Every entitlement typically creates a constituency that benefits from it and is forever dedicated to its defense... and the longer it exists, the more entrenched (and larger) those defenders become. Simply put, entitlements never get repealed.
That's the message for former House speaker John Boehner, who as The Washington Post reports, told a business gathering last week that Republicans are “not going to repeal and replace Obamacare” because “the American people have gotten accustomed to it.”
According to video footage obtained by The Washington Post...
Boehner told a private crowd in Las Vegas...
“Here we are, seven months into this year, and yet they’ve not passed this bill. Now, they’re never — they’re not going to repeal and replace Obamacare,”
“It’s been around too long. And the American people have gotten accustomed to it. Governors have gotten accustomed to this Medicaid expansion, and so trying to pull it back is really not going to work.”
Boehner said the Republicans’ best hope in the coming months is to peel away aspects of the law, such as some tax provisions and regulations, and to end health insurance mandates.
“When it’s all said and done, you’re not going to have an employer mandate anymore, you’re not going to have the individual mandate,” Boehner said.
“The Medicaid expansion will be there. The governors will have more control over their Medicaid populations and how to get them care, and a lot of Obamacare taxes will probably go.”
Boehner also had some personal suggestions for the president who he descrives as "a friend of mine," saying that "I never really saw him as president. You all know what I mean," urging President Trump to "quit tweeting," adding...
“You never get into a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel. He does it every day.”
"Never get into a p---ing match with a skunk. He does it every day.”