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

Rubio: Obamacare different than Romneycare

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/16/art.romneyrubio5.gi.jpg caption ="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. From an R.N. in California....

    Mr. Rubio doesn't seem to understand the matter. In his eagerness to become elected and protect Coporate interests; he has become ignorant.
    The Baby Boomer generation enrolling in Medicare and collecting Social Security presently has now began to reach retirement age. As a result, there has been a huge surge of enrollment draining previous funding based on calculations from the 1960's when the Baby Boomer generation hadn't even began to retire. These calculations are no longer sustainable for reliance on Medical services from the State. The States have become overburdened by the mismanagement of these calcuations that are no longer solvent. So...Mr. Rubio...stop lying through your "teeth" and go over the numbers...

    April 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Ruty

    Mitt Romney is a rich spoiled republican brat who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth who does not need to be president . How can he possibly know about a working man or a honest days work.

    April 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Why the GOP is endorsing Rubio, is beyond me. He obviously is a poor choice.

    April 19, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. svscnn

    Funny, funny stuff. This Rubio's a hoot! Can't wait to see Crist jump ship while the rest of his GOP cohorts jump the shark. The idiocy is truly mind-boggling.

    April 19, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Finally, some sense in this debate. Reguation of what the constitutional cases call "police powers" were traditionally left to the states. True conservatives have no problem with a state that decides it will socialize medicine. If folks don't want it, they can vote with their feet. But federalization of traditional state spheres of regulation means that the folks in Camden NJ can pick the pockets of the folks in Des Moines, IA, and the Iowans have no ability to vote with their feet or avoid involuntary endorsement and support of a program they don't agree with.

    April 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Molly Weasley

    Rubio is such a tool. He really should find out more about both health reform in Massachusetts and health reform at the national level before he opens his mouth.

    When independent and partisan groups all say both plans are the same, that's probably a good indication that they are the same. Just because Rubio says something doesn't make it so. And just about every legal scholar in the country says these state lawsuits challenging the insurance mandate have no basis.

    And people in Florida are going to vote for this ill-informed clown?

    April 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Laughing in Florida

    So, in other words, Marco ... you're a complete idiot. It IS essentially the same plan; the only difference is that one version came from a GOP Governor of a state filled with people smart enough to embrace health care reform for their state, but selfish enough to vote Scott Brown in to try and stop the rest of the country from getting it.

    April 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. John F. Leech

    The Massachusetts Plan does REQUIRE that EVERYONE HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE – This is the alledged reason for the pending, mainly GOP-backed, lawsuits against the newly passed Healthcare Insurance Reform.

    April 19, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. KJ

    The double talk begins!

    April 19, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Frank

    Let's see how he feels when a state like California legalizes cannibis. I wonder how he would feel when states start overturning prohibition in general.

    April 19, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. lolo

    Just syaing anything to get elected. This man does not even know what is going on himself. The republicans and tea partiers think that they can just nominate any old who and they will be voted for.

    April 19, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Republicans say: no they are not the same; they're different because I say so.....


    April 19, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. apib

    repeat the lie, repeat the lie, repeat the lie, repeat the lie....they are very similar plans...to deny it is a lie....

    April 19, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Jameserizer

    So Rubio does not like Obamacare, even though it is essentially identical to Romneycare, because Obamacare is a federal rather than a state program? He complains that the "states were designed to be laboratories...the places (which come) up with the innovation and competition".

    Well, DUH, Mr. Rubio. The states did exactly that, in this case, and now the federal gov't is taking the best plan developed by the states and implementing it! Good job, Founding Fathers, your vision works! So why is Rubio complaining, unless it is for partisan advantage.

    April 19, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Nick , California

    Screw you Republicans... all semantics!!! Ohh well "Obama Care" is so different because ... blah blah blah...!!! Don't be pist because Obama schooled you all and made you look like the bully 6th graders that you are!! There is certainly a major difference between PRESIDENT OBAMA and the GOP. The president actually cares about the middle class... remember.. he didn't have a silver spoon in his ass like a lot of these clowns! Republicans = Wolves in wolves clothing!!

    April 19, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. HK Polston

    Rubio and the rest of the right wing teabaggers are just disgusting hypocrites. At least be honest – if a Republican did it, you like it. If Obama did, you hate it. Pathetic.

    April 19, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. PacificView

    This man will say anything to get elected.

    April 19, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. JoJo

    Idontcare if Obamacare is different than Romneycare. I never care for Obamacare to begin with but Obamacare and healthcare is the same, they both care when they get paid.

    April 19, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Emma

    Sorry Rubio...sucking up to Romney isn't going to win you any votes. MA is going broke because of Romneycare, so your reasoning for why that plan is ok & Obamacare isn't, doesn't hold up. You can't be vehemently against Obamacare, but support Romneycare...doesn't pass the logic smell test. Romney is not considered a true conservative by many, so if I were Rubio, I'd be careful about trying to link myself to Romney.

    April 19, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Michael from Ventura

    This guy is truly amazing! THIS is the result of the Florida gop "Purity" test? God help Floridians!

    April 19, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Publius13

    "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." Really? Can you give me a cite for that Mr. Rubio? I studied the Constitution in depth in college and read the Federalist Papers cover to cover. I don't remember anything like that in either document. The framers were not theoreticians, Mr. Rubio. They set up a practical, working frame of government for a new country, against a background of a weak, barely functional, state-centric form of government under the Articles of Confederation. Their purpose was to move toward a stronger central government, not a weaker one. Nor were they a think tank.

    April 19, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. The Other Michael in Houston

    And that is why most Americans are laughing at the GOP right now. Your number one objection to Healthcare reform Rubio is that we cannot afford it even is it is the greatest idea in the world???????? But we can afford to fight 2 wars that we will never win, right Rubio. How stupid do you sound. And if you read the darn bill, and knock it off with you stupid talking points, it will bring down the deficit, you moron. And the Health Care reform LAW is a almost match of what Mitt did as Gov. Gosh I cannot wait until November when we finally get rid of the Republican Jihadist Establishment once and for all.

    April 19, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. Robert

    I love hearing Republicans talk about what the "framers of our great republic intended." How do they know anything other than what is written? What is written can be interpreted in different ways. Also, some of what they wrote was either flatout wrong or incomplete. We have to do go back and correct their mistakes or change their ideas to better fit a modern society. So, Marco Rubio, how do you know exactly what they intended?

    States as laboratories for ideas... pshaw. Sometimes states choose to do the wrong thing you know... Sometimes only the federal govt has the answer to a problem. That's just reality.

    April 19, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Charleen

    It Imay be true that it was a bad time,due to the country debt,but President Obama knew if he didn't do it now,it would never get done.It would be another 3decades.The time is now.It is hard to fight against
    brew ha,so you,the republicans may win.It's unforunate that people
    can't see who is on their side.Republicans only help the rich.Trying not to past bank reform is a good example of why we are in this messed up economy.I don't care what they say,the president does not have any responsibilty for the mess.It is a shame that the republicans are playing on people's intelligence.It's an insult.

    April 19, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. NewsWoman

    What he meant to say was that he likes ideas when they come from a Republican.

    April 19, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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