There is no way to fix Obamacare, House Speaker John Boehner said today in a press conference held in the minutes before President Barack Obama was to announce a one-year delay for his signature healthcare plan.
"Promise after promise from this administration has turned out to not be true," Boehner said. "When it comes to Obamacare, it's clear the American people can't trust the White House."
He noted that that security tests on the program's website, healthcare.gov, weren't completed before it launched, compromising personal information.
Other repeated promises, including vows that Americans can keep their insurance policies, have also proven to not be true.
"The only way to fully protect the American people is to scrap this law once and for all," said Boehner. "There is no way to fix this."
The speaker said he is "highly skeptical" Obamacare can be fixed administratively, even though Obama's announcement today was made to delay a mandate for signing over for Obamacare and allowing people to keep their healthcare plans they already have for another year.
The House, Boehner said, will move on Friday to pass its own law that allows Americans to keep the insurance plans they already have, and he hopes the Democratic-controlled Senate will act on a similar law as well.
And to a reporter's question about what will happen with people who have already purchased Obamacare, Boehner flipped the answer, asking him "how about the millions of Americans who have lost their health insurance, and the millions more who will?"
Overall, Boehner said, the government can't fix the president's insurance plan.
"You can't fix this government healthcare plan called Obamacare," said Boehner, noting he planned to listen with interest to the president's words. "[Obamacare] is going to destroy the best healthcare delivery system in the world."
He pointed out that even after Obamacare is in effect for 10 years, millions of Americans will still be uninsured.
Boehner, though, said he believes there will be Democrats who will also help seek an answer to the Obamacare issues, but noted later in the press conference that "we have a very divided country and a very divided government. There's not as much common ground as there used to be."
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