Mel Martinez on Health Care

Last Updated : Apr 28, 2010

Voting Record

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. Mel Martinez voted in favor of SCHIP.

Mel Martinez 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. Mel Martinez voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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

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

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-S 2835; Purchasing Insurance with Pre-Tax Dollars - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow: (1) taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions to deduct from gross income the costs of health insurance and long-term care insurance; and (2) payments from health savings accounts for non-group high deductible health plan premiums.

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