Sanford Bishop on Health Care

Last Updated : Jul 13, 2012

Campaign Website Statements

Health Care

Congressman Bishop supports initiatives to make health care more accessible and affordable, protect Medicare beneficiaries’ access to physicians, and increase funding for cancer research. He also supports efforts to combat childhood obesity, extend health insurance coverage for the unemployed, expand community health care centers, reduce physician shortages, and improve veterans’ health care. He supported the new health care law because it makes significant strides toward improving the health and well-being of the citizens of Georgia’s 2nd District.

Congressman Bishop also supports the increased utilization of electronic medical records to reduce medical errors and high administrative costs. In addition, he understands that prevention is important to a healthy population, and he supports additional preventative health care measures for children and adults. He also advocates for increased funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health and other research institutions.

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. Sanford Bishop voted against the HEALTH Act.

Sanford Bishop voted against 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. Sanford Bishop voted against repealing the health care legislation.

Sanford Bishop voted against 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. Sanford Bishop voted in favor of the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Sanford Bishop 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. Sanford Bishop voted in favor of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Sanford Bishop 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. Sanford Bishop voted in favor of the health care reconciliation bill.

Sanford Bishop 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. Sanford Bishop voted in favor of the original health care reform bill.

Sanford Bishop 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. Sanford Bishop cast a "No Vote"

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. Sanford Bishop voted in favor of SCHIP.

Sanford Bishop voted in favor of 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. Sanford Bishop voted against medicare part D when it passed the House in final form.

Sanford Bishop voted against 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. Sanford Bishop voted against Medicare Part D.

Sanford Bishop voted against Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 1256; Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act - Cosponsor

To protect the public health by providing the Food and Drug Administration with certain authority to regulate tobacco products, to amend title 5, United States Code, to make certain modifications in the Thrift Savings Plan, the Civil Service Retirement System, and the Federal Employees' Retirement System, and for other purposes.

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.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1343; Health Care Safety Net Act of 2008 - Cosponsor

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide additional authorizations of appropriations for the health centers program under section 330 of such Act, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 4; Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate lower covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3014; Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To improve the health of minority individuals, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 676; United States National Health Insurance Act - Cosponsor

To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 506; Health Partnership Through Creative Federalism Act - Cosponsor

Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a State Health Coverage Innovation Commission to: (1) request states to submit proposals for state health care expansion and improvement programs, which may include reform options such as tax credit approaches, expansions of public programs, or other appropriate alternatives; (2) review state applications and submit to Congress a list of state applications that the Commission recommends for approval; (3) report to the public concerning progress made by states; and (4) make recommendations to the Secretary and Congress for minimizing the negative effect of state programs on national employer groups, provider organizations, and insurers because of differing state requirements under the programs.

Session-111; Bill Number-H Con res 78; Expressing the support of the Congress regarding the need to facilitate State innovation in national health care reform. - Cosponsor

Sets forth Congress's commitment to include within legislation authorizing national health care reform provisions that facilitate state innovation and that: (1) promote the unique role of states as innovators in health care reform; (2) feature flexibility for states in implementing national goals and objectives for health care reform; (3) facilitate state efforts to improve upon and expand the goals and objectives of national health reform; and (4) incorporate the principles of state innovation espoused in the Health Partnership Act and Health Partnership Through Creative Federalism Act.

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