Boehner: We Will ‘Move to Repeal Obamacare’

By Melanie Arter | November 6, 2014 | 2:37pm EST

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) (AP Photo)

( – House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that the House will vote next year on repealing Obamacare, and although he’s confident it will pass the House, he’s not sure whether it will fare so well in the Senate.

“The House I’m sure at some point next year will move to repeal Obamacare, because it should be repealed and it should be replaced with common sense reforms that respect the doctor/patient relationship,” Boehner said.

“Whether that can pass the Senate, I don’t know, but I know in the House it’ll pass, but we’re gonna pass it. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do other things. There are bipartisan bills that have passed the House, sitting in the Senate, that would in fact make changes to Obamacare,” he said.

Even so, Boehner predicted success with passing other bills that make changes to Obamacare, like eliminating one of the most controversial provisions of the law – the Independent Payment Advisory Board – as well as the individual mandate.

“There’s a bipartisan majority in the House and Senate for repealing the medical device tax. I think there’s a bipartisan majority in the House and Senate for getting rid of the IPAB – the Independent Payment Advisory Board – the rationing board in Obamacare,” Boehner said.

“How about the individual mandate? There are a lot of Democrats and Republicans who believe this is unfair. Just because we may not be able to get everything we want doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to get what we can,” he said.

“There are bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate to take some of these issues out of Obamacare. We need to put them on the president’s desk and let him choose,” Boehner said.

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