The debate over repealing Obamacare has been stalled for a while now, despite the public growing increasingly frustrated with the law and support for the program dropping to all-time lows. That said, there are still a few outspoken conservatives on Capitol Hill fighting against funding the monstrosity, including Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, who spoke up Tuesday from the Senate floor.
The senators spoke in a colloquy for about 45 minutes, alternately making their cases to Republicans in Congress, some of whom have expressed opposition to the plan. The trio of tea-party favorites cited statistics showing Obamacare’s effects on health-insurance premiums, employment, and the larger economy, pointed to Democrat-aligned groups asking for the law’s repeal, and derided President Obama for delaying the implementation of the employer mandate until after the 2014 election.
Senator Rubio even went so far as to compare the law to Coca-Cola’s infamous New Coke, which was such a flop after its introduction in the 1980s that the company pulled it from shelves.
“That’s the way it is in the real world, that’s the way it is in our lives,” Rubio said, “and that’s the way it is in the private sector. But not government, not Washington.”