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Marco Rubio signs Club for Growth pledge to 'repeal' health care legislation



Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio today signed the Club for Growth's new pledge to repeal the health care legislation headed for passage in the next few weeks.

"As a U.S. senator, I will sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government," Rubio said.

For Rubio and others, however, it could be a difficult pledge to uphold given the complexity of the legislation and other factors. But with major provisions not expected to go into effect until 2014, there would be room to try, should the GOP gain control of the Senate.

We've asked the Crist campaign if they were offered the pledge. UPDATE: Club spokesman Mike Connolly said candidates were not solicited and that word spread through Twitter and other means. He said he was not aware that Rubio, who has been endorsed by the group, had been specifically asked. "We'd very much like to see Gov. Crist take it," Connolly said.

UPDATE 2: Florida Democrats weigh in. See jump.

Florida Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff:

While showing once again that he is out of step with mainstream Florida, today Marco Rubio once again showed he is part of Rush Limbaugh/Sarah Palin wing of the Republican Party by pledging to repeal health insurance reforms, which when passed will lower the federal budget deficit, create jobs, and ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. The repeal will also hurt senior citizens across the Sunshine State, by re-opening the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole.

"The real question Floridians are asking today is if Charlie Crist will once again put his political ambition above Florida by following Rubio down the extreme right-wing path of trying to repeal health insurance reforms. Because Rubio is running for Senate to win the heart and soul of the Republican Party, rather than to do what is right for all Floridians, Rubio's actions today once again show he is nothing more than a typical politician who is in the hands of the health insurance industry.

"By pledging today to repeal health insurance reforms Marco Rubio  not only promised to add to the federal budget deficit and deny Florida's families access to health care, but Rubio's repeal would also force senior citizens to continue paying for the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs out of their pockets by re-opening the Medicare Part D donut hole. Rubio's repeal also means that he wants allow insurance companies to deny coverage when you get sick because of a pre-existing condition." 

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:14pm]


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