Alan Grayson on Health Care

Last Updated : Oct 08, 2010

Summary

Congressman Grayson strongly supports a single-payer, government run health care plan. He has proposed legislation to allow everyone to use the Medicare program as an insurance company. Congressman Grayson believes that insurance companies are evil and has used the word "holocaust" to describe the current medical care system. He has harshly criticized those who opposed the 2009 health care reform bill and stated that Republicans wanted Americans to "die quickly" if they got sick. Congressman Grayson is a strong supporter of a public option, and any other stepping stone to a single payer system.

In addition to voting for the 2009 reform bill, Congressman Grayson voted in favor of the re-authorization of SCHIP.

 

Support for a Medicare buy-in

In March of 2010, Congressman Grayson also released a press statement noting his legislation which would introduce a single-payer type system where anyone in the US could buy-in to the Medicare plan.

 

 

Support for Public Option and Single Payer

In December of 2009, Congressman Grayson stated that he supports "coverage for everyone," and supports the public option.

 

Controversy over Floor Statements

In September of 2009, Congressman Grayson spoke on the floor of the US House and stated that the Republican plan for health care in the US was "don't get sick," and if you do, "die quickly". Congressman Grayson then states that Democrats want to provide insurance to those without it and Republicans want everyone to die. This item is tracked under the controversy tag.

 

Support for 2009 Health Care Reform

In a March 2010 press release, Congressman Grayson talks about the lives he saved by voting for health care reform.

 

In another March 2010 press statement, Congressman Grayson discusses the highlights of the legislation for his district.

 

Statements about solvency

When asked about how the government could run a health care program when it had ruined the social security system, Congresman Grayson stated that the plan in place was not a government takeover.

 

Discussion with Chris Mathews over Health Care

In June of 2010, Congressman Grayson appeared on Hard Ball with Chris Mathews and stated it was possible to pass health care with reconciliation. He then argued with Chris Mathews about the appropriateness of such a procedure.

 

Opposition to Insurance Companies

In a February 2010 press statement, Congressman Grayson notes his legislation to end to the exemption to anti-trust laws.

 

Official Website Statements

 

Voting Record

2009-2010 Health Care Reform - Amendments

There were three significant votes on the health care reform legislation in the house. The first passed the house version, the second passed the reconciliation bill, and the third passed a bill to address "problems" in the original bills. This vote passed amendments to address the problems with the reconciliation bill. Alan Grayson voted in favor of the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Alan Grayson voted in favor of the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

In March of 2010 the House voted on the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The legislation was to pass the health care reform through the reconciliation process. No Republicans voted for the legislation and 22 Democrats voted against the bill. The bill passed 220-207. Alan Grayson voted in favor of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Alan Grayson voted in favor of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

2009-2010 Health Care Reform - Reconciliation

After a separate version of health care reform passed in the Senate, the Democrats lost the 60 seats they needed to break a Republican filibuster. To pass the reform bill, the House passed a reconciliation bill that would allow the House and Senate versions to be combined without a separate verion passing the Senate. Alan Grayson voted in favor of the health care reconciliation bill.

Alan Grayson voted in favor of the health care reconciliation bill.

2009-2010 Health Care Reform Bill

The Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962) was the version that passed the House. It was supported by most Democrats and only 1 Republican. Alan Grayson voted in favor of the original health care reform bill.

Alan Grayson voted in favor of the original health care reform bill.

Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act sets up health requirements for tobacco products, sets labeling guidelines, requires tobacco companies to report the content of their products, and prescribes punishements for violating any rules. The measure passed the House 298-112. Alan Grayson voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Alan Grayson voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

SCHIP

In addition to attempting overall health care reform, congress re-authorized SCHIP in 2009. SCHIP is a program to provide children with health care and fund it through tobacco taxes. The program passed with the full support of Democrats and roughly 1/4 of the Republicans. Alan Grayson voted in favor of SCHIP.

Alan Grayson voted in favor of SCHIP.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5808; To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish a public health insurance option - Cosponsor

Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to offer through Exchanges a health benefits plan (public health insurance option) that ensures choice, competition, and stability of affordable, high-quality coverage throughout the United States. Declares that the Secretary's primary responsibility is to create a low-cost plan without compromising quality or access to care. Sets forth provisions related to the establishment and governance of the public health insurance option, including that such plan: (1) may be made available only through Exchanges; (2) must comply with requirements applicable to other health benefits plans offered through such Exchanges, including requirements related to benefits, benefit levels, provider networks, notices, consumer protections, and cost sharing; and (3) must offer bronze, silver, and gold plan levels.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4789; Medicare You Can Buy Into Act - Prime Sponsor

Public Option Act or the Medicare You Can Buy Into Act - Amends part A of title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to authorize an option for any citizen or permanent resident of the United States to buy into Medicare.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4700; Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Requires any and all individuals or business entities, including physicians, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufactures, and insurance entities, that offer or furnish health care related items, products, services, or procedures for sale to the public to publicly disclose, on a continuous basis, all prices for such items, products, services, or procedures. Authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to: (1) investigate any individuals or business entities that fail to comply with the requirements of this Act; and (2) impose civil fines, or other civil penalties, as appropriate.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 3090; Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, to establish the Robert T. Matsui Center for Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Health Care. Provides for health care workforce diversity activities, including the establishment of: (1) a national working group on workforce diversity; (2) an aggregated database on health professional students; and (3) the Advisory Committee on Health Professions Training for Diversity. Requires health-related programs of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect data on race, ethnicity, primary language, and sexual orientation. Directs each federal health agency to implement a strategic plan to eliminate disparities on the basis of race, ethnicity, and primary language and improve the health and health care of minority populations.

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