Mary Landrieu on Health Care

Last Updated : Nov 21, 2012

Malpractice Reform

In February of 2004, Senator Landrieu released a press statement noting her opposition to a Republican effort to limit the awards for malpractice reform. She referred to the effort by Republicans as political grandstanding.

 

Press Statement - Health Care Compromise

In February of 2010, Senator Landrieu released a press statement noting her support for the reconciliation bill in health care reform. She touts the decision to proceed with the original form of the legislation which granted special financial concerns to Louisiana.

 

Press Statement - Reconciliation

In March of 2010, Senator Landrieu released a press statement noting her support for passing the "fix" to the health care bill through a reconciliation bill.

 

Press Statements on Final Passage

When the final health care bill passed the House, Senator Landrieu released the following press statements noting her support of the reform.

 

 

Official Website Statements

 

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 . Mary Landrieu voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Mary Landrieu 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. Mary Landrieu voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Mary Landrieu 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. Mary Landrieu in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Mary Landrieu 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. Mary Landrieu voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Mary Landrieu 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. Mary Landrieu voted in favor of SCHIP.

Mary Landrieu 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. Mary Landrieu voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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

Mary Landrieu 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 Mary Landrieu voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

Mary Landrieu voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-S 72; Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal a provision (added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that extends to corporations that are not tax-exempt the requirement to report payments of $600 or more.

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-109; Bill Number-S 1580; Healthcare Equality and Accountability Act - Cosponsor

A bill to improve the health of minority individuals.

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