Representative Leonard Lance is urged to vote against the bill this week.
WESTFIELD, New Jersey — (March 19, 2017) — The U.S. House of Representatives is planning to vote this Thursday on a bill which would result in an estimated 42,300 fewer residents of New Jersey’s 7th congressional district having health insurance coverage by 2026. This analysis was published by the Center for American Progress on Friday and based on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) national estimates.
Rep. Leonard Lance, who represents the people of this district, has already voted for the bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), as a member of the House Energy and Commerce committee without holding public hearings or waiting for a CBO analysis. His vote for this bill — which will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — has frustrated many of his constituents who have called and written his office, asking the congressman to vote against the bill and not to rush the legislative process.
“This bill will likely increase health care costs for the poor, sick and old in our district,” said Stacey Gunderman, a resident of New Providence, New Jersey resident and a member of the NJ 7 Forward, a group representing concerned residents of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District. “It’s really disappointing that he decided to vote for the bill. I’m not sure he knows what’s at stake here.”
That last point was made clear last week during a television interview when a journalist asked Rep. Lance if he knew how many of his constituents were covered by plans purchased through health exchanges set up by the ACA. Rep. Lance incorrectly said he believes the number was 5,000, but the actual number is estimated to be 24,000, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Even though a recent Monmouth University poll found that 51 percent of Americans prefer to keep and improve ACA, President Donald Trump and Republican leadership in Congress have continued to drive forward their plan to repeal and replace the legislation.
NJ7 Forward believes that the AHCA does not serve the interests of the residents of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District and urges Rep. Lance to vote against this bill, which is expected to leave thousands of his constituents without health insurance coverage. A protest against the ACA repeal and replace plan is scheduled for this Wednesday afternoon starting at 4:30 p.m. outside Rep. Lance’s offices in Flemington and Westfield, New Jersey.
About NJ 7 Forward
NJ 7 Forward is a grassroots coalition dedicated to protecting and representing the interests of citizens throughout the 7th Congressional District. It monitors and publicizes Lance’s voting record and positions and promotes transparency, ethics and sensible policies.
Name: Margaret Illis