In Jacksonville today, Marco Rubio to discuss “looming burden” of ObamaCare

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will give a policy speech Monday to members of the Jacksonville Rotary Club during a luncheon at the Omni Hotel on Water Street.

The Florida Senator (and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate) will discuss the “looming” burden of ObamaCare on the American middle class and job creation, as well as his efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act.

“We are not threatening to shut down the government,” Rubio said in a recent interview on the Mark Levin Show. “We are fully prepared, despite the fact that we are not fans of short-term budgets, to support one so long as it does not fund ObamaCare because it is a disaster.”

“Over the last month and a half,” Rubio added, “I can’t tell you how many real people I’ve come face to face with, including people who voted for Obama, who are just panicked by what this is going to do to them as they’re finding out about it.”

The press is invited to attend Rubio’s speech, which begins noon Monday, August 12. The Omni Hotel Jacksonville is at 245 Water Street. Media can RSVP with the Rotary Club of Jacksonville at

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