U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita today received the Guardian of Seniors' Rights award from the 60 Plus Association at a healthcare town hall meeting hosted by the group at the Indiana Statehouse. Rokita has strongly opposed Obamacare and has voted in the House to fully repeal it at every opportunity. (Please see below for a release from the 60 Plus Association featuring quotes from music legend Pat Boone in praise of Rokita's pro-senior voting record in Congress.)
"As a member of the House Budget Committee, I've worked with Chairman Paul Ryan to help lead an adult conversation about the future of Medicare and Social Security -- and now, it's time to move forward with action. If we are to keep our promises to current retirees, and to end the practice of intergenerational theft from our children and grandchildren, we have to make market-driven reforms and ensure that benefits go to those who truly need them. The longer we wait, the more expensive and difficult the choices will be to make," said Rokita.
The healthcare town hall is part of 60 Plus' "Let's Do Better" bus tour, which is visiting seniors in their communities to highlight the threat posed by Obamacare and the need to replace it with patient-centered reforms. The current leg of the bus tour is traveling through states across the South, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. The bus tour will be in Indiana today and tomorrow, with additional stops in Richmond, Carmel, West Lafayette, Lakeville and Valparaiso.
According to 60 Plus: "This legislation, which remains unpopular with seniors, cuts Medicare, cripples Medicare Advantage, establishes a "Medicare IRS", and generally provides for a bureaucratic takeover of important health care decisions -- all unpopular with seniors."
60 Plus, founded more than 20 years ago and currently supported by some 7.2 million "senior activists," is often referred to as the conservative alternative to the AARP. The group funded by voluntary donations from over a quarter-million donors and does not accept taxpayer funding, unlike the AARP.