Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said that a complete repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, “is not going to happen.”
Speaking at a healthcare conference in Florida, Boehner said that, instead, Congressional Republicans will make smaller changes to the law.
“[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare — I shouldn’t call it repeal and replace, because it’s not going to happen,” Boehner said.
During his time in the House, and as Speaker, he was one of the leading opposition voices to ObamaCare for years. “Most of the framework of the Affordable Care Act … that’s going to be there,” Boehner said at the conference according to Politico, adding that “Republicans never ever agree on healthcare.”
As stunning as Boehner’s comments are, they are consistent with the news which has been coming from Congress, and the stiff opposition that Congressional members are getting from angry constituents who have been showing up at town halls expressing personal stories and great concern about losing their healthcare.
Polls on the subject also show sharp opposition to repealing former president Obama’s signature law. The latest poll released on Thursday shows that a clear majority of voters are against repealing the law citing as their primary concerns losing their healthcare and also a decline the quality of healthcare.
Trump, in recent days, has said that he will release a plan by early or mid-March on the administration’s plans to move forward with his campaign promise of a repeal and replacement of the law.