In an interview on ABC with Diane Sawyer on Thursday, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) finally came to the realization now that President Obama has been reelected, that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is wanted by the people, and is now “law of the land.”
DIANE SAWYER: A couple of other questions about the agenda now. You have said next year that you would repeal the health care vote. That’s still your mission?
JOHN BOEHNER: Well, I think the election changes that. It’s pretty clear that the president was reelected, Obamacare — is the law of the land. I think there are parts — of — the healthcare law that — are going to be very difficult to implement. And very expensive. And as — the time when we’re trying to find a way to create a path — toward a balanced budget — everything has to be on the table.
DIANE SAWYER: But you won’t be spending the time next year trying to repeal Obamacare?
JOHN BOEHNER: There certainly may be parts of it that we believe — need to be changed. We may do that. No decisions at this point.
It seems Speaker Boehner is coming to terms with the reality of how things work. The American people voted in President Obama and a Democratic Congress, they passed ‘Obamacare,’ a few people wigged out and Republicans got control of the House of Representatives again, however in the end after the Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act constitutional, the people reelected President Obama. Boehner knows that anything passed in the House will not pass in the Senate, and most certainly will not be signed by President Obama in regards to repealing health care reform. He knows that if he wants anything to happen he must find common ground with Democrats and potentially reform the law as time goes on.
Speaker Boehner quite literally refused to use the word “compromise” in his interview with Sawyer, but his play on words can only been seen as partisan rhetoric because he knows he has to work with his own party alongside the Democrats.
DIANE SAWYER: The President has said on the fiscal cliff and on economic issues that he is willing to come wash your car if that’s what it takes, he said this before the election – he is willing to come wash your car in order to make sure there is compromise and this is resolved.
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER: On the issue of the fiscal cliff. I’m the most reasonable, responsible person here in Washington. The President knows this, he knows that he and I can work together, the election’s over, now it’s time to get to work.
Orangeman John Boehner who is often three sheets to the wind is the most responsible person in Washington? Oh dear – please help us.
Let’s hope he means it when he promises he’ll work together, because he and his fellow comrades in the GOP haven’t for the past four years.