Last week, Jim wrote about Republicans who are getting more reticent about the idea of trying to repeal Obamacare.
Today, via the Hill, I see John Boehner said the following:
“They got everything else in the entire bureaucracy that they need to control our health care system is all in place with the signing of this bill,” Boehner said during an interview on WFLA’s Bud Hedinger Show. “That’s why repealing this bill has to be our number one priority.”
It seems that, for now, Boehner recognizes that in order to keep the base motivated during an election year, Republican leadership will have to keep talking about repeal. Preemptively surrendering on this would deflate conservatives ahead of midterms. The true test, however, will be whether Republican leadership will actually sustain the fight given that with President Obama in power, the earliest possible time to repeal the legislation would be in 2013. And that assumes that Republicans retake both chambers of Congress and the White House. Left to their own devices, Republicans will always look for the easy way out, and thus it will be up to conservatives to keep the heat on them to maintain repealing Obamacare as the top goal.