for Action) has sent out a "Recess Toolkit" on how to appear at town halls and oppose Obamacare's repeal.

A toolkit for tools?

schnirt 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@FIGMO2 Ya mean its like the guides for Tea partier tools?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 @KUTGF No it has not been "proven".  You are a liar.  And I have been at Indivisible meetings.  You have NOT.   

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF @FIGMO2 Huge difference. Tea Party was grassroots, led by grassroots while the fake movement by the left is organized and actions taken based on what the elite Democrat power structure is doing. 

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF NO I do not lie. I was there in the beginning of the Tea Party movement and we were just as angry at the Republican establishment as Obama. This movement from the left is being organized and run by the establishment and it has been proven. 

TBS
TBS

Lawd ah mercy??

Is that some wannabe fake southern accent / lingo?

Hilarious

Kamchak
Kamchak

A bidness man in the White House?

Just think of the endless opportunities of a Kenny-boy Lay or Jeff Skilling of Enron....

TBS
TBS

All those CEOs,CFOs, COOs, managing directors, stock brokers, hedge fund managers etc etc are getting hired for something else besides their expertise in certain areas of business.

They sure aren't businessmen and women

TBS
TBS

And GWB wasn't a businessman.

I guess the CEO of Delta since he didn't start Delta isn't a businessman.

gotalife
gotalife

I think countries will have to ban alt right groups due to violence and domestic terrorism.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@JohnnyReb You have that anyway.  Good luck with how service quality tanks by not having anyone to talk to.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@JohnnyReb


Look at a redbox kiosk. There was once a time that kiosk was an entire store which was fully staffed. Its part of innovation and efficiency. Nothing to do with what the minimum wage was at the time.

rimsky
rimsky

@JohnnyReb Will they put the Kiosks in Georgia where the minimum wage is 7.25?  Now is the time for face plant for you.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@JohnnyReb I predict if it was such an amazing experience, it would already be happening at Disney World.


But it's not, because it isn't.

Paul42
Paul42

We have a president who takes zero responsibility, finds others to blame, doesn't understand how military operations work and that it's his role to let generals do whatever they want?

What could go wrong?

Something already did.

""This was a mission that was started before I got here," Trump said. "This was something they wanted to do. They came to see me, they told me what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected — my generals are most respected we've had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan."


The president acknowledged that Owens was upset about the loss of his son, but passed the buck to his predecessor.

"I can understand people saying that. What's worse? There's nothing worse. But again, this was something that they were looking at for a long time," Trump said."

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/02/28/this-was-a-mission-that-was-started-before-i-got-here-trump-s/21856873/

Yet he doesn't have a clue why Pres Obama did not give the 'go' order for this mission.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Paul42 And the cowardly Trump blamed the generals for the loss of life.

gotalife
gotalife

trump can't find 100% loyalists to fill jobs because the gop cover their own as to keep their cushy jobs.


td is full as always.

gotalife
gotalife

Both weak corrupt parties will remain split to herd the cats.


Back in the day they used pork spending to get their votes.


Now they just bribe them.

td1234
td1234

So Trump says he is going to not fill many of the positions in the WH because we do not need all those jobs of people not doing anything. He also has his cabinet looking for duplicity in the bureaucracy to end those jobs. 


It will take some time but this is what you get when you put a businessman in government. 

TBS
TBS

Drain the swamp

They are already building a man made beach next to the swamp. Tiki bars, boardwalk and condos break ground in a few months

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF @td1234 Blow it up. "Drain the swamp" and send a great deal of the mission back to the states where it belongs. Just started last week with the transgender BS. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@PaulinNH 

duplicity

"I do not think it means what (he) think(s) it means."

-- Thomas "Inigo Montoya" Jefferson

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

A businessman who does not understand how the entity he took over actually operates.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Paul42 @td1234 more BS propaganda from the left.

You guys keep up the nonsense and you won't be able to win a dogcatcher spot.

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 @td1234 We did not send him to DC to understand it or to work with the "entity". We sent him to blow it up and put something better in place. Lean, mean and sticking to its core mission. A 10th Amendment President. 

td1234
td1234

@TBS GWB was not really a businessman but if you want to make the claim then go ahead if it makes you feel better. 

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@td1234


So he complains that his departments are not fully staff yet plans on not having them fully staff to being with. The common double talk from business folks to deflect blame. The fine tune machine at its best.

TBS
TBS

Make me feel better?

Apparently claiming GWB was not a businessman, which is a lie, makes you feel better

It can be argued that he wasn't a good one but that's exactly what he was.

Paul42
Paul42

@JohnnyReb

Make a case that Trump understands how the federal government works.

This should be really good...

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 @td1234 Oh I understand how the bureaucracy works and Conservatives want it blown up. Why do you think Trump has not lost any support from his base? Why do you think they love every single thing he has done?  

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 When are you going to get it that WE, the people that voted for Trump, so NOT want him to understand the way the current system in DC works. WE, the people that voted for Trump, wants him to go the traditional route of governing with Congress and to blow the bureaucracy up. 

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

You don't understand how it works, what's the baseline for asserting 'something better' in place?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Or a guy who can't fill the jobs that are needed.  It also means tighter control by a small group who then claims that they did not realize how complicated things could be. 

TBS
TBS

Hoover and GWB were both businessmen. Not sure if just saying "that's what you get" in and of itself proves anything

Trump might end up being a yuuuge success but again just saying that's what you get proves absolutely nothing

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 @KUTGF Drain the swamp?  LOL LOL  LOL


So discrimination and unequal rights is the Trump agenda.  Got it. 

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

Because they're ignorant of facts and processes and respond to emotionalism.