WASHINGTON — In an interview with ABC News on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that the president’s Affordable Care Act was now the “law of the land.”
The comments were immediately trumpeted as a turning point in the year-long debate surrounding the president’s signature law, which has long been the target of repeal among House Republicans. But in a clarifying statement to The Huffington Post shortly after the first excerpts of the interview aired, Boehner’s office made it clear that he still favored changing the legislation, if not eliminating it entirely.
“While Obamacare is the law of the land, it is costing us jobs and threatening our health care,” said Boehner’s spokesman Kevin Smith. “Speaker Boehner and House Republicans remain committed to repealing the law, and he said in the interview it would be on the table.”
The full transcript of the ABC interview, as provided by Smith, makes it clear that Boehner never really embraced the Affordable Care Act as a fait accompli following the 2012 elections.
Excerpt from the Huffingtonpost.com