'Obamacare is law of the land': Republican

2012-11-09 08:04

Washington - Top Republican lawmaker John Boehner said on Thursday he would not make it his mission to repeal the Obama administration's healthcare reform law following the re-election of President Barack Obama.

"The election changes that," Boehner, speaker of the US House of Representatives, told ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer when asked if repealing the law was "still your mission".

"It's pretty clear that the president was re-elected," Boehner added. "Obamacare is the law of the land."

Under Boehner's leadership, the House tried repeatedly to repeal the healthcare law, the signature domestic measure of Obama's first term. While a few provisions were eliminated or changed, Senate Democrats blocked outright termination of the law.

Boehner added that parts of the law were going to be difficult to implement and that everything had to be on the table as lawmakers try to create a path to a balanced budget.

A spokesperson for Boehner said later the speaker and House Republicans "remain committed to repealing the law, and he said in the interview it would be on the table".

Immigration reform

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the biggest overhaul of the $2.8 trillion US healthcare system since the 1960s, aims to extend health coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans beginning in January 2014.

The US Supreme Court upheld the reforms in a landmark June ruling.

Defeated Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had vowed to repeal the law if he were elected.

In Tuesday's election, Republicans kept their majority in the House and Democrats maintained control of the Senate.

In the ABC interview, Boehner also said a comprehensive approach to immigration reform was needed and he was confident that Republicans could find common ground with Obama on the issue.

  • adriaan.mostert - 2012-11-09 08:21

    I would not trust these republicans as far as I can throw them - they have a 4 year history of knifing anything good / any progress in the back.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-09 08:50

    The Republicans have been indoctrinated by the concept of individualism to the extent that they feel no social obligation to provide assistance to fellow citizens.

      gwilym.howes - 2012-11-09 09:02

      Well, there IS no such obligation. Charity is supposed to be discretionary, there is no 'must' about it!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-09 09:07

      Ensuring social justice (which is not the same thing as equal shares for all) is the job of Governments.

      lydonmcg - 2012-11-09 09:11

      That's easy to say when you're not the one in need of it.

      Kevin - 2012-11-09 16:50

      fidel - there makers and there are takers ....!!

  • willie.uys - 2012-11-09 09:36

    It is easy to sit in SA and critisise the Republicans and the Democrats. It is when you have to live there and immigrants (read "illigal") get as much support from the government and more and they are pushed through naturalization getting the vote long before those doing it legally, that you start to get upset by all that goes on. It is a case of people paying tax not having a vote and those who make little or no contribution being given everything - including the vote. Perhaps it is an over-simplification but that is how I see it.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-09 09:59

      Best debate between the divide, the lefts demonisation of the republicans hasn't chnaged in decades .Do yourself a favour and watch.

  • dane.herbst.5 - 2012-11-12 13:56

    dont trust this man, he screwed ron paul over, paving the way for romney to run the last leg of the race, and loose, all planned of course, they knew paul would win if he was against obama, bunch of lying scum

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