Posts tagged ‘alternative healthcare legislation’

February 2, 2012

House Repeals CLASS Program

The House passed a bill to repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS program), a portion of Obamacare. The program was touted as a voluntary, pay as you go program, to be financed wholly from premiums people would pay into the government-run long-term care insurance program. However, the major flaw in the proposed program (it hasn’t gone into effect as yet) was that a large number of people were expected to enter into the program shortly before they needed long-term care, ending up with the government (taxpayers) bearing the bulk of the payouts to the tune of $81 billion over the next 10 years.

All Republicans and 28 Democrats voted for passage of  HR 1173.

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May 27, 2011

House Rescinds Unobligated Funds for Health Care Education

By a vote of 234-185, the House passed H.R. 1216 to amend the Public Health Service Act to convert funding for graduate medical education in qualified teaching health centers from direct appropriations to an authorization of appropriations.

This measure rescinds a portion of the Obamacare bill that authorizes the expenditure of $230 million over the 2011-2015 period, and places it on a pay as you go procedure. The CBO estimates that the Dept. of Health and Human Services will only spend $140 million over the 2012-2015 period, not counting the $40 million already obligated. While the measure does not reduce the total amount anticipated to be spent over the next ten years, it removes future expenditures from the FY2011 budget.

Three Democrats, Boren (OK-2), McIntyre (NC-7), and Rangel NY-15) voted with the Republican majority, and four Republicans Barletta (PA-11), Hanna (NY-24), King (IA-5), Meehan (PA-7) voted with the Democrats in opposition to the measure.

January 22, 2011

Instruction to Committees for Obamacare Replacement Legislation

H.Res. 9 was passed Thursday, January 20th, 2011, instructing the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on Ways and Means to write proposed legislation that addresses the following points: eliminating job-killing policies and regulations concerning the health care industry; increased competition and choice among private health care insurance providers; pre-existing condition access; tort reform; tax incentives for medical savings and expenses; prohibit government funded abortions; eliminate duplicative government programs; no legislation proposed shall increase the tax burden.

The Resolution passed on a vote of 253-175, with all Republicans voting for it, and the following 14 Democrats also voting for it: Altmire (PA-4), Barrow (GA-12), Boren (OK-2), Brown (FL-3), Chandler (KY-6), Critz (PA-12), Holden (PA-17), Kissell (NC-8), Lipinski (IL-3), Matheson (UT-2), McIntyre (NC-7), Peterson (MN-7), Ross (AR-4), Shuler (NC-11).

I would note that Brown, Critz, Kissell, and Lipinski are not in the Blue Dog Coalition; this vote may signal a turn toward center for these Democrats.

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