Robert Casey on Health Care

Last Updated : Nov 02, 2012

Summary

Senator Casey believes that health care is a right. He has been a strong supporter of the SCHIP reathorization and expansion - a program his father started as Governor of Pennsylvania. He was also a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and has co-sponsored legislation to create a public option. Additionally, Senator Casey supports allowing the reimportation of prescription drugs.

SCHIP

In 2007, Senator Casey opposed the possibility of cuts to the SCHIP program stating that we must ensure that the program not only continues to thrive, but is allowed to grow so that all of our children in Pennsylvania and nationwide can lead healthy, long lives.

Later that year, Senator Casey stated that expanding the program was one of his top priorities. He asserted that the Bush budget underfunded the program, would cause 1.4 million children and pregnant women to lose coverage, and attempts to prevent states like Pennsylvania from expanding SCHIP.

When President Bush vetoed the SCHIP bill in 2007, Senator Casey responded by stating that President Bush has been misleading people on the program. He asked how he administration could give a tax cut in one year for people making over $200,000 a year that amounts to $100 billion and then not be willing to spend $10 billion a year for children's health insurance.

Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act

In 2007, Senator Casey supported the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act to allow the reimportation of FDA-approved prescription drugs. He noted that the people who would benefit from being able to reimport drugs 35% to 55% are working people and not those that can afford high priced lobbyists.

When the amendment to add the legislation was defeated, Senator Casey decided to vote against the overall FDA Bill. He stated that he was extremely disappointed that the Senate effectively denied Americans the ability to buy lower costs prescription drugs.

Affordable Care Act

In June of 2009, Senator Casey stated that it was unacceptable that about 14,000 people a day were losing their health care coverage.He stated that the choice being made now was between the status quo and change and the status quo was not acceptable. He noted his support for things in the legislation like electronic records, stopping the exclusion for pre-existing conditions.

When the legislation passed out of committee, Senator Casey stated that the vote was a major step toward reducing health care costs, providing stability for those worried about losing coverage and expanding coverage to 97% of Americans. He stated that if we do not act, more people will lose coverage and as costs increase, the quality of care will diminish and the ballooning costs incurred by the government and business will endanger our fiscal health. He asserted that the bill will reduce costs by emphasizing prevention, cutting waste and modernizing the health care system through quality information technology.

When the legislation passed the full Congress, Senator Casey stated that the legislation will provide more security for those who have insurance and expand coverage to more than 30 million people who do not have coverage.

When the Democrats attempted to pass the reconciliation bill, Senator Casey stated that Republicans were playing partisan games in attempting to stall the bill. He asserted that Republicans in Washington made a decision last year that they did not want to play a constructive role in the health care debate and that their obstruction continues even after the bill was signed into law. He noted that he would be voting against a number of amendments that he supported he theory, but the Republicans were merely using them as a delaying tactic and had no intention of implementing them.

 

Fighting Cuts to SCHIP

In February of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for SCHIP and efforts to further fund the program.

 

Rallying Support for SCHIP

Days later, Senator Casey joined a rally and spoke about the need to continue the program.

 

Bush Wrong on SCHIP Veto

In July of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his opinion that President Bush's opinion on SCHIP is flawed. 

 

Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act

In May of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for drug reimportation legislation.

 

Amendment for Drug Reimportation

Days later, Senator Casey released another statement opposing the weakening of measures to import prescription drugs.

 

 

Support for SCHIP Passage

In January and February of 2009, Senator Casey released press statements applauding the passage of SCHIP reauthorization and it's signing into law by President Obama.

 

 

Health Care Reform and Children

In July of 2009, Senator Casey released a press statement noting the dire need to help the children in any health care reform legislation.

 

Committee Passage of Health Care Reform

In July of 2009, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his enthusiasm at the passage of health care reform through the committee.

 

 

Passage of Health Care Reform

In March of 2010, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for the signing of the health care reform legislation.

 

Partisan Games

In March of 2010, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his belief that partisan games were in play to prevent the use of the budget reconciliation technique to pass health care reform bill.

 

Passage of Reconciliation

In March of 2010, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for the passage of the reconciliation bill.

 

 

Health Care

In September of 2010, Senator Casey spoke on the Senate floor about health care reform.

 

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 . Robert Casey voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey voted in favor of SCHIP.

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Robert Casey voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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 - Cosponsor

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 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.

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