The Straits Times
Published on Nov 09, 2012

DPLICATE - DO NOT PUBLISH -Top Republican muddies stance on 'Obamacare' repeal


WASHINGTON (AFP) - US House Speaker John Boehner used Twitter on Thursday to ride back on earlier comments that suggested he was ready to drop Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's health care reforms.

Asked in an interview with ABC News whether he would seek to fully repeal Mr Obama's signature piece of legislation, as Republican challenger Mitt Romney had vowed to do if he became president, Mr Boehner said "the election changes that". "Obamacare is the law of the land," the speaker added.

But Mr Boehner later indicated that while the sweeping health reform is law, Republicans still oppose the changes and want the legislation reversed.

"ObamaCare is law of the land, but it is raising costs & threatening jobs. Our goal has been, and will remain, #fullrepeal," Mr Boehner tweeted.