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15_S352 on Feb 3, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: H.R.631 & S.352
Source: EACH Act
Congressional Summary: To provide an additional religious exemption from the individual health coverage mandate. This Act may be cited as the 'Equitable Access to Care and Health Act' or the 'EACH Act'. The 'Religious Conscience Exemption' exempts individuals who are members of a recognized religious sect which relies solely on a religious method of healing, and for whom the acceptance of medical health services would be inconsistent with their religious beliefs.

Supporters reasons for voting YEA: (TheHill.com weblog, April 29, 2013): "We believe the EACH Act balances a respect for religious diversity against the need to prevent fraud and abuse," wrote Reps. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and William Keating (D-MA). "It is imperative we expand the religious conscience exemption now as the Administration is verifying the various exemptions to the individual mandate," they wrote. Religious exemption from ObamaCare has come up before, including contraception. The EACH Act, however, deals only with exemptions from the insurance mandate.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (CHILD, Inc. "Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty", Dec. 2014): The Christian Science church is pushing hard to get another religious exemption through Congress. The EACH Act exempts everyone with "sincerely held religious beliefs" from the mandate to buy health insurance. We are particularly concerned about uninsured children: hundreds of American children have died because of their family's religious objections to medical care. The EACH Act increases the risk to children in faith-healing sects and the cost to the state if the children do get medical care. Some complain that their church members should not have to pay for health care that they won't use. But insurance works on the assumption that many in the pool of policyholders will not draw from it. Most people with fire insurance don't have their homes burn, for example. Also see equivalent House bill H.R.631

Updated with S.2568 - EACH Act (115th Congress, 2017-2018)

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Question 5: Expand ObamaCare Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Health Care
  • Headline: Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate (Score: -1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 3.
  • Headline: Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate (Answer: D)
  • Headline 2: Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate (Answer: D)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 3 on Healthcare: When you think about healthcare reform in the United States, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
    • A: The Government should be the sole provider of healthcare insurance
    • B: The Government should have a major role in providing healthcare insurance
    • C: The Government should have a limited role in providing healthcare insurance
    • D: Only private companies should provide healthcare insurance
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 15_S352

Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic ChallengerFeb 3, 2015
Michael Bennet s1oCO Democratic Jr SenatorFeb 3, 2015
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 3, 2015
Chris Coons s1oDE Democratic Jr SenatorFeb 3, 2015
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 3, 2015
Mazie Hirono s1oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)Feb 3, 2015
Tim Kaine s1oVA Democratic ChallengerFeb 3, 2015
Claire McCaskill s1oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state AuditorAug 16, 2018
Gary Peters s1oMI Democratic ChallengerSep 12, 2018
Brian Schatz s1oHI Democratic Jr SenatorFeb 3, 2015
Jeanne Shaheen s1oNH Democratic Sr SenatorSep 24, 2018
Mark Warner s1oVA Democratic Sr Senator; previously GovernorMar 9, 2015

Republicans participating in 15_S352

Lamar Alexander s1oTN Republican Sr SenatorFeb 9, 2015
Kelly Ayotte s2pNH Republican Jr Senator
Roy Blunt s1oMissouri Republican (until 2010)Feb 3, 2015
John Boozman s1oAR Republican Jr SenatorSep 25, 2018
Shelley Moore Capito s1oWest Virginia Republican (Senate run 2014)Feb 3, 2015
Susan Collins s1oME Republican Sr SenatorFeb 3, 2015
Tom Cotton s1oAR Republican Senate challengerMar 2, 2015
Steve Daines s1oMontana Republican (Senate run 2014)Sep 4, 2018
Rodney Davis s2pIllinois RepublicanMay 15, 2018
Orrin Hatch s1oUT Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2018)Mar 9, 2015
Johnny Isakson s1oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously RepresentativeMar 4, 2015
Mark Kirk s1oIL Republican Jr SenatorFeb 3, 2015
James Lankford s1oOK Republican Senate challengerMar 10, 2015
Jerry Moran s1oKansas Republican (until 2010)Feb 3, 2015
Rob Portman s1oOH Republican Jr SenatorFeb 3, 2015
Jim Risch s1oID Former Republican Governor (2006-2007); U.S. SenatorFeb 3, 2015
Pat Roberts s1oKS Republican Sr SenatorFeb 3, 2015
Ben Sasse s1oNebraska Republican ChallengerAug 1, 2018

Independents participating in 15_S352

Angus King s1oME Former Independent Governor (1995-2002)May 15, 2018
Jeff Sessions s1oAL Attorney GeneralMar 12, 2015

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 12
Republicans: 18
Independents: 2

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