Washington, D.C. – In today’s installment of Marco’s Constituent Mailbox video series, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio responds to two constituents regarding the implementation of ObamaCare, how this policy is hurting small businesses and the middle class, and his recent efforts to defund ObamaCare.
The first letter came from Claudia, a Florida constituent living in Ocala whose daughter’s business is already struggling because of the burdensome ObamaCare policies. The second letter came from Theresa, in Boca Raton, who supports ObamaCare and wants Congress to focus on fixing the economy.
RUBIO ON DEFUNDING OBAMACARE
Senator Marco Rubio: “Our last chance, perhaps our last best chance, to put a brake on this ObamaCare disaster is in September when we take up the short-term budget. And the only thing I’m saying is we should not shut down the government, we should fund the government. The only thing we shouldn’t fund as part of that budget is ObamaCare. That’s all I’m saying. And I think it’s unfortunate that the President is saying, ‘Well if you don’t fund ObamaCare, I’ll shut down the government.’ That’s an unreasonable position, especially when so many of his former allies on ObamaCare are now saying themselves, ‘Let’s walk away from it.’ Not conservative Republicans alone. We’re talking about prominent labor unions, like the Teamsters, who have come out and said, ‘Mr. President, ObamaCare is breaking its promises.’ And he highlighted all the things that I pointed out earlier: people being moved to part-time, people losing their hours, people losing their jobs, their premiums going up. And the labor unions, the labor unions, traditional supporters of the Democrats and the President, are calling for ObamaCare to be suspended or repealed. In fact here’s the most ironic one. The union that represents the workers at the IRS, they’re asking to be freed from ObamaCare. They’re asking that ObamaCare not apply to them. And the irony, these are the same workers who are in charge of enforcing ObamaCare. So what they’re basically is saying they want the power, the IRS does, to enforce ObamaCare, but they don’t want to have ObamaCare for themselves. That’s not fair, and that’s what I’m fighting against, and I hope you understand that that’s really what I’m focused on. I am focused on the middle class. It’s the middle class, that’s the reason why I’m fighting to defund ObamaCare and stop this from moving further, and I hope I can convince as many of you to join us in that effort.”