Sheldon Whitehouse on Health Care

Last Updated : Mar 12, 2011

Support for Medicare Price Negotiations

In February of 2007, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting his support for allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices.

 

Introduced Legislation

In May of 2007, Senator Whitehouse released two press statements noting health care legislation he was introducing.

 

SCHIP Veto

In September and October of 2007, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting his support for the SCHIP program and urging President Bush not to veto the legislation. He also released a statement condemning that veto.

 

Passage of SCHIP Legislation

In January of 2009, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting his support for the passage of SCHIP reauthorization and expansion through the Senate.

 

 

Urging Investment in Health IT

In February of 2009, Senator Whitehouse spoke on the Senate floor about the need to invest in health care IT.

 

Support for Reforming Health Care

In March of 2009, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting his support for any efforts to reform the health care delivery system.

In his first webcare, Senator Whitehouse spoke about health care reform and stories that Rhode Island citizens had put forth in support of reform. He also spoke about taxing health care benefits.

 

Morning Joe

In June of 2009, Senator Whitehouse appeared on Morning Joe and spoke about health care reform.

 

Support for a Public Option - The Ed Show

In July of 2009, Senator Whitehouse appeared on the Ed Show on MSNBC and spoke about his support for reform and for the public option. Senator Whitehouse also spoke about the support of the hardship waiver.

 

One Step Closer to a System that Works for Everyone

In July of 2009, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting the passage of health care reform out of committee.

 

 

Support for Price Negotiation in Reform

In July of 2009, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting his support for including drug price negotiations in health care reform.

 

Stop Denying Health Care Reform

In August of 2009, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement calling on the Republicans to stop denying health care reform to the US.

 

Bankruptcy Help for Health Care Costs

In August of 2009, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting legislation that he was proposing to allow families with medical bills to avoid bankruptcy.

 

Response to President Obama's Address on Health Care

In September of 2009, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting his response to President Obama's address on health care reform.

 

Support for the Public Option in Health Care Reform

In October of 2009, Senator Whitehouse spoke on the Senate floor about the need for the inclusion of the public option on health care reform.

 

Support for Passage of Health Care Reform

In December of 2009, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting his support for the passage of the health care reform legislation in the Senate.

 

A Victory for Rhode Island

In March of 2010, Senator Whitehouse released a press statement noting his support for the final passage of health care reform through the reconciliation process.

 

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 . Sheldon Whitehouse voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Sheldon Whitehouse 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. Sheldon Whitehouse voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Sheldon Whitehouse 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. Sheldon Whitehouse in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Sheldon Whitehouse 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. Sheldon Whitehouse voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Sheldon Whitehouse 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. Sheldon Whitehouse voted in favor of SCHIP.

Sheldon Whitehouse 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. Sheldon Whitehouse voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Sheldon Whitehouse voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

 

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 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 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 266; Medicare Prescription Drug Gap Reduction Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to reduce the coverage gap in prescription drug coverage under SSA part D (Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit Program), based on savings to the Medicare program resulting from the negotiation of prescription drug prices. Grants the Secretary of Health and Human Services authority similar to that of other federal entities that purchase prescription drugs in bulk to negotiate contracts with manufacturers of covered part D drugs. States that the Secretary shall be required to: (1) negotiate contracts with manufacturers of covered part D drugs for each fallback prescription drug plan; and (2) participate in negotiation of contracts of any covered part D drug upon request of an approved prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan.

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 465; Advance Directives Improvement and Education Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act and title III of the Public Health Service Act to improve access to information about individuals' health care options and legal rights for care near the end of life, to promote advance care planning and decisionmaking so that individuals' wishes are known should they become unable to speak for themselves, to engage health care providers in disseminating information about and assisting in the preparation of advance directives, which include living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care, and for other purposes.

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