In the Republican presidential primary, if you’re not watching US Senator Marco Rubio closely, you may have missed a few things – important things.
I know Rubio from Florida politics – he’s bright, reflexively conservative and a regular guy. He’s also effective: An Obamacare change he quietly forced on the White House cut huge taxpayer subsidies to health insurance mega-companies. Because of Rubio, those firms are scrambling today. Obamacare isn’t working and Big Insurance is not making the big profits they were promised.
A little-noticed health care provision that Senator Marco Rubio of Florida slipped into a giant spending law last year has tangled up the Obama administration, sent tremors through health insurance markets and rattled confidence in the durability of President Obama’s signature health law.
So for all the Republican talk about dismantling the Affordable Care Act, one Republican presidential hopeful has actually done something toward achieving that goal.
And look at Rubio’s comments on guns – he said gun control laws don’t prevent mass shootings and the Washington Post tried to prove him wrong. But they failed, and today they said he’s right.
It is possible that some gun-control proposals, such as a ban on large-capacity magazines, would reduce the number of dead in a future shooting, though the evidence for that is heavily disputed. But Rubio was speaking in the past, about specific incidents. He earns a rare Geppetto Checkmark.
Make no mistake: Marco Rubio is a potent force - keep an eye on him.