Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ron Paul Join Forces to Defeat Obamacare

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 24, 2013 3:55 AM

Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ron Paul

Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ron Paul | Credit (left to right) Rubio/Rand Paul: Gage Skidmore; Ron Paul: Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., stand on different sides of many issues as they both look toward running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. But this week, the two Republican rivals found agreement in defunding President Barack Obama’s health care law and both of the senators are gathering petitions to defund the law.

The Campaign for Liberty, which is chaired by Paul’s father former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, has been sharply critical of Rubio’s stances on foreign affairs and immigration reform. However the Campaign for Liberty and Rubio stressed similar lines of attack against Obama’s health care law.

In a message sent out to supporters on Thursday, John Tate, the president of the Campaign for Liberty, pointed toward Congress returning to Washington in September. “Another opportunity may not come around until it is too late to reverse the damage Obamacare is doing to our health care and our liberty,” Tate insisted. “Next month, Congress will consider a ‘continuing resolution’ (CR) to keep taxpayer dollars flowing to the federal bureaucracy. Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul are spearheading an effort to attach language defunding Obamacare to the CR. This would force President Obama, Harry Reid, and their statist cronies to choose between funding all their other big-spending schemes or defunding what they see as their signature ‘accomplishment.’”

Tate offered harsh words for some of the GOP leadership in the Republican-controlled House. “Some Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, are heading for the tall grass, claiming it would be ‘irresponsible’ to force Obama to choose between admitting his health care plan is a disaster or funding his other favorite programs,” Tate insisted. “They would rather bask in the approval of the Beltway media than obey their promise to you to fight to repeal Obamacare.”

The Campaign for Liberty is running a petition calling for the defunding of the health care law.

Rubio has also been calling for defunding the health care law and he highlighted his position throughout this week. Responding to a constituent letter on Tuesday, Rubio insisted, when Congress returns to Washington in September, it will be the “last chance” to stop Obama’s health care law.

“Our last chance, perhaps our last best chance, to put a brake on this Obamacare disaster is in September when we take up the short-term budget," Rubio said. “And the only thing I’m saying is we should not shut down the government, we should fund the government. The only thing we shouldn’t fund as part of that budget is Obamacare. That’s all I’m saying. And I think it’s unfortunate that the president is saying, ‘Well, if you don’t fund Obamacare, I’ll shut down the government.’ That’s an unreasonable position, especially when so many of his former allies on Obamacare are now saying themselves, ‘Let’s walk away from it.’ Not conservative Republicans alone. We’re talking about prominent labor unions, like the Teamsters, who have come out and said, ‘Mr. President, Obamacare is breaking its promises.’ And he highlighted all the things that I pointed out earlier: people being moved to part-time, people losing their hours, people losing their jobs, their premiums going up. And the labor unions, the labor unions, traditional supporters of the Democrats and the president, are calling for Obamacare to be suspended or repealed.

“In fact, here’s the most ironic one," Rubio continued. “The union that represents the workers at the IRS, they’re asking to be freed from Obamacare. They’re asking that Obamacare not apply to them. And the irony, these are the same workers who are in charge of enforcing Obamacare. So what they’re basically saying is they want the power, the IRS does, to enforce Obamacare, but they don’t want to have Obamacare for themselves. That’s not fair, and that’s what I’m fighting against, and I hope you understand that that’s really what I’m focused on. I am focused on the middle class. It’s the middle class, that’s the reason why I’m fighting to defund Obamacare and stop this from moving further, and I hope I can convince as many of you to join us in that effort.”

Rubio sent out a message to supporters late Thursday running his own petition calling for the defunding of the health care law.

“Obamacare advocates are in attack mode,” Rubio wrote in the email. “They sense that momentum is building in our push to defund Obamacare so they are funneling millions of dollars into a nationwide ‘grassroots’ campaign against us. They’ve begun by targeting my conservative colleagues and me with rallies and protests in our home states. Their goal is simple: to intimidate us into giving up our efforts to stop Obamacare. But they will not succeed.

“I know, and my conservative colleagues know, that with the support of thousands of other individuals just like you, when it comes time to meet them head on this Septembe, we will not only match their intensity – we will surpass it,” Rubio insisted. “Until then, they will continue to pound us with special interest money and false attacks.”

Reclaim America, a PAC affiliated with Rubio, will be running its own petitions to defund the law.

“This September is our last best chance to stop Obamacare,” Rubio repeated on Thursday.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (14)

John Tenny
2:18AM SEP 20TH 2013
Defund OBAMA
marlene mulder
8:59AM SEP 19TH 2013
yes it has to be done to save us the people from being destroyed with our health care. I known my insurance pays for very little so I am saying away from going to a doctor .
KrisAnne Hall
5:40AM AUG 26TH 2013
Marco, trying to dig himself out of his political hole. Nice try Marco, but we have your number.
KrisAnne Hall
5:39AM AUG 26TH 2013
Marco, trying to dig himself out of his political hole. Nice try Marco, but we have your number.
10:01PM AUG 24TH 2013
How can we have a right to life if we don't have a right to healthcare?

