WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement in response to Tuesday’s vote to override President Obama's veto of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. The House of Representatives failed to override President Obama’s veto by a bipartisan vote of 241 to 186 — 44 short of the votes necessary to overcome the presidential veto:
“H.R. 3762 was the first Obamacare repeal bill to reach the President’s desk. And although we were unsuccessful in our attempt to overturn President Obama’s veto, I believe it was important that Congress keep its promise to the American People and take the repeal effort all the way to the end of the process under our U.S. Constitution. What’s more, our actions have laid the necessary groundwork for a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare with a new administration in 2017.
“For my part I support replacing Obamacare with H.R. 2300, a sensible proposal that includes 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. This much-needed repeal and replacement bill will lower costs, increase quality of care, and put patients back in charge of their healthcare coverage.”