Boehner Says ObamaCare Repeal 'Not Going to Happen'
New poll shows the ACA is still getting more popular with voters
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2017 4:44 PM CST
Former House Speaker John Boehner says the idea of Republicans quickly repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act is laughable.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

(Newser) – John Boehner could only laugh when he heard Republicans talking about quickly repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. “Republicans never ever agree on health care," Politico quotes the former house speaker as saying Thursday. Despite President Trump saying to expect a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare by mid-March, Boehner says an ACA repeal is only "happy talk" and definitely "not going to happen." He says Republicans will eventually settle on only slight changes to ObamaCare and that "most of the framework" will remain in place.

Republican lawmakers are currently being beset at town halls with constituents worried about losing their health insurance. CNBC reports a new poll found an even 45% split between voters who approve of ObamaCare and those who oppose it. That's a 4-point increase for the approve side and a 7-point decrease for the oppose side just since early January. The poll found only 24% of voters want the ACA completely repealed; 26% want to see it expanded. Republicans in Congress are now turning to a handful of Republican governors—John Kasich and Scott Walker, among others—to help them figure this mess out, sources tell CNN. Lawmakers apparently want the governors to figure out what to do about the millions of people who received coverage with the expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare.

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