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Rubio embraces block grant idea in new GOP health care bill

But says he wants to study Florida impacts<br>
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Capitol Hill (The Associated Press)
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Capitol Hill (The Associated Press)
Published Sep. 20, 2017|Updated Sep. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t on any vote-guessing lists over the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal Obamacare, but the Republican says he wants to know how it affects Florida before officially saying yes.

“I’ve got to see some of the details, how it impacts Florida,” Rubio told reporters on Tuesday. “But by and large, returning the power to the states is something (I want) it to lead to. I don’t think you can design a one-size-fits-all system on virtually anything for a country of this size and diversity.”

Block grants are a central feature of the new legislation, which could come up for a vote next week, a last attempt for Republicans to kill off Obamacare any time soon.

On Tuesday, Rubio said he didn’t think bipartisan efforts would work -- and indeed, later on, Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate health care committee, said talks had failed to make progress.

”The Democratic Party is deeply wed to Obamacare and its principles,” Rubio said. “Ideally you’d be able to fix this in a bipartisan way, but there’s a massive difference of opinion on the federal government’s role in health care.”


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