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Rubio takes congressional health care subsidy but says he would support eliminating it



Sen. Marco Rubio was asked on Fox News tonight about his enrollment in Obamacare. If others must, he said, so should he.

He defended taking the federal subsidy, a form of the employer contribution many Americans get, but said he would support getting rid of it, as Sen. David Vitter, Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida and other Republicans have proposed.

"But in the interim, i'm going to follow whatever law applies to everybody else," Rubio said. The difference, however, is most Americans don't enjoy a contribution worth up to 75 percent of the cost of monthly premiums, or more than $11,000 for a family. Other Republicans have opted to reject the subsidy, or rejected joining the federal exchange all together.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:08am]


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