Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., isn't buying the argument that the policy cancellations resulting from Obamacare are an unintended consequence of the law.
"It wasn't an unintended consequence. It was an intended consequence," Rubio said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."
"This was done on purpose because they want to undermine and gut the individual marketplace."
Rubio didn't elaborate, but he signed on to a bill introduced Wednesday
by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., that would allow people to keep current policies they like even if current rules say they can't.
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Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has long maintained that Obamacare is a step toward a single-payer plan that essentially would put every American on government-sponsored insurance.
"I'm fully convinced that the chaos that's happening now could well be intentional to speed it up," Limbaugh said
on his radio show Tuesday.
Limbaugh repeatedly has played clips of President Barack Obama saying in 2003 and 2007 that he wants to eventually move toward a single-payer system.
In 2007, Obama told an AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women's Rights Conference:
"My commitment is to make sure that we've got universal healthcare for all Americans by the end of my first term as president. I would hope that we set up a system that allows those who can go through their employer to access a federal system or a state pool of some sort, but I don't think we're going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There's going to be potentially some transition process. I can envision a decade out or 15 years out or 20 years out."
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