Former House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday thathe believes Republicans in Congress must marry any efforts toreplace the Affordable Care Act with efforts to repeal it.

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Related: Pence gives ACA attack update

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Opponents of the ACA can probably succeed at making the ACAsystem more flexible, and giving states the ability to choosewhether they want to operate ACA exchanges, or how they want toregulate the commercial coverage sold to their residents, Boehnersaid.

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But "most of the Affordable Care Act is going to stay," Boehnersaid.

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Popular ACA features, such as the subsidies that help low-incomeworking people pay for coverage and restrictions on healthinsurers' ability to consider people's health when selling themcoverage, are likely to stay, Boehner predicted.

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Boehner, a Republican, represented Ohio in the House from 1991through 2015.

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Boehner said Republicans need to combine efforts to replace theACA with efforts to repeal it because coming up with a replacementwill be too difficult.

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"Perfectly has always been the enemy of the good," he said.

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If Republicans repeal much or all of the ACA without replacingit, "anything that happens is your fault," Boehner said. "You brokeit."

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Boehner talked about the ACA in Orlando, Florida, at the HIMSS17conference, which was organized by the Healthcare Information andManagement Systems Society.

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Related: 10 big influencers on ACA repealefforts

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Matthew Eccles posted a video of the HIMSS17 on YouTube, andthis article was based on a viewing of Eccles' video.

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The HIMSS17 session also featured Ed Rendell, a Democrat, whowas the governor of Pennsylvania from 2003 through 2011.

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Rendell said the real solution is for Republicans and Democratsto come together to improve the ACA in a bipartisan basis.

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Related: The end of the Republican Party's health carecharade

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Current replacement proposals keep expensive ACA provisions butkill the provisions, such as the individual coverage mandate andACA taxes, that help pay for the provisions, Rendell said.

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In related news, the Pew Research Center reported that only 17percent of the U.S. adults who participated in a telephone surveyit sponsored earlier this month said they support full ACA repeal.Fifty-four percent of the participants said they approve of thelaw, according to a summary of the results.

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Only 10 percent of the Republicans surveyed said they approve ofthe ACA, but just 44 percent of the Republicans said they favorfull ACA repeal. Forty-two percent of the Republicans whoparticipated said they want to see the ACA modified, rather thaneliminated.

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Fifty-three percent of the independents said they approve of theACA. Fifteen percent of the independents said they want the laweliminated, and 29 percent of the independents said they want thelaw changed.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.