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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.

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  • yikesmcgee

    In other words they plan to stick it to the American people and pretend that’s what the people want.

  • Jose Segarra

    CONGRESS WAS ELECTED TO DO THE WORK OF THE PEOPLE AND NOT TO TAKE OUT VENDETTAS. THAT’S WHY BOTH OF THESE IDIOTS SHOULD BE TURD AND FEATHERED!

    • 2Smart2bGOP

      I believe you meant “tarred and feathered” but turd works for me….

  • Fausto Montoya

    According to Boehner the people has spoken and they want things to get done ! So what has been holding them back ? He also spoke of big changes ! Can it be that they are going to start making the big changes by doing their job ? Can America be so lucky ? Just as long as the man in the white house do not have anything good to show in his legacy this group of guys will feel they have done their job in compliance with a group of Americans that don’t give a hoot about the majority of Americans ! I mean the ones who really need changes for a better way of life to be made ! Will the Supreme Court set everyone in their place with its Imparcial and just strong hand ? Or will it lend an ear to unlawful propositioning words ? Lets keep the faith that good will triumph over evil ! In other parts of the world the opposite happens in a regular basis but not in America ! Not before . Not now, Not ever ! Good day !

  • The US people have been telling Congress for years that we do not want the ACA to be repealed, we want it fixed. We want it stronger. We do not want to do away with it.

    When are these idiots going to start listening to us?

    If they continue on this way, we can recall them, and remove them from office.