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– Avik Roy

US Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fl, speaks at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2012. (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife)

I’ll get to President Obama’s unremarkable State of the Union address in a moment. But first I want to discuss the first major televised address of the man who very well may be the next President of the United States: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Sen. Rubio forthrightly addressed in both English and Spanish the principal domestic challenge of our time—the health care-driven budget deficit—while President Obama dishonestly insisted that Medicare reform was being held hostage by “special interest tax breaks.”

“Obamacare,” said Rubio, “was supposed to help middle class Americans afford health insurance. But now, some people are losing the health insurance they were happy with. And because Obamacare created expensive requirements for companies with more than 50 employees, now many of these businesses aren’t hiring. Not only that: they’re being forced to lay people off and switch from full-time employees to part-time workers.”

In that one paragraph, Sen. Rubio captured the fundamental flaw in the so-called Affordable Care Act: it makes health insurance more expensive, in turn making hiring more expensive, and our health-care entitlements more expensive. But what Rubio did better than any recent GOP respondent to the President’s State of the Union address is to express, in relatable language that appealed to people who don’t already vote Republican.

For more of the article and the video go to: http://www.forbes.com/sites/aroy/2013/02/13/marco-rubios-impressive-response-to-obamas-state-of-the-union-address/