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Rubio: Democrats Ignoring ObamaCare’s Damage To Real People

Sep 20, 2013 | Press Releases

Excerpts from Interview on “The Sean Hannity Show”
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
September 20, 2013

Senator Marco Rubio: “As far as the Democrats are concerned, I think they honestly believe, some of them, that once this kicks in people will be happy with it because it will improve their lives in so many ways. Their attitude about it is, well you know, the attitude of a parent towards a child. You know, ‘Take your medicine. We know it tastes bad, but you’ll thank us later for it.’ That’s the attitude they’ve adopted about it. The truth is, that’s not the way it’s going to work out and it’s already hurting real people.”

Sean Hannity: “In Florida in your state, I think cost of health care premiums are going up 40 percent.”

Rubio: “Yeah, and it’s not just rates going up. It’s people that have coverage that they’re happy with. You know, over 77 percent of Americans have health insurance. Many of them, most of them are happy with what they have and many of them are going to lose that coverage. They’re going to get thrown to a new insurance plan. Perhaps lose the doctor they’ve been seeing all these years. Let me tell you another group that’s going to be really hurting. Not enough has been talked about this – these people on Medicare Advantage. My mom’s on Medicare Advantage. It’s one of the only choice options available to seniors. They’re going to lose benefits because ObamaCare took money out of Medicare Advantage, not to strengthen the Medicare program but to fund ObamaCare. So pretty soon, seniors are going to get a letter in the mail saying, you no longer have coverage for these additional services that you once used to get on your Medicare Advantage plan. I mean it’s bad all the way around.  It hurts every segment of our economy and every segment of our society.”

Rubio: “Big government sells itself as the defender of the middle class, the helper of the poor. The problem with big government is that if you’re a big corporation or you’re a big labor union or you’re a wealthy billionaire, you can afford to hire the best lawyers in America to navigate all this stuff. If you really want to, you can hire the best lobbyist in Washington to change it for you. What about the guy who’s trying to start a business out of the spare bedroom of his home? What about the single mom trying to raise two kids, barely making it by? They can’t hire a lobbyist or a lawyer to navigate all this. Their voice will never be heard. Big government ignores them. It ends up actually hurting the very people it claims to help. ObamaCare is an example of that, and I think this is an example of what’s wrong with big government in general.”