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Rubio takes another swing at health care and is rejected



Sen. Marco Rubio, who says it's time to get "realistic" about immigration reform, just attempted the unrealistic.

The Florida Republican asked for unanimous consent, waiving normal debate procedure, so the Senate could take up his bill to delay the health care law's individual mandate until 6 months after the enrollment website is fixed.

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., quickly objected, calling the move "inappropriate" and another attempt to undermine Obamcare.

Rubio knew he wouldn't get what he wanted but he capitalized on the move. His spokesman Alex Conant wrote on Twitter: "BREAKING: Senate Democrats object to @marcorubio motion to pass delay of Obamacare mandate until website is fixed."

Rubio is not the only lawmaker pushing for delays; some Democrats are as well. But the tactic today contradicted his new approach to immigration.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:58am]


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