Michael Bennet on Health Care

Last Updated : Sep 08, 2010

Summary

Senator Bennet voted in favor of the 2009 health care reform legislation. He supports the public option and signed a letter addressed to the Senate Majority Leader asking that it be placed into the reconciliation bill. When asked, he stated that he would be willing to risk his job in exchange for passing health care reform.

 

Speech for Comprehensive Reform

 

Will Risk Job for Health Care Reform

 

The Public Option and Reconciliation

Senator Bennett also signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid asking that the public option be placed into the reconciliation bill on health care. The text of the letter is shown below with the original 4 co-signers.

 

2010 Re-Election Campaign Website Statements

 

Official 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 . Michael Bennet voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Michael Bennet voted against 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. Michael Bennet voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Michael Bennet voted in favor of 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. Michael Bennet in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Michael Bennet 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. Michael Bennet voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Michael Bennet 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. Michael Bennet voted in favor of SCHIP.

Michael Bennet 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. Michael Bennet voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Michael Bennet voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 1681; Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Declares that nothing in the McCarran-Ferguson Act shall be construed to permit health insurance issuers or issuers of medical malpractice insurance to engage in any form of price fixing, bid rigging, or market allocations in connection with providing health insurance coverage or coverage for medical malpractice claims or actions. Makes this Act nonapplicable to any information gathering and rate setting activities of any state commission of insurance or any other state regulatory entity with authority to set insurance rates.

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