Florida Republicans have been rallying against President Obama's health care reform legislation since the Supreme Court upheld the plan on Thursday.
All the Sunshine State's major GOP players have spoken out in recent days. The latest was Senator Marco Rubio, who was in the Bay area on Sunday to promote his book – "An American Son."
In between signing copies of his memoir at Tampa's Inkwood Books location, Rubio pulled no punches in calling the Supreme Court's ruling a ‘misdiagnosis.'
"It's understandable why states are reluctant because this grows the bottom line," Rubio said of the president's plan.
"In essence, states are going to have to come up with the money to make a difference in future years," Rubio added. "That's money they're going to have to raise through taxes or money they'll have to take away from some other worthy programs such as transportation or education."
On Saturday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared he would completely resist the plan.
"We're not going to implement that," Scott said. "We just can't afford it; just the first year it's a $1.9 billion increase in all."
The Obama administration claims most of the funding will come from the federal government. Scott is not confident those numbers will stand up.
"Every federal program ultimately cuts back and you create this dependency, just like they didn't with our schools with the stimulus they cut back," he said.
That's why Scott and other Republican leaders have been vocal about Obama's health care legislation.
Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi is also no fan of the plan.
"We have to do what's best for our state," Bondi said earlier this week. "It's about accountability, accessibility and affordability for the citizens of Florida."
As for Senator Rubio during his appearance Sunday night he spoke of finding a balance when it comes to health care.
"Every American should be able to buy health insurance," Rubio says. "With tax free money the way their employer buys it for them. They should be able to buy health insurance from any company in any state in America that will sell it to them."
The debate continues.
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