Journal & Courier: Rokita careless with health care vote

http://www.jconline.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/05/08/letter-rokita-careless-health-care-vote/101453394/

Perhaps you are as disappointed as I am that Congressman Todd Rokita rushed to vote for the American Health Care Act without a score from the Congressional Budget Office. A member of the House Committee on Budget, Rokita is a self-avowed deficit hawk. Though I disagree with the congressman on most points, I respect his determination to prioritize responsible federal spending and deficit reduction.

So, I expected Rokita to thoroughly vet the tax and spending ramifications of a bill that would effectively "reorganize one-sixth of the country's economy" (NBC News, May 4). Instead, our representative ignored constituents, voted blindly and self-congratulated. He pushed a wildly unpopular bill with no data: it has no price tag, manipulates tax structures and cuts benefits for the most vulnerable. Preliminary estimates by policy analysts indicate that if you're sick, pregnant, aging or poor, you may have fewer benefits that cost more for you and the federal government, regardless of how you get your health insurance (Consumer Reports, May 4).

As a fan of evidence-based decision-making, I want my representative to know the cost-benefits of proposed policies before voting. This is a basic tenet of good governance and a key role of the CBO, widely referred to as the "gold standard" for such analysis. CBO scoring has been standard procedure for legislative proposals since the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

If the congressman is willing to hastily adopt policy without adequate review, it would appear that his talk is cheap. Unfortunately, his ideology may cost Indiana's 4th District more than we know right now.

Elizabeth Trybula

West Lafayette