Barbara Mikulski on Health Care

Last Updated : Sep 29, 2010

Summary

Senator Mikulski is a strong supporter of the 2009 health care reform legislation. She supports a single-payer system like the one in Canada, but also supports a public option as an intermediary.

Senator Mikulski believes that health insurance companies engage in evil and discriminatory practices that favor some people over others. She does not believe that the health insurance industry should be allowed to charge according to actuarial tables regarding gender. She does not specify a belief on this matter for car insurance.

In addition to voting for the 2009 reform legislation, Senator Mikulski voted in favor of SCHIP reauthorization and against Medicare Part D.

 

What Health Care Does for Women

 

Support for the public option

 

Support for Reform

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Single-Payer Action

 

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 . Barbara Mikulski voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Barbara Mikulski 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. Barbara Mikulski voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Barbara Mikulski 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. Barbara Mikulski in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Barbara Mikulski 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. Barbara Mikulski voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Barbara Mikulski 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. Barbara Mikulski voted in favor of SCHIP.

Barbara Mikulski 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. Barbara Mikulski voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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

Barbara Mikulski 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 Barbara Mikulski voted against Medicare Part D.

Barbara Mikulski voted against Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 1150; Advance Planning and Compassionate Care Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

A bill to improve end-of-life care

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-109; Bill Number-S 2354; Medicare Prescription Drug Gap Reduction Act of 2006 - Cosponsor

A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce the coverage gap in prescription drug coverage under part D of such title based on savings to the Medicare program resulting from the negotiation of prescription drug prices.

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

A bill to improve the health of minority individuals.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 445; Medicare Prescription Drug Price Reduction Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A resolution to amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act, as added by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, to provide for negotiation of fair prices for Medicare prescription drugs.

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