Boehner says ‘everybody’s open to keeping parts of Obamacare’

Boehner says ‘everybody’s open to keeping parts of Obamacare’

John Boehner said Donald Trump's willingness to consider keeping two key provisions of the Affordable Care Act is not surprising because "everybody's open to keeping parts of Obamacare."

"Obamacare's a big bill. And while a lot of it's bad, it's not all bad as President-elect Trump has pointed out," the Republican former House speaker told CNBC's "Fast Money: Halftime Report" on Tuesday.

Trump campaigned on a pledge to "repeal and replace" President Barack Obama's landmark health-care law. After the president-elect met with Obama at the White House last week, he told The Wall Street Journal he would consider keeping provisions that prevent denial of coverage because of pre-existing conditions and allow children to stay on their parents' policies until age 26.

Boehner, whose tenure saw multiple Republican attempts to repeal the law, said those provisions have "broad bipartisan support."

John Boehner, former U.S. House Speaker.
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"The health industry basically had decided that covering people with pre-existing conditions is what's appropriate in this era. The health insurance industry also pretty much has decided that covering kids that are staying at home until age 26 is an industry standard," he said.

Boehner added that another Trump campaign promise — to build a physical barrier on the U.S. border with Mexico — may not come to pass. He said other measures to secure the U.S. border may prove more feasible.