WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is continuing his mission to try to end “Obamacare.”
In an interview to be aired on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” Boehner tells CBS News that Republicans will do whatever it takes to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation.
“Obamacare is bad for America,” Boehner said. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that it never happens.”
Boehner’s comments come after the Obama administration decided to delay the employer mandate for one year after businesses complained about the complexities of the law. The health law requires companies with 50 or more workers to offer affordable coverage to their employees or face potentially large fines if just one worker ends up getting taxpayer-subsidized insurance.
“If Obamacare was workable, why did the president announce that he wasn’t going to enforce the employer mandate?” Boehner questioned. “”Why did the White House decide that, ‘Well, we’re not going to verify people’s income when they come to the exchanges.’? Why? Because they can’t.”
In his speech defending his health care law Thursday, Obama said rebates averaging $100 are coming from insurance companies to 8.5 million Americans. In fact, most of the money is going straight to employers who provide health insurance, not to their workers, who benefit indirectly.
Obama danced around that reality in remarks that also blamed problems in establishing affordable insurance markets on political opponents, glossing over complex obstacles also faced in states that support the law.
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