Thursday, July 23, 2009

Senator Obama's Voting Record on Healthcare Reform

Here is some interesting information on then Senator Obama's votes regarding healthcare reform.

Throughout his years in the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama joined Democrats to defeat meaningful health care reform proposals that would have helped to solve many of the problems he now says can only be addressed by a $2-trillion government takeover.

A sampling of Sen. Obama’s greatest NAY’s below:

NO on Allowing Americans to Deduct Their Health Care Costs. S. Con. Res. 70 (110th Congress, 2nd Session, Roll Call 82).
The Senate rejected an effort to allow for an above-the-line federal income tax deduction for individuals who do not receive health insurance through their employers. The amendment offered by Sen. DeMint (R-SC) failed on March 13, 2008 by a vote of 45-51.

NO on Allowing Americans the Freedom to Purchase Health Insurance Across State Lines. H.R. 976 (110th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call 305). The Senate rejected an effort to allow Americans to purchase individual health insurance across state lines. The amendment offered by Sen. DeMint (R-SC) failed on August 2, 2007 by a vote of 37-62.

NO on Allowing Americans to Use Their OWN HSA Funds to Cover Health Insurance Premiums. H.R. 2 (110th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call 26). The Senate rejected an effort to allow Americans to use their tax-free Health Savings Account funds to purchase health insurance. The amendment offered by Sen. Ensign (R-NV) failed on January 25, 2007 by a vote of 47-48.

NO on Preventing the Erosion of Private Health Coverage. S.Amdt. 2537 to S.Amdt. 2530 to H.R. 976 (110th Congress, Session 1, Roll Call 299)The Senate rejected an effort to minimize the erosion of private health coverage. The amendment offered by Sen. Kyl (R-AZ) failed on August 2, 2007 by a vote of 37-62.

NO on Expanding Access to Small Business Health Plans. On Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Committee Amendment (110th Congress, Session 2, Roll Call 119). The Senate rejected an effort to allow for the expansion of health care access and reduced costs through the creation of small business health plans and through modernization of the health insurance marketplace on May 11, 2006 by a vote of 55-32.

NO on Preserving Employer-Sponsored Coverage. S.Amdt. 2596 to S.Amdt. 2530 to H.R. 976 (110th Congress, Session 1, Roll Call 301)The Senate rejected an effort that would require individuals who are eligible for SCHIP and employer-sponsored coverage to use the employer-sponsored coverage instead of SCHIP. The amendment offered by Sen. Vitter (R-LA) failed on August 2, 2007 by a vote of 35-64.

NO on Requiring Health Insurance for Illegal Immigrants. S. 1348 (110th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call 188). The Senate rejected an effort to require illegal immigrants seeking “Z Visas” to maintain a minimum level of health coverage. The amendment offered by Sen. DeMint (R-SC) failed on June 6, 2007 by a vote of 43-55.

Blogpost from Sen. DeMint on 7/21/09


LL said...

Thanks to Sen. DeMint for working hard to offer credible options.

Shame on Sen. Obama for voting against them so he can put a system of socialized medicine in place.

Just a conservative girl said...

If you noticed, all but one of these votes happened AFTER he announced his candidacy for President.

Brittanicus said...


The injury court case of Luis Jimenez, an illegal alien from Guatemala, who was a patient at the Martin Memorial Medical Center in South Florida, will have far reaching impact, regarding mandated laws. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (42 U.S.C. § 1395dd, EMTALA) is a United States Act of Congress passed in 1986. Hospital and ambulance services must impart care to anyone needing emergency treatment regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to pay.

The only problem with this is that this federal mandated law never pays the full amount to the institution, if any? So the hospital passes it on to other patients, the insurance company, which once again the costs fall on the taxpayer. Whoever this individual was working for at the time of his accident, should be forced to pay part or all hospital services. Jimenez's lawsuit seeks nearly $1 million to cover the estimated lifetime costs of his care in Guatemala, because the hospital tried to relieve them of the financial burden.

The hospital spent more than $1.5 million on his care, over three years of treatment for his brain damage. If Washington pushes a Path to Citizenship, we can expect spiraling costs for the 20 plus million of legalized person who is already in our sovereign nation. I myself want an alternative to the corruption and greed, shown by insurance companies, which is a government run agency.

By enactment Immigration of reform, millions will demand health care, Pensions, retirement and a rush on government benefits. For those who haven't already cheated the system, will be a major catastrophe for every taxpayer. On being given a green card they can immediately sponsor their family members. Once here, they can immediately place the burden of sick, handicapped and those with mental disorders, in the hands of welfare services.

WE should then be prepared to receive millions of more illegal aliens, who have absconded from their own country, to take advantage of US taxpayers. All Americans should watch this court case carefully, because the implications are sky high taxes. Clogged health care services, education for every child and section 8 housing, along with every benefit, citizens and permanent residents have no knowledge of; will be the absolute outcome of Obama's AMNESTY. Get on the phone and tell your politician, you support THE SAVE ACT . Support for the bi-partisan SAVE Act, which will expand E-Verify and protect American jobs! Focuses on the heart of the problem-the jobs that attract illegal aliens. It would phase in a requirement for every employer to use the electronic verification system. NUMBERSUSA, AMERICANPATROL

archie_b said...

i loved demint's logic when he asked why this had to get voted on before august was over when it wouldn't take effect for 4 years.. no time to even read it... and do you think the president should be able to resist the temptation to comment on prime time tv that his friend, gaits was wronged in a racially charged incident when he freely admitted that he didnt know the facts?

Anonymous said...

Thank you "....conservative girl" for an excellent blog. This so called health care reform will be the single biggest disaster to happen to the U.S. NumbersUSA/American Patrol touches on the subject but it is seldom mentioned where the infrastructure to service 10 mil to 50 mil + people would come from. 8-10 years to bring a doctor on-line depending on specialty? 2-6 years for a nurse? This lack of infrastructure would further drive up costs in an already spiraling health care system out of control, talk about rationing (with that kind or load added to an already tight system either prices go up or everbody gets a tiny bit unless the laws of supply and demand have been suspended)!!! Furthermore, pressure on private business would be increased by a government competitor who makes all the rules and prints the money. I know of a few sports teams who would envy that positions. Health care needs some reform, no question about it but not by this president, not by this congress, and not by the far left !!!


Anonymous said...

Obama's voting record on health care reform doesn't surprise me in the least. What is troubling is that he was voting this way while planning his socialistic revamp of the ENTIRE health care system for just a few people. Mho sait it very well and I agree, "Health care needs some reform, no question about it but not by this president, not by this congress, and not by the far left!!!"

In the mean time, we need to inform our friends and neighbors about what's going on in Washington, encourage them to register to vote and then VOTE in 2010. It is my belief that we can take back our country, starting with the Congress in 2010. People need to remember the behavior of their reps during the town hall meetings: verbal abuse, distain, talking on a cell phone, etc. These people need to hear from We The People and become unemployed. Sadly, we will have to pay their bloated salaries and security, for life, while they make millions as consultants or writing books.


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