The House Republicans’ move forward to repeal ObamaCare has made Congressional Democrats fighting mad. The Democrats’ new mantra on Capitol Hill is that repealing their $1.2 trillion health care law will increase the deficit. The GOP response has been both incredulous of that claim and hard-hitting.
“I don’t think anyone in this town believes that repealing ObamaCare is going to increase the deficit,” said an exasperated House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) after the third question from the media about the Democrats’ talking points.
“We made a commitment to the American people. We’re listening to the American people. They want this bill repealed. We are going to repeal it,” said Boehner on Thursday at his first press conference as Speaker.
“It will ruin the best health care system in the world. It will bankrupt our nation, and it will ruin our economy!” said a fired-up Boehner.
The health care reform law was the biggest legislation from the Congressional Democrats and President Obama in the last Congress. The law was also the central reason the Democrats lost the Midterm Elections. They are loath to see the Republicans repeal, defund and replace their law.
“Not only would repeal of health care reform add to our deficit, it would dump more than 30 million Americans from coverage who will be protected by our new health care reform act,” protested Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (R-Ill.) on Thursday. “So more than 50 million Americans won’t have the protection of health insurance. That is a personal family tragedy, even beyond our discussion of the deficit.”
Leading up to the Friday start of the debate on ObamaCare repeal, Boehner released a 19-page, detailed report titled “ObamaCare: A Budget Busting, Job-Killing Health Care Law.”