Debbie Stabenow on Health Care

Last Updated : Mar 14, 2011

Health Care is a Right

In a June 2009 video noting her views on health care reform, Senator Stabenow stated that health care is not a privilege or something that is paid for, but a right that all people are entitled to have.

 

Support for Passage of Health Care Law

In March of 2010, Senator Stabenow released a press statement noting her support for the passage of health care reform and the signing of the legislation into law by President Obama.

 

Health Care Reform will Save Money

Days after the health care reform was signed into law, Senator Stabenow released a statement noting her belief that the legislation will save people money.

 

Retiree Reinsurance Program

In March of 2010, Senator Stabenow released a press statement noting the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program.

 

Health Care Reform Helps Seniors

In January of 2011, Senator Stabenow released a statement noting that the 2009-2010 health care reform legislation will help senior by closing the doughnut hole.

 

Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act

In February of 2011, Senator Stabenow released a press statement noting her introduction of the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act.

 

Repealing the 1099 Requirement

In February of 2011, Senator Stabenow released a press statement noting her support for repealing the requirement that companies file a 1099 document whenever a purchase over $600 is made. This requirement was passed in the health care reform overhaul.

 

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 . Debbie Stabenow voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Debbie Stabenow 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. Debbie Stabenow voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Debbie Stabenow 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. Debbie Stabenow in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Debbie Stabenow 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. Debbie Stabenow voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Debbie Stabenow 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. Debbie Stabenow voted in favor of SCHIP.

Debbie Stabenow 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. Debbie Stabenow voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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

Debbie Stabenow 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 Debbie Stabenow voted against Medicare Part D.

Debbie Stabenow voted against 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 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-111; Bill Number-S 525; A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the importation of prescription drugs, and for other purposes - Cosponsor

Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to revise provisions governing the importation of prescription drugs. Waives the limitation on importation of prescription drugs that have been exported from the United States. Prohibits the importation of a qualifying drug unless such drug is imported by: (1) a registered importer; or (2) an individual for personal use. Establishes registration conditions for importers and exporters.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 4; Comprehensive Health Reform Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Calls for Congress to enact, and the President to sign, legislation to guarantee health coverage, improve health care quality and disease prevention, and reduce health care costs for all Americans and the health care system.

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-110; Bill Number-S 242; Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the importation of prescription drugs, and for other purposes.

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

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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