Former House Speaker John Boehner said repealing and replacing Obamacare isn't going to happen, predicting only minor changes to the law.
Boehner, speaking during a health information technology conference Thursday in Florida, said that Republicans "never agree on healthcare," according to published reports.
His comments come as Republicans are facing angry constituents concerned about Obamacare's fate at town halls across the country. His successor, Rep. Paul Ryan, has promised to reveal the plan to repeal the law by early March.
Boehner said Republicans will wind up merely fixing Obamacare.
"I shouldn't call it repeal and replace because it's not going to happen," Boehner said, according to a report in Politico.
He derided the talk of a full repeal and replacement as "happy talk."
Boehner retired in 2015 after battling Tea Party conservatives since he assumed the title of speaker after the 2010 midterm elections.
The conservative House Freedom Caucus, which often sparred with Boehner, tweeted in response to initial reports that it remains "100 percent committed to full repeal and replace."