House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) this afternoon called on the House to vote in favor of repealing the healthcare law, and argued that because both sides agree the law needs to be fixed, "why would we keep it on the books?" Boehner listed five specific reasons for repealing the bill, starting with the repeal of $770 billion in tax hikes and penalties that he said would inhibit job growth.
Boehner said repeal would end the estimated $540 billion in spending over the next 10 years, and is needed to ensure that seven million seniors do not suffer from the cuts to Medicare Advantage that were put in place under the law. Repeal also means "paving the way for better solutions that will lower the costs without destroying jobs or bankrupting our government," he said.
Finally, Boehner said the repeal vote keeps a promise to voters in the last election. "This is what we said we would do. This is a promise worth keeping."