Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and his family have signed up for Obamacare, after calling the Affordable Care Act a “full-scale disaster.”
"Senator Rubio spent time looking at all the options and decided to enroll through the D.C. exchange for coverage for him and his family," spokeswoman Brooke Sammon told the Tampa Bay Times.
Rubio formerly said he would not agree to any budget deal that did not include the defunding of Obamacare.
He was also an avid user of the hashtag “defundObamacare” on Twitter, according to PolicyMic.
In October, Rubio proposed to delay the individual mandate until the website was running for six months without any glitches.
He called the rollout a “full-scale disaster that makes it increasingly clear this law can't be fixed.”
He said Healthcare.gov left Americans “recklessly exposed to identity theft and fraud through the dysfunctional website and navigator network.”
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, he wrote that “the abysmal enrollment numbers so far are a warning sign that this law will cost the American people more—and in more ways—than they ever imagined.”
The Rubios are now part of the 1.2 million who have signed up since Obamacare enrollment began in October. The senator also took a federal subsidy available to U.S. lawmakers and their staff, which could be worth up to 75 percent of his monthly premium.
Many could see this decision as an implicit endorsement for the federal healthcare exchange.
“That Rubio looked at his options and decided a plan under the D.C. exchange was the best, well, that speaks to the success of Obama’s legislation,” wrote PolicyMic’s Benjamin Cosman.
“Senator Rubio is following the law, even though he opposes it,” said Sammon.