Tim Bishop on Health Care
Campaign Website Statements
Making Quality Health Care Affordable
Congressman Bishop wants to ensure that decisions about patient care are made by doctors, not insurance companies, and that cost doesn't act as a barrier between medical care and the people who need it.
Too many families on Long Island are struggling to pay the skyrocketing costs of health insurance. The average Long Islander has seen their health insurance premiums rise by 80% in the last decade. Tim Bishop has worked to cut these costs and to crack down on insurance company abuses. Thanks to legislation that Tim supported, insurers can no longer deny coverage for pre-existing conditions or cancel coverage when a policyholder gets sick.
Tim believes that insurance companies must cover routine check-ups and preventative care, such as mammograms, because early detection saves lives and keeps health-care costs down.
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. Tim Bishop voted against the HEALTH Act.
Tim Bishop voted against 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. Tim Bishop voted against repealing the health care legislation.
Tim Bishop voted against 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. Tim Bishop voted in favor of the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.
Tim Bishop 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. Tim Bishop voted in favor of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Tim Bishop 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. Tim Bishop voted in favor of the health care reconciliation bill.
Tim Bishop 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. Tim Bishop voted in favor of the original health care reform bill.
Tim Bishop 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. Tim Bishop voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
Tim Bishop voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
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. Tim Bishop voted in favor of SCHIP.
Tim Bishop voted in favor of 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. Tim Bishop voted against medicare part D when it passed the House in final form.
Tim Bishop 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. Tim Bishop voted in favor of Medicare Part D.
Tim Bishop voted in favor of Medicare Part D.
Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation
To protect the public health by providing the Food and Drug Administration with certain authority to regulate tobacco products, to amend title 5, United States Code, to make certain modifications in the Thrift Savings Plan, the Civil Service Retirement System, and the Federal Employees' Retirement System, and for other purposes.
Amends part D (Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit Program) of title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate with pharmaceutical manufacturers the prices that may be charged to Medicare part D prescription drug plan (PDP) sponsors and MedicareAdvantage (MA) organizations for covered part D drugs for part D eligible individuals who are enrolled under a PDP or under an MA-Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plan.
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.
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.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow retired public safety officers to elect an annual exclusion from gross income up to $5,000 for distributions from governmental retirement plans for the payment of accident or health insurance or long-term care insurance.