Ignorance Trumps Hypocrisy -- Just As Marco Rubio

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Marco Rubio

Well, the Rube that roared is trying anything to keep him relevant in the 2016 GOP Presidential campaign that's looking at him with longer and longer odds. He's fallen from poster child for the New GOP to dimwitted doormat as other nationally unelectable Republicans like Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz zoom past him in early polls.

When in trouble, punt. And that's what the junior Florida senator has done. While the rest of the world is applauding the CVS move to stop selling cancer sticks, AKA cigarettes, Rubio is not. The pharmacy chain justifies their move because  they feel it's hypocritical to sell the cause of illness and sickness while they pride themselves on being a healthy place. They're a one-stop shopping site for cures and potions for what ails you.

WAPO and Sarah Kliff:

CVS, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, said Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes at its 7,600 locations in an expensive but calculated bid to boost its image as a full-fledged health-care provider rather than a simple purveyor of greeting cards and shampoo.

Almost unanimous praise has been heaped on CVS for taking this stand. I say almost unanimous because not even world peace would be unanimous if the GOP had their way. So out of the darkness of ignorance and void of any human compassion come this Marco Rubio tweet--

 Many of the same people applauding #CVS for not selling tobacco are ok with making it easier to buy and smoke pot. #makesnosense

Hashtag: makesnosense. Really?

So the Metrosexual Latin Lothario doesn't get it and is angered that CVC won't be selling cigarettes because he doesn't see the connection to cigarettes causing illness/death and drug stores curing/preventing it. Yet, he makes the leap to condemning those who approve the decision by lumping them together into a pro-pot grouping. That he understands.

This is quite a leap, even for a child, let along a serving senator. But even if you take that leap with him, there's a certain rationale that could be made. Twenty states currently allow for legal MEDICAL marijuana. Medical. For medicinal reasons.

If CVS wanted to become a legal distributor for cannabis, a better case could be made than for selling cigarettes. There's an apparent benefit for some to smoke weed. And the death rate hovers annually around zero for grass where it's thousands for cigarette use.

Via NYTimes:

“We have about 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners helping patients manage chronic problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease, all of which are linked to smoking,” said Larry J. Merlo, chief executive of CVS. “We came to the decision that cigarettes and providing health care just don’t go together in the same setting.”

So serving the public's best interest, despite rather large estimated losses in cigarette sales has been deemed worth it to CVS. Again, from WAPO:

Executives said the move will cost the company $2 billion a year in lost sales. But they are gambling that abandoning smokers will help them strike more profitable deals with hospitals and health insurers — and appeal to growing ranks of customers newly insured under the Affordable Care Act.

Isn't it strange that a large company would be willing to make this move to protect the public and to serve the newly insured under the ACA yet an elected official from Florida with eyes on running this entire country would find this a bad move? It's not like Rubio has a stake in this, or maybe he does. Us.

Rubio is the same senator who put his name on a senate immigration bill that passed, and then immediately came out against it. Is this a man who would say or do anything just to get heard? Sounds like it to me. And that's not a presidential quality -- not in the least.

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  • paullwolborsky

    Blaming the CVS decision on Obamacare would've been brilliant Politics, except for the fact that Marco Rubio would have to know what Obamacare is. Pot he can understand, but then much of the Libertarians are for legalization, and his own community is a big fan of the Media Nacho