Every GOP activist knows that Sen. Cruz shut down the government in his attempt to defund Obamacare. Those GOP activists know that Sen. Cruz failed miserably. As the facts come out, the Rubio campaign hopes to prove that Sen. Rubio is the only GOP presidential candidate who took on President Obama and his liberal allies and won. Sen. Rubio can’t claim that he succeeded in repealing Obamacare. Sen. Rubio can claim, however, that he got a major section of Obamacare removed.
In this op-ed, Sen. Rubio explains what he did accomplish, saying “In 2013, when few were talking about this issue, I saw that Obamacare was on a crash course and predicted that bailouts would be the preferred big government solution once the law failed. I instantly began the fight to stop these bailouts by getting rid of Obamacare’s blank check ‘risk corridor’ provision. Ultimately, against the wishes of the insurance lobby and many politicians in Washington, I passed a measure that blocked the bailout and saved taxpayers $2.5 billion.”
That’s a big thing. Those insurance companies are hurting because Obamacare isn’t working:
The insurance companies are already fighting back. They’ve hired teams of lobbyists, including some of the Washington insiders who originally forced Obamacare through Congress, and they’re pushing hard for a new bailout.
Actually, Sen. Cruz is wrong in one respect. Obamacare is working according to plan. Democrats always wanted Obamacare to fail so they could implement a single-payer health care system where the government would control the entire health care system. That doesn’t mean they’d own the system. It means that they’d control the most important part of the system.
Think of it in terms of a cynical man’s Golden Rule — the man with the gold makes the rules.
While Sen. Cruz grandstanded and shut down the government, Sen. Rubio passed an important bill that eliminated a key part of Obamacare.
Sen. Cruz’s gambit was a mission impossible. He was never going to be able to defund Obamacare because Obamacare had its funding mechanism built into the bill. Sen. Rubio took a more bite-sized approach and won a major victory.
Sen. Rubio closed his op-ed with a little well-deserved self-promotion:
With my work against bailouts, I’m proud to be the only candidate running for president in 2016 with a clear record of success against Obamacare. In the weeks ahead, I will continue fighting to block an unfair and unaffordable giveaway to private companies. And as president, I will fight to ensure that one day we will remember Obamacare the way it deserves to be remembered: as a brief and shameful chapter in the history of American health care.
The other GOP presidential candidates can’t claim to have accomplished what Sen. Rubio has already accomplished.