Mark Schauer on Health Care

Last Updated : Sep 02, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

Health Care

Mark was a proud supporter of legislation signed into law this year that will help fix our broken health care system. Doing nothing would've allowed the powerful health insurance companies to keep raising premiums on Michigan families and businesses by double digits each year, Medicare would be put at risk for Michigan seniors, and the federal deficit would continue to skyrocket. Mark felt this course was simply unsustainable.

Health care reform will ban health insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions or the loss of a job, close the Medicare prescription drug donut hole for 9,600 seniors in the 7th district, extend coverage to 24,000 uninsured local residents, cut the federal deficit by $1.3 trillion, and allow the American people to sign up for the same kind of quality, affordable, private health insurance plans that are available to members of Congress.

In the days leading up to the final vote on health care reform, the health insurance industry spent nearly $400,000 on ads attacking Mark in a desperate attempt to scare Michigan families and maintain the status quo. Despite this massive misinformation campaign, Mark made it clear that he doesn't work for the powerful health insurance industry - he works for the people of Michigan, and isn't afraid to do what's right to fix our broken health care system and get our economy back on track.

 

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. Mark Schauer voted in favor of the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Mark Schauer 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. Mark Schauer voted in favor of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Mark Schauer 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. Mark Schauer voted in favor of the health care reconciliation bill.

Mark Schauer 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. Mark Schauer voted in favor of the original health care reform bill.

Mark Schauer 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. Mark Schauer voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Mark Schauer 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. Mark Schauer voted in favor of SCHIP.

Mark Schauer voted in favor of SCHIP.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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