Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday vowed to repeal all of the Affordable Care Act if the U.S. Supreme Court did not strike down the health care reform law.
“Now we all know the Supreme Court is likely to make some announcement about ObamaCare tomorrow,” he said. “We made it pretty clear, and I’ll make it clear one more time: if the court does not strike down the entire law, the House will move to repeal what’s left of it.”
“ObamaCare is driving up the cost of health care and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers. Our focus has been the economy, and it will continue to be the economy.”
If the health care reform law is stuck down in its entirety, nearly 14 million young Americans could lose their health insurance. The Affordable Care Act changed a rule regarding who can be claimed as a dependent, allowing all young adults stay on their parents’ health insurance policies until they turn 26. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, some of the more expensive policies would allow parents with greater net worth keep their kids on as dependents into their 20s, but most policies available to lower and middle income families dropped kids at either 18 or 21.
Boehner accused President Barack Obama of favoring campaigning over creating jobs. He said that House Republicans had passed more than 30 jobs bills. Most those bills involved tax cuts.
House Republicans voted in 2011 to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, but the effort failed in the Senate.
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