Patrick Leahy on Health Care

Last Updated : Sep 07, 2010

On Health Care Reform

 

End Health Care exemption for anti-trust legislation

 

Questions on Health Care Reform

During the 2009 reform package, Senator Leahy answered questions on health care reform. Below are the questions and responses.

Will we have enough doctors and nurses to deal with the increase in the number of the insured?

Myth v Fact
MYTH: No one agrees on what should be in health care reform
FACT: Congress agrees on almost 80% of the health care bills pending before the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Why dont we just slow down the process on health care reform or start over from scratch?

 

On the Public Option

 

Campaign 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 . Patrick Leahy voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Patrick Leahy 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. Patrick Leahy voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Patrick Leahy 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. Patrick Leahy in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Patrick Leahy 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. Patrick Leahy voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Patrick Leahy 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. Patrick Leahy voted in favor of SCHIP.

Patrick Leahy 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. Patrick Leahy voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Patrick Leahy voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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. Patrick Leahy voted in favor of the amendment to prevent border patrol agents from taking prescription drugs from citizens crossing the border.

Patrick Leahy voted in favor of 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 Patrick Leahy voted against Medicare Part D.

Patrick Leahy voted against Medicare Part D.

 

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 1681; Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 - Prime Sponsor

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-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.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 445; Medicare Prescription Drug Price Reduction Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A resolution to amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act, as added by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, to provide for negotiation of fair prices for Medicare prescription drugs.

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