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”