House Speaker Boehner Says Repealing Health-Care Won't Increase Deficit

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said repealing the 2010 health-care overhaul would not increase the federal budget deficit, disputing an estimate by congressional budget analysts.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated today that repealing the health-care law would deepen the deficit by $145 billion from 2012 to 2019.

Boehner, an Ohio Republican who became speaker yesterday, told reporters, “I do not believe that repealing the job- killing health-care bill is going to increase the deficit.” The House plans to vote Jan. 12 on a repeal, which Senate Democrats have said they’ll block in their chamber.

“The best health-care system in the world’s going to go down the drain if we don’t act,” Boehner said.

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