WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a 227-198 House vote and a subsequent 51-48 vote in the Senate on Thursday, the legislature took one step closer to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare,  

Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07)  stated “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. 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."

For his part, the Seventh District lawmaker has called for replacing the health care law with more patient-centric 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.

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“That's why the health care law must be repealed and replaced with true reforms that include more choices and competition, lower prices and comprehensive, high-quality healthcare that all Americans deserve,"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

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.