Todd Akin on Health Care

Last Updated : Oct 19, 2012

Summary

Congressman Akin voted against the Medicare Part D reform, opposed the expansion of SCHIP, and opposed the package of legislation known as Obamacare.

SCHIP

Congressman Akin opposed the reauthorization and expansion of the SCHIP legislation. He stated that it doesn't take any towering intellect to see the problem with taxing Americans with private health insurance and taking the benefits away from older Americans to give free health insurance to children with families making more than $80,000 and children of illegal immigrants. He added that even with the best of intentions, Congress must be careful not to create more government than we can afford.

In noting his opposition, Congressman Akin stated that he was concerned that under the guise of providing insurance for poor children, democrats were seeking to bring socialized medicine to main street. He added that as we increase the scope of government provided healthcare beyond the aid of the poor, we are increasingly socializing our medical system, and with that will come consequences to those who have private plans.

Obamacare

Congressman Akin opposed the Affordable Care Act and the other pieces of legislation known as Obamacare. He staetd that families often face difficult medical care choices and decisions and it is easy to wish for a miracle solution, but such government solutions always come at the price of liberty and freedom and the right for individuals to choose for themselves.

When the proposal was raised to allow states to opt-out, Congressman Akin opposed it as a distraction. He stated that it was not a true proposal in the sense that it cannot protect residents of any state from the economic backlash of higher taxes, Medicare cuts and the overall drag on the national economy that such a socialization of medicine would entail.

In late 2009, Congressman Akin stated that the levying of billions of dollars of taxes on our small businesses, as well as the consequent losses of millions of more jobs brings the proposal for socializing healthcare from the realm of the irrational to the dangerously delusional.

In January of 2010, Congressman Akin signed the Declaration of Health Care Independence stating that he was committed to opposing a massive, bureaucratic takeover of health care, fomented in back rooms, and guaranteed to grow government and raise taxes. In a floor speech, Congressman Akin stated that the bill threatened to destroy the quality of health care in America, and to destroy the fiscal integrity of our very country. 

In 2012, Congressman Akin supported repealing the legislation by stating that since the passage of Obamacare, we have seen a huge jump in insurance premiums as companies anticipate the cost of the bill’s mandates. He added that employers have announced benefit cuts and hiring freezes, as a result of the legislation, and 200 economists have warned that this law creates ‘major barriers to stronger job growth.

Real Reform

Congressman Akin has stated that he would evaluate any health care reform under the following provisions:

  • Promotes the doctor-patient relationship and ensures that the patient has a medical advocate.
  • Encourages medical decisions be made by the patient based on medical necessity rather than rationing by a bureaucrat.
  • Encourages patients to practice healthy lifestyles. Such practices can be implemented through education and financial incentives.
  • Encourages the implementation of electronic medical records that are interoperable and portable while ensuring that the patient's medical history is kept confidential and not released without the patient's consent.
  • Encourages transparency of medical costs and quality so that patients have an incentive to "price shop" in the health care market.
  • Prohibits any particular entity, government or private, from obtaining a monopoly of medical services in any given market. Due to a lack of competition, monopolies have no incentives to be efficient, adapt new technology, or restructure.
  • If an individual is currently insured, they cannot be dropped by a health insurance company due to a pre-existing condition.
  • Health care providers would be paid based on the value of service, not the volume of procedures performed.
  • Provides tax incentives to encourage patients to obtain catastrophic insurance.
  • Encourages health insurance to be portable from job to job, and allow people to be able to get the same tax break when they buy insurance on their own as they do when they get coverage at work.
  • Encourages preventive care through regular exams and check-ups.Turns illegal immigrants who have received free medical treatment over to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

 

SCHIP Makes Titanic Look Small

In August of 2007, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor about the size of the SCHIP program.

 

Support for Presidential Veto of SCHIP

In October of 2007, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his support for President Bush's veto of the SCHIP legislation.

 

Opposition to SCHIP Expansion

In October of 2007, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his opposition to the expansion of SCHIP.

 

Opposition to Socialized Healthcare

In July of 2009, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his view that the plan proposed was socialized health care.

 

Opt-Out a Distraction

In October of 2009, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his view that a recent opt-out provision was merely a distraction.

