Jon Tester on Health Care

Last Updated : May 28, 2011

SCHIP

In October of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his opposition to President Bush vetoing the SCHIP program reauthorization.

 

Response to Baucus Plan

In September of 2009, Senator Tester released a press statement noting Senator Baucus's plan.

 

Committee Version of Health Care Reform 

In December of 2009, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for the health care reform legislation that came out of committee.

 

Reform Saves Lives, Saves Money, and Saves Medicare

In December of 2009, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for health care reform and the effects it will have on medicare. The press statement was in response to a floor speech supporting reform which is shown below with the text available here.

 

Response to Passage

In December of 2009, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for the passage of health care reform through the Senate.

 

Health Care Summit

In February of 2010, Senator Tester released a statement after the health care summit noting the consequences of failing to reform the health care system.

 

Yes Vote on Health Care Reform

In March of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his yes vote on the health care reform legislation.

 

Moving Forward to Fix Health Insurance

In March of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for reform and fixing the health insurance system.

 

Support for Reconciliation

In March of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for passing health care reform through the reconciliation process.

 

Students and Health Care Reform

In April of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting the positive effects of health care reform on students.

 

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 . Jon Tester voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Jon Tester 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. Jon Tester voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Jon Tester 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. Jon Tester in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Jon Tester 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. Jon Tester voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Jon Tester 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. Jon Tester voted in favor of SCHIP.

Jon Tester 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. Jon Tester voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Jon Tester voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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-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.

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