Boehner: ‘We’ll See’ on Obamacare Alternative

The speaker declined to say whether House Republicans would offer their own health care bill in 2014.

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) makes a statement on the budget negotiations to the media April 8, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Boehner said the issue of spending was the only reason why there ís not a deal yet.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
National Journal
Sophie Novack
Dec. 3, 2013, 7:34 a.m.

House Speak­er John Boehner, R-Ohio, de­clined to say wheth­er House Re­pub­lic­ans would put for­ward their own health care pro­pos­al, when asked by the me­dia Tues­day, Politico re­ports.

Boehner told re­port­ers that the Sen­ate was to blame for the lim­ited le­gis­lat­ive activ­ity in the 113th Con­gress, which is set to be the least pro­duct­ive in his­tory.

Re­pub­lic­ans have con­tin­ued to ag­gress­ively cri­ti­cize the Af­ford­able Care Act, yet have been un­able to uni­fy be­hind a vi­able al­tern­at­ive.

“Obama­care is a gov­ern­ment-centered health care de­liv­ery sys­tem. That’s not what the Amer­ic­an people want,” Boehner said when asked wheth­er the House would of­fer its own re­place­ment. “The Amer­ic­an people want to be able to pick their own type of health in­sur­ance. They want to be able to pick their own doc­tors. They want to be able to pick their own hos­pit­al. That is what a pa­tient-centered health care sys­tem looks like.” 

Pushed on wheth­er Re­pub­lic­ans will put present health care le­gis­la­tion next year Boehner said, “We’ll see.”

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