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Thursday, November 8, 2012

John Boehner Says Obamacare Is Officially a Law

Posted by on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 3:28 PM

ThinkProgress says:

As ABC News reports, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has confirmed that the House GOP will no longer attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. When asked about the future of the health care reform law, Boehner said “the election changes that” and “Obamacare is the law of the land.”

See? He's a reasonable guy. All you have to do to convince John Boehner that a law is a law is:

1. Pass the law in Congress.
2. Make sure the president signs the law.
3. Stand by as a bunch of governors contest the law
4. Fight the law all the way to the Supreme Court.
5. Watch as the Supreme Court declares the law to be constitutional.
6. Run a presidential candidate who promises, impossibly, to repeal the law on day one.
7. Lose a disastrous election that refutes the presidential candidate and his entire party.

See? Seven simple steps!


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venomlash 1
Wait, no, a spokesman for Boehner just said that they remain 100% committed to repealing it. Shades of Romney.
Posted by venomlash on November 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM · Report this
Pick1 3
In a private meeting later Jim Boehner was quoted as saying,

"I don't understand why our approval rating in Congress/House of Reps is so low. It just doesn't make any sense!"
Posted by Pick1 on November 8, 2012 at 3:41 PM · Report this
That old Schoolhouse Rock jingle missed Steps 3 through 7.
Posted by DOUG. on November 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 5
Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on November 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 6
Hahaha, Charles, Boehner already walked it back on twitter.

The conservative grasp of reality has redshifted. Literally, not just metaphorically.

"In physics (especially astrophysics), redshift happens when light seen coming from an object that is moving away is proportionally increased in wavelength, or shifted to the red end of the spectrum."
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on November 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM · Report this
In other developments, Boehner is open to discussing tax increases ... as long as they come in the form of lower tax rates and magical economic growth.

Not sure if Mitch McConnell has tipped his hand yet, but his wife Elaine Chao was on a post-election panel as was geared up to negotiate the fiscal cliff as if their side had just won the election.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on November 8, 2012 at 5:25 PM · Report this
@8 Boehner is open to Obama's next round of bipartisan cooperation in exactly the same way he was to the first round. Not. At. All. No matter how he says what he says. No point in even hoping for better from those trogs or the troops they command.
Posted by Calpete on November 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM · Report this
rob! 10
@8: Huh. I guess power really is an aphrodisiac. Either that, or Mitch "Yertle the Turtle" McConnell sits around licking his eyebrows.
Posted by rob! on November 8, 2012 at 7:42 PM · Report this
A political leader can't be caught saying "we lost" or "we were wrong". He knows that he lost, that he was wrong, and that he's going to have to yield to the other side. But to his team, he still has to pretend he's carrying the flag to the enemy.
Posted by floater on November 8, 2012 at 8:28 PM · Report this

How soon before they start issuing warrants for all the independent barristas who aren't paying $200 a month for their national health identity card?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on November 8, 2012 at 9:58 PM · Report this
seandr 13
@12: John, your concern for the barristas is touching.

I have some good news for you. If a barrista's salary is high enough that they are required to pay the tax, yet they don't, there are no warrants, arrests, debtor's prison, or anything like that. The penalty is financial - 0.5% monthly to be exact - which comes to $12 per year. So that should come as a big relief to you!

More good news - whether or not they pay that tax, they get health insurance!
Posted by seandr on November 8, 2012 at 10:30 PM · Report this
Hey, maybe the republican states would accept health insurance ID for voting.

(Sarcastic thought of the day)

Posted by david on November 8, 2012 at 11:08 PM · Report this
venomlash 15
@13: It's gay. Concern is touching.
Posted by venomlash on November 9, 2012 at 1:19 AM · Report this

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