Boehner on Obamacare: ‘I want to repeal the law of the land’

Shortly after the 2012 election, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the Affordable Care Act "the law of the land," which many news organizations took as a sign that he would not hold repeated votes to repeal the law this session. Now that the House is holding another vote on repeal, Boehner told reporters that his position has never changed.

"I want to repeal the law of the land, is that clear?" he asked. "I don't believe there's a way to fix this and to make it acceptable to the American people."

Depending on who you ask, next week’s vote will be anywhere between the 33rd or 37th attempt to repeal all or part of the law since its passage in 2010. Boehner explained that "we have 70 new members who have not had an opportunity" to cast that vote, "and we're going to give it to them."

A recent survey from Republican pollster McLaughlin & Associates found that 59 percent of Republicans want to see Obamacare repealed.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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