Boehner, McConnell Vow to Come After Obamacare with GOP-Controlled Congress
In a chest-pump of victory following the taking of the Senate in the midterm elections, House Speaker John Boehner and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced their battle plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act in an op-ed penned for the Wall Street Journal.
The GOP leaders vowed to focus on “renewing our commitment to repeal Obamacare, which is hurting the job market along with Americans’ health care.” Though Republican legislators have tried to repeal Obamacare in the past, a majoritarily Democratic Senate had held off such attempts.
And although a Republican Senate threatens the future of the ACA, President Obama has already preemptively marked his political ground. “On health care, there are certainly some lines I’m going to draw,” he warned at a White House press conference. “Repeal of the law I won’t sign. Efforts that would take away health care from the 10 million people who now have it and the millions more who are now eligible to get it, we’re not going to support.”
Nevertheless, McConnell said he expects Obama’s response and that, although “no one thinks” a full repeal of Obamacare is feasible, the plan is to take it apart piece by piece and strip it of some of its signature features. For instance, by redefining the 40-hour work week and allowing employers to deny healthcare to 30-hour workers, or terminating the mandate that penalizes individuals without healthcare.
Besides repealing the law through which millions of Americans could receive healthcare, Boehner and McConnell also included other GOP long-term goals such as approving to proceed with the Keystone XL oil pipeline and, while they’re at it, changing the Tax Code.