Rubio, starring in Romney Medicare ad, said Medicare “weakened us as a people”

Rubio is another far-right nut.  But it goes to Romney’s character, and his unending history of flip-flopping, and lying, that he’s now using Marco Rubio to “defend” Medicare when just last year Rubio said that programs like Medicare “weakened us as a people.”

(Also, Rubio endorses Ryan’s plan that “cuts” the exact same amount from Medicare as President Obama’s health care reform law.  In fact, it’s not a cut at all – health care reform simply cuts a better deal, paying hospitals and pharmaceutical companies less for the same level of services.)

Would that be the 47% of us who don’t pay taxes, see ourselves as victims, and don’t care about our lives?

Rubio’s one of those Republicans who sees communists around every corner.  Perhaps it’s because his family famously fled Cuba to get away from Castro.

Back to Rubio today defending Medicare by endorsing Mitt Romney’s plan to end Medicare (Rubio also famously endorsed Paul Ryan’s plan to phase out Medicare).  As Rubio explained at an event just last year, your family and neighbors are supposed to take care of you when you get sick, not the government. From Rubio last year:

These programs actually weakened us as a people. You see, almost forever, it was institutions in society that assumed the role of taking care of one another. If someone was sick in your family, you took care of them. If a neighbor met misfortune, you took care of them. You saved for your retirement and your future because you had to. We took these things upon ourselves in our communities, our families, and our homes, and our churches and our synagogues. But all that changed when the government began to assume those responsibilities. All of a sudden, for an increasing number of people in our nation, it was no longer necessary to worry about saving for security because that was the government’s job.

So the next time you have a heart attack, or cancer strikes, phone the family next door.  I’m sure they’ll be happy to pay for your $5000 trip to the emergency room.

Or just ring up the Rubios.

Actually, skip that.  It seems the Rubios are proudly on Medicare.  While criticizing the rest of our “weakened” families who use Medicare.  From the new ad:

SEN. MARCO RUBIO: “That’s not politics. It’s math. Anyone who wants to leave Medicare like it is, is for letting it go bankrupt. My mother’s eighty-one and depends on Medicare.”

Anybody else confused?


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