Former House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that outright repeal of Obamacare is “not going to happen.”
The Ohio Republican, who left Congress in late 2015 amid friction with hardline conservatives, told an Orlando health conference that he started to laugh when Republicans promised swift moves to repeal and replace the massive law, according to a Politico report.
The notion that a replacement could breeze through Congress, he said, was “happy talk.”
“Republicans never ever agree on health care,” he was reported as saying.
Mr. Boehner’s blunt assessment comes as GOP lawmakers struggle to explain the path forward to angry liberal activists and constituents back home.
Republican leaders insist they are on track to repeal and replace as much of the Affordable Care Act as they can this spring under a fast-track budget procedure that allows them to bypass a Democratic filibuster.