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On Tuesday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a man whose own family has benefited from Obamacare
, said he'll fall in line with Senate Leader Mitch McConnell's disastrous plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement.
Essentially, McConnell's "repeal and delay" idea is to just vote to kill Obamacare
, "let it die," and then yada-yada-yada they'll figure something out within the next two years.
Sounds reasonable, except when you consider the fact that the GOP currently controls just about every facet of government right now, yet they haven't agreed on anything regarding health care. If they couldn't muster up a plan in seven years, how are they possibly going to do it in two?
Not only is it incredibly unlikely that they'll somehow pull this off in a couple of years, but according to an independent analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office
, killing the ACA without a viable plan would destabilize the marketplace
, throw premiums into chaos and most importantly, if it's not replaced, nearly 32 million people will be without healthcare.
The Los Angeles Times
reports that McConnell's "repeal and delay" option would
cause insurance premiums to jump by 20 to 25 percent in the next year for Americans who rely on insurance marketplaces, and even double by 2026.
This would be especially bad for the Sunshine State.
Florida leads the country in Obamacare enrollees
. Nearly 1.4 million
are signed up for health care through the federal exchange and nearly nine out of 10 receive some sort of federal subsidy.
All this, and remarkably, Rubio is one of the few Republicans left
on the Hill that still thinks tanking the ACA without a plan is a good idea. "I have voted for (repeal) in the past; I will do so again," said Rubio on his daily Facebook live chat
. "I believe Obamacare is broken, I think it's bad for our country. ... The idea that somehow Obamacare is working well for people is just absolutely wrong."
Just a reminder: Since 2010, Rubio has accepted over $2.5 million in donations from health care interests
On a related note, Florida's other senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, has stated that he advocates fixing the ACA, rather than tossing out the baby with the bathwater.