Marco Rubio's State of the Union: GOP Response

Apart from the awkward water bottle grab mid-response, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) delivered a strong, partisan response to President Obama's State of the Union address.

 

Millennials appear to have taken note of Rubio's comments about social insurance programs looking ahead.

 

Rubio: "Republicans have offered a detailed and credible plan that helps save Medicare without hurting today’s retirees. Instead of playing politics with Medicare, when is the President going to offer his plan to save it? Tonight would have been a good time for him to do it."

 

This is a very powerful statement in that Rubio has looked at protecting current seniors and Medicare enrollees.  However, young people have expressed concern about Rubio's idea that this would not hurt "today's retirees."  Millennials currently pay into the social insurance programs and deserve to be a key part of the discussions to reform the programs so they are present and stronger for future generations.

 

Young people want to see solvent social insurance programs, including Social Security and Medicare, rather than policies that only address today's enrollees.


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Adam Jutha

B.S. Public Health - Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Former member of the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network. Interests lie in health care policy, international development, and politics.

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