Bernard Sanders on Health Care

Last Updated : Nov 14, 2011

Bringing Down Prescription Drug Prices

In April of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his views that Medicare should be allowed to negotiate for prescription drug prices.

 

Federally Qualified Health Center

In March of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting legislation that he had helped introduce that would beef up support for Federally Qualified Health Centers.

 

The Best Health Care?

In August of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his views on the US health care system.

 

Bush vs the Children

In September of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his opposition to President Bush's threat to veto SCHIP reauthorization and expansion. He referred to the act as Bush vs children.

 

Health Care for All

In May of 2011, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his support for a single-payer medicare for all system.

 

Primary Health Care

In February of 2008, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his views on primary health care.

 

Expanded Community Health Centers

In March of 2008, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his support for expanding community health center.

 

Health Care for All

In July of 2008, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting a recent op-ed that he had authored in roll call magazine.

 

The Problem of Affordability

In April of 2009, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting several problem areas in the present health care system in the US.

 

Inclusion of Public Option

In April of 2009, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his views that the President should push to include a public option in any health care reform legislation.

 

The Need for a Strong Public Option

In November of 2009, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his desire to see a strong public option in health care reform.

 

An Independent Assessment

In December of 2009, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his assessment of the health care reform legislation being voted on in Congress.

 

Health Care Package

In March of 2010, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his support for the recently passed health care reform legislation.

 

What Health Care Reform Will Do

In March of 2010, Senator Sanders released a press statement noting components of the health care reform legislation.

 

Health Care Reform Legislation

In January of 2011, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting that the passed health care reform legislation would save billions of dollars.

 

Medicare for All

In July of 2010, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting again his support for a single-payer, medicare for all plan.

 

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 . Bernard Sanders voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Bernard Sanders 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. Bernard Sanders voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Bernard Sanders 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. Bernard Sanders in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Bernard Sanders 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. Bernard Sanders voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Bernard Sanders 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. Bernard Sanders voted in favor of SCHIP.

Bernard Sanders 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. Bernard Sanders voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Bernard Sanders 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. Bernard Sanders voted against medicare part D when it passed the House in final form.

Bernard Sanders 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. Bernard Sanders voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

Bernard Sanders voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-S 44; Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends part D (Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit Program) of title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate with pharmaceutical manufacturers the prices that may be charged to Medicare part D prescription drug plan (PDP) sponsors and MedicareAdvantage (MA) organizations for covered part D drugs for part D eligible individuals who are enrolled under a PDP or under an MA-Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plan.

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-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-109; Bill Number-H R 2177; Healthcare Enhancement for Local Public Safety Retirees Act of 2005 or the HELPS Retirees Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow retired public safety officers to elect an annual exclusion from gross income up to $5,000 for distributions from governmental retirement plans for the payment of accident or health insurance or long-term care insurance.

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