As ABC News reports, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has confirmed that the House GOP will no longer attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. When asked about the future of the health care reform law, Boehner said “the election changes that” and “Obamacare is the law of the land.”
Boehner did suggest that some parts of the law — presumably the Independent Payment Advisory Board — could “be on the table as lawmakers work toward a balanced budget.”
The Board, or IPAB, is tasked with making binding recommendations to Congress for lowering health care spending, should Medicare costs exceed a target growth rate. Congress can accept the savings proposal or implement its own ideas through a super majority. Some Democrats have joined Republicans in opposing the provision.
Boehner’s office is softening the Speaker’s comments:
Boehner spox clarifies re: Obamacare: “Speaker Boehner and House Republicans remain committed to repealing the law”
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) November 8, 2012
ObamaCare is law of the land, but it is raising costs & threatening jobs. Our goal has been, and will remain, #fullrepeal.
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) November 8, 2012