The Justice Department’s crusade against Big Tobacco may end under Ashcroft. In 1998, he voted against against Sen. John McCain’s tobacco regulation bill to impose huge penalties on tobacco companies if they didn’t decrease rates of youth smoking, saying
among other things that the companies shouldn’t take all the blame. “There is something that really hasn’t been talked about in the debate: individual responsibility. ... People have known there are adverse health impacts,” he said at the time.
Source: ABCnews.com, “An Ashcroft Justice Department”
Dec 23, 2000
Medicare lockbox; more funding too
Major Accomplishments in the US Senate: SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE
Authored and passed the first Medicare Lockbox to prevent Washington spending raids on the Medicare Trust Fund.
Helped to secure increased Medicare funding,
resulting in an average increase to Medicare recipients of $1,725 per person.
Successfully worked to extend solvency of Social Security and Medicare, with Medicare solvency extended by 23 years to 2025, and Social Security by 8 years, to 2037.
Source: JohnAshcroft.org, campaign web site
Nov 7, 2000
$150M for basic health care for uninsured
Q. Even if Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program enroll all “eligible” children, there would still be millions of uninsured children. How do you propose insuring each and every child in America?
A. Because of
our state’s limited government resources, it is important to focus on children whose families cannot afford health insurance. I support initiatives that give uninsured families more options to obtain health insurance, such as allowing full
deductibility for health insurance costs for families headed by self-employed individuals, and health insurance tax deductions/credits for families who cannot obtain coverage from an employer. I continue to strongly support funding
increases for consolidated health centers, which give uninsured individuals - including children - access to basic health care. Most recently I called for a $150 million increase in community health centers funding for FY2001.
Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare.
Vote on an amendment to establish a prescription drug benefit program through the Medicare health insurance program. Among other provisions, Medicare would contribute at least 50% of the cost of prescription drugs and beneficiaries would pay a $250 deduc
Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction.
The Santorum (R-PA) amdt would effectively kill the Kennedy Amdt (D-MA) which would have allowed self-employed individuals to fully deduct the cost of their health insurance on their federal taxes.
Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)53; N)47
Reference: Santorum Amdt #1234;
Bill S. 1344
; vote number 1999-202
on Jul 13, 1999
Voted NO on increasing funds for Medicare prescriptions.
The Snowe (R-ME) Amdt would allow the Medicare prescription drug benefit program to be paid for by an increase in tobacco taxes.
Status: Motion Rejected Y)54; N)44; NV)2