Monday, January 4, 2010

Marco Rubio: Obamacare Unconstitutional

The Rubio campaign issued a press release today that supports Florida Gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum’s oppositon to Obamacare based on constituional grounds.

Rubio had already expressed his opposition to the healthcare plan on Chrismas eve.

"What transpired in Washington this year and especially during this health care debate is nothing short of big government run amok. In their quest to pass a bill by any means necessary, Democrats have relied on the worst elements of the legislative process and proven there is no price they aren’t willing to pay. In their push to ram through these misguided policies, President Obama, Senate Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi have shown no regard for the unexceptional future they are threatening to leave our children and grandchildren."

Today the Rubio campaign released the following statement regarding the issue.

Attorney General Bill McCollum’s efforts to challenge the constitutionality of federal health care legislation:

“I commend Attorney General McCollum’s pre-emptive effort to clean up the mess federal health care legislation stands to make if it becomes law. In their quest to pass a bill by any means necessary, Democrats have proven there is no price they aren’t willing to pay even if it means violating the U.S. Constitution through the imposition of an individual mandate that would force Floridians to obtain insurance or face penalties.

“As attorneys general and elected officials across the country have pointed out, the government takeover of health care rammed through Congress runs contrary to the freedoms Americans have enjoyed since our founding. This is particularly true in Florida where our state constitution guarantees us ‘the right to be let alone and free from governmental intrusion into [our] private life.’ Accordingly, I support Attorney General McCollum’s effort to question the constitutionality of the health care legislation and his office’s exploration of Florida’s legal options should this legislation eventually become law.

“When he endorsed President Obama’s failed stimulus, Charlie Crist embraced a policy that similarly called for more taxes, more spending and more government intrusion into Floridians’ lives. It also helped Democrats set the course for other government interventions like this health care policy.

“Aided by the support of a few Republicans like Charlie Crist, President Obama and the Democrat Congress have been unrelenting in their push toward big government intrusions in economic policy, energy policy and health care policy. In the face of this relentless onslaught, individual states should take necessary action to protect their citizens’ freedom and limit government by pursuing bold actions to tighten the reins on Washington. State leaders have an obligation to speak clearly and forcefully against what is being done in Washington on health care, and I commend Attorney General McCollum for doing just that.”

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