You often hear pundits on the right state that so called “tea party” Republicans are voices for liberty in Congress. One of the most prominent among them is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida)
Now the guy is basically a warmonger and Israel-Firster. But even if we put that aside and analyze his views on domestic policies through the eyes of a red state, tea partying, support-the-troops Republican, the idea he stands for freedom doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
For example a quick glance at his website illustrates his views on Health Care. He says he wants to allow individuals to control their own healthcare choices, but in the same sentence says he wants to give control to the States. Now giving smaller state governments control over “health policy” may be the lesser of two evils compared to something like Obamacare, but it’s certainly not the same as allowing individuals to control it so he sounds confused right from the start. He then says he wants to “allow” people to purchase health insurance across state lines. If the states control health care policy I’m not sure how that fits in with the Feds allowing people to purchase from outside their states. It would be up to the state the person lives in would it not?
He goes onto list a bunch of ways he wants to “incentivize” the state governments or individuals to do this or that regarding healthcare. So basically he’s still advocating taxing people who don’t do what the Feds say higher than those who do.
Finally he says he wants to develop a “sensible” plan to cover people with pre-existing conditions. So despite all the talk earlier on this same page about free market solutions, he doesn’t really believe in that at all. Giving “insurance” to people who are guaranteed to immediately start making large financial claims on the policy is not insurance at all. A private firm can’t make money that way so there is no “sensible” plan other than the government taxing healthy people or forcing them to buy insurance they may not want.