April 19th, 2010
02:35 PM ET
5 years ago

Rubio: Obamacare different than Romneycare

Mitt Romney endorsed Marco Rubio's Senate bid in Florida on Monday.
Mitt Romney endorsed Marco Rubio's Senate bid in Florida on Monday.

Washington (CNN) - With Mitt Romney in Florida Monday to endorse his Senate bid, Marco Rubio spoke charitably about the health care plan that Romney passed as governor of Massachusetts – a plan many conservatives have called a blueprint for the health care bill recently signed into law by President Obama.

In an interview with The National Review after their joint rally in Tampa, Rubio called Romney's health care plan "a work in progress."

The libertarian Cato Institute last week described the Obama and Romney plans as "identical." Both plans, for instance, mandate that individuals purchase health insurance. Rubio has called the Obama mandate unconstitutional and supports a joint federal lawsuit to overturn the new law.

Rubio suggested in the interview that the mandate in Romney's plan is more palatable because it is a state-driven solution, instead of a federal plan forced on the states.

"All I would say to you is that states were designed to be laboratories for creative thoughts and ideas," Rubio said. "That's what the Framers of our great republic intended. They wanted the states to be the places that came up with innovation and competition."

Rubio, accusing the president of taking a step toward single-payer system, said there are "major distinctions between what's happening in Washington and what I hope states will do."

He also echoed familiar Romney arguments on how the Massachusetts plan differs from the Obama plan.

"There are major distinctions between that and what Obama is trying to do in Washington," Rubio said. "For one, it didn't raise any taxes. Number two, it is not adding to our deficit. That is my biggest objection to Obamacare, although there are many others. My number-one objection to Obamacare is that we can't afford it, even if it was the greatest idea in the world."


Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Florida • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Michelle

    So Mr. Rubio, they experimented in MASS and now we want to add the entire country. What is your point? Why is one OK and the otehr not? I know, Obama supports the national plan! And he's not just a Democrat, he's black!

    April 19, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Ed

    Wow, Rubio you sold-out for that Romney endorsement.

    April 19, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Ken, AZ

    What did Mr. Rubio do at the state level to address health care issues in Florida? Just look around at Republican controlled states and show me one where "creative thoughts and ideas" exists.

    April 19, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. HypocriCNN

    Mark Rubio (The Great Big Boobio) Is A Moron To Make Such And Unfounded Suggestion. I Dare (Catchers) Mitt Romney To Ever Debate President Obama On Such A Claim That Romneycare Is Somehow Better Than Obamacare!

    April 19, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Ellid

    This attempt to claim that the Massachusetts health care plan is not all but identical to the federal health care bill is risible. Even more hilarious is the fact that this supposedly evil intrusion of the government into private business and industry is very, very, very close to the Republican plan *from 1993 that was offered as an alternative to the Clintons' health care plan*.

    The Republican party needs to forget about this and join with the Democrats to work on fixing the mess left by eight years of corruption and mismanagement. Anything else is a disservice to the country.

    April 19, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Jeremy in Albuquerque

    Another hypocritical, right-wing, corporate shill.... who cares?

    April 19, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Mathew

    Hummm....Republicans like these two repeat over and over that the new healthcare bill 'raises taxes' and "add to the deficit" as if that's a fact. Other non-partisan estimates claim that the healthcare bill will SAVE billions and lower the deficit. The truth is, neither one has happened yet–taxes have not gone up to cover the costs of this new bill, and money has not been saved due to changes in the health care system.

    What HAS happened so far under Obama is that taxes are lower (due to efforts to revive the economy via tax breaks and similar.) Eventually we have to address the deficit, but realistically it is not going to happen when a large percentage of the US workforce is unemployed, and another large percentage is under-employeed.

    April 19, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. GOP = "I hope he fails"

    Yes see....Romney care was enacted by somebody on the RED team. Therefore we like it. Obamacare, on the other hand, was enacted by the BLUE team. Therefore it is a Marxist, Socialist, Nazi plot to destroy America and must be defeated even by use of violence if necessary.

    COUNTRY FIRST YOU KNOW

    April 19, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. kevin

    Well, that is how you distort and lie, and cheat the people that vote for you. Rubio you and I both know that the President Healthcare plan is the basically the same as Romneycare is and you and your reThuglican't are now running away from it as fast as you can. I must say reThuglican't are a bunch or silly people who can't admit the truth.

    Now, I finally know the thirteenth commandment the Regan gave your ilk ( Thou Shall Not Admit When We Are Wrong).

    reThuglican't why, why do you not want to help the citizen of this country, you people always talk about how great we are yet we are no where being great until we are great to all our citizen, and not just the ones with money. reThuglican't should remember the French rev. war, heads will roll.

    April 19, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. carlos

    The libertarian Cato Institute last week described the Obama and Romney plans as "identical." Both plans, for instance, mandate that individuals purchase health insurance. Rubio has called the Obama mandate unconstitutional and supports a joint federal lawsuit to overturn the new law.

    Still relying on the Luntz talking points, CONServatives are so ignorant that they have to take their negative and missinformed rhetoric from this idiot, but anyway, gopluntzers go for it, you will soon go the way the volcano in Iceland.

    Still using credit and debit cards which were not issued for the purpose you did??????? CORRUPT marquito,you will find out at the election time, out you go to obscurity you came from

    April 19, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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