Suwannee Democrat


December 4, 2013

Rubio staffer visits Mayo-Addresses health insurance, other issues

Mayo — Regional Director, Capitol Region, Brian Mimbs of Senator Marco Rubio’s office was available for a presentation and addressed several social and economic concerns of Mayo residents at the Lafayette County Courthouse on Monday, Dec. 2. Mimbs represents Florida’s U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.

Health insurance and economic impact

Mimbs began by saying the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, has been on the front burner for some time whether it’s wanted or not and it’s now being engaged in the public’s mind. He said those working in larger companies are beginning to feel the impact already. He said what many don’t know is that there are a lot of hidden costs with the new healthcare plan that will undoubtedly affect other costs such as purchasing groceries and even hurting the farmer.

“They may not be as quantifiable as your premium will be, but they have costs,” said Mimbs. “It will have a ripple effect.”

Mimbs said many are no doubt frustrated by what’s happening in Washington and the seeming lack of effectiveness.

“In our view it’s because we’re not engaged in the bigger issues and coming up with innovative proposals,” said Mimbs. “We want to think outside the box, but we need to be engaged and alter our business practices.”

He said since we have such a huge national debt and are working annually on deficit spending, obviously the business model isn’t working. He said from a small business perspective, if there was a tendency for over-spending or under-funding in an area, we would make the proper adjustments to balance it.

“That business model hasn’t worked for the last 40-50 years in Washington, yet we still continue this cycle,” said Mimbs. “What we need to do is think outside the box to do innovative things and address the problem, and don’t put it off and kick the can down the road.”

Mimbs said Rubio had only been in his current position for about three years, but it is of his opinion that Congress has been “kicking the can” for years and he has not been in support for several temporary fixes in the economy.

“Sequestration is one that he (Rubio) opposed because it was something that we would need to address six months, eight months or six weeks down the road,” said Mimbs. “The nation’s foremost super power shouldn’t budget and address its major policy issues with mandate fixes that last for six weeks. It’s not good for our economy and it’s not a good way to impress the world with our consistency and stability.”

He said this is what led to the government shutdown and Rubio was also opposed to the debt ceiling increase. Mimbs said they can’t continue to “make it up” as they go along and that it’s an almost empty policy gesture. He said those who finance our debt understand what the U.S. is doing and the smoke and mirrors that come with them. He said if the only reason to raise the debt ceiling in the first place was to default, then the issue hasn’t truly been addressed.

Mimbs said the main feedback they have received is about people’s concerns on their healthcare providers and/or coverage changing. He said they don’t know what’s coming down the road for them.

“They’re asking, ‘What is coming,’” said Mimbs. “Quite frankly, we don’t have much to console them with because we don’t know and the administration doesn’t even know what this looks like six months, a year or two years from now.”

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