In 2008, while Democrats were declaring that the time was right for national health care reform, Marco Rubio, the speaker of the Florida House, had a ready response: Florida should build a market-based system that would help contain the cost of insurance and make it more available. Rubio pushed his no-mandate health insurance exchange, dubbed Florida Health Choices, through the state Legislature that year. "It's about competition, it's about choice, and it's about the marketplace," he told the Palm Beach Post at the time. Florida Health Choices, which finally opened last year, now covers 80 people. Obamacare, which Rubio wants to repeal, covers 1.6 million in Florida alone. And 93 percent of them are subsidized.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was forced to pause a speech in New Hampshire on Sunday after he reportedly terrified a little girl by shouting that her "world is on fire." Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith noted on Twitter that Cruz had to pause his speech to respond to a little girl in the audience who was young enough to be carried by her mother. "Ted Cruz literally just scared a little girl in NH," Smith wrote. "'The world is on fire?!' she asked, repeating his line on Obama-Clinton foreign policy." "The world is on fire," Cruz replied, turning to face the girl and her mother. "Yes! Your world is on fire!" Realizing that his rhetoric might have gone too far, the Texas Republican decided to do some damage control. "But you know what?" he asked. "Your mommy is here and everyone is here to make sure that the world you grow up in is even better." read more