Fighting For the Health and Wellbeing of Texans

When it comes to health care, Texans deserve lower costs, better coverage, and greater access. The status quo is unacceptable. Premiums have skyrocketed, coverage options have disappeared, and small businesses have struggled under crushing taxes and mandates. Texas families need more options, not less, so that they can pick the plan that's right for them.

From introducing bills to lower prescription drug prices to supporting efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, I have fought in the Senate for everyday Texans worried that an unexpected hospital stay, medical bill, or charge at the pharmacy counter could put a strain on their finances or send them into bankruptcy. By taking decision-making out of the hands of Washington bureaucrats and giving it to states, doctors, and patients, Congress can provide Texans with a health care system that fits their needs.

Senator John Cornyn

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  • Introduced the bipartisan Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act, S.1416, which would lower prescription drug costs and help prevent drug companies from deliberately abusing the patent system by curbing the pharmaceutical drug industry’s anti-competitive behaviors of ‘product hopping’ and ‘patent thicketing’ that restrict access to generic and biosimilar drugs.

  • Introduced the Increasing Access to Biosimilars Act, S. 4134, a bipartisan bill to address the high cost of prescription drugs for seniors by promoting competition, increasing access to biosimilar medications, and encouraging physicians to prescribe biosimilars with lower out-of-pocket costs. 

  • Introduced the Second Look at Drug Patents Act, S.4253, bipartisan legislation to improve the process for challenging sham drug patents which can block cheaper generic drugs from being available to patients and families.

  • Enacted the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act S.260, 115th, a bill that repealed the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), created by Obamacare, in its entirety. IPAB created a new panel of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats to determine care for American seniors.

  • Cofounded the Senate Community Health Centers Caucus to support and promote policies that preserve and expand access to primary health care for the growing number of underserved and uninsured Americans who rely on our nation’s community health centers, which provide high quality care, save money, and foster community leadership.

  • Led effort to push the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to renew the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program 1115 Waiver. The 1115 waiver is a partnership between the state, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and more than 300 local health care providers that is redesigning the delivery of health care in Texas to make it more efficient and effective. 

  • Sponsored the Medicare Prescription Drug Fraud Prevention Act, S. 1505, to ensure Medicare prescription drug plans report waste, fraud, and abuse and take appropriate corrective actions.

  • Sponsored the Prescription Drug Price Reporting Act, S. 1664, which would provide greater transparency by requiring pharmaceutical companies to report drug prices and to notify the Secretary of HHS before any price increases.

  • Sponsored the Fair AMP Act, S. 1785, which prevents prescription drug companies from using authorized generics to charge Medicaid higher prices for their brand name products.

  • Sponsored the Substance Abuse Prevention Act, S.2789, now law, to reauthorize critical programs to reduce demand for narcotics, provide assistance to various agencies so they can better combat opioid addiction, and support those recovering from substance use disorders.

  • Sponsored S.801, a bill to provide greater transparency in the Medicare prescription drug plans by providing claims data to MedPAC and MACPAC to analyze.

  • Sponsored the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act S. 2002, 114th to improve our mental health system and ensure the mentally ill in our criminal justice system are identified and receive the treatment they need.

  • Sponsored the Independence at Home Act, which brings Independence at Home (IAH) into the Medicare program nationwide, the logical next step in Congress’ efforts to improve quality of care, eliminate inefficiencies in care delivery, and promote patient dignity for our nation’s Medicare seniors.

  • Sponsored the Cancer Care Payment Reform Act, S. 463, 115th to amend the Medicare payment for cancer care in order to enhance the quality of care and to improve cost efficiency.

  • Cosponsored the Stopping Medication Abuse and Protecting Seniors Act, which would establish a drug management program to prevent prescription drug abuse under the Medicare program.

  • Cosponsored the Patient Freedom Act, which provides state-based alternatives to coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and price transparency, in order to promote a more market-based health care system and to reform the provision of health insurance coverage by promoting health savings accounts.

  • Supported the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which also would redirect Planned Parenthood funds towards women’s health services.

  • Cosponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which would establish a government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion across all federal programs.

  • Cosponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would generally prohibit physicians from performing an abortion if the unborn child is older than twenty weeks. Thirteen states, including Texas, currently maintain such a prohibition.\

  • Cosponsored the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to require any healthcare practitioner to protect the human rights of any child born alive following an attempted abortion.

Fixing a Broken System

Obamacare is bad for everyone in the country, which is why I have fought it at every turn.

Senator John Cornyn

Our health care system is broken, but Obamacare, with its prohibitive costs and job-killing policies, isn’t the answer. Rather than waste any more time propping up a costly and unworkable system, we should focus on health reform that brings down costs, increases the quality of and access to care, and preserves the patient-doctor relationship.

I have supported legislation that would help Texans cover out-of-pocket costs, lower the price of prescriptions at the pharmacy counter, and increase the options for lower-premium insurance plans, all while protecting Texans with pre-existing conditions. 

Floor Speeches and Videos

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Cornyn: Democrats Refuse to Help Fix Health Care Mess They Created

  • Cosponsored the PROTECT Act to protect Texans with pre-existing conditions and ensure they will never be denied health care coverage or be charged more because of a pre-existing condition. 

  • Supported the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), which addresses the failing status quo of Obamacare by helping to stabilize collapsing insurance markets, free Texans from the mandates requiring them to purchase insurance they don’t want and can’t afford, and lower average premiums over time. Importantly, it preserves access to care for people with pre-existing conditions and allows children to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans through age 26.

  • Voted for the Health Care Freedom Act, which eliminates the so-called individual mandate forcing Texans to purchase insurance they can’t afford or can’t use, repeals the employer mandate that has forced companies to cut workers’ hours and take-home pay, gives flexibility to states, and expands the contribution limits for health savings accounts. 

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