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Rokita Report 11/8/13


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Dear Friend,

Thank you for the opportunity to update you on the work of the 113th Congress. I trust this finds you and your family well.

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In this week's Rokita Report

Rokita Readings - A 50-Year-Old Question
American Health Care Reform Act
Exploring Sustainable Agriculture at BioTownAg
Helping Our Neighbors - Our Annual Food Drive
ObamaCare Update - Millions Can't Keep Their Insurance
Rokita Readings
A clickable offering of books and articles that I've read recently and highly recommend, as we strive together to "Keep the Republic."

Featured in this week's Rokita Readings is a column I recently read by Thomas Donlan, "A 50-Year-Old Question."

At the core of the debate about improving health care has been a question of fairness, and beyond the question of fairness lies a deeper issue, and that is how to eradicate poverty.

Donlan's column asks some very important questions about how to best help the poor. He argues, and I agree, that many American political leaders have given up on the poor and that they are more interested in preserving broken programs as opposed to really encouraging economic mobility for all Americans. And this is very much the core of the debate we are having today - more government is clearly not helping , there a better way.

American Health Care Reform Act - Patient-Centered, Market-Driven Health Care

In September, along with a working group of fellow Republican Study Committee colleagues, I introduced theAmerican Health Care Reform Act - a patient-centered, market-driven health care reform bill designed to increase access and reduce costs for all Americans.

I introduced this legislation because I believe it is important to offer solutions for what could be, instead of just pointing out the obvious flaws in ObamaCare - an insidious law.

A brief summary of the bills reforms

Encouraging a more competitive health care market - Allowing Americans to purchase health care across state lines, increasing transparency in Medicare by making claims data public, and allowing small businesses to pool together to lower costs.
Increasing access to portable, affordable health insurance - implementing an across-the-board standard deduction for all health insurance plans, and expanding access and options for Health Savings Accounts.
Improving access to insurance for vulnerable Americans - Ensuring affordable coverage for those with pre-existing conditions by funding state high-risk pools, and removing barriers that prevent continual insurance coverage.
Reforming medical liability law - Capping non-economic damages, and placing a statute of limitations on liability cases.
Respecting human life - Prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion.
Repealing Obamacare
This bill is a starting point and I welcome input from anyone that wishes to constructively contribute to meaningful and responsible health care reform.

You can read the full bill text, summaries of the bills, and learn more about the American Health Care Reform Act here. I'm eager to hear your feedback and answer your questions on the bill. Let me know what you think on my Facebook post about the bill. When discussing the harmful impact of ObamaCare with your friends, neighbors, and coworkers, tell them about this legislation.

Exploring Sustainable Agriculture at BioTownAg

On Thursday, I visited with Brian Furer and the BioTownAgteam in Reynolds.

Rep. Rokita with Stuart Gutwein of Gutwein Law, Brian Furrer of BioTownAg, and Miles Ridgway of FBI Buildings

BioTownAg is a farm on the forefront of sustainable agriculture. Aside from appearing as a traditional farm, BioTownAg is actually able to recycle the waste and byproduct of their farming operations through a digester into usable methane gas. They use this methane to power generators and transfer electricity back to the electric grid.

BioTownAg is just one more Hoosier farm that is a leader in innovative agricultural practices. Learn more about them here.

Helping Our Neighbors - Our Annual Food Drive

Our two district office locations are now accepting nonperishable food donation items for our annual holiday food drive through Friday, December 20.

As you'll recall, this is the second year in a row we are collecting food for local food pantries. Earlier this year, during the August town hall events, we also collected food items. Year-to-date, you have helped our offices collect 500 pounds of food.

Office hours are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Addresses for my Danville and Lafayette offices are below.

ObamaCare Insurance CancellationsContinue to Hit Mailboxes

It has been widely reported that millions of Americans are being sent cancellation notices of their insurance policies due to forced changes under ObamaCare. These cancellations come despite the promise made by the President, time and again, that if you can keep your insurance plan. If you or someone you know has had a similar experience, please send me your insurance cancellation notices at

Thank you for your continued interest in Congress and for supporting my efforts in Washington. Take care.


Todd Rokita

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