Boehner on Obamacare: ‘House Republicans will continue to work to repeal this law’

March 31, 2014

House Republicans will continue working to end the Affordable Care Act even if the Obama administration meets its target enrollment figures in the coming hours, Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday.


House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). (AP)

“The president’s health care law continues to wreak havoc on American families, small businesses and our economy, and as I’ve said many times, the problem was never just about the website – it’s the whole law," he said in a statement Monday afternoon. "Millions of Americans are seeing their premiums rise, not the lower prices the president promised.  Many small businesses are afraid to hire new workers, instead cutting hours and dropping health coverage for existing employees. Many Americans can no longer see their family doctor, despite the pledge no one would lose access to their physician.  Seniors are feeling the impact, losing their Medicare Advantage plans the president promised they could keep. And taxpayers are being forced to pick up an unaffordable tab."

“House Republicans will continue to work to repeal this law and protect families and small businesses from its harmful consequences," he added.

In this vein, the House is scheduled to vote this week on a proposal that would repeal the law's definition of a "full-time employee" as anyone who works 30 hours or more. Boehner described the rule as "a significant barrier to job growth and higher wages."

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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