WASHINGTON — US House Speaker John Boehner suggested Thursday he was ready to drop Republican efforts to repeal landmark health care reform now that President Barack Obama has won re-election.
Asked in an interview with ABC News whether he would seek to fully repeal the Obama-backed Affordable Care Act, as Republican Mitt Romney had vowed to do if he became president, Boehner said “the election changes that.”
“Obamacare is the law of the land,” the speaker added.
Republican lawmakers are united in their opposition to the reforms as a single, broad piece of legislation, and several lawmakers in the party campaigned for months vowing to try and repeal it and start over in the reforms process.
The law aims to provide coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. It bars insurance companies from not covering children with pre-existing conditions, allows parents to keep children on their plans until age 26, and prohibits lifetime limits on coverage.
Republicans say the reforms will increase costs, cause insurance premiums to rise and hurt the quality of health care.
They have taken specific issue with a key underpinning of the care overhaul, an “individual mandate” requiring almost every US citizen from 2014 to take out health insurance or be subject to a fine.
Romney, who lost to Obama in Tuesday’s presidential race, had vowed to start repealing Obamacare “on Day 1” if he were elected.