Boehner: ‘We Want to Repeal Obamacare’

By Barbara Boland | October 29, 2013 | 2:32pm EDT

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

( -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who voted with the GOP leadership on Oct. 16 to keep funding  Obamacare in a continuing resolution bill that ended the government shutdown, said today that the long-term goal of House  Republicans is to repeal the unpopular health care law.

In that Oct. 16 vote, 144 Republicans, including a majority of House GOP members, voted against the funding bill and contrary to the Republican leadership.

At a Capitol Hill press conference on Tuesday, asked Speaker Boehner, “Is the Republicans’ long-term plan to repeal Obamacare?”

Boehner said, “We want to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered healthcare.”

At the press conference, Boehner was joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Conference Chairman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash), Conference Vice Chairman Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who were there to speak to reporters about Obamacare and its effect on their constituents.

“It’s time to delay this,” Boehner said. “It’s time to fix this, before it gets any worse.”

In their 15 minutes of prepared remarks, the GOP leaders said they plan to “delay” Obamacare six times. The only time the word “repeal” was used was in response to’s question.

The problem-plagued Obamacare website, (AP)

Earlier in the press conference a reporter asked Boehner, “You said, ‘it’s time to fix this before the problems get worse.’ That isn’t ‘repeal and replace.’ Are you suggesting now that Republicans would like to join in with some Democrats to change the law?”

“There is no way to fix this monstrosity,” Boehner said. “Remember – let’s step back. We said this three-and-a-half years ago when this law was being debated and everyone wanted to argue with us. This is government-run healthcare because virtually every policy that is sold has to be approved by the government.”

“That’s why you’ve got 1.5 million Americans that have already got these notices that they’re going to lose their health coverage because it doesn’t meet the minimum standard,” said Boehner. “Listen, the idea that the federal government is going to supply the health insurance for every American, and write all the rules, defies any – any – sense from my standpoint.”

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