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John Boehner Says Obamacare 'Law Of The Land': VIDEO

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House Speaker John Boehner wouldn't go so far as to say that he and his Republican colleagues won't waste time trying to overturn President Obama's healthcare law, but the Representative did tell ABC News' Diane Sawyer that the signature legislation is "the law of the land."

"It's pretty clear that the president was reelected, Obamacare is the law of the land," he said, before adding, "I think there are parts of the healthcare law that are gonna be very difficult to implement. And very expensive."

Asked, "You won't be spending the time next year trying to repeal Obamacare?" Boehner responded, "There certainly may be parts of it that we believe-- need to be changed. We may do that. No decisions at this point."

Boehner also told Sawyer, "We don't have a Tea Party caucus to speak of in the House" and insisted failed vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is not the leader of the party. Rather, he's a "policy wonk."

"He's involved in the cause of trying to bring us pro-growth economic agendas for America and making sure that we're doing this in a fiscally responsible way," said Boehner. "I'm glad that Paul Ryan's coming back to the Congress."

Watch video of Boehner telling Sawyer the GOP will not raise taxes to cope with the forthcoming fiscal cliff AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: And, Boehner walks it back.

ObamaCare is law of the land, but it is raising costs & threatening jobs. Our goal has been, and will remain, #fullrepeal.

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  1. All the color has drained from his face...

    Posted by: BobN | Nov 8, 2012 7:18:42 PM


  2. This humbled Republican attitude is scaring me. Or at the least, making me very suspicious.

    Maybe because I've been beyond disappointed and many times outraged at their tone, policies, and all-over employed bull to ridicule and stop anything the President had tried to do in the past 4 years to help the people... But this new bowed demeanor, is making me feel very much uneasy.

    I'm expecting the other shoe to drop. How sad that they have lost that much of our faith and trust in them to do what is right.

    Posted by: Maguita | Nov 8, 2012 7:24:40 PM


  3. John Boehner, Paul Ryan SHOULD BE YOUR LEADER I WOULD RATHER LOOK AT HIM ALL THE TIME ON TELEVISION, THAN YOU.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Nov 8, 2012 7:24:50 PM


  4. John Boehner is a good man who wants to do what he thinks is good for the country. I think he knows that the path ahead involves a lot of compromises and concessions. His big problem is that he has 70-100 tea party type republicans in the House who will make his job almost impossible.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 8, 2012 7:39:44 PM


  5. Like his tan, Queen Tangerine is mellowing and fading into the background of history.

    Posted by: donny with a "D" | Nov 8, 2012 7:45:37 PM


  6. OK...internet access at the state asylum ends at 8pm, so we shouldn't be having to hear from CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON much longer.

    The House GOP slimeballs just think they're "getting their first move in" - their first grandstanding move, that is. It's actually kind of cute...you can see they are attempting to think in a relatively sophisticated, "cunning" way for them. I'm reminded of my nieces and nephews last Christmas attempting to cajole us into letting them open some gifts earlier. So don't believe any of this crap. They failed to make him a one term president, which was pretty much their only goal for the past 4 years. They will still destroy the country if that's what it takes to make him look bad. This time, however, there's no benefit to Obama for rolling over like a good little lapdog. Hopefully he's going to play hardball with them and make some progress...I suspect Obama & Co. will be doing everything they can to control the narrative such that it's obvious that Boehner, Cantor, and the rest of the clown car are the ones holding things up. It's going to be an interesting month and a half. A treacherous game of wits lies ahead.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Nov 8, 2012 7:49:32 PM


  7. "It's the law of the land"..........duh !!!

    But Repugs have spent four years of petulance, kissing Grover Norquist's a$$.....to the detriment of their country and its economy.....and that's what makes the Republican Party unAmerican.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 8, 2012 8:07:49 PM


  8. Boehner's getting to be as hard to pin down as Romney was. In the past couple of days he's been all over the map on both "new revenue" and on healthcare.

    Posted by: tominsf | Nov 8, 2012 8:51:53 PM


  9. @Andrew

    Boehner is most decidedly not a good man. He's better than some. In the GOP, that's not saying much.

    Posted by: BobN | Nov 8, 2012 10:15:00 PM


  10. I hate Boehner more than I hated Romney and Ryan. This man is EVIL. He even looks evil.

    He has helped to waste two whole years of taxpayer money blocking everything Obama tried to do. Boehner was more concerned with bringing down Obama than he was about the impact his idiotic games were having on the American people. He needs to be gone. He is despicable. He represents everything bad about America.

    This is also the idiot who gave MILLIONS of dollars of taxpayer money to continue to implement DOMA after Obama declared it unconstitutional. Of course all that money was paid to a laywer who is a personal friend of his. DISGUSTING. Boehner should be in jail for fraud.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 8, 2012 11:07:36 PM


  11. There will not be a Republican president in at least a decade, nor will there be a conservative Supreme Court. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.

    Posted by: Gast | Nov 9, 2012 12:07:59 AM


  12. Those comments read as though Boner has a jealous streak when it comes to Paul Ryan. Am I the only one that hears that?

    Boner is the same guy that's been funding the defense of the indefensible DOMA; I'm inclined to think this comment is for 'sound-bite' purposes at a later date.

    As Affordable Healthcare Act gets implemented, it's going to become more & more popular. The GOP are all dinosaurs.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Nov 9, 2012 12:25:04 AM


  13. Argh, he's already backpedaled. Whatever.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Nov 9, 2012 12:48:05 AM


  14. Boehner is no friend to either Obama or the US gay community. He's an obstructionist, and vocally anti-gay.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Nov 9, 2012 1:53:48 AM


  15. Boehner is swimming in a sea of Republican sharks. He's worried he might not be selected as House Leader and he's worried he might not be re-elected. Two contradictory forces to contend with. I'm sure that is what is on his mind: How do I play this to stay in office.

    Posted by: Ain't no party anymore for Boehner | Nov 9, 2012 7:39:10 AM


  16. Oh yes, NOW that Obama has been elected and reelected, NOW that the Supreme Court has upheld Obamacare, NOW that the GOP is worse shape than it has ever been since the party was formed, NOW Boehner is showing signs of actually being willing to take small steps to actually have Republicans work with Democrats to get down to the business of helping the American people, which is what they were elected to do. It makes me sick to think of the time that was wasted and the lives negatively impacted.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 9, 2012 9:31:50 AM


  17. Oh yes, NOW that Obama has been elected and reelected, NOW that the Supreme Court has upheld Obamacare, NOW that the GOP is worse shape than it has ever been since the party was formed, NOW Boehner is showing signs of actually being willing to take small steps to actually have Republicans work with Democrats to get down to the business of helping the American people, which is what they were elected to do. It makes me sick to think of the time that was wasted and the lives negatively impacted.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 9, 2012 9:31:51 AM


  18. There are still 51 Tea Party members of the House. Does he mean he plans to effectively shut them all up? If so then he is finally doing his duty as an elected representative of the United States.

    P.S. Boehner is most certainly NOT afraid of losing his seat, not even to the Tea Party. Where he comes from in Ohio is very "stix" and very very pro-Boehner.

    Posted by: Opinionated | Nov 9, 2012 2:14:58 PM


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