Daniel Inouye on Health Care

Last Updated : May 28, 2010

2010 Re-Election Campaign Website Statements

Healthcare

Expanding Healthcare Access to All

Directs about $15.7 million annually to 14 Community Health Centers, and provided an additional $2.7 million in economic stimulus funds to extend services to more uninsured members of our community.
Providing Dignity and Care for Older Native Hawaiians

Directed $20 million in funding to the Administration on Aging, which dispenses grants to Native Hawaiian organizations.
Increasing Prevention and Early Detection Programs for Native Hawaiians

Secured more than $115 million for Papa Ola Lokahi - Native Hawaiian Healthcare.
Increasing Cancer Research to Benefit Hawaiian Residents

Secured $10 million for the planning and design of a new cancer center in Kakaako, and also secured an additional $8.5 million for a study on the causes and optimum treatment of cancer.
Honoring Commitments to our Veterans

Secured $18 million in federal support for a $28 million state-run veterans’ home in Hilo. 

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 . Daniel Inouye voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Daniel Inouye 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. Daniel Inouye voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Daniel Inouye 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. Daniel Inouye in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Daniel Inouye 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. Daniel Inouye voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Daniel Inouye 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. Daniel Inouye voted in favor of SCHIP.

Daniel Inouye 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. Daniel Inouye voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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

Daniel Inouye 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 Daniel Inouye voted against Medicare Part D.

Daniel Inouye voted against Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-S 44; Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends part D (Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit Program) of title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate with pharmaceutical manufacturers the prices that may be charged to Medicare part D prescription drug plan (PDP) sponsors and MedicareAdvantage (MA) organizations for covered part D drugs for part D eligible individuals who are enrolled under a PDP or under an MA-Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plan.

Session-111; Bill Number-S Res 156; A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that reform of our Nation's health care system should include the establishment of a federally-backed insurance pool - Cosponsor

A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that reform of our Nation's health care system should include the establishment of a federally-backed insurance pool

Session-111; Bill Number-S 525; A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the importation of prescription drugs, and for other purposes - Cosponsor

Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to revise provisions governing the importation of prescription drugs. Waives the limitation on importation of prescription drugs that have been exported from the United States. Prohibits the importation of a qualifying drug unless such drug is imported by: (1) a registered importer; or (2) an individual for personal use. Establishes registration conditions for importers and exporters.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 4; Comprehensive Health Reform Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Calls for Congress to enact, and the President to sign, legislation to guarantee health coverage, improve health care quality and disease prevention, and reduce health care costs for all Americans and the health care system.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 391; Healthy Americans Act - Cosponsor

Requires each adult individual to have the opportunity to purchase a Healthy Americans Private Insurance Plan (HAPI), which is: (1) a plan offered by a state; or (2) an employer-sponsored health coverage plan. Makes individuals who are not enrolled in another specified health plan and who are not opposed to coverage for religious reasons responsible for enrolling themselves and their dependent children in a HAPI plan offered through their state of residence. Sets forth penalties for failure to enroll.

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 1580; Healthcare Equality and Accountability Act - Cosponsor

A bill to improve the health of minority individuals.

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