WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after the U.S. House passed a budget resolution that gives Congress the legislative tools to repeal and replace Obamacare:

“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.

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“That's why the health care law must be repealed and replaced with true reforms that include more choices and competition, lower prices and comprehensive, high quality healthcare that all Americans deserve. 

“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.”

NOTE:  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.

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.