Rubio: Effort to Defund Obamacare Isn't Politics, But Trying to Save Jobs

Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 10:43 PM

By Greg Richter

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says he isn't concerned about politics, and instead joined a group of senators vowing to defund Obamacare to help people who are being hurt by the health care law.

Fifteen Republicans have vowed to stop a continuing resolution to keep the government funded past Sept. 30 after President Barack Obama announced he would delay implementation of part of the law until after the 2014 midterm elections.

Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly asked Rubio why it wouldn't make more sense to allow the law to go forward and let the public see what a disaster it was.

Rubio responded that the suggestion would be a perfect political move, but that the bill is hurting the middle and working classes, and he is more concerned about their needs than winning a political game.

"It's going to cost them the health insurance they have now that they're happy with. It's going to force them into exchanges that don't even exist. It's going to raise premiums for these small business who are going to cut back on hours," Rubio said. People will lose their jobs and their current doctors, he said.

In an ideal world the president would realize the law isn't working and scrap it for something better, Rubio said. Instead, Obama is doubling down and letting it go forward while unilaterally picking which parts he will implement and which parts will be delayed.

"I would much rather the president come down from his prideful position and basically say, look, the law is messed up. But he's not going to do that," Rubio said.

Obama, he added will never pass any bill Congress might pass to repeal Obamacare altogether.

"This is the only chance, and the last chance that we have," he said.

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