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Rubio Pushing Gov’t Shutdown To Stop Obamacare

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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 30: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL) speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC which will conclude today. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

TAMPA, FL – AUGUST 30: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL) speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC which will conclude today. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida Senator Marco Rubio and a group of GOP Senators are prepared to bankrupt the United States and possibly plunge the world into a depression if they don’t get their way to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Rubio penned an op-ed on Fox News’ website Thursday saying a continuing resolution to fund the government and the country hitting the debt limit “may be our last best chance to do anything about this disastrous law.”

Rubio said in his op-ed that while he and his group will oppose funding the government, “it is President Obama who insists on shutting down the government unless it funds his failed ObamaCare experiment.”

The move by Rubio and other GOP Senators comes as the Affordable Care Act is about to go into place in October. So far, states like California and New York, which are opening their own exchanges are seeing coverage costs plummet for citizens who buy insurance themselves.

Florida chose not to open a health insurance exchange and instead will leave its exchange to the federal government.

Also still to come from the Republican Party is the replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Since it was passed into law in 2010, the GOP has pledged to repeal and replace the ACA with a health care reform act of its own.

Three years later, there have been more than 40 votes to repeal the law in the House, but no substantive bill or policy proposal to fully replace the measures contained in the Affordable Care Act.

House Speaker John Boehner hasn’t said if spending measures to continue funding the government will force defunding the ACA. However, his caucus has been very vocal about doing anything and everything in its power to stop the ACA from being implemented.

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