Boehner's Obamacare Alternative? 'When We Have Something to Talk About, We'll Show You'

By Susan Jones | April 3, 2014 | 5:49 AM EDT

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio wraps up a news conference on March 26, 2014. AP File Photo)

( - House Speaker John Boehner, pressed on the Republican alternative to Obamacare at a news conference Wednesday, indicated that Republicans are still working on a health care plan of their own:

"And so, listen, our job is to show the American people we have better solutions. And we're working to build a consensus to do that. And when we have something to talk about, we'll show you."

Boehner said the Democrats' Affordable Care Act "is continuing to wreak havoc" on American families and small businesses, and he talked about the people who call his office, complaining about higher premiums and co-pays.

"I can give you hundreds of letters from my constituents who have been harmed by this law. 'My insurance premiums nearly doubled. My co-pays and deductibles tripled under Obamacare,'" he quoted them as saying.

"Well, I think when we outline how we would repeal the bill and what we would replace it with, you'd see that our intent here is to take care of the American people and protect them as opposed to harm them, as the president's bill has done."

At the beginning of the news conference, Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) discussed his bipartisan "Save American Workers Act," which would restore the 40-hour work week by repealing the Obamacare provision that defines full-time work as 30 hours.

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Republicans will spend the week focusing on the 30-hour rule: He noted that it will "hurt young workers trying to save for college or buy their first home." And he said many of those hurt will be the same women whom Democrats have put front and center in their election strategy.

Rep. Lynn  Jenkins (R-Kan.) said the last thing Americans can afford are reduced hours. "The 30-hour rule in the president's health care law is putting full-time work and opportunity for decent wages out of reach for a million Americans that are already struggling," she said.