John Boehner Laughs at Mike Pence’s ‘Happy Talk’ on ACA Repeal
To be sure Bannon didn’t laugh directly at Pence. But he did laugh at ‘GOP happy talk on healthcare.’
“John Boehner has some thoughts about Obamacare. Here they are:
“[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare – I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” Boehner told a health-care conference in Florida, according to Politico. Boehner dismissed the whole idea as “happy talk,” adding: “I started laughing. Republicans never ever agree on health care.”
You hear happy GOP talk like this every time Paul Ryan opens his mouth. Last night, it was Mike Pence with all kinds of ‘happy talk’ on how the GOP is going to end ACA, no fuss, no muss.
Mike Pence promised the White House and Congress would soon power forward with plans to fully repeal and replace Obamacare.
“The American people know better,” Pence told a revved up crowd during a primetime speech at CPAC, the annual gathering of conservatives. “Obamacare must go!”
It’s not clear how Pence knows what the American people ‘know.’ Evidently not from talking to the people themselves.
Approve of ACA: 54%
Disapprove, but no full repeal: 25%
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) February 23, 2017
“Pence said the administration would soon advance plans that preserve some of the current healthcare law’s most popular features — such as protections for patients with preexisting conditions — but that added more free market solutions, like the ability to purchase plans across state lines.”
This is what they always say. But never with any details. Because the popular and unpopular aspects of the law stand and fall together.
“And the vice president dismissed recent protests at Republican town halls as manufactured outcry, arguing that the GOP had the right principles behind their policies.”
Pence knows it’s manufactured because: ‘we have the right principles.’
That principle is ‘government healthcare is bad’-unless it’s for GOP members of Congress like Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Jason Chaffetz.
Back to Boehner:
“What differentiates Boehner from the rest is how frank he is about it all. He knows that it scores political points for Republicans to tout how they are going to get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something else. Obamacare is the symbol for most Republicans of everything they hated about President Obama’s eight years in the White House: The growth of the government coupled with the belief that the government should be in charge of virtually everything in peoples’ lives.”
“But, Boehner also knows from hard-won experience that saying you are going to do something in the context of a political campaign and actually doing it in office are two very different things. Time and time again during his time as Speaker, especially in his final year in the job, Boehner saw his agenda thwarted by the warring factions within his party. The simple reality is that while President Trump’s election may have papered over differences within the GOP as to the right way to tackle, say, what to do with Obamacare, it has not eliminated those differences. They are bubbling just under the surface, forgotten but not gone.”
“Remember that Janis Joplin once sang “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” Boehner has nothing left to lose. And so he is free to speak his mind and speak honestly about the massive policy and political lift that Republicans face when it comes to their promise to get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something better.”
“His former colleagues are learning that the hard way as what they promised to be a quick and orderly process is slowing down amid the challenges of what comes next for health care in this country. As that process slows, Democrats are seizing the opportunity at this week’s congressional town halls to make their unhappiness known.”
“Smart Republicans then should listen to Boehner. Maybe jettison “repeal and replace” in favor of “fix what’s broken”? Either way, Boehner will be just fine.”
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