Patty Murray on Health Care

Last Updated : Sep 09, 2010

Summary

Senator Murray supports and voted for the 2009 health care reform legislation. She outlines a series of principles that she advocates for in the 2009 reform and in future reform, including eliminating lifetime caps and pre-existing conditions. 

In addition to voting for the 2009 health care reform legislation, Senator Murray voted for SCHIP and against Medicare Part D.

 

Campaign Website Statements

On her 2010 re-election website, Senator Murray states the following on a page devoted to Health Care:

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 . Patty Murray voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Patty Murray 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. Patty Murray voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Patty Murray 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. Patty Murray in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Patty Murray 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. Patty Murray voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Patty Murray 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. Patty Murray voted in favor of SCHIP.

Patty Murray 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. Patty Murray voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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

Patty Murray 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 Patty Murray voted against Medicare Part D.

Patty Murray voted against Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-109; Bill Number-S 1580; Healthcare Equality and Accountability Act - Cosponsor

A bill to improve the health of minority individuals.

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