Harry Reid on Health Care

Last Updated : Aug 25, 2010

Summary

Senator Harry Reid was a strong supporter of the 2009 health care reform act, and as the majority leader in the Senate he was instrumental in it's passage.  He was a supporter of a public option in health care reform and as a compromise, proposed a public option that allowed each state to opt out if they desired.  He drew criticism at one point during the debate by comparing opposition to the bill with opposition to the end of slavery and the granting of voting rights to women. 

Senator Reid was a strong advocate for the re-authorization of SCHIP.  Given his high level of involvement in the health care reform process, the assumption can be made that Senator Reid supports health care mandates, since that was the form of the final version of the bill. 

 

Public Option

In October of 2009, Senator Reid proposed a compromise to get the public option into the health care reform bill that allowed each state to opt out of the option if they so desired.  He also affirmed his support for such a mechanism.

 

Comparing health care opposition with opposition to ending slavery

On December 7, 2009 on the floor of the US Senate, Senator Reid made the following statements:

 

Fully paid for

In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Reid espoused the merits of the 2009 health care reform plan and stated that it is fully paid for and does not add to the national debt.

 

Funding for SCHIP

In a politics TV interview in September of 2007, Senator Reid mocks President Bush's idea that people should buy insurance for their children.

 

Official Website Statements

 

 

 

 

 

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 . Harry Reid voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Harry Reid 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. Harry Reid voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Harry Reid 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. Harry Reid in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Harry Reid 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. Harry Reid voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Harry Reid 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. Harry Reid voted in favor of SCHIP.

Harry Reid 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. Harry Reid voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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

Harry Reid 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 Harry Reid voted against Medicare Part D.

Harry Reid 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 1681; Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Declares that nothing in the McCarran-Ferguson Act shall be construed to permit health insurance issuers or issuers of medical malpractice insurance to engage in any form of price fixing, bid rigging, or market allocations in connection with providing health insurance coverage or coverage for medical malpractice claims or actions. Makes this Act nonapplicable to any information gathering and rate setting activities of any state commission of insurance or any other state regulatory entity with authority to set insurance rates.

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

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

A bill to improve the health of minority individuals.

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