Former House Speaker John Boehner: Republicans will 'never' repeal and replace Obamacare

Republicans have long vowed to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, but have faced several defeats in their efforts to do so.

On Friday and with another Senate vote on the horizon, former House speaker John Boehner predicted GOP lawmakers will continue to fall short, according to a video obtained by the Washington Post.

Speaking at a private event in Las Vegas, Boehner said, "Here we are, seven months into this year, and yet they've not passed this bill. Now, they're never — they're not going to repeal and replace Obamacare."

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (R) speaks with Pope Francis (L) in the U.S. Capitol building before the Pontiff speaks to a joint meeting of Congress September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. Pope Francis will be the first Pope to ever address a joint meeting of Congress. The Pope is on a six-day trip to the U.S., with stops in Washington, New York City and Philadelphia. (Photo By Bill Clark-PoolGetty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 19: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) arrives for his weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Boehner answered questions on the Republican budget, Hillary Clinton's emails, and other topics during the press conference. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

He continued, "It's been around too long. And the American people have gotten accustomed to it. Governors have gotten accustomed to this Medicaid expansion, and so trying to pull it back is really not going to work."

President Trump has, nonetheless, continued to push for a full Obamacare repeal and replacement.

Among his recent tweets on the matter is, "ObamaCare is torturing the American People. The Democrats have fooled the people long enough. Repeal or Repeal & Replace! I have pen in hand."

Trump also tweeted, "This will be a very interesting day for HealthCare. The Dems are obstructionists but the Republicans can have a great victory for the people!"

The New York Times noted Monday, "Senate Republican leaders, keeping alive their push to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, are barreling toward a showdown vote on Tuesday to begin debating a repeal of the health law."

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