In response to the announcement that House Democrats do not have the votes to pass the Senate health care bill, Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) called on congressional leaders to begin anew and pass his fiscally responsible legislation H.R. 3970, the "Medical Rights and Reform Act."
"The Medical Rights and Reform Act is a fiscally responsible measure that includes ideas such as medical liability reform, small business insurance pooling and letting families and businesses buy insurance across state lines," said Lance. "These ideas have strong, bipartisan support but have been absent from the bicameral health care negotiations."
In a letter earlier this week to the Speaker of the House, Lance called for "a new direction in the health care reform debate," adding, "resetting the health care debate and working together in an open and transparent way would help Washington regain the public's trust and would produce real and substantive health care reform that nearly all members of Congress agree is needed."
Lance and fellow Republican Mark Kirk (IL-11) urged Speaker Pelosi to pass H.R. 3970 -- legislation that, "'reduces costs and expands insurance coverage without raising taxes or adding to the national debt, rationing care or putting the government between patient and doctor."
Now that partisan efforts to pass health care reform have seemingly failed, Lance believes the time is right for a new direction.
"The current House-Senate efforts to pass a bill without bipartisan input is all but dead. It's time we work together on areas where we can find common ground. Our alternative does not raise taxes, cut Medicare or add to the deficit. And it lowers health care costs," concluded Lance.