Charlie Melancon on Health Care

Last Updated : Sep 09, 2010

Summary

Congressman Melancon voted against the 2009 health care reform legislation, but generally supported the reform and the public option. He voted in favor of the SCHIP program.

 

Support for reform and public option

 

Vote against 2009 Health Care Reform

 

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. Charlie Melancon voted against the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Charlie Melancon 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. Charlie Melancon voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Charlie Melancon 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. Charlie Melancon voted against the health care reconciliation bill.

Charlie Melancon 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. Charlie Melancon voted against the original health care reform bill.

Charlie Melancon 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. Charlie Melancon voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Charlie Melancon 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. Charlie Melancon voted in favor of SCHIP.

Charlie Melancon voted in favor of SCHIP.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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.

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