In an op-ed published by the Cincinnati Enquirer, House Speaker John Boehner said changes to President Obama's 2010 overhaul of the health care system should be part of any agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year, when a slate of tax hikes and spending cuts are scheduled to go into effect. "The president's health care law adds a massive, expensive, unworkable government program at a time when our national debt already exceeds the size of our country's entire economy," Boehner wrote. "We can't afford it, and we can't afford to leave it intact. That's why I've been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation's massive debt challenge." Diluting or repealing parts of ObamaCare would clearly be a non-starter for many Democrats, including Obama himself, leading observers to question whether the two sides are even close to reaching an agreement.
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