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Boehner Defends Opposition to Obamacare as Protection for the American People

9:09 AM, Jul 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Speaker John Boehner defended the House's repeated efforts to disrupt Obamacare yesterday at the Capitol:

"Our job is to protect the American people," Boehner said. He says that as a result of the House's opposition to Obamacare, the president has had to change the bill seven times.

On Boehner's web site, his staff adds:

Meaningless” – that’s what President Obama called ongoing efforts to delay and dismantle his disaster of a health care law, even though …

… he already signed seven bills repealing or defunding parts of it:

Speaker Boehner reminded reporters today that the president himself “signed seven changes to ObamaCare into law” that were passed by the House. Those seven bills repealed the paperwork mandate and the unsustainable CLASS program, cut slush funds, and more – and all passed with bipartisan support. See thee bills here and watch Speaker Boehner here.

… it’s driving up health care costs:

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows “young and healthy Americans will see their premiums soar” under the president’s health care law, says the Washington Examiner. And analysis compiled by the Energy & Commerce Committee found everyone is in for a big “rate shock.” In Ohio, an average person buying individual coverage will pay $200 more every month than they do now.

… it’s threatening jobs and paychecks:

The Washington Post says, “a number of private businesses cut worker hours this year because of the health-care law.” Ohio-based “White Castle is considering hiring only part-time workers,” reports Huffington PostWBIR says a Tennessee school district is being forced “to cut hours and insurance for some employees.” And the list goes on.

… he admitted it’s unworkable:

President Obama admitted the health care law is unworkable when he decided to exempt big businesses from its mandates for one year. The only problem? He doesn’t want to give families and individuals the same relief. Despite a veto threatdozens of Democrats voted with Republicans to provide fairness for all by delaying both the individual mandate and the employer mandate.

… the American people don’t like it:

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