Chet Edwards on Health Care

Last Updated : Aug 06, 2010

Summary

Congressman Edwards opposed the 2009 health care reform legislation, stating that the plan was too expensive. He has supported and voted for SCHIP - an expansion of government health care to children.

 

Opposition to 2009 health care reform

In March of 2010, Congressman Edwards spoke about his opposition to the 2009 reform from a cost standpoint. He stated that the plan may add to the deficit, and he advocated for a trigger to activate if the costs exceeded the projected costs.

 

Support for SCHIP

The SCHIP program was originally designed to provide health care coverage to children of parents who were working, but could not afford insurance for their children. The 2009 re-authorization greatly expanded the program and increased taxes on tobacco to pay for the expansion. Congressman Edwards spoke about his support for the program in a press statement.

Official Website Statements

 

 

 

Campaign 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. Chet Edwards voted against the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted against the health care reconciliation bill.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted against the original health care reform bill.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted in favor of SCHIP.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted against medicare part D when it passed the House in final form.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted against Medicare Part D.

Chet Edwards voted against Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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 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 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 1343; Health Care Safety Net Act of 2008 - Cosponsor

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.

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