Boehner, like all Republicans, never has grasped the idea of buying in quantity and getting a lower price. That’s the whole insurance system model. Or they do understand it, ignore it, and want to shift the high cost of preexisting conditions off onto the public, saving private insurers the cost of treating the sick while boosting their profits.
NORAH O'DONNELL: What about preexisting conditions? What about the millions of Americans that have preexisting conditions and are discriminated against?
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: We believe that the way it is done within Obamacare is-- is pushing the cost of health insurance for all Americans much too high. We believe that the state high-risk pools are a much more effective way to making sure that those with preexisting conditions have access to affordable health insurance.
Here’s were O’Donnell catches Boehner in the Republican lie that they intend to anything at all (my emphasis parenthetical):
NORAH O'DONNELL: So when you repeal this, what are you going to replace it with?
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: (Long pause, stumped) …I just started pointing out. We're going take a common-sense, step-by-step approach…
Those companies 50 or larger are doing alright. If they can’t provide health care for their employees then they’re freeloading off the system and forcing their employees into state Medicaid programs:
NORAH O'DONNELL (overlapping): The White House says for employers if you have twenty-five or fewer employees, you actually get a tax benefit. If you have fifty or fewer employers, you don't have to provide them health insurance. So how is that hurting small businesses?
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: ….a lot of employers are just going to pay the tax and dump their employees into these health exchanges. Well, they are not going to be able to keep their health insurance that they have.
Hypocrite! Republicans want to make individuals health care payments tax deductible, just like business, which means businesses will drop coverage in a second. Sen. McCain wanted to do away with the business tax deduction completely, which again, would have dumped everyone into the individual market. So letting people “keep their health insurance” is complete bull and not a concern.
NORAH O'DONNELL: Why not, then, if you like some of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act, why not work with it rather than ap-- repeal the whole thing.
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER (overlapping): No, no, no.
NORAH O'DONNELL: Even Mitt Romney said--
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER (overlapping): No, this has to be-- this has to be ripped out by its roots. This is government taking over the entire health insurance industry.
Which it is not.