What Senator Collins Isn’t Telling You: She Voted to Make Prescription Drugs More Expensive for Maine’s Seniors

 

This week, Senator Collins launched a new ad on drug prices, but she failed to mention that she voted repeatedly against closing the Medicare prescription drug donut hole. Once the Affordable Care Act closed the donut hole, saving Maine seniors more than $87 million, she voted at least a dozen times to repeal or undermine the law. Collins also voted out of step with Senators King and Snowe against several efforts to address the cost of prescription drugs, all while accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Here are just a few examples of when Senator Collins voted with big pharma over Mainers:

 
  • Senator Collins Broke With Senator King And Voted Against Urging Lower Drug Prices. [CQ, 1/11/17; S.Amdt. 188 to S.Con.Res. 3, Vote 21, 1/11/17]

 
  • Senator Collins Broke With Senator King And Voted Against Urging The Senate Not To Repeal The Closing Of The Prescription Drug ‘Donut Hole’ For Seniors. [CQ, 1/11/17; S.Amdt.13 to S.Con.Res.3, Vote 7, 1/11/17]

 
  • Senator Collins Broke With Senator Snowe Twice And Voted Against Giving Seniors More Time To Sign Up For The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. [CQ, 11/17/05; S.Amdt. 2601 to S. 2020, Vote 342, 11/17/05] [CQ, 2/2/06; S.Amdt. 2731 to S.Amdt. 2707 to H.R.4297, Vote 4, 2/2/06]

 
  • Senator Collins Voted To Completely Repeal The Affordable Care Act. [CQ, 2/2/11; Vote 9, S. Amdt. 13 to S. 223, 2/2/211]

 

  • Senator Collins Voted For H.R. 1, Which Barred The Use Of Funds To Implement Several Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act, “Severely” Limiting Its Implementation. [CQ, 3/9/11; Vote 36, H.R. 1, 3/9/11; Washington Examiner, 3/15/14]

 

  • Senator Collins Voted To Adopt A Resolution Preventing Any Funds In A Recently-Passed Funding Bill From Being Used To Implement The Affordable Care Act. [CQ, 4/14/11; Vote 59, H.Con.Res. 35, 4/14/11]

 

  • Senator Collins Voted For An Amendment To The FY 2012 Labor, HHS And Education Spending Bill That Would Bar Funds From Being Used To Implement The Affordable Care Act. [Senate Appropriations Committee Mark Up, 112th Cong. 1st Sess., S. 1599, 9/21/11]

 

  • Senator Collins Cosponsored A Jim DeMint Bill To Repeal The Entire ACA, Including Protections For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions, Without A Replacement. [S. 192, Introduced 1/26/11; Collins Cosponsored 1/31/11]

 

  • Senator Collins Was An Original Cosponsor Of A Ted Cruz Bill To Repeal The Entire ACA, Including Protections For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions, Without A Replacement. [S. 177, Introduced 1/29/13; Collins Cosponsored, 1/29/13]

 

  • Senator Collins Voted To Defund The Affordable Care Act. [CQ, 3/13/13; Vote 34, S. Amdt. 30 to S. Amdt. 26 to H.R. 933, 3/13/13]

 

  • Senator Collins Voted To Allow For Legislation To Repeal The Affordable Care Act. [CQ, 3/22/13; Vote 51, S. Amdt. 202 to S. Con. Res. 8, 3/22/13]

 

  • Senator Collins Voted Against Removing Language To Defund The Affordable Care Act. [CQ, 9/27/13; Vote 208, S. Amdt. 1974 to H.J. Res. 59, 9/27/13]

 

  • Senator Collins Voted In Favor Of S. Con. Res. 11, The Senate Budget Resolution, Which “Would Repeal The Affordable Care Act.” [CQ, 3/27/15; Vote 135, S. Con. Res. 11, 3/27/15; New York Times, 3/27/15]

 

  • Senator Collins Voted In Favor Of A Budget Resolution Conference Report That Included Instructions To Repeal The Affordable Care Act. [CQ, 5/5/15; Vote 171, S. Con. Res. 11, 5/5/15]

 

  • Senator Collins Voted To Repeal The Affordable Care Act. [CQ, 7/26/15; Vote 253, S. Amdt. 2328 to S. Amdt. 2327 to S. Amdt. 2266 to H.R. 22, 7/26/15]

 

  • Senator Collins Voted In Favor Of A Senate Budget Resolution That Included Instructions For The Repeal Of The Affordable Care Act. [CQ, 1/12/17; Vote 26, S. Con. Res. 3, 1/12/17]

 

  • Senator Collins Voted For A Budget Resolution Including A Deficit-Neutral Reserve Fund Related To Repealing Or Replacing The Affordable Care Act. [CQ, 10/19/17; Vote 245, H. Con. Res. 71, 10/19/17]

 

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