Healthcare reform law devastated the economy, GOP lawmaker says

“A year ago, ObamaCare was unleashed on the American people with devastating consequences on an already struggling economy," Rubio said in a statement released Wednesday morning.

"ObamaCare’s cost, regulations and complexity have stunted job growth by making it more difficult for entrepreneurial Americans to start a business or expand existing ones. ObamaCare is adding to our nation’s debt, destroying jobs and threatening current coverage plans that people are satisfied with, and I support its full repeal and replacement," the freshman senator said.

Rubio said that while he hopes the courts will strike down the law as unconstitutional, he believes it is the responsibility of the Congress to repeal the healthcare overhaul.

Federal judges in both Florida and Virginia have ruled that the law violates the Constitution. Those rulings are under appeal.

“While I am encouraged by recent federal court rulings against ObamaCare’s constitutionality, I believe Congress has the responsibility to repeal and replace this law with common sense reforms that will lower healthcare costs and get more Americans insured,” Rubio said.

“In the Senate, I will continue supporting ObamaCare’s repeal and will keep urging those in Washington who still don’t ‘get it’ to make it an urgent priority,” he said.

Rubio is a co-sponsor of a bill introduced by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to repeal the healthcare law.