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John Boehner: Republicans Will 'Never' Repeal, Replace Obamacare

(The Washington Post)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 08:24 AM

Former House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans will "never" repeal and replace Obamacare because "Americans have gotten accustomed to it," The Washington Post reported.

Boehner made the comments last week at a private event in Las Vegas, reported The Post, which obtained video footage of the gathering.

"They're never — they're not going to repeal and replace Obamacare," Boehner told the audience. "It's been around too long. And the American people have gotten accustomed to it. Governors have gotten accustomed to this Medicaid expansion, and so trying to pull it back is really not going to work."

Boehner predicted Republicans will peel away some aspects of Obamacare — the mandates and taxes, e.g. — but that Medicaid will remain in place.

"The Medicaid expansion will be there," Boehner said. "The governors will have more control over their Medicaid populations and how to get them care."

Boehner also predicted Republicans will get "annihilated" next year if they fail to pass legislation on healthcare, infrastructure and taxes.

Boehner also told the gathering that he's friends with President Donald Trump, but that he never expected him to win the presidency.

"I never really saw him as president. You all know what I mean," Boehner said.

He also had some advice for Trump — stop the tweeting and the attacks and get to work.

"He keeps getting in his own way," Boehner said. "I mean, going after Mika Brzezinski or Joe Scarborough? What the hell is the point?"

The attacks "may have worked during the campaign. But I think he would do himself well if he would just slow the tweeting down and just focus on what he's doing and not being critical," Boehner said.

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