That said, I see the problems with Obamacare but don't see what is wrong with the government helping its people work out a system that will maximize who can afford care and minimize the costs for all. After all, at the rate we're going it's bound to break us anyway- but in a much uglier way.

I've read the government already pays for 50% of all health care so why not a basic single payer plan for the rest similar to Medicare?

That would cut out the middle man. Free all businesses of the burden of providing it so they're better able to compete. Save us on the medical/accident part of our auto insurance premium. Save us by catching diseases earlier when they're cheaper to treat or cure. End emergency rooms being used as a doctors office. Make for a healthier workforce. And it wouldn't be a system that leaves out the working poor/middle class in preference for those who don't work at all.

It doesn't have to be one size fits all. Nor does it have to be free. Nor would it excuse personal responsibility. And it could still allow for insurance companies to sell supplemental plans for those who want better coverage.

But the biggie IMO, is minimizing or lowering the costs of healthcare. To do that we must start with better prevention. 80% of chronic illnesses are diet and lifestyle related.

Then we must do the comparative effectiveness studies and include all alternative and natural remedies. Too many drugs at best are no better than a placebo and at worse are harmful causing more health problems. That also means we need to reform the FDA. And we must be able to hold researchers, pharmaceutical execs, medical device manufacturers etc. criminally liable for untrue and inaccurate studies. (Each year more than 100,000 people die from adverse drug reactions and another 2,000,000 are seriously injured.)

And we must switch a major part of our cancer research from treatments to prevention. (The stats right now claim 1 in every 2 males and 1 in 3 females will get cancer in their lifetime. Cancer treatment is expensive and a lot of new drugs to treat late stage cancers can cost tens of thousands of dollars and provide only an extra month or few at the most.) Which is why we must also use our cancer funds to track the effectiveness of all cancer treatments. Patients and their families should have a better idea what they can expect when suffering through additional treatment/drugs and their costs. And also because we now know that different people with the same cancer can have different genetic mutations so respond differently to the protocol. If we had a database, oncologists could have a better idea of what treatment to start with rather than wasting money and precious time hitting and missing.

Other ways to foster prevention.

End the subsidies to sugar and corn that gets turned into corn syrup- (as well as to any genetically engineered foods until they can be proven beyond a doubt they aren't harmful.)

If we can tax alcohol and tobacco because it's bad for us, then we should consider a tax on sugary or corn syrup sweetened foods over a set amount, as well as all foods with trans fat.

Somehow offer incentives for living healthier.

Require a stoplight symbol on processed foods. Red, stop and think before consuming this food. Yellow light, eat with caution. Green light- eat to your heart's content. (If it's too salty, then on the back it could have a red or yellow S. Too sweet, then a red or yellow SU. Too fatty, then a red or yellow F. Known carcinogens, then a red C, etc.)

Make sure all women have access to contraceptives including free permanent forms for both women and men. (Not abortions)

A sex education that includes the why's of abstinence, and preventing unplanned pregnancies along with the how's. And equally for both teen boys and girls.

Continue the safety testing of the chemicals we come most in contact with every day. Especially those that are known to cross the placenta and get in the blood stream of unborn babies.

Stop the overuse of anti-biotics in livestock.

More walk in clinics and allow nurse practitioners to prescribe medicine.

Put limits on malpractice and have community malpractice pools.

Among other things.

I would think between the savings we'd get by cutting out the insurance companies, by letting people use nurse practitioners or doctors instead of emergency rooms and the additional taxes/subsidy money from the things that add to our poor health as well as by giving incentives to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and by focusing more on prevention it would make healthcare more affordable for all of us.
2:51PM OCT 23RD 2013
LDouglas, Your suggestions make sense to me. What is most objectionable to the "Obama Care" is the fact that he and the administration, Congress and I don't know who else are exempt. Saying that it "won't increase your current medicare benefits is a lie"...my drug costs have already increased over 150%....coverage has been reduced.
There's no way to cover millions of uninsured without costing SOMEBODY big bucks!!
Cathy Guignet
3:30PM AUG 29TH 2013
You and the government stay out of my life, my home and my kitchen, I'll eat what I want how I want and when I want I'm an adult and can make my own choices. I don't need or want anyone telling me what to do or when to do it
10:22PM AUG 30TH 2013
Uh, exactly how does labeling the front of processed food packages prevent you from eating all the sugar, trans fats, and carcinogens you want?

