Did Marco Rubio Really Flip on ObamaCare?

People are accusing Marco Rubio of a flip and/or flop, after an interview with Jim Geraghty concerning ObamaCare. Setting aside the fact that you need to suspend reality if you believe Republicans are actually going to repeal the law, I don’t see it.

The rub is that I think because we live in such a gotcha climate, people only accept five words answers out of you, and if any of those five words aren’t the words they want to hear…quickly Robin, to the blog cave! I must bash thee! Both sides are guilty of it, and this instance is a perfect example because Rubio has the Left and the Right accusing him as flipping on ObamaCare.

Maybe I’m just a squishy RINO moderate from the Northeast, but I don’t see it…

Obamacare should be repealed. It’s going to bankrupt America. It adds two and a half trillion dollars to our debt in the long term. . . . I think it’s going to incentivize employers to pay the fine and get people off of employer-sponsored health care onto these exchanges that are going to be subsidized by taxpayers. I think it’s going to increase the number of people on Medicaid, which is only going to add to the fiscal strain on states and on the federal government. There are better solutions for health care than what’s been passed. So I think there are a couple of things that stand on their own that people like, like the pre-existing condition clause, I think there’s widespread support for. The idea that people up to the age of 26 should be allowed to stay on their parents’ insurance plan, has widespread support. But beyond that, I think the bill should be scrapped and replaced with much better ideas like allowing individuals to have the same tax benefit as their employer does, so that they can go out and buy insurance from the individual market…

It should be scrapped in favor of changes to the tax code to allow individuals to have the same tax benefit their employer has when they buy their insurance, that allow small businesses to join up with other small businesses and create buying pools that can buy insurance across state markets. These are the kinds of innovations that I think would go a long way towards insuring more people and cost a lot less money. So I think we need get rid of these other provisions of Obamacare completely and replace them with these simpler, cheaper, better ideas.

Outside of two customer protection provisions, the rest of it has to go in favor for all the things we conservatives think should be a part of r eal health care reform. Sounds rational to me, no?


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