Health care restructuring: Reid "manager's amendment"

Senate Roll Call No. 385
111th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 60-40 (see complete tally)
In December, 2009, the Senate had under consideration a massive bill to restructure the health care system, the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," proposed by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nv.) as a "substitute amendment" for H.R. 3590.  This bill was opposed by NRLC because it contained multiple objectionable provisions dealing with abortion and rationing of lifesaving care.  Reid proposed a lengthy "Manager's Amendment," which contained some new abortion-related language but did not solve the fundamental abortion-related problems in the original Reid proposal.  The Manager's Amendment would allow the federal government to subsidize private insurance plans that cover abortion on demand and to oversee multi-state insurance plans that cover abortion on demand, and would empower federal officials to mandate abortion coverage in private health plans.  NRLC also objected to rationing components of the amendment, including provisions that would place substantial restrictions on the ability of Americans to spend their own money to obtain health insurance that would be less likely to deny life-preserving medical treatments.  For more information, see NRLC's letter to the Senate here.  On the roll call shown here (Senate roll call no. 385), conducted on December 21, 2009, the Senate voted 60 to 40 to end debate ("invoke cloture") on the Reid Manager's Amendment.  NRLC opposed this cloture motion because it allowed the Reid Manager's Amendment to be adopted and the objectionable health care legislation itself to move forward.  All 60 members of the Senate Democratic caucus supported cloture (i.e., voted to advance the amendment), and all 40 Senate Republicans voted against cloture.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 385
Votes For : 60
Votes Against : 40

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