Mike Crapo on Health Care

Last Updated : Jul 08, 2010

Summary

Senator Crapo is strongly opposed to the 2009 health care reform bill. He spoke out against the legislation on numerous news outlets and in his official capacity during markups of the legislation.  He supports the re-importation of prescription drugs, the expansion of insurance to small businesses, and the purchase of insurance across state lines.

While in office, he voted against the 2009 reform bill, against SCHIP re-authorization, in favor of medicare part D, and in favor or regulation of tobacco.

 

Transparency and deals

In December of 2009, Senator Crapo spoke on the Senate floor about the contents of the bill and the deals made to pass the legislation.

 

Public Option

As part of the markup for the health care legislation, Senator Crapo spoke against the public option, stating that it would reduce competition.

 

New taxes for middle class

In early 2010, Senator Crapo appeared on Fox News to discuss amendments that he was attempting to add to the health care reconciliation bill.  The amendments sought to ensure that no new taxes were placed on Americans making less than $250,000 per year.

 

Initial Markup Remarks

During the initial markup to the bill in the Senate finance committee, Senator Crapo spoke again about the taxes in the legislation and the inability of people to keep their insurance.

 

GOP Weekly address - 11/21/09

 

Fox Business appearance

In December of 2009, Senator Crapo appeared on Fox Business news to discuss the possibility of using the office of personnel management to establish a de-facto public option.

 

Reaction to Senate vote

In January of 2010, Senator Crapo spoke about the effects of the legislation on the day after it passed.

 

Taxes, spending, and deficits

In March of 2010, Senator Crapo spoke on the House floor about the taxes, spending, and deficits created by the 2009 health care proposal.

 

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 . Mike Crapo voted in favor of repealing the health care reform legislation.

Mike Crapo 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. Mike Crapo voted against passage of the reconciliation bill.

Mike Crapo 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. Mike Crapo voted against final passage of the legislation.

Mike Crapo 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. Mike Crapo voted against the reform by voting against cloture.

Mike Crapo 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. Mike Crapo voted against SCHIP.

Mike Crapo 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. Mike Crapo voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Mike Crapo 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. Mike Crapo voted against the amendment to prevent border patrol agents from taking prescription drugs from citizens crossing the border.

Mike Crapo voted against 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 Mike Crapo voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

Mike Crapo 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 19; American Liberty Restoration Act - Cosponsor

Repeals provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that require individuals to maintain minimum essential health care coverage. Applies the Internal Revenue Code as if such provisions had never been enacted.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 20; American Job Protection Act - Cosponsor

Repeals provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that require large employers to offer their full-time employees the opportunity to enroll in minimum essential coverage. Applies the Internal Revenue Code as if such provisions had never been enacted.

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.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3152; A bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Cosponsor

Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the amendments made by that Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3502; American Liberty Restoration Act - Cosponsor

Repeals provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that require individuals to maintain minimum essential health care coverage. Applies the Internal Revenue Code as if such provisions had never been enacted.

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-111; Bill Number-S 3501; American Job Protection Act - Cosponsor

Repeals provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that require large employers to offer their full-time employees the opportunity to enroll in minimum essential coverage. Applies the Internal Revenue Code as if such provisions had never been enacted.

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