The Speaker comes out swinging:
Today, House Speaker John Boehner made an aggressive opening move in the negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff: he said that Obamacare had to be on the table in terms of cost-cutting. Them’s fightin’ words.
In an editorial in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Boehner wrote: “We can’t afford it, and we can’t afford to leave it intact. That’s why I’ve been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation’s massive debt challenge.”
Boehner, of course, is exactly correct; over the next 10 years, Obamacare is slated to cost in excess of $2 trillion. And that’s if everything works out as expected. If the federal government has to pick up the tab for setting up health care exchanges in a huge number of states, that cost will skyrocket.
Well played, sir. Well played.