Hate to pass along this sour note on what should be a day of good cheer, but denialism like this should not pass unremarked.
In an op-ed article for the Cincinnati Enquirer today, [Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Obvs.)] said that “we need to repeal Obamacare” because it adds to the debt and is unaffordable. As a result, he wrote, “the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation’s massive debt challenge.”
That ignores the plain words of the most reliable and non-partisan judge of these things — the Congressional Budget Office — which said in July that the Affordable Care Act doesn’t add to the debt, it lowers the debt. Repealing the law would add $109 billion to the debt through 2022.
Oh, it gets better.
More broadly, though, Mr. Boehner is not simply ignoring the results of this month’s election, he is openly defying them. Not only did Mr. Obama and many congressional Democrats win with full-throated support for the reform law, but exit polls showed that only 25 percent of voters agree with the Republican goal of full repeal.
Remarkably, the speaker admitted this in the article. “Over the past couple of years,” he wrote, “I have noted there are essentially three major routes to repeal of the president’s law: the courts, the presidential election process and the congressional oversight process. With two of those three routes having come up short, the third and final one becomes more important than ever.”
The Supreme Court has ruled the law constitutional, but he still opposes it. The people have spoken, but his mind is made up. Now the only route left to him is a kind of rearguard guerilla action: taking budget potshots at the law, using spending bills and regulations to hobble its implementation.
Thanks to David Firestone for paying attention.