John Boehner (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Some conservatives now calling it "Boehnercare"

That's sure to get the law repealed


Alex Halperin
August 26, 2013 10:45PM (UTC)

Tea Party types remain convinced that the Affordable Care Act will be the boondoggle of boondoggles. And a few of them have let Speaker of the House John Boehner (R.-Ohio) know that if he refuses to defund the law it will henceforth be known as Boehnercare, The Hill reports:

“If he funds it, he will own it,” said Janet Porter, president of Faith2Action, one of the groups scheduled to participate in the rally, according to The Washington Times.

Boehner, along with congressional GOP leaders like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), has yet to voice support for the effort.

A group of right-wing lawmakers vowed before the August recess to block any spending bills that would also fund the law, risking a government shutdown after Sept. 30.

Many Democrats, including President Obama have embraced the originally pejorative term Obamacare confident in their eventual vindication. Boehner is no friend of the law. But if the law proves popular will he be able to claim some of the credit?

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Alex Halperin

Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.

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