Jack Kingston on Health Care

Last Updated : Jul 13, 2012

Official Website Statements

Health Care

I believe all Americans deserve access to affordable health care; however, the answer to high costs does not lie with government involvement, increased regulation, or mandates. In fact, those steps often depress the efficiency of programs and create additional costs.

While I support reforming America’s health care system, Public Law 111-148, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” created a massive new bureaucracy without addressing the underlying problems plaguing our health care system. Instead, the law moves us towards higher taxes, less choice, increased consumer costs, and the beginnings of a bureaucratic wall between doctors and patients. To read more about my concerns regarding H.R. 3590 click here.

I support repealing this law and replacing it with effective reforms that make health care in this country more affordable, accessible and patient-centered without growing the size of government. We can use a market-based approach through things like medical liability reform, tax reforms to level the playing field between huge corporations and those purchasing insurance on the individual market and allowing the purchase of insurance policies across state lines. Through these and other reforms, I know we can vastly improve our health care system without growing the size of government and inserting a bureaucrat between a patient and his doctor.

Voting Record

Tort Reform

In March of 2012, the House voted on HR 5, also know as the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low Cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011. This legislation would have set a statute of limitations of three years after the date of manifestation of an injury or one year after the claimant discovers the injury for a lawsuit, made each party liable only for the amount of damages directly proportional to such party's percentage of responsibility, allowed the court to restrict the payment of attorney contingency fees, authorized punitive damages only where there is clear and convincing evidence that a person acted with malicious intent to injure the claimant, limited punitive damages to $500,000, limited noneconomic damages to $250,000, and denied punitive damages in the case of products approved, cleared, or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or otherwise considered in compliance with FDA standards. Jack Kingston voted in favor of the HEALTH Act.

Jack Kingston voted in favor of the HEALTH Act.

Repeal of Health Care Reform

In early 2011, the House voted on repealing the 2009-2010 health care reform legislation, called "Obamacare" by its opponents. Jack Kingston voted in favor of repealing the health care legislation.

Jack Kingston voted in favor of repealing the health care legislation.

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. Jack Kingston voted against the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Jack Kingston voted against 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. Jack Kingston voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Jack Kingston voted against 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. Jack Kingston voted against the health care reconciliation bill.

Jack Kingston voted against 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. Jack Kingston voted against the original health care reform bill.

Jack Kingston voted against 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. Jack Kingston voted against the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Jack Kingston voted against 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. Jack Kingston voted against SCHIP.

Jack Kingston voted against SCHIP.

Medicare Part D - Final Vote

After the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 passed the Senate, it came back for a final vote in the House. It passed the House in final form 220-215. Jack Kingston voted in favor of Medicare Part D when it passed the House in final form.

Jack Kingston voted in favor of Medicare Part D when it passed the House in final form.

Medicare Part D

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 is sometimes called Medicare Part D. It was a sweeping reform that created plans for the senior citizens to purchase prescription drugs. The bill iniitially passed the House 216-215. Jack Kingston voted against Medicare Part D.

Jack Kingston voted against Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 144; Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal a provision (added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that extends to corporations that are not tax-exempt the requirement to report payments of $600 or more.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 154; Defund the Individual Mandate Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits any funds appropriated or otherwise made available to any federal department or agency from being used to implement or enforce any federal mandate to purchase health insurance.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5141; Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal a provision (added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that extends to corporations that are not tax-exempt the requirement to report payments of $600 or more.

Session-111; Bill Number-H Res 1188; Ensuring an up or down vote on certain health care legislation - Cosponsor

Prohibits the Committee on Rules from reporting a rule or order that provides for disposition of the Senate amendments to H.R. 3590 (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [PPACA]) unless it provides for: (1) at least one hour of debate, equally divided and controlled by the majority leader and the minority leader; and (2) a requirement that the Speaker put the question on disposition of the Senate amendments and that the yeas and nays be considered as ordered thereon.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5111; To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act. - Cosponsor

Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to prohibit federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.) Requires any qualified health benefit plan offered through an Exchange that includes coverage for abortions to also offer a qualified health benefit plan through the Exchange that is identical in every respect except that it does not cover abortions.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4972; To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Cosponsor

Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, effective as of its enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by such Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4903; To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Cosponsor

Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, effective as of its enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by such Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5882; Defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Cosponsor

Declares that no funds are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and any amendments made by either such Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4904; Defunding the Health Care Mandate - Cosponsor

Prohibits any funds appropriated or otherwise made available to any federal department or agency from being used to implement or enforce any federal mandate to purchase health insurance.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3234; HSA Improvement and Expansion Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Amends Internal Revenue Code provisions relating to health savings accounts (HSAs) to: (1) allow HSAs to incorporate flexible spending and health reimbursement arrangements; (2) increase the annual HSA contribution limitation; (3) permit the use of HSAs to purchase health insurance; (4) allow the payment of certain medical expenses incurred before the establishment of an HSA; (5) allow veterans eligible for service-connected disability benefits to establish an HSA; and (6) allow spouses to make increased catch-up contributions to a single HSA.

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