Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007

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The Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007 (S.1200) was introduced in the Senate on April 24, 2007 and referred to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. On February 26, 2008, it was voted on by the Senate. [1]  It is sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D, ND) and has 31 co-sponsors.


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The Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007 seeks to modernize Native American health care services.[2]

Bill passage

House action

Senate action

On February 14, 2008, the Senate defeated an amendment from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).


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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"Provide American Indians with vouchers for health insurance."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20090228_4813.php)

On February 25, 2009, the Senate passed the DeMint Amendment, which prevented Indian Health Service Funds from being used for gun buy back programs.


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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Bar Indian Health Service funding for gun buy-back programs."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20090228_4813.php)

On February 26, 2009, before passage, the Senate also passed the Vitter Amendment, which prevented Indian Health Service Funds from being used for abortions.

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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Right to Life Committee 2008 Senate Votes

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"[[National Right to Life Committee 2008 Senate Votes description::The federal government funds a number of health programs for American Indians, which cover over two million persons. During the 1970s, the federal Indian Health Service paid for abortion on demand in these programs. The funding of abortions was stopped starting in the early 1980s, but this policy depended on annual renewal of a pro-life provision (the Hyde Amendment) to an annual appropriations bill. On February 26, 2008, during consideration of a bill (S. 1200) to revise and reauthorize the laws governing the Indian health programs, Senator David Vitter (R-La.) offered an NRLC-backed amendment to permanently prohibit coverage of abortion within these programs (except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest). The Vitter Amendment was adopted, 52 to 42 (Senate roll call no. 30). The amendment was supported by 43 Republicans and nine Democrats; it was opposed by three Republicans, 37 Democrats, and two independents. [Six senators were absent and of these, three were considered supporters of the amendment, including Sen. John McCain (R-Az.), who was one of four cosponsors of the Vitter Amendment.] Following adoption of the Vitter Amendment, S. 1200 was sent to the House of Representatives for further legislative action.]]"

(Original scorecard available at: http://capwiz.com/nrlc/home/)

Scored vote

Scorecard: Family Research Council 2007-2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Prevent Indian Health Service funds from being used for abortions. FRC Action and Focus Action supported."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.frcaction.org/get.cfm?i=VR08I01)

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Bar Indian Health Service funding for abortions."

(Original scorecard available at http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20090228_4813.php

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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Right to Life Committee 2008 Senate Votes

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"[[National Right to Life Committee 2008 Senate Votes description::The federal government funds a number of health programs for American Indians, which cover over two million persons. During the 1970s, the federal Indian Health Service paid for abortion on demand in these programs. The funding of abortions was stopped starting in the early 1980s, but this policy depended on annual renewal of a pro-life provision (the Hyde Amendment) to an annual appropriations bill. On February 26, 2008, during consideration of a bill (S. 1200) to revise and reauthorize the laws governing the Indian health programs, Senator David Vitter (R-La.) offered an NRLC-backed amendment to permanently prohibit coverage of abortion within these programs (except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest). The Vitter Amendment was adopted, 52 to 42 (Senate roll call no. 30). The amendment was supported by 43 Republicans and nine Democrats; it was opposed by three Republicans, 37 Democrats, and two independents. [Six senators were absent and of these, three were considered supporters of the amendment, including Sen. John McCain (R-Az.), who was one of four cosponsors of the Vitter Amendment.] Following adoption of the Vitter Amendment, S. 1200 was sent to the House of Representatives for further legislative action.]]"

(Original scorecard available at: http://capwiz.com/nrlc/home/)

Scored vote

Scorecard: Family Research Council 2007-2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Prevent Indian Health Service funds from being used for abortions. FRC Action and Focus Action supported."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.frcaction.org/get.cfm?i=VR08I01)

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Bar Indian Health Service funding for abortions."

(Original scorecard available at http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20090228_4813.php


On February 26, 2008, the Senate voted 83-10 to pass the bill.

Articles and resources

References

  1. OpenCongress' info page on the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007.
  2. "Barack Obama Statement on the Passage of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act" All American Patriots, February 26, 2008.

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