David Vitter on Health Care

Last Updated : Sep 09, 2010

Summary

Senator Vitter strongly opposes the 2009 health care reform legislation. He supports a free market based solution which includes re-importation of prescription drugs. In addition to voting against the 2009 health care reform bill, Senator Vitter voted against SCHIP legislation.

 

Opposition to 2009 Health Care Reform

 

Free Market Health Care reform

 

Support for Re-Importation

 

Campaign Video - Health Care

 

All Congressional Members on health care plan

 

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 . David Vitter voted in favor of repealing the health care reform legislation.

David Vitter 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. David Vitter voted against passage of the reconciliation bill.

David Vitter 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. David Vitter voted against final passage of the legislation.

David Vitter 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. David Vitter voted against the reform by voting against cloture.

David Vitter 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. David Vitter voted against SCHIP.

David Vitter 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. David Vitter voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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

David Vitter 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-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-111; Bill Number-S 45; Medical Care Access Protection Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Sets forth provisions regulating lawsuits for health care liability claims related to the provision of health care services. Sets a statute of limitations of three years after the date of manifestation of injury or one year after the claimant discovers the injury, with certain exceptions. Requires a court to impose sanctions for the filing of frivolous lawsuits. Limits noneconomic damages to $250,000 from the provider or health care institution, but no more than $500,000 from multiple health care institutions. Makes each party liable only for the amount of damages directly proportional to such party's percentage of responsibility. Allows the court to restrict the payment of attorney contingency fees. Limits the fees to a decreasing percentage based on the increasing value of the amount awarded. Prescribes qualifications for expert witnesses. Requires the court to reduce damages received by the amount of collateral source benefits to which a claimant is entitled, unless the payor of such benefits has the right to reimbursement or subrogation under federal or state law. Authorizes the award of punitive damages only where: (1) it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that a person acted with malicious intent to injure the claimant or deliberately failed to avoid unnecessary injury the claimant was substantially certain to suffer; and (2) compensatory damages are awarded. Limits punitive damages to the greater of two times the amount of economic damages or $250,000. Prohibits a health care provider from being named as a party in a product liability or class action lawsuit for prescribing or dispensing a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prescription drug, biological product, or medical device for an approved indication. Provides for periodic payments of future damage awards.

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-110; Bill Number-S 243; Medical Care Access Protection Act of 2007 or the MCAP Act - Cosponsor

A bill to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.

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.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 22; Medical Care Access Protection Act of 2006 or the MCAP Act - Cosponsor

A bill to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.

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