Secure in the mandate that he was given in a landslide victory over Mitt Romney earlier this month, President Barack Obama is making it very clear to Republicans that his signature achievement, The Affordable Care Act — or as it’s affectionately known, Obamacare — will not be thrown out to avoid the fiscal cliff, reports Talking Points Memo.
Tax increases and spending cuts loom large in the coming year and in true Republican fashion, House Speaker John Boehner has reversed his reversal on attempting to repeal the massive health overhaul:
The tactics of our repeal efforts will have to change. But the strategic imperative remains the same. If we’re serious about getting our economy moving again, solving our debt and restoring prosperity for American families, we need to repeal Obamacare and enact common-sense, step-by-step reforms that start with lowering the cost of health care.
In an interview with ABC following the election, Boehner said that Obamacare was “the law of the land” and had no more intentions on trying to repeal.
As the floundering conservatives attempt to find out just what they need to do and who they need to pander to in order win elections, more reversals and flips-flops of this nature should be expected.
In an email to TPM, a Senate Democratic leadership aide called the idea “a total nonstarter. Boehner’s office knows that, so even bringing it up is counterproductive.”
President Obama and Democrats have previously agreed to relatively minor cuts to the law, such as a reduction in the size of the prevention and public health fund as part of the deal to extend the payroll tax cut through the end of this year.
Republicans are hopeful that a “fiscal cliff” agreement might include additional cuts to Obamacare, which a Senate Democratic aide told the Huffington Post is not necessarily out of the question as long as it does not change the shape of the law “in any meaningful way.”
If past is to predict future, President Obama usually blinks first in these showdowns. But with his namesake legislation on the line, he’ll more than likely be less willing to compromise. Only time will tell.