Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement regarding President Obama's health care speech to Congress.
"While I admire the President's eloquence, I believe his speech last night did not go far enough in finding common ground on the important issue of health care reform.
"A majority of Republicans and Democrats agree that much needs to be done to lower the cost of health care in America. In particular, Republicans stand ready to work with the President on common-sense reforms that our nation can afford. These reforms include medical liability reform, small business pooling and letting families and businesses buy insurance across state lines. I believe these reforms are imperative parts of this health care debate.
"The President should wholeheartedly embrace all of these reforms and step away from an expensive public option that Americans increasingly oppose.
"I have co-authored with members of the centrist Tuesday Group the Medical Rights and Reform Act' -- a fiscally responsible health care alternative that reduces costs and expands insurance coverage without raising taxes, rationing care or putting the government between patient and doctor. It also provides access to all Americans regardless of pre-existing conditions, a provision favored by everyone.
"Last night's address was a missed opportunity but not a lost opportunity. There is still time for President Obama to bring all members of the House and Senate together to craft a reform measure all Americans can support, one that does not raise taxes on working families and small businesses, add to the federal debt or jeopardize employer-provided health coverage. Together we can find real solutions to make health care more affordable in a fiscally responsible way."