Blanche Lincoln on Health Care

Last Updated : Jul 02, 2010

Summary

 Senator Lincoln supported the 2009 health care reform bill.  She spoke out in favor of a mandate to purchase health care.  Her view on a public option has been difficult to ascertain, at times she has supported the public option and at times she has opposed it.

Senator Lincoln voted to pass the 2009 health care reform legislation.  She also voted in favor of SCHIP extensions and in favor of Medicare Part D.

 

Tolbert Report Interview

In an interview dated August 9, 2009, Senator Lincoln spoke with the TolbertReport.com.  She was asked about the contents of the health care legislation, funding for abortion in the health care plans and the public option.  She states that the problem is in the delivery system for health care.  When asked about making the plan budget or deficit neutral, she stated that removing the fraud and abuse would create a savings in later years.  Senator Li

 

Public Option

Senator Lincoln has had various views on the public option.  Prior to 2009, Senator Lincoln's website stated that she supported the public option.

Throughout the summer of 2009, the progress of health care reform slowed, opposition to it increased, and it became more an more obvious that all 60 democratic votes would be needed to pass the proposed health care reform. More liberal Senators immediately gave their support for the President's plan, but as the list of Senators who had not yet committed to the plan shortened, more and more attention got focused on Senator Lincoln.

Eventually, Senator Lincoln withdrew her support for the public option and made the following statement:

 In a 2009 town hall, Senator Lincoln was questioned about a public option.  

 

Mandates to purchase health care

In a discussion at American University, Senator Lincoln states that she favors an individual mandate that requires people to purchase insurance.  She compares the mandate to that of auto insurance.  The video of the discussion can be found here.

 

Official Website Statements

 

2010 Re-Election Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

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. Blanche Lincoln voted against passage of the reconciliation bill.

Blanche Lincoln 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. Blanche Lincoln in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Blanche Lincoln in favor of 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. Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the reform by voting for 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. Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of SCHIP.

Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of 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. Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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

Blanche Lincoln 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 Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

Blanche Lincoln voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-S 242; Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the importation of prescription drugs, and for other purposes.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 347; Advance Directives Improvement and Education Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act and title III of the Public Health Service Act to improve access to information about individuals' health care operations and legal rights for care near the end of life, to promote advance care planning and decisionmaking so that individuals' wishes are known should they become unable to speak for themselves, to engage health care providers in disseminating information about and assisting in the preparation of advance directives, which include living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care, and for other purposes.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 347; Advance Directives Improvement and Education Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act and title III of the Public Health Service Act to improve access to information about individuals' health care operations and legal rights for care near the end of life, to promote advance care planning and decisionmaking so that individuals' wishes are known should they become unable to speak for themselves, to engage health care providers in disseminating information about and assisting in the preparation of advance directives, which include living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 465; Advance Directives Improvement and Education Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act and title III of the Public Health Service Act to improve access to information about individuals' health care options and legal rights for care near the end of life, to promote advance care planning and decisionmaking so that individuals' wishes are known should they become unable to speak for themselves, to engage health care providers in disseminating information about and assisting in the preparation of advance directives, which include living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care, and for other purposes.

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