Bob Dole on Health Care

Former Republican Senator (KS)


Let workers keep insurance when they change jobs

In early September 1994, it became clear that the president didn't have the votes even to get the health-care bill out of Senate committee. I warned Hillary that the failure to pass any health reform at all would seriously injure the administration in general and her reputation in particular. I suggested that she back a limited bill [such as] the Kennedy-Kassebaum bill that Congress passed late in 1996. Bob Dole had endorsed such a concept. I said that if the Clinton's backed the Dole bill as an alternative, Dole would be forced to support it since it was his bill, even though he was reluctant to pass anything at all that summer, hoping to use Clinton's failure to reform health care as a campaign issue.

Hillary was adamant that she would not back such a bill, because "you can't fix part of the problem,. If you do this over here, it causes this bad reaction over there. You've got to do it all or do nothing."

Source: Behind the Oval Office, by Dick Morris, p.111 , Jan 18, 1997

Provide catastrophic illness coverage through Medicare

Sen. Dole sponsored S.592 (with 19 co-sponsors): The Medicare Catastrophic Illness Coverage Act:
Source: Bill sponsorship archives from the Library of Congress , Feb 26, 1987

Voted NO on blocking medical savings acounts.

Vote to block a plan which would allow tax-deductible medical savings accounts.
Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)52; N)46; NV)2
Reference: Kassebaum Amdt #3677; Bill S. 1028 ; vote number 1996-72 on Apr 18, 1996

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