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Marco Rubio defends $10k subsidy after Obamacare signup
The Miami Herald ^ | December,16,2013 | Marc Caputo

Posted on 12/16/2013 4:36:44 PM PST by mdittmar

Though a staunch Obamacare critic, Sen. Marco Rubio has enrolled his family in one of its health plans and will accept a $10,000 federal subsidy that some fellow Republicans rejected as a “special deal.”

Rubio on Monday defended his decision to receive the annual subsidy and said it wasn’t that special.

“It’s an [employer] contribution,” Rubio said. “It’s available to every employee of the federal government.”

Rubio pointed out that, as a member of Congress, he’s required to enroll in an Affordable Care Act plan if he wants health insurance through his employer, the federal government.

But while Rubio’s position is technically correct — he is receiving a type of insurance contribution from his employer that’s common in government and the private sector — his decision to accept the subsidy poses political risks for the 2016 GOP presidential hopeful.

Rubio’s decision has drawn fire from Democrats, who charge him with hypocrisy, and puts him at odds with some Republicans who are refusing to accept the federal contribution money in a protest of the Affordable Care Act.

Others have shied away from the subsidy to insulate themselves from political attacks that Congress is enjoying a special perk under Obamacare.

So far, about 10 other senators and a handful of U.S. House members have rejected or avoided receiving the annual subsidy.

Rubio said he would vote to do away with the subsidy if it applied to everyone equally. Until then, he’s keeping the money.

(Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com ...


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I love it,Rubio just nailed it.
1 posted on 12/16/2013 4:36:44 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar
Marco dice "Gracias"...


2 posted on 12/16/2013 4:44:25 PM PST by moovova
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To: mdittmar
“It’s available to every employee of the federal government.”

One of the "I took it because it was there" crowd.

3 posted on 12/16/2013 4:49:06 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: mdittmar
“It’s available to every employee of the federal government.”

Might be a good time to resign.
4 posted on 12/16/2013 4:50:18 PM PST by sasquatch
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To: mdittmar

He DOES know he stands zero chance at being nominated and only a small chance of being re-elected, right?


5 posted on 12/16/2013 4:52:23 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: sasquatch
“It’s available to every employee of the federal government.”

Might be a good time to resign.

I think the deduction for mortgage interest is wrong. I took it [so did you]. No hypocrisy there, just rational self-interest.

6 posted on 12/16/2013 4:58:55 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: moovova
" Marco dice 'Gracias' ".

Nope, Marco just dice "adios" to winning a presidential primary in Florida.

Hasta la vista, Marco, baby.

Leni

7 posted on 12/16/2013 4:59:54 PM PST by MinuteGal (Repeal it !.....NOT Revamp it !!!)
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To: MinuteGal

Its obvious what he is.

Now we know what his price is.


8 posted on 12/16/2013 5:15:42 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: Dan(9698)

yep


9 posted on 12/16/2013 5:19:03 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: BfloGuy
I think the deduction for mortgage interest is wrong. I took it [so did you].

No, I did not. I payed for what I own.
10 posted on 12/16/2013 5:21:27 PM PST by sasquatch
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To: MinuteGal

Marco Rubio is BEYOND amazing ....


11 posted on 12/16/2013 5:22:28 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Swine Piss be upon the Sodmite Obama, and his Child-Rapist False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: moovova
Rubio said he would vote to do away with the subsidy if it applied to everyone equally.

Is Rubio saying, that if us peons were to get the subsidy, he would vote against it?

12 posted on 12/16/2013 5:23:35 PM PST by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: sasquatch

Sorry for the confusion. I have never held a mortgage.


13 posted on 12/16/2013 5:24:37 PM PST by sasquatch
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To: mdittmar

A Republican can’t win on this issue in the MSM.

The NYT shredded Cruz because his wife provides a gold plated policy from her employer Goldman Sachs.


14 posted on 12/16/2013 5:25:15 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: BfloGuy

See #10


15 posted on 12/16/2013 5:29:31 PM PST by sasquatch
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To: sasquatch

...and #13


16 posted on 12/16/2013 5:32:01 PM PST by sasquatch
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To: mdittmar

Lost in the bubble.


17 posted on 12/16/2013 5:34:46 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (“Some animals are more equal than others" - George Orwell)
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To: mdittmar
If there was any question what kind of 'republican' Rubio really is, he's removed all doubt.

The John A Boner kind.

18 posted on 12/16/2013 5:43:07 PM PST by skeeter
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To: BfloGuy
Except that deductions for interest are as old as the federal income tax system itself.

ACA is a brand new monster that we have about one more year to kill. It doesn't inspire confidence to have our representatives signing up for it.

19 posted on 12/16/2013 5:48:55 PM PST by skeeter
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To: mdittmar

He just resigned, whether he realizes it or not. He’ll probably find work as a lobbyist though, now that he’s named is price and it’s cheap.


20 posted on 12/16/2013 5:53:06 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: mdittmar

Marco Rubio is not a Conservative. Never has...never will be


21 posted on 12/16/2013 6:27:12 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Einstein was right)
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To: sasquatch
" Might be a good time to resign. "

But first ...AMNESTY!

22 posted on 12/16/2013 9:36:08 PM PST by Baynative (Wake me up early, be good to my dogs and teach my children to pray.)
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To: mdittmar

More Concentration Camp Bait.


23 posted on 12/16/2013 9:49:23 PM PST by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: skeeter
ACA is a brand new monster that we have about one more year to kill. It doesn't inspire confidence to have our representatives signing up for it.

To begin with, don't take my comment as any sign of support for Rubio, he is dead to me after his immigration screw-up. I just think it's unreasonable to expect people to forego legal financial breaks.

I've always thought the mortgage interest deduction to be poor policy. It skews the housing market, props up interest rates beyond what they'd be, and is unfair to people who choose to rent. Nonetheless, I always took it when I was paying a mortgage.

I didn't think I needed to put myself in worse financial shape than others did while we debated the merits of the deduction, itself.

24 posted on 12/17/2013 3:34:16 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: BfloGuy

I understand completely - but you must admit that through his actions here Rubio the ‘conservative’ is displaying much worse than a political tin ear.


25 posted on 12/17/2013 3:40:38 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter
you must admit that through his actions here Rubio the ‘conservative’ is displaying much worse than a political tin ear

Yeah, kid's not ready for prime-time, is he. Too young. Gotta be at least 50 before you can deceive people convincingly.

26 posted on 12/17/2013 4:19:52 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: skeeter
Rubio the ‘conservative’ is displaying much worse than a political tin ear

Yes, we can certainly agree on that; but that ear malfunctioned with the immigration mess, too. Shame such a young man needs a hearing aid. Heh.

27 posted on 12/18/2013 3:38:32 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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