Rubio: "Obamacare Should Be Repealed" and Replaced with Real Reforms
6:57 PM, Jun 24, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Marco Rubio told reporters at a Cosi on Capitol Hill this afternoon that repealing Obamacare will be a big issue in the Florida Senate race. "Obamacare should be repealed," Rubio said. "It's going to bankrupt America, it adds $2.5 trillion dollars to our debt in the long term. ... There are better solutions to health care than what's been passed."
Rubio then said that there are a couple of provisions in the bill that he supports: the ban on insurance companies charging higher rates for people with preexisting conditions and allowing people up to age 26 stay on their parents' insurance plan. I asked Rubio how he could include the ban on discriminating against people with preexisting conditions without having insurance rates skyrocket. He replied that he thinks the ban could work if it is coupled with support for high risk pools and free market reforms:
I'm not sure if the ban is workable--or necessary if the government properly funds high risk pools. But I think it's fair to say that this Talking Points Memo blog post--"Rubio: I Wouldn't Repeal All Of Health Care Reform"--is misleading.
Rubio supports completely repealing Obamacare--his spokesman confirms that he backs Sen. Jim DeMint’s one-line repeal bill. And in a separate piece of legislation, he would include free-market reforms, as well as support for high-risk pools and a ban on discriminating against people with preexisting conditions.
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