Boehner: Obamacare = #Trainwreck

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH., holds his weekly on-camera press briefing with the press in the U.S. Capitol on July 11, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner has led a relentless campaign against “Obamacare,” which neither he nor any of his Republican House colleagues supported from the start.

With the Obama administration’s yearlong delay of the so-called employer mandate, requiring businesses with 50 or more employees to offer health insurance and report how many are covered, the Republican-run House is renewing its Obamacare repeal campaign. The focus now is on delaying the individual mandate requiring most Americans to have insurance  or pay a penalty in their income taxes.

The whole law, Boehner maintains, is a #trainwreck.

And he has fresh ammo this morning with an editorial in the Chicago Tribune calling on the government to put “Obamacare on hold” while problems in its implementation are resolved. Without the employer mandate, the editors contend, the individual mandate is unenforceable.

Obamacare “needs to be put on ice,” the paper editorializes. “Of course, one more delay in one more provision of Obamacare won’t fix the inherent problems in the law. Many people are expected to buy health insurance through exchanges being set up across the country. Some people will be eligible for a federal subsidy, depending on their income. But less than three months from the Oct. 1 opening of the exchanges, Obamacare is chock full of problems. Deadline panic has set in.”

All of this goes nowhere in the Democratic-run Senate for now, of course, but Boehner has his platform.

The White House has its own take on what’s needed.


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