People don’t tend to throw around the word "monstrosity" lightly, so I took soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) seriously when he said today that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — which, for better or worse, is President Obama’s signature legislative achievement — was a monstrosity that he and his newly empowered Republican colleagues would seek to repeal.

In some of his first post-election comments since the landslide gains that gave Republicans the House’s biggest party turnover in more than seven decades, Boehner said, "I think it's important for us to lay the groundwork before we begin to repeal this monstrosity and replace it with commonsense reforms that will bring down the cost of health care in America."

Well, if that’s not throwing down the gauntlet, I don’t know what is.

What do you think? Repealing the law altogether goes a lot farther than refusing to fund it or blocking regulations. Is there a chance PPACA gets repealed? Sound off in the comments.

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