House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, warned his caucus on Thursday not to celebrate if the Supreme Court overturns or guts Democrats’ health reform law next week, but he reiterated a promise to hold yet another repeal vote if any part of the law is still standing.
“There will be no spiking of the ball.… We will not celebrate at a time when millions of our fellow Americans remain out of work, the national debt has exceeded the size of our nation’s economy, health costs continue to rise, and small businesses are struggling to hire," Boehner said in a memo to House Republicans. "Obamacare has contributed to all of these problems. Repealing it completely is part of the solution … but it is only one part.”
The memo attempts to tie a repeal vote to the economy, arguing that having any piece of the health reform law on the books is bad for job creation.
“The House will act in the coming weeks on legislation to repeal any part of Obamacare that is left standing by the Supreme Court. Such action is critical for jobs and our economy and for the health care of millions of American families,” the memo said.
Boehner said House GOP Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Tom Price, R-Ga., will lead House Republicans’ response to the ruling.