In light of yesterday's Massachusetts election results, Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to withdraw from the current health care negotiations and begin work toward a fiscally responsibly health care reform plan.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Lance and Rep. Mark Kirk (IL-10) said the election results of Scott Brown, "calls for a new direction in the health care reform debate. Instead, Democrats and Republicans must work together toward health care reform 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."
The lawmakers urged Pelosi to consider H.R. 3970, the "Medical Rights and Reform Act" writing, "The Medical Rights Act includes fiscally responsible health care reforms like medical liability reform, small business insurance pooling and letting families and businesses buy insurance across state lines. These are ideas that have strong, bipartisan support but have been absent from the bicameral health care negotiations.
The letter added, "Most important, our health care bill is fiscally responsible. Our alternative does not raise taxes, cut Medicare or add to the deficit. And it lowers health care costs.
The letter concluded with, "Madame Speaker, 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