Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said the only response to the IRS scandal should be repealing ObamaCare.
Rubio responded to constituent Larry in Orlando, who asked about the role the IRS should be allowed to play in the implementation of ObamaCare, in his weekly video to Floridians.
The senator called the IRS’ role in ObamaCare “chilling.”
“Because if you notice, the IRS is deeply involved in implementing ObamaCare. They’re on the front lines of it. The IRS is going to go through the country asking people, ‘What kind of – prove to us that you have health insurance. Prove to us that the health insurance you have is adequate and, if you don’t have health insurance, pay us $2,000 or a similar fine or fee or tax as a result of failing to get health insurance.’ The IRS, this agency – that either is targeting people because of their political views or is incompetent – this is the agency that is in charge of doing this,” Rubio said.
“We should be very concerned about that, and it is an argument for repealing ObamaCare. You can’t just move the IRS out of the way because if the IRS isn’t doing it then either some new government bureaucracy will have to be created or some existing government bureaucracy will go ahead and implement this. So the only answer to this is to repeal ObamaCare.”
Rubio vowed to focus on repeal “because in addition to the IRS’s role there is all sorts of other problems with regards to ObamaCare that we need to answer.”
Before recess, the House voted to repeal ObamaCare 229-195. It’s the 37th time the lower chamber has voted to repeal some of all of the healthcare law.
In the 112th Congress, Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) all led bills to try to repeal ObamaCare. In the 113th Congress, Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have introduce repeal efforts.
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