Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey


May 17, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC–Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) last night voted to repeal ObamaCare and reiterated his call for replacing the President's health care law with real reforms that will lower costs, expand access and increase jobs.   

“Everyday more and more families and small businesses are facing the tough and costly realities of ObamaCare: Higher health insurance premiums, burdensome taxes, regulations and mandates and the loss of the health plan Americans have and like," said Lance.  "Now is the time to repeal the law and replace it with policies that will improve our health care system for working families and employers alike."

Congressman Lance also added that the latest scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), one of the key agencies charged with enforcing the health care law, should give Americans great pause about allowing ObamaCare to move forward.

“The President's health care law invests enormous powers in the IRS.  It is the government agency that will be at the forefront of enforcing ObamaCare.  Given recent events, no American should be required to answer to the IRS when it comes to an individual’s personal health care decisions," added Lance.

As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Lance has been on the front lines in congressional efforts to repeal, replace and amend the health care law.  To date, Lance has voted 39 times to repeal, defund or dismantle the law.  Of these votes, seven different bills have been signed into law by President Obama that directly repeal or rescind funding from at least eight different ObamaCare provisions.

For his part the Seventh District lawmaker has called for replacing the health care law with more sensible proposals.  They include bolstering health savings accounts, incentives for states to control health care costs, allowing insurance companies to sell policies across state lines, permitting small businesses to pool together to purchase coverage for their employees, creating state-based insurance pools for individuals with pre-existing conditions and medical malpractice reform.

"Unlike ObamaCare's top-down mandates, these ideas would all reduce the cost of health care," added Lance.

And Congressman Lance is one of the leaders in the effort to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax that threatens the more than 20,000 medical device jobs in New Jersey.

“The burdensome tax on medical devices will increase costs, stifle investment and ultimately make health care more expensive for patients.  Repealing ObamaCare will help ensure that Garden State companies large and small continue to be world-wide leaders in the medical device industry,” concluded Lance.