Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA time for war, a time for peace — and always a time to defend America Esper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Soleimani killing deepens distrust between Trump, Democrats MORE (R-Ohio) said on Thursday he was “highly skeptical” that President Obama could find a fix for the cancellation of health insurance plans that was both “legal and effective.”

“I just don’t see, within the law, their ability to do that,” the Speaker said at a Capitol press conference.


Boehner spoke shortly before Obama announced the administration would allow insurance companies to offer plans for another year that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act. The hurried move was an attempt to head off a political firestorm over the president’s promise that if “you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.” 

The House is set to vote on a Republican bill aimed at fixing the problem legislatively, but Democrats have said it would undo crucial reforms in the law.

“Promise after promise from this administration has turned out to be not true. So when it comes to this healthcare law, the White House doesn’t have much credibility,” Boehner said. “Let’s be clear: The only way to fully protect the American people is to scrap this law once and for all. There is no way to fix this.”

He said the House had no immediate plans to vote on a full replacement for the healthcare law.