Boehner reportedly had been huddling with his aides for months and actually working with Democratic leaders to save those subsidies. The allegations have been backed-up with leaked documents and emails.
Suspiciously, Politico, no friend of the GOP, provided the documents Tuesday morning showing Boehner working hard to protect the congressional subsidy.
If verified by other outside sources, this will put a serious doubt on Boehner’s credibility and public intentions towards the government shutdown and Obamacare with many of his more conservative colleagues.
Democrats had been debating whether to divulge the private communications between Boehner Chief of Staff Mike Sommers and Reid Chief of Staff David Krone, according to Roll Call.
The Politico story indicates Boehner discussed the subsidy with none other than arch enemy of Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Harry ("no compromise ever") Reid, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, and others.
To add insult to injury with many GOP faithful, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly knew of the discussions.
Boehner and Reid requested a meeting with President Barack Obama to enlist his support, according to Politico. That proposed meeting never occurred however although a Boehner aide did confer with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough about the speaker's request.
Obamacare actually does require lawmakers and staff to join insurance exchanges. The debate over that item has led to numerous heated discussions.
Ironically, after all this mixed news, Boehner put the entire issue into the government shutdown debate. He attached an amendment ending the subsidies to a House GOP funding bill.
That makes no sense considering his earlier stand with the Democrats in secret. Naturally Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steele, former head of the RNC, denied the reports.
The speaker's office brushed off the reports as being that of “desperate Democrats.”
Steele said, "Any emails from Mr. Sommers will reflect the Speaker’s position: he voted against Obamacare, and he wants to repeal Obamacare. If the Senate Democrats and the White House want to make a ‘fix’ to the law, it would be their fix. The Speaker’s ‘fix’ is repeal. This is just a desperate act by Harry Reid’s staff to protect their own subsidy."
Meanwhile, Harry Reid’s main spokesman, Adam Jentleson, said Senator Reid “worked closely with Boehner and was grateful for his help.
Stay tuned, this dog fight is far from over.
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