Todd Rokita, U.S. Representative from District 4, was part of a study committee tasked with finding an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Obamacare, which began open enrollment on Oct. 1 for the health insurance exchanges, has now been thrust even further into the public eye following the government shutdown currently taking place.
The Republican Study Committee (RSC) consisted of Chairman Steve Scalise, Working Group Chairman Dr. Phil Roe, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Rep. Renee Ellmers, Rep. John Fleming, Rep. Paul Gosar, and Rokita.
Their answer to Obamacare, House Bill 3121, was dubbed the American Health Care Reform Act.
Rokita said talks began early this year about finding a more palatable answer to Obamacare.
“That doesn’t mean that the ideas that we have that were put down were just started to be talked about at the beginning of the year,” he said. “These are ideas, frankly, that have been around and that have been talked about either singly, or as part of … going all the way back to when Obamacare was passed. A lot of these ideas were filed as a substitute then. What we wanted to do was put them together as a package and really come out with a comprehensive … replacement product … for Obamacare.”
Rokita said people need to understand what they’re getting with Obamacare.
“As the light bulbs continue to go on minute after minute … around the country, about how bad and insidious this law is and how expensive it is and the jobs it’s starting to hurt and it’s moving people from full time to part time, we think it’s important that people start to really understand what their intention is focused on out there as it affects their own bottom line and their own well-being,” he said.
Rokita added that it’s important for citizens to be able to say “No” to Obamacare, but then to also have another more feasible option.