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Fact-checking Rubio on health care, shutdown votes

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October

While Sen. Marco Rubio has made the media rounds this week, he hasn’t always been accurate.

"On this very day in Florida, it was announced that 300,000 people are going to lose their individual coverage because of Obamacare,” Rubio said on The O’Reilly Factor. “Now those people next year, they don’t have health insurance. They are going to owe the IRS money in the form of a fine. Where are they supposed to go now and buy that health insurance if the website isn’t working, if Consumer Reports is telling people to avoid the website?"

Rubio failed to mention that those cancellations came with a specific offer from their insurance company to switch them to new plans that will comply with the law, and that the policies were canceled because they weren’t comprehensive. We rated his statement Mostly False.  Read the fact-check here.

Rubio also appeared on Fox News Sunday to talk about his votes in the Senate surrounding the recent budget fight. "I never was in favor of shutting down the government. I was never in favor of defunding the government. I was in favor of funding the government fully, voted to fund the government fully, made efforts to fund the government fully,” he said. But Rubio made comments suggesting he would be ready to shut down the government if Obamacare was still funded, and on the question of voting to fund government fully, he took the opposite position nine times. We rated his statement Mostly False. Read the fact-check here.

[Last modified: Friday, October 25, 2013 5:11pm]

    

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