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Boehner Backing Off Obamacare Repeal

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks about the elections and the unfinished business of Congress,at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The first post-election test of wills could start next week when Congress returns from its election recess to deal with unfinished business — including a looming "fiscal cliff" of $400 billion in higher taxes and $100 billion in automatic cuts in military and domestic spending to take effect in January if Congress doesn't head them off. Economists warn that the combination could plunge the nation back into a recession. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

November 8, 2012

After more than three dozen attempts to repeal all or part of President Obama's signature health care reform law, House Speaker John Boehner sounds like he'll be backing off the issue next year. Asked by ABC News if he still plans on repealing the law next year, Boehner said "the election changes that" and that "Obamacare is the law of the land."

The Alley asked Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith if that meant there'd be no more repeal votes and Smith responded:

While ObamaCare is the law of the land, it is costing us jobs and threatening our health care.  Speaker Boehner and House Republicans remain committed to repealing the law, and he said in the interview it would be on the table.

Of course, with a Democratic Senate and Obama in the White House, it hardly makes sense to continue to spend much time on an errand as quixotic as repealing Obamacare.

Here's a transcript of the exchange as provided by Boehner's office:

DIANE SAWYER: A couple of other questions about the agenda now.  You have said next year that you would repeal the healthcare 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 gonna be very difficult to implement.  And very expensive.  And as-- the time when we're tryin' 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.
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