Rick Santorum on Health Care

Last Updated : Jan 04, 2012

Summary

As a Senator, Rick Santorum supported the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit known as Medicare Part D. He voted for the plan and ran television commercials noting that support. In the 2012 election, Senator Santorum was critical of that program. He stated that it was not funded properly as it simply spends whatever seniors need. He stated that his vote for that program was a mistake, but that he voted in favor of the reform because of other portions of the program, and that no other option was on the table. He claimed in a debate that the overall reform program had come in 40% under budget.

Senator Santorum has supported the plan proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan to transition Medicare to a voucher system to allow seniors to purchase health care on the open market. He has stated that this proposed plan is identical to Medicare Advantage, where seniors get resources from the federal government and then go out and make choices on what to purchase.

Senator Santorum opposed the 2009-2010 health care reform plan known as Obamacare and supports it's repeal. He stated that under the plan, Medicare would be cut starting in 2014 and the government would be rationing of care from the top down.

2012 Presidential Plan

  • Repeal ObamaCare
  • Strengthen patient-driven health coverage options such as Health Savings Accounts coupled with high deductible insurance plans (and repeal ObamaCare policies that gut such options)
  • Reduce costs through competition, increased transparency, electronic records, and health care literacy – empowering patients and their doctors with information and options
  • Allow patients to purchase health insurance across state lines to gain access to the best insurance coverage to fit their individual needs – patients shouldn’t be required to pay for (and subsidize for others) coverage for services they don’t want or need
  • Allow those who purchase their own health care coverage to do so with pre-tax dollars, including a refundable tax-credit for the purchase of health coverage (so that employees are not tied to jobs solely for health coverage, but have portability of affordable coverage)
  • Enact meaningful medical liability reform – to increase access, and reduce added costs and inefficiencies from defensive medicine for federal programs and incentivize state liability reforms
  • Block-grant Medicaid so that states aren’t burdened by unfunded, crippling, one-size-fits-all federal mandates, so that states can implement solutions to address their unique health care needs

 

Medicare Part D Advertisement

In 2006, Senator Santorum ran a television commercial noting his support for Medicare Part D. He stated that seniors deserved access to affordable prescription drugs.

 

National Constitution Center

On November 9, 2009 Senator Santorum spoke at the National Constitution Center and stated that any the Democratic leadership and President Obama had no intention of being bipartisan but were looking for a bill to steer the country toward European socialism.

 

Fox News Appearance - Opposition to Reform

On September 7, 2010 Senator Santorum appeared on Fox News and spoke about his opposition to the 2009-2010 health care reform plan.

 

 

Fox News Appearance - Budget and Health Care

On April 25, 2011 Senator Santorum appeared on Fox News and spoke about numerous issues. Among these issues was the proposed Medicare changes by Congressman Paul Ryan, and the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. He states that the mechanism of funding some medicare aspects is not proper because the program will spend whatever seniors need.

 

South Carolina Debate

In May of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Republican Primary in South Carolina. He is asked about his support for Medicare part D and states that he supported the program because it was a privately run program and not an entitlement.

 

Good Morning America

In June of 2011, Senator Santorum appeared on Good Morning America and discussed Medicare in relation to the Paul Ryan plan, Medicare Advantage, and the prescription drug plan known as Part D.

 

Iowa Debate

In June of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Presidential debate in New Hampshire. He notes his support for Medicare reform and the Paul Ryan plan. He also notes that Obamacare will cut Medicare.

 

TEA Party Debate

In September of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the TEA party debate in Tamp Bay, Florida. He was asked about his vote for the Prescription Drug bill known as Medicare Part D.

 

Western Debate

In October of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Western debate in Las Vegas. He noted his opposition to Governor Romney's plan in Massachussets and Obamacare.

 

Dartmouth Economic Debate

On October 11, 2011 Senator Santorum participated in a debate at Dartmouth University. Senator Santorum spoke about the need to remove Obamacare to provide certainty to the market.

 

Michigan Economic Debate

On November 10, 2011 Senator Santorum participated in the Michigan Economic Debate. He spoke about his support for private health accounts.

 

2012 Presidential Campaign Website Statements

 

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

Rick Santorum voted against 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 Rick Santorum voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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.

References

[1] Website: MRC.com Article: Stephanopoulos Demands of Santorum: 'Where's the Evidence' America's Enemies Don't Fear Obama? Author: NA Accessed on: 08/24/2011

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