Boehner: Health reform law must be ‘ripped out by its roots’

By David Edwards
Sunday, July 1, 2012 12:38 EDT
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John Boehner speaks to CBS News
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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.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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