I (Michele Hickford) am writing from the American Conservative Union’s CPAC conference going on today through Saturday. More than one speaker has already talked about “squishy Republicans” – no one is naming names, but as Trevor Loudon just said, “you know who they are.”
Yes, we do. And one of the squishiest (and most famously lachrymose) of them all is former Speaker of the House, John Boehner.
While House Republicans languished in the wilderness during Barack Obama’s two terms, they passed bill after bill to defund, repeal and dismantle Obamacare. They were completely useless and symbolic gestures which did little other than somewhat mollify constituents back at home, frustrated by the apparent impotence of their elected representatives.
Ultimately, this impotence ended the tenure of Boehner as Speaker. In his place, we got Paul Ryan and after Donald Trump’s win in November, we thought FINALLY we’d be able to make some big changes, particularly since the president himself saw killing Obamacare as a key campaign promise.
Well, it was HIS promise, but apparently not that of the GOP.
You ready for a bucket of ice cold water? Here it is.
The Hill reports, Former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that a full repeal and replacement of ObamaCare is “not going to happen.”
Instead, Boehner said at a healthcare conference in Florida that Republicans will end up making smaller changes to the law.
“[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare — I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” Boehner said, according to Politico.
The comments are striking, coming from someone who led Republican opposition to ObamaCare for years.
“Most of the framework of the Affordable Care Act … that’s going to be there,” Boehner reportedly said at the conference, adding that “Republicans never ever agree on healthcare.”
If I may insert myself once again into the story, during my service in Col. West’s congressional office, it became abundantly clear that those in power — and this is truly bi-partisan — will do whatever they can to stay in power. As a result, they are loathe to do anything dramatic that might upset somebody.
Which is precisely why we voted in Donald Trump, someone who lives and breathes doing things dramatic that might upset somebody. The question is, will he be able to get anything done ? Let’s hope Boehner will be proven wrong.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]