Pete Olson on Health Care

Last Updated : Oct 22, 2010

Summary

Congressman Olson opposed the 2009 health care reform package and called it the largest government takeover in our history. He wrote op-eds noting his opposition to portions of the plan that excluded government officials, and his opposition to a public option. While in congress, Pete Olson voted against the 2009 reform package, against SCHIP, and against the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. 

 

Hold Health Care Debate in Public

In 2009, Congressman Olson released a press statement noting his opposition to the manner in which the health care debate was unfolding and the broken promise to debate the reform package in public.

 

Apply Health Care to Representatives

Congressman Olson also joined with other Republican representatives to attempt to remove the special health care exemption for leadership and committee staff.

 

Reasons to Oppose Reform

In July of 2009, Congressman Olson released a press statement noting the reasons why he opposed the plans being put forth in the House.

 

Public Health Care is Bad for Us All

In August of 2009, Congressman Olson released a press statement noting his opposition to the plan that was developing in the House, and his opposition to a public option and a government system.

 

Health Care Reform is Government Takeover

After passage of the health care reform legislation, Congressman Olson released a press statement calling the reform package the largest government takeover in history.

 

Comments on the Costs of the Reform

In April of 2010, Congressman Olson spoke about the changing estimates of the cost of the health care reform.

 

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. Pete Olson voted in favor of the HEALTH Act.

Pete Olson 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. Pete Olson voted in favor of repealing the health care legislation.

Pete Olson 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. Pete Olson voted against the health care amendments for the House and Senate bills.

Pete Olson 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. Pete Olson voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Pete Olson 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. Pete Olson voted against the health care reconciliation bill.

Pete Olson 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. Pete Olson voted against the original health care reform bill.

Pete Olson 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. Pete Olson voted against the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Pete Olson 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. Pete Olson voted against SCHIP.

Pete Olson voted against SCHIP.

 

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 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-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 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 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.

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