By Mike Lillis - 10/11/10 06:52 PM EDT
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned Monday that Democrats should expect no funding to implement their new healthcare reform law if Republicans win the House in November.
“They’re going to need money from us to hire those 22,000 federal employees we think it’s going to take to run this monstrosity," Boehner told voters in West Palm Beach Monday, according to The Palm Beach Post. "And I’ll just tell you, they’re not going to get a dime from us.”
Boehner acknowledged that an outright repeal of the healthcare law — a key rallying point of many GOP campaigns this year — is unlikely with President Obama wielding veto power from the White House. Still, the funding for many of the reforms will require approval from the House as part of the annual budget process. If Republicans control the chamber, Boehner warned, Democrats shouldn't hold their breath for the money.
“Our job is to do everything we can to keep it from being implemented, to keep it from moving ahead," he said.
Boehner also predicted that the fight over the healthcare law won't end with November's midterms. If Republicans are successful blocking parts of the law from taking effect in the near-term, he said, "this will become the number one issue in the presidential election of 2012, when the American people can decide more directly."
Boehner was in Florida to campaign for Allen West, the Republican vying to unseat two-term Democratic Rep. Ron Klein.