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John Edwards' Voting Records on Issue: Health Insurance

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 29, 2001 S 1052 Patients' Bill of Rights Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 36)
Yea
June 29, 2000 S Amdt 3694 Health Care Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
June 22, 2000 S Amdt 3598 Outpatient Prescription Drugs Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Yea
July 15, 1999 S 1344 Patient Bill of Rights bill Bill Passed - Senate
(53 - 47)
Nay
July 15, 1999 S Amdt 1250 Patient Lawsuit Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 47)
Nay
July 14, 1999 S Amdt 1241 Women's Health and Cancer Rights Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(55 - 45)
Nay

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