Boehner tried this before... reaching across the aisle and negotiating with Obama. Obama made a fool of him. Boehner gave Obama what he wanted in exchange for future consideration and Obama didn't hold up his end. He's a liar, I wouldn't do it either. If it weren't for Obama's security Boehner should have slapped that condescending grin off of his face. Fool me once...
The affordable care act, for all of its flaws, is the first healthcare reform bill that any president has sucessfully signed into law, and that is why it is historic.
And that historical achievement is now a hostage, the required sacrifice needed to allow the government to function and raise the debt ceiling.
The debt ceiling is not something to bargain over, the full faith and credit of the united states government should not be risked to satisfy one parties obsession in destroying something they view as ideological blasphemy.