And does the cigarette and alcohol tax prevent you from smoking and drinking?
12:14PM AUG 26TH 2013
"À right to healthcare"? How about a right to basic needs such as water, food, and shelter? Insisting that one has a right to products and services is nothing more than saying each of us has a right to take what belongs to others. It's what's called socialism. It's the fond dream of utopia, a perfect society in which everybody is happy. It has never worked. Things have always gotten worse for people who have fallen for the false promises of politicians to give everybody what they think is their due. If you want a perfect world, go to heaven. If you went to take what's mine to create your vision of a perfect world, go to hell. If you really, truly want the best for everybody, insure their freedom, then stand back and watch. The free people will work wonders beyond your imagining.
10:21PM AUG 30TH 2013
I never said anyone has a right to healthcare. I've just heard the Republicans mentioned in this article say people have the right to life so I was just asking how that can be if they don't have a right to healthcare.

Also, I'm not asking for perfect or utopia. And as far as socialism, I get it. So much so I can see where I ,as well as most Americans, have benefited greatly from it. (Public roads, education, airports, police force, as well as private insurance auto- home- boat- health etc. When only people who collectively pool their money get the benefits is socialism at it's finest, I suppose.) But the bottom line is if our government can help corporations cut out the middle man, work on their behalf to make trade agreements, etc. to bring us lower prices on goods, then they should be able to do the same for the people where health care is concerned.

But if you want the government totally out of health care and insurance, fine. Just remember the free market's answer is to allow health insurance companies free rein to exclude the overweight and obese or put them in an expensive high risk pool. Or those with diet and lifestyle induced cancer. Or heart disease. Or other pre-existing conditions. Etc.

Oh, and until we end socializing of medicine, if you or a family member gets cancer, be sure to reject most of the cancer treatments because most were brought about by socialism. People who believe as you do need to prove to the rest of us that the free market people will work wonders beyond our imagination.
8:58PM AUG 27TH 2013
Good, now we can poison your water, poison your air, deny you your vote, your liberty, your life, because clearly, you have no "right" to these things . . . . . you live in a dog-eat-dog world and forget everyone else where only yourself (and your guns) matter . . . . . where even education must be a socialistic plot (i.e. it was given to you) . . . . fully delusional and . . . . . .

Pathetic . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Andrew West
5:25PM AUG 24TH 2013
Our President's goal for healthcare reform is to "bend the cost curve," an uninspiring and near meaningless goal. The US healthcare industry will exceed $3 trillion (20% of GDP) this year. Numerous studies have acknowledged that less than half of that amount is actual healthcare. In fact, most studies agree there is at least $1 trillion in waste, inefficiency and fraud - why isn't that the target? Nothing in the ACA does anything to eliminate that waste and inefficiency. Nothing.

By allowing the "industry" the opportunity to write this Law, the participants simply enriched and protected themselves. The result will be higher costs and additional taxes - not affordable healthcare.

Our current healthcare industry is the most expensive in the world, yet we rank 38th in the world. Soon we will pass 20% of GDP and will become wholly unsustainable.

It concerns me that so many people (for and against) believe the government will reform healthcare - what have they reformed before? Energy? Education? Agriculture? Anything? It's delusional to believe that the ACA will do anything more than raise revenues for the insurance industry and our government - that's why it will fail. It shouldn't be a surprise.

Unless and until someone presents a real solution, one that saves $1 trillion and delivers more healthcare, it will not be fixed. This conversation is a complete waste of time because there is no point in arguing a Law that only makes the situation worse. The GOP has no plan other than "status quo." But, there is hope - look for a solution in the coming year as this latest government reform (written by industry participants) derails without ever making a real difference. America can have a fair and equitable healthcare system if it is designed that way. Changing a few rules and mandating insurance coverage does not deliver more or even better healthcare, it just creates a bigger problem.

12:41PM AUG 25TH 2013
Yeah, Rubio, you must be right (far right) - "And I think it’s unfortunate that the president is saying, ‘Well, if you don’t fund Obamacare, I’ll shut down the government.’" . . . . guess that's why Republicans like Mitt Romney are warning fellow Republicans AGAINST shutting down the government - “I badly want Obamacare to go away, and stripping it of funds has appeal. But we need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government” . . .

And it's why other Republicans, like House leader Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, have stated that other Republicans like Cruz and Rubio talking about a shutdown is just "not realistic" . . . . . . once again, Rubio is fibbing to us, and engaging in partisan politics of the spinning "Big Lie" . . . .

And, of course, there's always Ted Cruz, who among many similar statements has observed "The sort of cocktail chatter wisdom in Washington that, 'Oh, the shutdown was a political disaster for Republicans,' is not borne out by the data" . . . . . . clearly points to which party is discussing government shutdown politics . . .

So, Rubio is just once more into 6,000 year-old earth and parents fled Castro type fibbing, and again demonstrating that actual political truthfulness is still lost on the young Rubio, whereas his sad attempts at truthiness are just so . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
7:03AM AUG 24TH 2013
ron paul is gone, his supporters wouldn't support his son. rubio is what he has always been a grand standing politician who will say or do anything to get elected. the bunch can whine all they want but the country has already voted on aca. they can't stop it. they can make it harder for everyone, they can keep florida from getting 50 billion dollars that is needed to create jobs but they can't stop aca. get on board or become a dinosaur.

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