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Boehner: GOP Won't Repeal Obamacare

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Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner said he doesn't believe Republicans in Congress will be able to replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.

"Republicans never ever agree on health care," Boehner said, according to The Associated Press.

Speaking at a health conference in Orlando, Florida, the ex-Congressman from Ohio said his former colleagues might be able to improve the current healthcare law.

"They'll fix Obamacare, and I shouldn't have called it repeal and replace because that's not what's going to happen," he said, according to Politico. "They’re basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it."

Earlier in the conference, Boehner said he "started laughing" when Republicans said they would replace Obamacare within just a few months.

"In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time agreed on what a health care proposal should look like. Not once," he said. "And all this happy talk that went on in November and December and January about repeal, repeal, repeal -- yeah, we'll do replace, replace -- I started laughing, because if you pass repeal without replace, first, anything that happens is your fault. You broke it."

Rather, Boehner said that a great deal of the more popular aspects of Obamacare's framework will remain in place.

"Most of the Affordable Care Act, in the framework, is going to stay there: coverage for kids up to age 26, covering those with preexisting conditions. All of that's going to be there. Subsidies for those who can't afford it, who aren't on Medicaid, who I call the working poor, subsidies for them will be there," Boehner said.

He added: "What will be different is that [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] will not dictate to every single state how the plan's going to run. And if the state wants to run an exchange, the state can run an exchange. The states will control the policies that are offered like they control every other insurance product offered in their states."

Sources: AP, Politico / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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