Betty Sutton on Health Care

Last Updated : Oct 07, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

Lowering the Cost of Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug prices are out of control. Too many seniors are unable to afford the medicines they need when they need them. For too long politics and the drug companies have run roughshod over our seniors. Betty has been fighting to require that the government negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies for the lowest possible drug prices for our seniors and taxpayers.

Medicare Reimbursements

Betty is committed to long-term and sustainable reform our Medicare Physician Payment system. Betty supported the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009 to permanently replace the Medicare physician payment system with a stable, fair and sustainable system. The law sought to protect Medicare beneficiaries' access to physicians by blocking the 21 percent scheduled fee reductions. Betty also voted to stave off the 21 percent fee reduction scheduled for June 2010, and to increase payments under Medicare by 2.2% through 2010 and 1% in 2011.

 

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. Betty Sutton voted against the HEALTH Act.

Betty Sutton 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. Betty Sutton voted against repealing the health care legislation.

Betty Sutton 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. Betty Sutton voted in favor of the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Betty Sutton 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. Betty Sutton voted in favor of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Betty Sutton 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. Betty Sutton voted in favor of the health care reconciliation bill.

Betty Sutton 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. Betty Sutton voted in favor of the original health care reform bill.

Betty Sutton 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. Betty Sutton voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Betty Sutton 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. Betty Sutton voted in favor of SCHIP.

Betty Sutton voted in favor of SCHIP.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 1256; Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act - Cosponsor

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.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4752; Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

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.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4789; Medicare You Can Buy Into Act - Cosponsor

Public Option Act or the Medicare You Can Buy Into Act - Amends part A of title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to authorize an option for any citizen or permanent resident of the United States to buy into Medicare.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4626; Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act - Cosponsor

Amends the McCarran-Ferguson Act to provide that nothing in that Act shall modify, impair, or supersede the operation of any of the antitrust laws with respect to the business of health insurance. Applies prohibitions against using unfair methods of competition to the business of health insurance without regard to whether such business is carried on for profit.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 2; SCHIP Reauthorization - Cosponsor

To amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to extend and improve the Children's Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.

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.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3014; Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To improve the health of minority individuals, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 676; United States National Health Insurance Act - Cosponsor

To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, and for other purposes.

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