Richard Shelby on Health Care

Last Updated : Jul 07, 2010

Summary

Senator Shelby has been strongly opposed to the 2009 health care reform since its inception.  He voted against the 2009 legislation and the 2007 SCHIP re-authorization bill. He also opposed the use of reconciliation to pass the health care legislation. He opposed individual mandates to enforce health insurance coverage.

Senator Shelby has sought to repeal the 2009 law and replace it with a plan that includes association health plans, state-based health insurance exchanges, tax credits or reforms, medical savings accounts, allowing individuals and families to purchase high-deductible health plans that are less than the value of the tax credit to deposit the excess amount into a medical savings account.

 

Use of Reconciliation to pass

On March 3, 2010 Senator Shelby spoke on the senate floor about the use of reconciliation to pass health care legislation. The transcript of that speech is shown below.

 

Senate Floor speech - Dec 15, 2009

On December 15, 2009 Senator Shelby spoke on floor of the senate in opposition to the health care reform legislation. His office released a transcript of that statement and it is shown below. The transcript matches the video shown.

 

Official Website Statements

 

2010 Re-Election Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Repeal of Health Care Reform

In February of 2011, the Senate voted on repealing the 2009-2010 health care reform legislation. The attempt failed on a party line vote . Richard Shelby voted in favor of repealing the health care reform legislation.

Richard Shelby voted in favor of repealing the health care reform legislation.

2009-2010 Health Care Reform - Reconciliation

The 2009-2010 health care reform legislation passed through the Senate in three votes. The first was to end the filibuster, the second was to pass the Senate bill, and the third was to pass the reconciliation bill.

Due to the death of Senator Kennedy and the election of Senator Brown in Massachussetts, the Democrats no longer possessed the 60 vote majority to break a filibuster. A reconciliation bill was passed to unify the Senate and House version and to enact the legislation. Richard Shelby voted against passage of the reconciliation bill.

Richard Shelby voted against passage of the reconciliation bill.

2009-2010 Health Care Reform - Passage

After the cloture vote to end the filibuster, a vote was taken to pass the legislation called "Obamacare" by its opponents. Richard Shelby voted against final passage of the legislation.

Richard Shelby voted against final passage of the legislation.

2009-2010 Health Care Reform - Cloture Vote

The first vote in the health care reform process was for cloture on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009. This bill was different from the version that had recently passed through the House. Both votes went down party lines with all Democrats supporting the legislation and all Republicans opposing it. Richard Shelby voted against the reform by voting against cloture.

Richard Shelby voted against the reform by voting against cloture.

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. Richard Shelby voted against SCHIP.

Richard Shelby voted against SCHIP.

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 Senate 79-17. Richard Shelby voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Richard Shelby voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Amendment - Drug Reimportation

In July of 2006, a an amendment was voted on to prohibit the United States Customs and Border Protection from preventing an individual not in the business of importing a prescription drug from importing an FDA-approved prescription drug. Richard Shelby voted in favor of the amendment to prevent border patrol agents from taking prescription drugs from citizens crossing the border.

Richard Shelby voted in favor of the amendment to prevent border patrol agents from taking prescription drugs from citizens crossing the border.

Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003

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 passed the Senate 54-44 Richard Shelby voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

Richard Shelby voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-S 192; 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-S 281; Save our States Act - Cosponsor

To delay the implementation of the health reform law in the United States until there is final resolution in pending lawsuits.

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