Marco Rubio Accepts Obamacare Subsidy After Bashing the Program
Matt | On 17, Dec 2013
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is such a hypocrite. There isn’t any other real way to describe him at this moment.
I’m referring specifically to his stance on Obamacare. Rubio hates the program. He has talked it down at every possible turn. As his name continues to gain traction in conservative circles, his opposition toward Obamacare has also grown. It is really a lightning rod issue for Republicans seeking fame and support from their base.
Knowing all this, it surprised me to find out that not only did Rubio sign up for Obamacare, but he accepted a $10,000 subsidy from the federal government for it. Let me be clear. Members of Congress who want healthcare from their employer have to sign up for Obamacare. That part makes sense and I am not knocking him for that. But, now Rubio has taken it a step further and taken additional money that his party has spoken out against. Members of Congress have the option not to accept the annual subsidy that helps lower the cost of insurance for individuals and families.
Rubio was asked why he took the subsidy and he commented:
“It’s an [employer] contribution … It’s available to every employee of the federal government.” [SOURCE]
Is that all? The hypocrisy is just stunning. It is ok for people like Rubio to openly reject the idea of more Americans having affordable health care. But, when it comes to his family, he gives them the government plan with additional help from the feds. Let’s not forget that you can turn on the television every day and see members of his party and their supportive media outlets bashing Obamacare. He is the last person I would expect to see getting help from the federal government to pay for insurance.
Critics say that Rubio could pay for his decision to take the subsidy as we get closer to the 2016 election. His foes on the political right (and Democrats) will more than likely bring this up. I would love to hear him really pressed about the issue.