Steve Driehaus on Health Care

Last Updated : Sep 14, 2010

Summary

Congressman Driehaus is a strong supporter of the 2009 health care reform. He also supports a government run single-payer system and believes that the 2009 reform was an important step in achieving that goal. He credits the 2009 reform with doing the following:

  • Medicare patients can receive free preventive care,
  • Seniors are eligible for assistance to close the “Donut Hole” in prescription drug coverage,
  • Small businesses paying for health insurance will receive tax credits up to 35 percent of premiums,
  • Insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to children because of preexisting conditions,
  • Insurers will be prohibited from dropping coverage if a person becomes sick,
  • Young people will be able to stay on their parents’ insurance until their 26th birthday.

 

Support for Health Care Legislation

 

Support for Single-Payer System

When asked about his support for a single-payer system, Congressman Driehaus does not give a definitive yes or no, but rather states "I don't think that we're gonna get to single-payer right away." His comments show that he supports a single payer system, but is hesitant to make such a statement.

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

Official 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. Steve Driehaus voted in favor of the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Steve Driehaus 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. Steve Driehaus voted in favor of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Steve Driehaus 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. Steve Driehaus voted in favor of the health care reconciliation bill.

Steve Driehaus 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. Steve Driehaus voted in favor of the original health care reform bill.

Steve Driehaus 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. Steve Driehaus voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Steve Driehaus 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. Steve Driehaus voted in favor of SCHIP.

Steve Driehaus 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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