Boehner: Health reform law must be ‘ripped out by its roots’
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Sunday admitted that some parts of President Barack Obama’s health care reforms were beneficial, but insisted that the entire law must be “ripped out by its roots.”
“There’s always going to be parts of it that are good,” Boehner told CBS Chief White House Correspondent Nora O’Donnell.
“Since you’re going to be repealing it, are you willing to roll back the provisions that would provide free mammograms under Medicare?” O’Donnell wondered.
“Listen, there are a lot of provisions that can be replaced,” Boehner explained. “Remember I said we want to take a common-sense, step-by-step approach to replacing Obamacare.”
“Why not then, if you like some of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act, why not work with it?” O’Donnell asked.
“No, no,” Boehner replied. “This has to be ripped out by its roots. This is government taking over the entire health insurance industry.”
“It has to be ripped out and we need to start over.”
Watch this video from CBS’s Face the Nation, broadcast July 1, 2012.