Randy Hultgren on Health Care

Last Updated : Sep 15, 2010

Summary

State Representative Hultgren has stated in debates that he opposed the 2009 health care reform. He advocates for reform that includes the following:

  • Price transparency
  • Tort Reform
  • Purchasing health care across state lines

 

Campaign Website Statements

Health Reform:

Real reform must include the following if we are to improve our system for all Americans:

  1. Price transparency: It’s impossible for people to ’shop around’ right now for health services, as we do for other necessities like groceries. This needs to change so people can make smart decisions with all the information at their fingertips.
  2. End Abusive Law Suits: It’s important for people who have serious claims of medical malpractice or error to find justice in the courts, but the trial-lawyer lobby with legislators in their pocket have ensured that the medical system has turned into a virtual lottery. Not only are frivolous lawsuits clogging the courts, but the rising costs for physicians of medical malpractice insurance, coupled with the need to order countless unnecessary tests in the practice of defensive medicine, has been a major contributor to the out-of-control rise in the cost of health care.
  3. Encourage real competition in the health insurance market: In health insurance a combination of regulation and local monopoly control has restricted the choices for families, businesses and individuals to purchase health insurance from only a few providers. Increasing national competition is a principal method we can use to drive down the cost of health insurance.

 

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. Randy Hultgren voted in favor of the HEALTH Act.

Randy Hultgren 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. Randy Hultgren voted in favor of repealing the health care legislation.

Randy Hultgren voted in favor of repealing the health care legislation.

 

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.

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