WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) voted against the American Health Care Act, which passed the House with a vote of 217-213 Thursday.  The vote was mostly along party lines with 217 Republicans voting for the bill.  Voting against the bill were all 193 Democrats and 20 Republicans.

Congressman Lance was one of ten New Jersey members of the House of Representatives voting against the bill. That group included all seven Democrats and three republicans.  Two republicans from New Jersey voted for the bill.  The were Congressman Tom MacArthur and Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen.  Voting against the bill were Democrats Josh Gottheimer, Donald Norcross, Frank Pallone, Bill Pascrell, Donald Payne, SlbioSires, and Bonnie Coleman Watson; and Republicans Frank LoBiondo and Christopher Smith.

Congressman Lance issued the following statement:

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“Like many of my colleagues I ran in support of a repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a plan that lowers premiums, drives down health-care costs, encourages competition and gives every American access to quality, affordable health insurance.  I campaigned on a plan that protects those with pre-existing conditions and provides a stable transition for those forced into Obamacare at no fault of their own.  And I ran on the promise of not simply repealing Obamacare and returning to the status quo but offering something better.  The House-passed bill doesn’t achieve these goals.

“Additionally, important cost-saving provisions like purchase of policies across state lines, small business pooling and medical malpractice reform are absent from today’s legislation.  And it has yet to be analyzed for cost and effects by the Congressional Budget Office.

“The bill faces substantial changes in the U.S. Senate, further guaranteeing that the final product will have to be a compromise between the two chambers.  I remain committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare and will work with my colleagues across the Capitol to pass a better bill, one that lowers costs, improves access and increases quality of life for hard working New Jersey families.”