Richard Lugar on Health Care

Last Updated : Apr 30, 2012

Summary

Senator Lugar's record on health care is mixed. in 2003, he voted in favor of the Medicare Part D plan that created a large prescription drug entitlement program. In 2009, he voted in favor of the SCHIP reauthorization act that largely expanded the funds for state insurance programs for children. In a press statement, Senator Lugar expressly noted that he supported the express lane provision to allow for children to be added to SCHIP if the could show that they were already eligible for other state benefits, such as school lunch programs.

In 2009 and 2010, Senator Lugar opposed the Affordable Health Care Act and other provisions of Obamacare. He voted against those provisions each time.

For the last 10 years, Senator Lugar has also sponsored or co-sponsored legislation to provide "end of life planning." These pieces of legislation would allow for funding for living wills, counseling, and other matters.

 

SCHIP

In February of 2009, Senator Lugar released a press statement noting his attendance at the signing of SCHIP legislation.

 

Health Promotion Act

In May of 2009, Senator Lugar released a press statement noting his support for the Health Promotion Act.

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 . Richard Lugar voted in favor of repealing the health care reform legislation.

Richard Lugar 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. Richard Lugar voted against passage of the reconciliation bill.

Richard Lugar 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. Richard Lugar voted against final passage of the legislation.

Richard Lugar 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. Richard Lugar voted against the reform by voting against cloture.

Richard Lugar 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. Richard Lugar voted in favor of SCHIP.

Richard Lugar 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. Richard Lugar voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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

Richard Lugar 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 Richard Lugar voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

Richard Lugar 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 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-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-108; Bill Number-s 2545; Advance Directives Improvement and Education Act of 2004 - 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.

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.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 466; Medicare End-of-Life Care Planning Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of an end-of-life planning consultation, including discussion of advance directives, as part of an initial preventive physical examination.

Session-103; Bill Number-S 1770; A bill to provide comprehensive reform of the health care system of the United States, and for other purposes. - Cosponsor

A bill that required universal coverage, lawsuit reform, and other overall health care reform.

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