Marco Rubio’s Florida ‘Market Based’ Anti-Obamacare Program Results In Humiliating Defeat

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Marco Rubio’s market-based health care program was supposed to prove that the Republican ideas for health care reform can work. Instead, only 80 people have signed up compared to the 1.6 million Floridians enrolled in the ACA exchange.

Rubio’s plan, which predates the ACA, was designed to put the conservative ideas about healthcare reform into practice. The result has been a multi-million dollar program that nobody wants.

Politico reported:

By the Feb. 15 Obamacare enrollment deadline, Florida Health Choices had signed up 56 individuals, and as of the middle of this week it had gained 24 more, CEO Rose Naff said in an interview. The state has set aside $2.4 million for the exchange since 2008 — an initial $1.5 million infusion that year and $900,000 in 2013.

Rubio spokeswoman Brooke Sammon said the senator continues to support a “true free-market exchange,” and she blamed Obamacare’s subsidies for luring buyers away from Florida Health Choices.
“What’s in Obamacare is neither free-market or truly an exchange,” she said. “It is unfortunate that this disastrous health care law is impacting the Florida Health Choices program, which is exactly the kind of consumer-based health care solution Americans are looking for.”

In case you missed, Rubio’s spokesperson used a version of the Republican line that people just want free stuff as an excuse for why the Republican plan has bombed. How the Rubio camp can suggest that people really do want their version of healthcare reform when they are outnumbered 1.6 million to 80 is an example of extreme ideological delusion.

The failed Rubio program demonstrates that people aren’t fooled by the substandard options that Republicans have mislabeled healthcare reform for decades. The marketplace has spoken, and the Affordable Care Act offers Floridians a better product at a lower cost.

Sen. Rubio has omitted Florida Health Choices from his campaign because the program’s failure confirms that Democrats are right. When given the choice between the health care reform of the ACA, and a GOP sham like Florida Health Choices, consumers will reject the Republican plan.

26 Replies to “Marco Rubio’s Florida ‘Market Based’ Anti-Obamacare Program Results In Humiliating Defeat”

  1. funny – I live in southwest florida and during enrollment their were places that had banners that said “Obamacare Enrollment here” but I have not seen anything about “RubioCare” (FHC).

  2. I wish some of you people would use your computers..iPads..whatever, to read the truth about thing you start ranting about without any knowledge. If they tell you 4+4=9 it doesn’t make it true. Quit listening and LEARN

  3. I’m curious, too. Just what is it that we are suppose to learn from Maureen. I wish she would provide a link. I love to learn.

  4. Important to revisit the question of whether healthcare decisions are truly free market decisions. Almost all of the time, they are not. Insurance companies, and the healthcare industry pretty much call the shots on the treatment you will receive for any malady. Americans are all entitled to healthcare, as well spoken in our Constitution…and other founding documents.

  5. I’m waiting for your link, Maureen. I use my computer and Amazon Fire tablet every day – plus three newspapers and magazines, both print and digital. I’m a learning freak. What is it that I’m missing?

  6. Why does Rubio have the “deer in the headlights” look on this picture?

    Does this guy even know where he is?

  7. Rubio was just shooting craps with his non-reality based healthcare “reform”. That’s because it’s not the real GOP healthcare plan. Their real plan is to repeal the ACA and put everything back exactly the way it was because that’s what the insurance industry moguls want. They could have come up with a new plan in the last 6 years, but they haven’t even bothered because they don’t want a new plan. Rubio’s “pre-ACA” plan is just a token, something they can wave over their head when someone asks why they haven’t offered an alternative to the ACA. It’s all Republican smoke and mirrors, tap dance and fart stage show for the benefit of the morons who vote for them.

  8. I agree E. That is exactly what they want to do. You know, they are even to lazy to try to come up with a better solution, or even use their minds to improve on ACA. They just want to “out do” President Obama, and that will never happen.

    BTW..I especially like your “tap dance and fart stage show” description..haha..gave me a laugh for the day!

  9. Learn to deny facts, bebe, the way many on the right do! They believe the things they want to believe and deny the things they don’t want to believe. Fox News, rw pundits, blog owners, politicians, and radio entertainers have done a great job in brainwashing them. They could receive a half-million dollar check from the president’s own bank account, spend it, and then deny he had anything at all to do with it. They’re just this deeply invested in the RW version of the world. Maureen haz a sad because Rubio’s healthcare plan is trash, but she can’t admit it. Doing so might make her rethink her support for him, and she can’t have that because someone on the right has told her he’s a mighty fine feller!

  10. Tax cuts for the “job creators” a.k.a. trickle down economics, has been a failure. We were lied in the Iraq war. Google “presidential daily briefing August 6, 2001. These are just three of the many lies we’ve been told by the republicans, who’ve been enabled by their lap dogs in the media.

    Why don’t YOU wake up and LEARN?!

  11. I know, right!? I’m basically a shut-in because of my health so I LIVE on the net and in my reading materials. It is my interaction with the world and the tool I use to keep my mind active.

    Researching is everything to me, so please give us a link to this ‘truth’ we seemed to have missed.

  12. Who are these Americans who want ‘market-based’ healthcare? The 1%.
    ACA is a return on our tax dollar investment.
    One of the few remaining since the GOP pillaged our common wealth.

    Everything else our parents and grandparents bought for us with their tax dollars has been sold off or destroyed through neglect.

  13. True Free Market?

    As opposed to what exactly? Faux Free Market that Republicans have been selling since?

    True Free Market Care = They accept the payments in and don’t pay anything out.

  14. Maybe as a reward for his efforts President H.R.Clinton
    will offer the Rube a job as ambassador to Cuba.

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