As Florida experiences a dangerous spike in COVID-19 cases, it is important to remember that when Marco Rubio had the chance to deliver billions of dollars in funding to speed up vaccinations, get personal protection equipment (PPE) to frontline workers, and keep Floridians safe he didn’t have the courage to do what was best for Florida.
“If it were up to Marco Rubio, fewer people would be vaccinated, those most in need would have a harder time affording health care, and more Floridians would be at risk during the current spike in infections. Rubio’s spineless opposition to the American Rescue Plan is yet another reminder that when his constituents need help the most, he fails to show up,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Grant Fox.
The American Rescue Plan included a number of key provisions to address Americans’ health care needs during the pandemic and speed up vaccinations. Rubio shamefully voted against:
- Over $7 billion to help distribute vaccines faster and more effectively, particularly to underserved areas.
- More funding to ramp up testing, contact tracing, and public health efforts to keep people safe and limit the spread of infections.
- $10 billion to speed up production of PPE, medical supplies, and vaccines that will help keep frontline workers safe.
- New tax cuts to reduce the cost of health insurance premiums for millions of Americans, helping more people get health insurance when they need it most. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, Floridians buying health insurance on the marketplace have on average seen a 44% cut in their premiums.
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