 

Irrational to Delusional

In November of 2009, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his view that the health care plan being discussed had gone from merely being irrational to now being delusional.

 

Health Care Independence

In January of 2010, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his recent signature on the Health Care Declaration of Independence.

 

Opposition to Takeover

In March of 2010, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his oppositon to the health care plan proposed by the Democrats.

 

Health Care Takeover

In March of 2010, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor concerning the reconciliation package that was used to pass health care reform.

 

Opposition to Reconciliation

In March of 2010, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his opposition to the use of reconciliation to pass the health care law.

 

Support for Repeal

In 2012, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his support for repealing the Affordable Care Act.

 

Official Website Statements

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

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. Todd Akin voted in favor of the HEALTH Act.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted in favor of repealing the health care legislation.

Todd Akin voted in favor of 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. Todd Akin voted against the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted against the health care reconciliation bill.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted against the original health care reform bill.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted against the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Todd Akin voted against 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. Todd Akin voted against SCHIP.

Todd Akin voted against 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. Todd Akin voted against medicare part D when it passed the House in final form.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted against Medicare Part D.

Todd Akin voted against Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 2; Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act - Cosponsor

Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, effective as of its enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by such Act. Repeals the health care provisions of the Health Care and Education and Reconciliation Act of 2010, effective as of the Act's enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by the Act's health care provisions.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 38; To rescind funds appropriated to the Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund under the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Rescinds any unobligated balance of funds made available for the Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund under the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

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.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 154; Defund the Individual Mandate Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits any funds appropriated or otherwise made available to any federal department or agency from being used to implement or enforce any federal mandate to purchase health insurance.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 369; Health Savings and Affordability Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) allow a tax deduction from gross income for the cost of health insurance coverage for individual taxpayers, their spouses, and dependents; (2) permit holders of health savings accounts (HSAs) and their spouses who are age 55 or older to make additional (catch-up) contributions to a joint HSA; (3) increase the allowable amount of the tax deduction for contributions to HSAs; (4) combine individual and family deductibles under high deductible health insurance plans; (5) allow for increased rollovers from flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) or health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) into HSAs; (6) allow the payment of premiums from HSAs for high deductible health plans; and (7) treat as medical care for purposes of the tax deduction for medical expenses certain exercise equipment and fees for physical fitness programs.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5141; Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act - 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.

Session-111; Bill Number-H Res 1188; Ensuring an up or down vote on certain health care legislation - Cosponsor

Prohibits the Committee on Rules from reporting a rule or order that provides for disposition of the Senate amendments to H.R. 3590 (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [PPACA]) unless it provides for: (1) at least one hour of debate, equally divided and controlled by the majority leader and the minority leader; and (2) a requirement that the Speaker put the question on disposition of the Senate amendments and that the yeas and nays be considered as ordered thereon.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5111; To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act. - Cosponsor

Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to prohibit federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.) Requires any qualified health benefit plan offered through an Exchange that includes coverage for abortions to also offer a qualified health benefit plan through the Exchange that is identical in every respect except that it does not cover abortions.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4972; To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Cosponsor

Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, effective as of its enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by such Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5882; Defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Cosponsor

Declares that no funds are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and any amendments made by either such Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-H Res 615; Congressman and the Public Option - Cosponsor

Urges Members of Congress who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, federal government run health insurance option to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4904; Defunding the Health Care Mandate - Cosponsor

Prohibits any funds appropriated or otherwise made available to any federal department or agency from being used to implement or enforce any federal mandate to purchase health insurance.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3234; HSA Improvement and Expansion Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Amends Internal Revenue Code provisions relating to health savings accounts (HSAs) to: (1) allow HSAs to incorporate flexible spending and health reimbursement arrangements; (2) increase the annual HSA contribution limitation; (3) permit the use of HSAs to purchase health insurance; (4) allow the payment of certain medical expenses incurred before the establishment of an HSA; (5) allow veterans eligible for service-connected disability benefits to establish an HSA; and (6) allow spouses to make increased catch-up contributions to a single HSA.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 5; Tort Reform - HEALTH Act - Cosponsor

HR 5 was 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.

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.

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