Congressman Leonard Lance today voiced his support for H.R. 2 -- legislation to repeal the new health care law and begin the process of replacing the law with common-sense fiscally responsible reforms that will lower health care costs, expand access, and protect jobs. The House of Representatives is expected to pass H.R. 2 later this afternoon.
Lance spoke moments ago in support of the legislation during the floor debate in the House of Representatives:
"I rise today in support of H.R. 2, an important first step toward implementing sustainable health care reform that our Nation can afford.
"The health care law passed last year includes sleights of hand used to mask the true cost of the measure. For example, six years of entitlements and subsidies are paid by ten years of taxes, and premiums are collected for the first ten years for a long-term care program with no benefits during that period.
"Douglas Holtz-Eakin said it best when he wrote in today's Wall Street Journal that the health care law is, "all about budget gimmicks, deceptive accounting, and implausible assumptions used to create the false impression of fiscal discipline.'
"Failure to repeal the health care law will add an additional $700 billion to our national deficit in the next 10 years. However, we can work together to enact common-sense health care solutions that lower health care costs without raising taxes or adding to our national debt."
As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Lance will be tasked with replacing the health care law with sensible proposals. The reforms supported by Rep. Lance include allowing insurance to be sold across state lines, establishing high-risk insurance pools, implementing medical malpractice reforms and prohibiting insurance companies from discriminating on the basis of pre-existing conditions.