Scott Brown on Health Care

Last Updated : Sep 26, 2012

Summary

While noting that he supports health care reform overall, Sentor Brown has opposed the Obamacare legislation. He has noted that Massachusetts already has coverage for most of its citizens and has proposed legislation to allow states with such plans to opt out.

Obamacare

In the 2010 special election, Senator Brown stated that he opposed Obamacare as it would raise taxes, increase government spending, and lower quality of care. After the election, he appeared on Fox News and stated that Massachusetts already had coverage for most of its citizens and he opposed forcing the state to move onto a new system.

When the legislation moved past the House, Senator Brown noted that the vote showed that leaders in Washington were continuing to ignore the will of the people. He stated that Americans are opposed to the multi-trillion dollar health care bill that will raise taxes, increase premiums, cut Medicare and leave future generations with a mountain of debt.

After the legislation passed through reconciliation, Senator Brown asserted that although he supported improving our health care system, reconciliation prove that the majority party will stop at nothing to force their disastrous health care plan onto a nation that doesn’t want it, can’t afford it.

In November of 2010, Senator Brown and Senator Wyden proposed legislation to allow states to opt out of the Obamacare legislation if they had plans already in place. He asserted that he fought to include state waivers in the reform because he had always believed that federal reform shouldn’t constrain a state’s ability to do better.

 

2010 Campaign Website Statements

 

Health Care Plans

In 2010, Senator Brown appeared on Fox News and discussed his opposition to the health care reform laws. He noted that Massachusetts already had a plan in place that covered a vast majority of its people and the state was therefore reluctant to be burdened with new plans.

 

Statement on House Health Care Vote

In March of 2010, Senator Brown released a statement in response to the House passage of health care reform legislation.

 

Reconciliation Bill

In March of 2010, Senator Brown responded to the passage of health care reform legislation through the reconciliation process with a press statement.

 

Repealing Medical Device Tax

In March of 2010, Senator Brown released a press statement noting his cosponsorship of legislation to repeal the medical device tax.

 

Allowing Hospitals to Negotiate Prices

In September of 2010, Senator Brown released a press statement noting legislation he was introducing to allow hospitals to negotiate for drug prices.

 

State Plans

In November of 2010, Senator Brown released a press statement noting legislation that he and Senator Wyden were introducing to allow states to obtain a waiver to the health care reform plan if they established a state wide program.

 

2012 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 . Scott Brown voted in favor of repealing the health care reform legislation.

Scott Brown 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. Scott Brown voted against passage of the reconciliation bill.

Scott Brown voted against passage of the reconciliation bill.

 

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-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 262; A bill to repeal the excise tax on medical device manufacturers. - Prime Sponsor

Repeals the provision of the Internal Revenue Code, added by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, that imposes an excise tax on medical devices. Rescinds $39 billion of appropriated but unobligated discretionary funds. Exempts unobligated funds of the Department of Defense (DOD) or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Requires the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to determine and identify from which appropriation accounts such recissions shall apply and report to the Secretary of the Treasury and Congress on such recissions.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 17; Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act - Cosponsor

Repeals the Internal Revenue Code provision, added by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, that imposes an excise tax on medical devices.

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