Sherrod Brown on Health Care

Last Updated : Nov 05, 2012

Summary

Health care reform has been one of Senator Brown's chief issues since assuming office in 2006. Senator Brown believes that the health care system in America is of poor quality and inherently unfair. He has stated that health care is not a privilege that comes to those who can pay for it, but rather a right that all people are entitled to at the expense of others. Senator Brown justifies this access to health care for all by stating that such access represents a social and economic justice that America is currently lacking. 

To achieve health care reform, Senator Brown supported the reauthorization and expansion of SCHIP, and the 2009-2010 health care reform legislation. Of the 2009-2010 reform, Senator Brown stated that it would reduce the deficit, reduce costs for Americans, and prevent insurance companies from practicing unfair policies on those with pre-existing conditions. Senator Brown called his health care vote the most significant of his career, and he was one of the most vocal and ardent supporters of reform.

In addition to the reform package passed, Senator Brown was a strong advocate for a public option. Senator Brown repeatedly tied the issue of a public option to that of achieving social and economic justice for all Americans. When the legislation which passed the House did not include such an option, Senator Brown was one of four Senators who signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him to include the option in a reconciliation bill.

 

Health Care is a Right

In a 2006 campaign ad, Senator Brown asserted that health is a right that all people are entitled to and not a privilege available to those who can pay for it.

 

Medicare Prescription Drug Reform

In April of 2007, Senator Brown spoke on the House floor about the need for Medicare Prescription drug reform and the need to bring down costs with this portion of the program.

 

The Dorgan Amendment

In May of 2007, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor in support of an amendment to allow for the reimportation of prescription drugs into the US. The amendment was sponsored by Senator Dorgan.

 

SCHIP and Bush Veto

In October of 2007, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor about the veto of the SCHIP reauthorization by President Bush.

 

Small Business Empowerment Act

In May of 2008, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor about the Small Business Empowerment Act that he was proposing. The legislation would have created a public option.

 

Support for the Public Option

In May of 2009, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor about the need for a public option in health care reform as a means to drive down the cost.

 

The Need for Reform

In May of 2009, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor about the need for reforming the health care industry to provide health care for all Americans.

 

Health Care is a Legitimate Expense

In a health care town hall in August of 2009, Senator Brown was asked about the long term costs of the health care plan. Within that answer he stated that health care was a legitimate expense, along with defense, and the environment. 

 

Social Justice and Health Care

At a rally for health care in September of 2009, Senator Brown advocated for a public option, and stated his disapproval of those who protested at a recent health care town hall. Senator Brown spoke about the idea of health care for all as "social justice."

 

Public Option and Honesty

In September of 2009, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor about health care reform and the public option. He asserts that a public option will lower costs and keep insurance companies honest.

 

Rate Shock and Insurance

In September of 2009, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor about the rising costs of insurance and health care and refers to the rate shock that many people are going through with respect to insurance costs.

 

Filibuster and the Public Option

In October of 2009, Senator Brown appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and spoke about his support for the public option.

 

Insurance Companies and Morality

In November of 2009, Senator Brown spoke on the House floor about health care reform with respect to insurance company profits and the immorality of insurance company profits while denying care.

 

Health Care Reform and Women

In a November 2009 newsletter, Senator Brown stated that it is discriminatory for insurance companies to charge higher rates to people based on gender.

 

Most Important Thing

In November of 2009, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor on the topic of health care reform. He discusses some letters from constituents noting their health care care problems with insurance companies and the need for reform.

 

Tired of Whining about Cost

In December of 2009, Senator Brown noted on MSNBC that the CBO would score the bill and he stated that Republicans were not being intellectually honest.

 

Support for Reconciliation

After the final Christmas Eve vote on health care reform, Senator Brown released a video noting his support for the legislation which was being passed through Congress. He expressed support for reconciliation, support for the public option, and support for a medicare public buy-in single-payer program.

 

Reconciliation and the Public Option

On September 21, 2009, Senator Brown was asked at a town hall event if he would support the used of reconciliation to enact a public option if one was not included in legislation that passed the House or the Senate. He noted that reconciliation is a budgetary tool and is not typically used to pass new forms of legislation. However, on October 9 of 2009 Senator Brown was one of four Senators who signed a letter asking Senate Majority Leader Reid to place the public option into reconciliation. Below is a copy of that letter and the video of the town hall.

 

Health Care Reform and Prescription Drugs

Senator Brown continually argued for the need to lessen intellectual property rights and lower the amount of time that drug companies can market drugs and maintain their rights to a drug without other companies introducing generic drugs. He argued that all drug types should be held to the 5 year limit.

 

It Has Happened

In March of 2010, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor about the final passage of health care reform. He notes that the past 10 Presidents have sought to achieve health care and now it has happened.

 

Drug Reimportation

In December of 2010, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor about the positive effects of allowing prescription drugs to be reimported into the US.

 

Support for Continued Efforts

In February of 2010, Senator Brown released a press statement urging the continued effort of health care reform. 

 

Support for Passage of Health Care Law

In March of 2010, Senator Brown issued a press statement noting his approval of the passage of the health care reform legislation. 

 

Repeal of Health Care

In November of 2010, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor about a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act. He calls the Republican hypocritical for keeping government paid insurance while attempting to repeal it for all Americans.

 

Official 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 . Sherrod Brown voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of SCHIP.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Medicare Part D - Final Vote

After the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 passed the Senate, it came back for a final vote in the House. It passed the House in final form 220-215. Sherrod Brown voted against medicare part D when it passed the House in final form.

Sherrod Brown voted against medicare part D when it passed the House in final form.

Medicare Part D

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 iniitially passed the House 216-215. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

Sherrod Brown voted in favor of 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 369; Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Clayton Act to make it unlawful for a person, in connection with the sale of a drug product, to be a party to any agreement resolving or settling a patent infringement claim in which: (1) an abbreviated new drug (generic) application filer receives anything of value; and (2) such filer agrees not to research, develop, manufacture, market, or sell the generic product for any period. Excludes a resolution or settlement that includes no more than the right to market the generic product prior to the expiration of the patent. Authorizes the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to exempt certain such agreements if they are in furtherance of market competition and for the benefit of consumers. Amends the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 to set forth additional filing requirements related to agreements between a brand name drug company and a generic drug applicant. Requires the Chief Executive Officer or the company official responsible for negotiating any agreement to file a certification that materials filed with respect to such agreements are complete, final, and exclusive. Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide that forfeiture of the 180-day exclusivity period for the marketing of a generic drug occurs if there is a final decision of the FTC or the court that an agreement has violated this Act.

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 - Prime Sponsor

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 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 - 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-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-110; Bill Number-S 316; Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act - Cosponsor

A bill to prohibit brand name drug companies from compensating generic drug companies to delay the entry of a generic drug into the market.

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