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With shutdown over, Sen. Marco Rubio charges after Obamacare



WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio carefully managed his opposition to the health care law during the government shutdown but with that over and the Obamacare website a technological mess, he's going full throttle.

The Florida Republican has been all over national TV news, calling for delays in the law because of the problems. At the same time he's expressing concern for people trying to sign up, Rubio is not backing away from broader desires to dismantle the law.

His actions represent a shift in direction of the GOP, which was badly hurt by the shutdown but sees Obamacare as its No. 1 target.

And Rubio is putting himself back into the spotlight as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has taken the brunt of criticism for the party's plummeting public approval. When hundreds of activists descend on Capitol Hill next week in an attempt to revive talks about immigration reform, Rubio, who played a lead role earlier this year, will be focused on health care.

"I have a well documented and consistent opposition to Obamacare, and I remain convinced the law is going to have to be repealed because it's going to be a disaster," Rubio said Friday in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. (He began the morning on CNN.) "But my focus now is helping real people avoid real damage. We are starting to hear more and more from people who are starting to be impacted by it."

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[Last modified: Friday, October 25, 2013 7:45pm]


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