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Senator Rubio visits Pensacola talking about Obamacare
PENSACOLA -- Senator Marco Rubio came to Pensacola Wednesday to talk with local business leaders about the Affordable Care Act.
The Republican senator is pushing to defund the health care law and he's been getting input from businesses throughout Northwest Florida over the past few days.
Higher prices for consumers and fewer jobs - that's what some local business leaders say we have to look forward to because of Obamacare.
They gave Senator Rubio an earful at a meeting in an insurance office off Airport Boulevard.
David Apple, the owner of Apple Market, said, "This legislation is the reason most business growth and job creation is stalled right now."
Senator Rubio heard from Apple as well as representatives from Sacred Heart Health Systems, Navy Federal and Nowak Enterprises among others.
The business leaders each talked about their concerns regarding the implementation of the law. Some said their health care costs are going to skyrocket.
Peter Nowak, the CEO of Nowak Enterprises, said, "It is gonna have to raise costs. There's no way to pay for this unless it's going to raise costs."
Nowak Enterprises owns six McDonald's restaurants in the Pensacola area.
"How are customers going to react to those costs?" Nowak asked, ""How will it affect menu strategies, how will it affect the price of the things we sell. It's gonna have to go up."
Others said they would like to see at least some health care reform stay in place.
The mandate requiring employers to provide insurance for workers has been delayed until 2015. But most of the rest of the law goes into effect next year.
Senator Rubio said, "I think we should fund the government. I just don't think we should fund ObamaCare.We have got to get rid of this law at a minimum to suspend its implementation because it's hurting people so badly. And so for us I think the last option we're gonna have, the last best chance to do something about it is during the short term budget debate in September."
Opponents of Rubio's effort to defund Obamacare include Democrats and senior Republican lawmakers like Senator John McCain and Representative Tom Cole.
They think trying to defund the law could result in a major showdown in Washington and a possible shut down of the US government. Senator Rubio says he doesn't want that to happen.
The senator is heading back home to Miami now that his three day tour of Northwest Florida is over. The Senate returns from its summer recess on September 9th.
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