Richard Burr on Health Care

Last Updated : Jul 16, 2010

Summary

Senator Burr is opposed to the 2009 health care reform legislation. He has proposed legislation in response to the Democratic proposals called the Patient's Choice Act. He is opposed to the public option and co-ops that are funded through public funds. He opposed the re-authorization of SCHIP as an expansion of the original program and a large unfunded mandate.

 

Opposition to health care reform

In March of 2010, Senator Burr released a press statement relating his opinion that the health care reform bill was little more than a government expansion.

 

 

Patient's Choice Act

In response to the Democratic 2009 health care reform plan, several Senators from the Republican party put forth legislation that offered an opposing solution to the health care costs.

 

Again in June of 2009, Senator Burr released a press statement detailing his support for the Patient's Choice Act.

 

Public option and co-ops

In an August 2009 press release, Senator Burr stated that he was opposed to a public option and that he would be willing to support Co-ops as long as they were not publicly funded.

 

The cost of insurance

In a 2009 address to the Heritage Foundation, Senator Burr addresses the cost of insurance and attempts to put downward pressure on the costs.

 

Opposition to SCHIP expansion

In September of 2007, Senator Burr released a statement acknowledging his support for the re-authorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

 

Opposition to recess appointment

In June of 2010, Senator Burr issued a press release stating his objection to the recess appointment of Donald Berwick to head the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

 

Statements on Official Website

 

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 . Richard Burr voted in favor of repealing the health care reform legislation.

Richard Burr 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. Richard Burr voted against passage of the reconciliation bill.

Richard Burr voted against 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. Richard Burr voted against final passage of the legislation.

Richard Burr voted against 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. Richard Burr voted against the reform by voting against cloture.

Richard Burr voted against the reform by voting against 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. Richard Burr voted against SCHIP.

Richard Burr voted against 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. Richard Burr voted against the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Richard Burr voted against 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. Richard Burr voted against the amendment to prevent border patrol agents from taking prescription drugs from citizens crossing the border.

Richard Burr voted against the amendment to prevent border patrol agents from taking prescription drugs from citizens crossing the border.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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 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.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 19; American Liberty Restoration Act - Cosponsor

Repeals provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that require individuals to maintain minimum essential health care coverage. Applies the Internal Revenue Code as if such provisions had never been enacted.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 20; American Job Protection Act - Cosponsor

Repeals provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that require large employers to offer their full-time employees the opportunity to enroll in minimum essential coverage. Applies the Internal Revenue Code as if such provisions had never been enacted.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 281; Save our States Act - Cosponsor

To delay the implementation of the health reform law in the United States until there is final resolution in pending lawsuits.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 45; Medical Care Access Protection Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Sets forth provisions regulating lawsuits for health care liability claims related to the provision of health care services. Sets a statute of limitations of three years after the date of manifestation of injury or one year after the claimant discovers the injury, with certain exceptions. Requires a court to impose sanctions for the filing of frivolous lawsuits. Limits noneconomic damages to $250,000 from the provider or health care institution, but no more than $500,000 from multiple health care institutions. Makes each party liable only for the amount of damages directly proportional to such party's percentage of responsibility. Allows the court to restrict the payment of attorney contingency fees. Limits the fees to a decreasing percentage based on the increasing value of the amount awarded. Prescribes qualifications for expert witnesses. Requires the court to reduce damages received by the amount of collateral source benefits to which a claimant is entitled, unless the payor of such benefits has the right to reimbursement or subrogation under federal or state law. Authorizes the award of punitive damages only where: (1) it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that a person acted with malicious intent to injure the claimant or deliberately failed to avoid unnecessary injury the claimant was substantially certain to suffer; and (2) compensatory damages are awarded. Limits punitive damages to the greater of two times the amount of economic damages or $250,000. Prohibits a health care provider from being named as a party in a product liability or class action lawsuit for prescribing or dispensing a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prescription drug, biological product, or medical device for an approved indication. Provides for periodic payments of future damage awards.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3152; A bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Cosponsor

Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the amendments made by that Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3502; American Liberty Restoration Act - Cosponsor

Repeals provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that require individuals to maintain minimum essential health care coverage. Applies the Internal Revenue Code as if such provisions had never been enacted.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3501; American Job Protection Act - Cosponsor

Repeals provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that require large employers to offer their full-time employees the opportunity to enroll in minimum essential coverage. Applies the Internal Revenue Code as if such provisions had never been enacted.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 243; Medical Care Access Protection Act of 2007 or the MCAP Act - Cosponsor

A bill to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 2835; Purchasing Insurance with Pre-Tax Dollars - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow: (1) taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions to deduct from gross income the costs of health insurance and long-term care insurance; and (2) payments from health savings accounts for non-group high deductible health plan premiums.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 22; Medical Care Access Protection Act of 2006 or the MCAP Act - Cosponsor

A bill to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.

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