Rubio declares 'plan to fix healthcare'

Rubio declares 'plan to fix healthcare'

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists The growing threat of China's lawfare MORE (R-Fla.) declared late Monday that he has created a "plan to fix healthcare," though it largely repeats talking points from a previous op-ed six months ago.

In an op-ed in Politico late Monday night, Rubio reiterated his support for refundable, advanceable tax credits, which he said “all Americans can use to purchase health insurance.”


“The value of these credits should increase every year, and we should set the tax preference for employer-sponsored insurance on a glide path to ensure that it will equal the level of the credits within a decade,” he wrote, using the same language as his previous op-ed in Fox News in March.

Rubio is hoping to be among the few Republican presidential contenders with detailed healthcare agendas.

Repeating his previous healthcare op-ed, Rubio also pledges to reform insurance regulations and transition Medicare to a premium-supported model — an idea widely touted by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump faces test of power with early endorsements Lobbying world Boehner throws support behind Republican who backed Trump impeachment MORE (R-Wis.).

Rubio’s plan, though it offers few specifics, comes hours before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, another GOP presidential contender, will give a speech offering details of his own healthcare plan.

Walker would be the first Republican candidate — other than Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has a deep background in healthcare — to release a comprehensive plan.

Rubio has worked closely with Ryan on healthcare plans since 2014, when Republicans in Congress learned of a Supreme Court challenge that threatened to upend healthcare subsidies. The justices ultimately upheld the subsidies in June, prompting Republicans to punt their effort to replace ObamaCare to the 2016 presidential race.