I believe that Americans have a fundamental right to seek access to health insurance and that the government should not inhibit individuals from seeking that access.
While America offers some of the best technology and knowledge in healthcare, there are too many who simply cannot afford health insurance. There is clearly a health care crisis in this country, caused by rapidly rising costs that are the result of outdated and inadequate policy.
Changing the Tax-code
Specifically speaking, I believe our tax code should be shifted so as not to place an emphasis on employer-based healthcare, but instead, on individual control of health care. The tax code currently encourages businesses to pay for their employee’s healthcare by exempting businesses from having to pay payroll taxes on these benefits. Because of this, health insurance is all too often attached directly to the individual’s employment, instead of the individual. In many cases, individuals who lose their job will not only have a sudden decrease in income, but will completely lose all of their health benefits.
By shifting the tax incentives to individuals instead of businesses, we can create an environment in which health insurance is portable (health insurance follows the individual, instead of staying with the business of employment), while still covering pre-existing conditions. Health insurance tied to businesses also limits the choice of consumers to plans that have been chosen by their employer. I would like to see an environment where individuals would be at liberty to choose the health insurance plan that best suits their needs.
Keeping Illegals Out
There has also been much discussion about having public plans as a fundamental part of healthcare reform. My concern is that if we have a public option, it will be inevitable that illegal immigrants will receive benefits from the system. If we are to be able to afford the type of health coverage we want for our own people, we must be able to say “no” to those who have not contributed to the system. Every dollar spent on healthcare for illegal immigrants is a dollar less available for your family and mine.
I am committed to comprehensive health care reform and am currently considering a variety of proposals that have either been introduced, or are being discussed in the Senate and House of Representatives. As your elected Representative, I have a duty to ensure that the constituents of the 46th District are not inhibited by their government from seeking and accessing health insurance. Expanding access to high quality health care can be done in a way that doesn’t saddle the taxpayer with higher taxes and the government with higher debt, and I will work with my colleagues to achieve such a plan.
I am firmly committed to working with all parties to find solutions that provide genuine access to affordable, quality health care for every American. The time has come for reforms that will create a balanced, common sense approach guaranteeing that Americans receive the care they deserve while protecting the sacred doctor-patient relationship. Now is not the time to play politics with health care. I pledge to you that I will continue to reach out to all sides to achieve what matters most: affordable, accessible, doctor-patient-centered health care. Below you will find links to various solutions that I am taking a look at. I invite you to read through them and let me know what you think.
(Note: These are not necessarily proposals Congressman Rohrabacher has endorsed; rather, they are examples of various Republican proposals that have been introduced)
Healthcare in the news:
It is difficult to turn on the television without hearing about healthcare. Below are some links and document downloads that I have found helpful in developing my positions.
More on Health Care
WASHINGTON – Concerning his vote this week for the American Health Care Act, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, released the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Friday released the following statement on the House’s failure to end Obamacare:
Today’s disappointment in the House is just that: a disappointment, a setback, a summons to rally and try, try again. That is what patriotic Americans do, and that is what we will do in Congress. In the months ahead, we will perfect and tweak the legislation, which we failed to rush through the House this time.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher , a Republican, on Thursday joined his Democratic colleague, Rep. Sam Farr, in demanding the Justice Department’s inspector general investigate federal agents’ illegal use of taxpayers’ money to prosecute medical marijuana practitioners in states where the practice is legal.
“Last week the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, released a shocking video showing Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, Deborah Nucatola, discussing the selling of organs from aborted fetuses. In the week since the video’s release the outrage has only mounted, a testament to Americans’ basic sensibility that – whatever the legal status of abortion in this country – all human life matters.
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives Wednesday voted 242-186 to approve a provision authored by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, and Sam Farr, D-CA, that protects medical marijuana patients and providers from federal prosecution. The amendment to the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill prohibits the federal government from using any funds to arrest or prosecute medical marijuana patients or providers that are in a compliance with their state’s laws.
Weed. It's become serious business. No longer stigmatized as the drug of the unambitious and basement-ridden (ok, it still has some of that stigma), it is now a dynamic political topic and, in some states and cities, a burgeoning industry.
So, how did we get here? More importantly, where are we going?
WASHINGTON – In his blog Tuesday, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, praised outgoing Atty. Gen. Eric Holder for last week’s announcement that the Justice Department would no longer share property seized in drug arrests with state and local police. He urged Holder to take the next step and remove marijuana from the department’s Schedule I of dangerous and prohibited drugs.
The following is the California congressman’s statement:
Time to remove marijuana from the enforcement list
WASHINGTON – Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Sam Farr, both Californians, on Monday saluted congressional colleagues for including their co-sponsored medical marijuana amendment in final passage over the weekend of the government funding legislation, now on its way to President Obama’s desk.
Washington, DC – Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, and Earl Blumenaur, D-OR, along with ten bipartisan cosponsors, have introduced the Veterans Equal Access Act, which would make it easier for qualified veterans to access medical marijuana.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Wednesday criticized President Obama’s decision to send 3,000 U.S. troops to Africa in an effort to combat the deadly Ebola virus. The California Republican said the deployment misuses the country’s trained fighting forces and illustrates the president’s confused understanding of the military’s purpose.