Former Speaker John Boehner is one of the leading lights of the GOP establishment.
He was forced from Congress when conservatives threatened his speakership.
Now he’s issued a prediction about Obamacare that would be a fundamental betrayal of conservatives.
Boehner was speaking at a health care conference in Orlando when he made a prediction about the future of Obamacare.
And conservatives were not happy.
Boehner claimed Obamacare would never be repealed and Republicans in Congress would settle for “fixing” the law.
“Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replace of Obamacare is “not going to happen.”
Boehner, who resigned in 2015 amid unrest among conservatives, said at an Orlando health care conference that the idea that a repeal-and-replace plan would blitz through Congress is just “happy talk.”
Instead, he said changes to former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement would likely be relatively modest.
“[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare – I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” he said…
…On Thursday, Boehner said the talk in November about lightning-fast passage of a new health care framework was wildly optimistic.
“I started laughing,” he said. “Republicans never ever agree on health care.”
In the end, “Most of the framework of the Affordable Care Act … that’s going to be there,” he concluded.”
For seven years Republicans have promised to repeal Obamacare.
When Obama shut down the government in 2013 rather than sign a budget that defunded Obamacare, establishment Republicans told conservatives that they couldn’t do anything until they controlled the Senate.
When Republicans seized the majority in the Senate during the 2018 midterms, establishment Republicans lectured conservatives that the GOP needed a President to sign a repeal law.
Now that Donald Trump is in the White House, Republican leadership is refusing to move on repealing Obamacare.
Instead, establishment Republicans are feverishly working to preserve the law and try and tinker around the edges.
Conservatives view this as a betrayal.
While some may argue Boehner was only offering a prediction and merely speaking for himself, he is a former Speaker who understands how House leadership works.