Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

Lance Statement on the American Health Care Act

Mar 9, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after the Energy and Commerce Committee completed a 30 hour mark-up of sections of the American Health Care Act:

“The average American family is now paying $5,000 dollars more a year for health care since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law.  Too many of my constituents can’t afford the Affordable Care Act.

“Despite this trend the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress for years refused to consider any reforms to the law. Year-after-year patients saw premiums spike, sky-high deductibles render some insurance plans unusable and insurance markets collapse across the country.   New Jersey’s exchange started with five insurers.  It’s now down to two and the Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey co-op recently shut its doors at a cost of over $100 million to taxpayers. 

“I think we can do better.  I want as many people as possible to have affordable coverage and I do not want to return to the status quo before the ACA.  Choice and competition will make insurers compete for patients – not the other way around.  The millions who have gained insurance deserve better prices and more options.  And the millions more who receive insurance through employment deserve stability.

“In the drafting of this first piece of repairing the health care system I fought for and secured the inclusion of many provisions important to New Jerseyans: continuous coverage and protections for those with pre-existing conditions, young people being able to stay on family plans until 26 and no lifetime caps on insurance.  And I was the leading Republican voice for maintaining the Medicaid expansion that has benefitted many New Jersey families.

“This is not the last word on improving health care in this country.  There is more work to be done.”