April 19th, 2010
02:35 PM ET
4 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. FL for Change

    Rubio is a tool. The people of Massachusetts have spoken and they scream that Romney DESTROYED their state. He will not have a chance to inflict his plans, or his "religion" on America.

    April 19, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Grace

    Rubio has a point. Why not let the states decide for themselves how they want to pursue health care coverage. If one state fails, then that state would not affect the rest of the country. If Obamacare fails, it will affect all of us. Emulate the best model. I am sure one of the states can figure out how to do this effectively without so much risk

    April 19, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. diridi

    mitt romeny is a total idiot...that's it...no more argument..

    April 19, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Center Left

    WOW! another case of Republicans hypocrisy. The Tea Party needs their third party candidate.

    April 19, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. jeremiah

    i guess these guys didnt get the memo that it doesnt raise taxes on the middle class.. oh wait.. they're concerned about the people making over 200K..

    April 19, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Chandler

    How could anyone vote for Rubio when he is that uninformed? The Health Care bills allows STATES to drop out of the Federal plan if they create a State plan! It does EXACTLY what he pretends it doesn't do! What a fool!

    April 19, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Obama Victim

    nothing from the Obama regime can be trusted

    April 19, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Two idiots who will take the country back to the Bush debacle!

    April 19, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. rkuipers

    Now you're talking.

    April 19, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Geralyn

    Typical Republican. Twist things until it suits their purposes. You can't believe any of them Ridiculous.

    April 19, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. honest abe

    you mean to tell me that the republicans have a plan of their own for health care other than "DO NOTHING" – the insurance companies will fix things themselves and we will benefit from their generosity and greatness! How anyone takes these idiots seriously I don't know.

    April 19, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. MikeH

    Rubio is a corrupt right-wing extremist wackadoodle.

    Woe be unto the state of Florida should he get elected.

    April 19, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. AndyBlue

    "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."

    Rediculous Republican doubletalk from the party of wishful failure for America. Its ok for one state" is his argument?

    What a rediculous annoying little extremist. Look at his face.

    April 19, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Jan

    I guess what he is saying that if a white man did it it is Ok.

    Thats Progressive. How dare a black man do what a white man does. Thats Socialism.

    Who ran up the deficit. I guess we only learned to do math because the skin colour of the leader changed.

    Stop the hate. We all have the same human body. Only a different pigment. I guess Rubio wouldn't notice.

    April 19, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Sean

    "the mandate in Romney's plan is more palatable because..." it was introduced by a Republican. Your objections are as empty as your platform.

    April 19, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Dan, TX

    Blah Blah Blah. When the republicans make a serious effort to repeal medicare and social security, give me a call. Otherwise they are just pandering to their 'base' of people who want to disagree to be disagreeable.

    April 19, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Beth

    Obamacare is a very good thing because Obama does care!!!

    April 19, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I smell some good old fashioned republican hypocracy.

    April 19, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Rubio is an idiot. It's the same thing.

    April 19, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. SH

    You lie!!!

    April 19, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Most Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    Wow. Another stupid politician. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. If a state does it, it's ok, but if the Federal Government does the exact same thing, it isn't ok? GAO says that the plan will reduce the deficit, but this guy knows better? We couldn't afford the war in Iraq, and we made up every lie in the world to justify it. I guess that's ok. The Republican Party slogan should be "Billions for foreignors, nothing for American citizens (unless they are rich and can contribute to our campaigns)".

    April 19, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Susan

    State mandate or federal mandate ... there is no difference Mr. Rubio. Although I don't live in FL and am not a republican, I am pulling for the Governor over Rubio. At least, with the governor, "what you see is what you get" ... Rubio and his fellow tea baggers are frightening!

    April 19, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. 8 Years of “trickle down economics” has only left a wet spot on working America's shoes!

    Oh please, you roasted rube! The FL sun has caused brain damage. of course, someone who takes out interest free loans from the RNC for 2 years and then lies about it, is not familiar with the truth!

    Cato institute a LIBERTARIAN group, that you cons are supposed to swear by, said they were IDENTICAL, get it, that means the same.

    Maybe someone should explain it to you in Spanish.

    Besides not all of us are the racists sheep that you cons and tea baggers seem to be. We can do our own deductive reasoning and do not need Fake the News to spoon feed our daily "pablum" as easy to remember sound bites.

    April 19, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Laverne

    yeah, yeah spin it anyway you want to, they plans are very similar and it would be hilarious if Mitt ends up being the republicans nominee and try to run against President Obama's healthcare reform, talk about calling the kettle black. The republicans are putting this Rubio guy on a high pedestal, but I smell a rat, this guy is going to come crashing down like a house of cards! There are just too many red flags already and the republicans are choosing to ignore them. I love politics!

    April 19, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. tffl

    Rubio is just showing that he is as 2 faced as the other politicians he dismisses as unprincipled...

    April 19, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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