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Marco Rubio and his family are still insured under Obamacare

Sen. Marco Rubio is one of the few Republican presidential hopefuls who has taken steps toward dismantling Obamacare. But he and his family are insured under the Affordable Care Act.

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Sen. Marco Rubio is one of the few Republican presidential hopefuls who has taken steps toward dismantling Obamacare. But he and his family are insured under the Affordable Care Act.

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Sen. Marco Rubio touts how legislation he introduced eventually prevented billions of tax dollars from going to insurance companies. He calls it a taxpayer-funded bailout of Obamacare. 

Rubio slipped a little-noticed provision into a spending bill last year that went after the risk corridors of the Afforidable Care Act. As the New York Times reported, "The corridors were intended to help some insurance companies if they ended up with too many new sick people on their rolls and too little cash from premiums to cover their medical bills in the first three years under the health law.''

Rubio says he has saved taxpayers $2.5 billion, a claim PolitiFact rates as "mostly false." However, in talking about how much money he has saved, Sen. Rubio doesn't mention that he and his family are covered under Obamacare or that he receives a taxpayer-funded subsidy valued at $10,000.

According to NBC News, Rubio's campaign confirmed the GOP presidential candidate and his family remain insured under the Affordable Care Act, through the D.C. exchange. 

The $10,000 subsidy is offered only to members of Congress and their staff and it's far greater than the subsidies offered to most Americans who purchase insurance on the exchanges. 

The Tampa Bay Times first reported in 2013 that Rubio had enrolled his family in Obamacare and that he took the subsidy.

NBC News reports that other GOP lawmakers, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, another GOP presidential contender, signed up for Obamacare but denied the subsidy.

[Last modified: Saturday, December 12, 2015 9:10pm]

    

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