Maria Cantwell on Health Care

Last Updated : Oct 22, 2012

Bipartisan Patient Protection Act

In June of 2001, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her support for the passage of the Bipartisan Patient Protection Act.

 

Drug Reimportation

In January of 2005, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her opposition to plans not to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and her support for allowing Americans to import drugs.

 

Small Employers Health Benefits Program (SEHBP)

In March of 2006, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her support for legislation that would allow small businesses to group together into a health insurance pool. In April of 2006, Senator Cantwell released a similar statement when the Senate Committee reviewed the policy.

In November of 2009, Senator Cantwell spoke on the Senate floor about Small Businesses and Health care reform. Although she did not speak about this legislation, she details the affects of health care costs on small businesses.

 

Bipartisan Health Reform

In February of 2007, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting objectives of a bipartisan health care reform. In November of 2008, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting these bipartisan objectives.

 

Support for SCHIP

In August of 2007, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her support for the SCHIP legislation.

In October of 2007, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her disappointment that President Bush vetoed the SCHIP legislation.

 

The Preserving Access to Primary Care Act

In June of 2009, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting legislation that she was introducing as part of the 2009-2010 health care reform debate.

 

Response to President Obama's Speech

In September of 2009, Senator Cantwell released a press statement in response to President Obama's speech on health care reform.

 

Support for the Public Option

In September of 2009, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her support for the public option.

In September of 2009, Senator Cantwell spoke at a Senate Finance Committee Meeting in favor of the proposed public option.

 

The Basic Plan

In November of 2009, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her vote in favor of the 2009-2010 health care reform legislation. She also noted a speech given in the Senate Finance Committee where she spoke about an amendment she was offering known as the Basic Plan. The Basic Plan would allow states to provide welfare coverage to people with incomes between 133% and 200% of the federal poverty line by taxing those who do pay for insurance, and allow states to use their purchasing power to negotiate for more affordable coverage options, improve efficiencies, and even lower the health care costs within the Exchange (by shifting lower income and disproportionately sicker individuals into the Basic Health Plan), but they would have to contract with private insurers. (Some text from ThinkProgress)

 

Support for the 2009-2010 Reform

On the night prior to the 2009-2010 health care reform package, Senator Cantwell spoke on the Senate floor about her support for reform and the legislation in question.

In February of 2010, Senator Cantwell released a statement noting a recent report on uninsured and cited it as a reason why reform is needed.

After the passage of health care reform, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her support for the passage of the 2009-2010 health care reform legislation.

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

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 . Maria Cantwell voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Maria Cantwell 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. Maria Cantwell voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Maria Cantwell 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. Maria Cantwell in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Maria Cantwell 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. Maria Cantwell voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Maria Cantwell 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. Maria Cantwell voted in favor of SCHIP.

Maria Cantwell 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. Maria Cantwell voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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

Maria Cantwell 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 Maria Cantwell voted against Medicare Part D.

Maria Cantwell voted against Medicare Part D.

 

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 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 391; Healthy Americans Act - Cosponsor

Requires each adult individual to have the opportunity to purchase a Healthy Americans Private Insurance Plan (HAPI), which is: (1) a plan offered by a state; or (2) an employer-sponsored health coverage plan. Makes individuals who are not enrolled in another specified health plan and who are not opposed to coverage for religious reasons responsible for enrolling themselves and their dependent children in a HAPI plan offered through their state of residence. Sets forth penalties for failure to enroll.

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-109; Bill Number-S 2354; Medicare Prescription Drug Gap Reduction Act of 2006 - Cosponsor

A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce the coverage gap in prescription drug coverage under part D of such title based on savings to the Medicare program resulting from the negotiation of prescription drug prices.

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.

References

[1] Website: ThinkProgress Article: Media mischaracterizes Cantwell’s Basic Health Plan amendment as ‘quasi public option.’ Author: Igor Volsky Accessed on: 02/10/2011

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