Obamacare on table for ‘fiscal cliff’ talks: “We can’t afford it…the law has to stay on the table,” says Boehner

As President Barack Obama and Congress try to avoid the looming fiscal cliff, House Speaker John Boehner said the Affordable Care Act or ‘Obamacare’ as it’s commonly called, will be included in deficit negotiations.

The nation can in fact afford the act despite the possibility of tax rate increases and federal spending cuts at the beginning of next year,  according to Boehner’s editorial in the Cincinnati Enquirer, but it must be deliberated by both parties first.

Although Republicans have openly pushed for the full repeal of Obamacare, Obama’s re-election kept the act on the table. The act will mandate each state to provide individuals and small businesses with healthcare, either through a state or federal-run exchange.

But with Mitt Romney out of the picture now Boehner says the GOP must adopt a new approach in getting Obamacare repealed.

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributors Roland Martin, Reihan Salam, and David Frum.

Boehner: Obamacare on table for ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

As congressional leaders and President Barack Obama search for common ground to tame the national debt as the weeks dwindle down to end of the year, House Speaker John Boehner said the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, must be included in deficit negotiations.

“We can’t afford it, and we can’t afford to leave it intact,” Boehner wrote of Obama’s signature healthcare initiative in the Cincinnati Enquirer. “That’s why I’ve been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation’s massive debt challenge.”

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