Boehner: 'ObamaCare is the law of the land'

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Stopping the next insurrection Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid MORE (R-Ohio) quickly reaffirmed his commitment to abolishing President Obama’s healthcare reform law after suggesting in an interview that repeal was no longer a priority for the House. 

"ObamaCare is law of the land, but it is raising costs & threatening jobs. Our goal has been, and will remain, full repeal," BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Stopping the next insurrection Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid MORE tweeted Thursday. 

The tweet was sent shortly after the release of an interview with ABC News in which Boehner indicated he has no firm plans to push for repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a law the GOP-led House has voted to abolish, dismantle or defund more than 30 times.

"I think the election changes that," Boehner said. "It's pretty clear that the president was reelected. ObamaCare is the law of the land." 

He added, "I think there are parts of the healthcare law that are going to be very difficult to implement and very expensive. And at the time when we're trying to find a way to create a path toward a balanced budget, everything has to be on the table. 

"There certainly may be parts of it that we believe need to be changed. We may do that. No decisions at this point." 


In a statement to The Hill, a spokesman for Boehner said decisions about votes in the next Congress have yet to be made, but stressed the GOP’s commitment to repeal.

"We’re two days out from the election and the leaders will make decisions on leg schedule and timing in the weeks ahead. Point is our commitment to full repeal has not changed," said Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith.

Republicans' defeat in the presidential race and their failure to claim the Senate all but ensures the future of Obama's signature law. House Republicans remain strongly opposed to it, however, and are unlikely to abandon their quest to dismantle and weaken it through legislation.

The GOP’s repeal efforts are likely to turn to the law’s controversial Medicare board, though with the Senate and White House in Democratic hands, that push is unlikely to succeed.

House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorRepublicans eager to take on Spanberger in Virginia Virginia emerging as ground zero in battle for House majority McAuliffe's loss exposes deepening Democratic rift MORE (R-Va.) repeated his opposition to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) on Wednesday, saying its repeal is one effort that could garner support in the Senate over the objections of Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSchumer vows to vote on Biden Supreme Court pick with 'all deliberate speed' Democrats say change to filibuster just a matter of time The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters MORE (Nev.).

"If we successfully make the case publicly, bills that could reach the president's desk include ... repeal of IPAB," Cantor wrote in a letter to his House GOP colleagues.

"There are some issues that I suspect Senator Reid will have a difficult time compelling his members to oppose outright."

— This story was first posted at 5:27 p.m. and has been updated.