Boehner on 'Wonderful' Obamacare Law: 'Are You Kidding Me?'

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Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 04:41 PM

By Tom Topousis

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House Speaker John Boehner had a few choice words for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Nevada Democrat's claim that Obamacare has been “wonderful for America.”

"Are you kidding me?" an incredulous Boehner, asked on the House floor Tuesday, The Hill reported.

"If Obamacare is so wonderful, why are healthcare prices exploding? Why are millions of Americans getting kicked out of their plans? Why are so many workers losing their jobs or getting their hours cut?" Boehner said in response to Reid's claim over the weekend.

"The law isn't wonderful, it's a train wreck, and you know it, I know it, and the American people know it," Boehner said. "Even the president knows it, that's why he proposed delaying this mandate on employers."

Boehner called on Democrats to support legislation up for a vote Wednesday that would authorize the administration's decision to delay the Obamacare requirement that companies provide health insurance to their employees, known as the employer mandate.

He also said Democrats should support a GOP bill to delay the individual insurance mandate as well, which Republicans say is only fair if employers with 50 or more workers are getting a one-year reprieve.

Failing to delay the start of the individual mandate by the same one-year time frame would mean Democrats are giving companies a break that they aren't willing to give to average Americans.

"That's why we'll vote tomorrow to make sure that families and individuals get the same break from Obamacare that the president wants for big businesses," he said.

Boehner said it's "unfair" to waive a rule that would have imposed fines on companies for not providing health insurance in 2014, while at the same time going ahead with fines for individuals who do not health insurance, even if they have to buy it themselves.

The Obama administration postponed the employer mandate until 2015, citing the need to give firms a chance to figure out how to comply with the new rules — and some Republicans say remove a potentially damaging political issue from the 2014 mid-term elections.

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