Mark Dayton on Health Care

Last Updated : Sep 10, 2010

Summary

Senator Dayton is a proponent of a single-payer government run health care system. He supports measures to use the public sectors employee unions to force a system into existence. He suggests using the states existing "public-option" programs to bring a system into existence no matter what their purposes were when they were originally created.

 

Campaign Website Statements

Quality, Affordable Health Care for ALL Minnesotans

All Minnesotans should receive good, affordable health care. I will make the MN Department of Health their advocate to get them the care they need.

I will also expand our state government’s existing “public option” to cover more and more Minnesotans. I will pass Education Minnesota’s excellent proposal to allow school districts to join together and negotiate improved health care benefits for all public school employees at lower costs to them and to taxpayers.

I will use these two expanded “public options” as springboards to broaden Minnesota’s health care into a “single payer” model for the nation – one that eliminates health insurance company profiteering that deprives thousands of Minnesotans of good, affordable health care.

 

Voting Record

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

Mark Dayton 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 Mark Dayton voted against Medicare Part D.

Mark Dayton voted against Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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