Congressman Todd Rokita Unveils Alternate Health Care Plan

Rokita, along with six other House Republicans drafted a bill that would serve as an alternative to Obamacare.

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Rokita, along with six other House Republicans drafted a bill that would serve as an alternative to Obamacare.

Seven House Republicans have unveiled their own version of a federal health care law.

The bill drafted by members of the Republican Study Committee, including Fourth District Representative Todd Rokita, repeals President Obama‘s health care law, and replaces it with a $7,500 income tax deduction if you buy your own insurance. It proposes health savings accounts similar to those in Indiana‘s health insurance plan, and would make state insurance data and Medicare claims data public, to allow patients to comparison-shop on pricing.

Rokita argues the GOP version would force medical prices down through competition, while preserving existing doctor-patient relationships. Rokita says Republicans tried to offer many of these ideas in the original health care debate three years ago.

“We were told that we would have to pass Obamacare to find out what was in it,” Rokita said. “And now as more and more people see what is in it vis-à-vis how it is affecting their daily lives, this was an opportune time not just to say no but to say what could be.”                         

Rokita acknowledges the bill will go nowhere in the Senate without Democratic support. He says that would probably first require the existing law to prove unworkable as more provisions take effect — something he maintains as inevitable.

“We reject the idea that government knows best, that government should be between you and your doctor,” Rokita said. “That we should have special boards deciding what you need, that we know better than you what you need from your doctor and how best to get it.”

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  • HoosierMommy

    Typical Republican BS.

    In order for a $7500 tax deduction to be of any use, you would have to owe at least $7500 in taxes on your tax return. Based on the 2012 tax table, a single person would have to have TAXABLE income (after all exemptions and deductions) of almost $45,000, a Head of Household would have to have a taxable income of almost $51,000, and a couple Married Filing Jointly would have to have taxable income of almost $56,000. Since these numbers are all taxable income, their gross income would likely be between 10 and 15% higher.

    So, Representative Rokita, please explain how your plan is going to help the poor who don’t qualify for Medicaid?

  • lkhoward24

    Quite typical is right: This lying crook plans to end poverty by means of an idiotic scheme that will deny healthcare to the poor and soon-to-be poor (Middle and Working Class people) affected by this ridiculous bill. They will simply die off. Oh, and Mr. Rokita is a climate change denier as well; good way to bring even more misery, suffering and death. To the voters of Indiana who elected this buffoon, you have no right to complain; none whatsoever.

    As *John Stuart Mill commented, “Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.” *English philosopher, political economist, civil servant, and political theorist and economist; a universal genius. Alas, Mr. Rokita’s one small character flaw, greed, prevents him from appreciating very little in this life other than money and power.

  • HoosierMommy

    He also voted against banning high capacity magazines for guns. Loathsome piece of sh*t.

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