John Boehner: GOP Medicare Reforms “Very Similar” To Affordable Care Act

Given the feelings about the President’s health care reform plan among Republicans, this strikes me as a very odd comment:

Another top Republican has admitted what few members of his own party will admit. In fact, it’s the toppest-Republican.

According to Speaker John Boehner, the House Republican budget, which passed on April 15, “transforms Medicare into a plan that’s very similar to the President’s own healthcare bill.”

That’s from an interview with ABC’s Jon Karl. Boehner joins Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) as one of the few high-profile elected Republicans who will admit that the GOP’s Medicare privatization plan is similar in many key respects to the health care law they have spent the last two years demonizing.

Here’s the video:

I’ve got to wonder how the base is going to react to this one.

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  1. Alex Knapp says:

    So, by 2010 Campaign Logic, they’re taking away Medicare and replacing with with government-run health care?

  2. Moosebreath says:

    “GOP Medicare Reforms “Very Similar” To Affordable Care Act”

    If you take away the portion of the ACA which prevents discrimination due to pre-existing conditions. And the part where the policies people can purchase with the subsidy need to meet minimum standards. And the part where the subsidy to purchase the policies increases by more than CPI (since medical costs have increases at roughly double inflation, this is kinda important).

    Other than that, yes there are similarilties.

  3. Gustopher says:

    Boehner is lying.

    I just don’t know who he is trying to please with his lie.

  4. Chad S says:

    Well..he’s right in a semantic sense, but this was pretty boneheaded for him to say.

  5. hey norm says:

    Mr. Boehner:
    If you need to tell a bald-faced lie in order to make your argument…it’s probably not much of an argument. I’m just sayin’

  6. Modulo Myself says:

    People are very confused here.

    We have Obamacare, which is where a dark-skinned man uses death panels to eliminate white voters for the glory of Marx. And then we have the Affordable Care Act. This attempts to control Medicare costs while allowing the uninsured to buy insurance at group rates, as well as improving protection for the insured.

    The Affordable Care Act’s main drawback was that understanding it required an IQ of over 80, good faith, and the pleasant Trotskyite face of Mitt Romney.

    Obamacare, however, was easily understandable to those who thought the government should keep its hands out of Medicare, as well as those who think we should end Medicare.

    This is why Obamacare, rather than the Affordable Care Act, passed.

  7. Hey Norm says:

    Hahahahahahaha….so funny.

  8. Paula Brooks says:

    But… But… But… I thought we hated the President’s own healthcare bill