John Boehner Speaks

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner, a man who retired just in the nick of time, spoke at a healthcare conference in Orlando where he delivered bad news to Republicans who still believe they're going to repeal every word of Obamacare.

Boehner amusingly dismissed talk of swiftly passing a replacement as "happy talk."

“[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare – I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” he said. [...]

On Thursday, Boehner said the talk in November about lightning-fast passage a new health care framework was wildly optimistic.

“I started laughing,” he said. “Republicans never ever agree on health care.”

I'm not sure I could tell you exactly why, but this was extraordinarily hilarious to me. Maybe it's just because I had an excuse to look at photos of John Boehner crying again.

I think I'd rather have the Crier of the House than the Lizard of the House, Paul Ryan.

He's not wrong, by the way. It's difficult to see a path to a full repeal of Obamacare, especially after the latest round of town hall meetings. Boehner's prediction that Republicans will only make modest changes to the law seems increasingly plausible because they won't have the votes to do everything they say they want to do.

There are mathematic impossibilities the GOP simply can't overcome and, as evidence of this, House Republicans have reportedly delayed their bill, whatever it is, because the CBO score that came back on it is "horrific." The results the CBO's review haven't been published yet, but I'll post them here if they ever are.

Republicans haven't actually revealed a piece of legislation, making it easier for them to deny rumors about it. But that won't hold forever.

  • swift_4

    I wonder if there’s a possibility that we’ll come through the Obamacare looking glass with Republicans passing the fixes needed to make Obamacare better. They would get just enough Democrats to help to make it look like most Democrats are against it, but still get it passed.

  • Victor the Crab

    Fuck that bronzed weeping asshole, John Boehner! He did whatever he could to get his way, even if it meant collapsing the entire global economy. His “retirement”, or whatever he calls it, deserves to be a very uncomfortable one.

  • Aynwrong

    It’s interesting how a little retirement (and traveling in an RV) clears the road for a whole lot of candor isn’t it? All of a sudden “Tammy Faye Boehner” [h/t Dennis Miller] is actually providing a useful assessment of his own party. It’s more than he ever did while in office.

    • ninjaf

      This actually feels to me like he is setting the stage for other Republicans to start saying the same thing. Like it was done on purpose. Since he has no skin in the game, he can start telling the base what people up for re-election can’t. And, ever the loyal party member, he is happy to oblige and help out his friends.

      And maybe I am getting a little too cynical.

      • Aynwrong

        “And maybe I am getting a little too cynical.”

        You and me both.

  • ninjaf

    Can’t they just use magic asterisks to pass their bills? I mean, if they think they will work for the budget…

    • Aynwrong

      Or click their heels three times…

  • muselet

    For the umpteenth time I say, John Boehner would have been a fair-to-middling Speaker of the House under normal circumstances. He was a career politician who understood horse-trading and was willing to compromise to get things done. Yes, he was a conservative, but he wasn’t an arsehole. His caucus, though …

    The bunfight going on in Congress among the various factions of the GOP is what happens when people get elected who know nothing and care less about how government works. Even more of the Rs in both houses are arseholes now than when Boehner struggled to keep from being tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail by his fellow Rs.

    As for the substance of his remarks, Boehner is quite correct: the Rs aren’t going to repeal-and-replace because they have no idea how to replace the ACA. Repeal, they could do, at the cost of their jobs.

    It will be amusing to see how long the Rs’ angrier constituents will put up with the lollygagging.