Brad Ellsworth on Health Care

Last Updated : Jul 14, 2010

 Summary

Congressman Ellsworth initially opposed the 2009 health care reform bill, stating that it would come between a patient and a doctor.  Eventually, he supported the 2009 health care reform bill stating that in his core, he knew it was the right decision.  He also stated that it would lower health care costs, improve care, and not add one penny to the national debt. During the debate, Congressman Ellsworth voted against allowing small businesses to pool their resources and against purchasing insurance across state lines. 

In 2009, Congressman Ellsworth sponsored legislation to bridge the gap between the loss of COBRA benefits and the high risk pools created in the 2009 legislation. He also voted in favor of SCHIP re-authorization.

 

Initial Opposition to 2009 reform

According to an American Spectator article, Congressman Ellsworth was initially against the 2009 health care reform plan, and voted against purchasing health care across state lines, and allowing small businesses to pool their resources for health care coverage.

 

Press releases - Support for 2009 reform bill

In a March 2009 press release, Congressman Ellsworth stated his intention to vote for the 2009 health care reform legislation. He asserted that the bill would benefit Hoosiers, that it would reduce the cost of health care, and that it would not add to the national debt.

 

In November of 2009, after the House passed the health care reform legislation, Congressman Ellsworth released another press statement showing his support for the bill.

 

The Hill Article - Calling 911

In July of 2010, Congressman Ellsworth wrote an article in "The Hill" stating that if congress didn't act soon, the affordable health care would remain just our of reach for many Americans. He also used his background as a sheriff to note that America was dialing 911 and needed congress to answer.

 

Press release - High Risk Pools

In July of 2009, Congressman Ellsworth introduced legislation to bridge the gap between those who have exhausted their COBRA coverage and those who would not qualify for the high risk pool created in the 2009 plan for another 6 months.

 

Official website statements

 

 

Campaign 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. Brad Ellsworth voted in favor of the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Brad Ellsworth 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. Brad Ellsworth voted in favor of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Brad Ellsworth 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. Brad Ellsworth voted in favor of the health care reconciliation bill.

Brad Ellsworth 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. Brad Ellsworth voted in favor of the original health care reform bill.

Brad Ellsworth 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. Brad Ellsworth voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Brad Ellsworth 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. Brad Ellsworth voted in favor of SCHIP.

Brad Ellsworth voted in favor of SCHIP.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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.

References

[1] Website: The American Spectator Article: The Brad Ellsworth Test Author: W. James Antle, III Accessed on: 07/14/2010

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