Besides his prediction that Republicans will not repeal Obamacare, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) boldly said at a conference in Orlando, “Four years from now, Donald Trump may be the immigrant’s best friend.” Boehner said he believes that Trump’s actions on immigration will have to grow beyond deportation.
The former golf buddy of the president, Boehner said, “There was one Democrat Donald Trump could beat, and that was Hillary Clinton. There was one Republican Clinton could beat, and that was Donald Trump,” Boehner said of the presidential election. “We’ve got 330 million Americans, my God, how’d we get into this slop?”
Boehner also said that Trump’s tug-of-war with the “dishonest media” and “fake news” will not advance his agenda. “You never get in a pissing match with a skunk. You can’t win!” he said.
Boehner predicted that Trump will govern in much the same way as he campaigned for the presidency: “sometimes divisive, sometimes incoherent … but sometimes effective.” But he would not hazard a guess about the destiny of key legislation now before Congress. Regarding tax reform, for instance, Boehner took a wait-and-see approach. "Republicans will never agree on health care," said Boehner, who also said that the idea of Obamcare's repeal is mere "happy talk."
As for the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamcare, he predicted that the chance of repeal is minimal. “[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare — I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” he said. “Republicans never ever agree on health care.” In the final analysis, Boehner said, “Most of the framework of the Affordable Care Act … that’s going to be there.”