Rubio opposes government funding bill unless Obamacare de-funded
March 8th, 2013
09:59 AM ET
1 year ago

Rubio opposes government funding bill unless Obamacare de-funded

(CNN) – Legislation funding the federal government for the next several months wouldn't gain support from Sen. Marco Rubio unless the bill de-funds President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law, the Florida Republican said on Thursday.

Rubio, long an opponent of Obamacare, said he could support a so-called continuing resolution bill if it includes an amendment stripping funding from the Affordable Care Act. Such an amendment has been offered by Sen. Ted Cruz, who like Rubio was elected with support from the tea party.

Rubio made the statement on the Hugh Hewitt radio show: "Senator Cruz from Texas is offering this amendment to defund Obamacare. If that gets onto the bill, in essence if they get a continuing resolution and we vote on that and we can pass it onto a bill, I will vote for a continuing resolution, even if it's temporary, because it does something permanent and that is de-fund this health care bill, this Obamacare bill that is going to be an absolute disaster for the American economy."

In Rubio's home state, a key provision of Obamacare was recently endorsed by the state's Republican governor. Rick Scott said he would accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage in the Sunshine State, which is an optional facet of Obamacare. Other Republican governors have said they would not accept the federal funding to expand the program for low-income Americans.

In introducing his amendment delaying funding for Obamacare in the continuing resolution, Cruz wrote the health care law was "already hurting small businesses, reducing the hours Americans are allowed to work, forcing employers to drop coverage, and leading to substantial increases in healthcare premiums-especially for young people."

While Republicans have railed against Obamacare since its implementation in 2010, most admit the prospects of repeal dimmed significantly with the president's re-election last year. Cruz's amendment de-funding the measure is one way Republicans are keeping opposition to the law in the spotlight.

The amendment, however, doesn't face a bright future in the Senate, where Democrats hold a 53-45 majority. Two independent senators caucus with Democrats.

On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled House passed a measure keeping the federal government funded through September. The legislation also softened the impact of the across-the-board spending cuts that were triggered at the beginning of March. The Senate is expected to adopt its own version of the government funding bill the further alleviates the impact of the spending cuts.

The continuing resolution is needed to extend authorization for government spending beyond the current March 27 deadline.

A partial government shutdown would occur if Congress fails to extend funding authorization by the deadline in three weeks' time, but leaders of both parties say they don't want another political showdown over the legislation.


Filed under: Health care • Marco Rubio • Ted Cruz
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Wilson

    He is doing the job he was voted in to do.

    March 8, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. sonny chapman

    Rubio, Paul, Cruz. These guys are all short tempered, knee-jerk reactionaries. America, PLEASE don't follow them. The last time America had on of these kind of guys in power, we ended up being attacked on our own soil, then invaded & occupied the wrong country after invading & occupying the right country but frittering away that action. I'll take No Drama Obama.

    March 8, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Ray E. (Georgia)

    All Social Programs voted into exestance and run by the Federal Government are Unconstutitional in spite of trhe recent Supreme Court Ruling. And I can give you about 17 Trillion Reasons for defunding them in the federal government. If the states want to pick them up then OK. Do you want the entire federal budget paying the interest on the debt? Then there will be nothing for any social programs. As long as the inmates run the asylum the repeat of 1930's won't be far behind.

    March 8, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. freedom

    The full effects of Obamacare have not kicked in yet, but when they do, it will be felt by everyone- and in a very negative way. This monster of an overhaul has more to do with taxes and penalties being paid by us to the government, than anything about our healthcare. In fact, Justice Roberts did not take into account that when he passed this as a "tax" that the House is the only body that can appropriate this, but Obamacare was passed in the Senate. There is a lawsuit right now before the courts regarding this. In addition, our personal health records should never be in a government database. The doctor/patient relationship will be transformed forever. I totally support Rubio in his efforts!

    March 8, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Pete

    Rubios idiots in Florida also went against governor Rick Scotts approving the ACA bill and want to expand Medicaid at the chance of bankrupting Florida.Can you say "DONNA " and give us some facts from legitimate sites that the bill will raise expeditures over triple or you like most of your ignorent,illiterate republicans just blowing smoke!!As it has in the past mostly the latter because with your arrogence thinking you know your ignorence almost always overrides it doesn't it Donna!!And remember Medicaid is a block type grant given to states every year and if your states expeditures exceed your years grant monies your state has to eat it or put some state citizens under the bus to keep expeditures down..Read up republican posters because with reading comes great rewards mostly not having your head handed to you by more intelligent posters as myself or others!!

    March 8, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Mack

    How do you say Univesal Healthcare in spanish?

    March 8, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. Logic N LA

    Hey Rubio- you have benefited from government funding for your education but want cuts in programs. i would imagine that at somepoint your fmaily needed assistance whenthey first got here form Cuba but wants changes and cuts in programs for the needy. and if it weren't for your benefits from the Senate, you would not havewhat you have now. So stoop trying to cut programs that many of us still need and do your job and fund the country- put tax levels back to where they were before the Bush years!

    March 8, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Mack

    I think little Marco needs to follow Senator Warren around for some on the job traininig.

    March 8, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Warren

    He's a moron... He is saying what the Tea Party wants to hear. Did he hear that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is LAW...

    March 8, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -In introducing his amendment delaying funding for Obamacare in the continuing resolution, Cruz wrote the health care law was "already hurting small businesses, reducing the hours Americans are allowed to work, forcing employers to drop coverage, and leading to substantial increases in healthcare premiums-especially for young people."

    I guess they did not get the news on employment, especially the fact that people are working more hours on average, even with adding 236,000 people to the employment numbers.

    March 8, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Moose

    Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system
    this what he is trying to avoid, letting this crap continue

    March 8, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Jill-IN

    Defund the Affordable Care Act? Is he kidding? Any credibility I thought he had – he has lost!

    March 8, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "As long as the inmates run the asylum the repeat of 1930's won't be far behind."

    Funny you mention that after we watched 8 years of GOP control lead us into what almost became another Great Depression. I know I know...reality's not your strong suit...

    March 8, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. MTATL67

    Do any of these Republican Congressmen who are against the ACA have a plan or idea to fix the health-care system.....WOW no they don't. The party of NO rocks on.

    March 8, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Tony

    Republicans should forget about Rubio unless he can help them with the Latino vote. Since nearly two-thirds (2/3) of the U.S. Latino population are of Mexican descent, and they intensely dislike Rubio, Republicans should forget about Rubio period.

    March 8, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. jdun

    The American people spoke up last November about Obamacare- we like it! Get out of the way or get run over senator. If anything replaces Obamacare it will be a single payer system, not health care for profit only. You republicans are at least consistent, you are opposed to any law or program that helps the poor and middle class.

    March 8, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota
    Too funny! You could also say too that she learned them good
    -------------------------------------------------
    LOL!
    Rubio is trying to aster the art of the doblespeak. Unfortunately he is so inept at it that most of what comes out of his mouth unless it is carefully scripted and on a TELEPROMPTER, comes out as %^&$#@*&@^......Now, if you could decipher THAT, Lynda, then you can decipher what he's trying to say!

    March 8, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Correction to my post:
    "Rubio is trying to master the art of the doublespeak"
    Pardon.

    March 8, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hey Rubio- you have benefited from government funding for your education
    -------------------------------------------------
    No he hasn't.
    Rubio speaks as if SOMEBODY ELSE went to school for him. He's still as dumb as the day he was born.

    March 8, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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