WASHINGTON - Members of Congress on Friday began dismantling Obamacare.

New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) issued this statement following the 227-198 vote in the House on a budget resolution that that instructs various Congressional committees to draft legislation by Jan. 27 to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act; the Senate passed a similar bill on Thursday:

“With passage of S. Con. Res. 3, Congress has taken an initial step, albeit a procedural step, toward making critical improvements to our health care system.  

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“Too many Americans are disappointed and disillusioned with Obamacare.  The law is too expensive, too restrictive and too burdensome.  Premiums have dramatically increased, co-ops and state exchanges have failed and medical costs continue to skyrocket.

“That's why the health care law must be repealed and replaced with true reforms that include more choices and competition, lower prices and comprehensive, high quality healthcare that all Americans deserve. 

“And as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee I will work with my colleagues and the incoming Administration in developing repeal legislation that will include a stable transition period as we work toward enacting responsible and effective health care reforms as outlined above.”

Lance has long advocated replacing the health care law with more patient-centric proposals including  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, many of the same proposals favored by President-elect Donald Trump.

Health care policies allowing children to stay on their parents' insurance plan until age 26, prohibiting lifetime limits on insurance coverage, protecting those individuals suffering from preexisting conditions and making refundable tax credits available have bipartisan support and will undoubtedly be incorporated into the next generation of healthcare reforms pushed by congressional Republicans, according to Lance.