RUBIO: “And so, apart from everything else, this is a terrible idea because it hurts our ability to grow our economy. This is the real life impact of this bill. This is the impact this is going to have, and you’re going to see it. You’re going to see it in a further downturn in our economy, in more slowing in economic growth. This is going to have a real impact. This is a big deal. People across this country and across Florida have every right and every reason to be worried about the impact that this is going to have on them. My friends, this is a middle class tax increase. And millions of Americans now have an IRS problem. You will now have to, for the first time in American history, prove that you have health insurance, or you’re going to have to deal with the IRS. I guarantee you that’s not good for small business. I guarantee you that’s not good for the middle class. I guarantee you that’s not good for economic growth. That’s where we’re at today.
“And if there’s anything I hope we can do here, I wasn’t here when the health care bill passed, but I hope that some of my colleagues who voted for this will think to themselves, ‘This is never what we intended. We want to help people that are uninsured, but not like this. This is never what we wanted to do.’ I hope that enough reasonable minds will come together to either suspend or repeal this, and let’s start from scratch. Let’s come up with a real plan to deal with the health insurance crisis in America.”
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