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    On Healthcare, Lance Remains Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

    Should I laugh or cry when I see that Leonard Lance received the 2018 Champion of Health Care Innovation Award?  Both. Who knows what he thinks about healthcare? He is stuck between a rock and a hard place.  The last thing he wants is to be asked for a cogent response on the issue.  So ask him. The man who recorded 64 votes against the Affordable Care Act, when faced with the realities of office, and the voice of his constituents, could not in the end vote for the cockamamie piece of repeal legislation his party tried to foist on the electorate. The American people expect our government to do more to ensure that the basic health needs of all citizens are taken care of, through expansion of Medicaid or Medicare, or some form of single-payer solution. Do you think Lance did not study the exit polls in the recent Pennsylvania election, which showed the issue is high on the minds of voters? The issue is most apparent in the votes for the expansion of Medicaid, offered under the ACA. The garlic-and-crucifix response of the right has been to roll as many logs as possible into this path towards healthcare access.  Most recently, Virginia, where even a Republican-controlled legislature had to bend to the will of the people, became the 33rd  State to expand Medicaid, and there are indications that more states will follow suit. Meanwhile, the Insurance Apocalypse has not arrived. Not for lack of trying, through Congressional elimination of the individual mandate and their waving the prospect of short-term, thin coverage designed to siphon off the healthy from the pool of the insured to the detriment of those with pre-existing conditions. Those attempts to destabilize the market have not yet worked, in part thanks to the acts of individual governors, such as our own Phil Murphy, to reintroduce the individual mandate at the state level. But this dragon is not slain yet.  Tea Party Republicans, goaded by their base, are stoking the fire in the belly of the beast to try one last time in June to incinerate the ACA, a prospect that must make Leonard Lance, a reluctant dragon slayer if ever there was one, tremble for his fate. Because we will #RememberinNovember #NJ07
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    Democrats Poised to Win the Congressional District 7th Seat

    Democrats are now poised to win the Congressional District 7th seat against Leonard Lance. Primary results are in, and the winner Tom Malinowski will prepare to campaign against our true opponent, Leonard Lance. Go team Malinowski! Congratulations to Tom and his campaign. Flip the House 2018 ! We would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge a few brave patriots who also stepped forward to bring change in 2018. The primary candidates- Peter Jacobs, Goutam Jois, Lisa Mandelblatt, Scott Salmon and Linda Weber, all fought an outstanding race. We are inspired by their courage, hard work and efforts. We salute you and fully expect to see you leading in the future! As always, NJ7 Citizens for Change will work to shine a spotlight on Lance’s record with the goal of victory in November! Unity begins today! We must all now have laser focus on Flipping the House! Make no mistake, the GOP will fight hard in this race and we will have to be prepared to respond. That means we must continue to produce targeted counter-messaging that tells the truth about Leonard Lance’s Far-Right agenda, out-of-touch voting record and lack of leadership. Our ad campaign goals include demographically-targeted social media boosting of videos; articles; print advertising; and radio ads. To help us fund our next professional ad campaign,  Please Donate Now! Join us in our path to victory in November!
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    Lance Falsely Claims to be an Eisenhower Republican

    Eisenhower Republicans Are Extinct and Leonard Lance Would Like to Keep it That Way. In a recent interview with Fox News, Congressman Lance was asked if he is a "Trump Republican.” “No. I'm an Eisenhower Republican," he said, hoping that a misty mantle of remembered 50’s prosperity would cloak reality. Who were those Eisenhower Republicans? The Eisenhower Republican Platform of 1956 summarizes the accomplishments of the previous four years, and the promises made for the future.  Back then, Republicans raised the minimum wage and promised to “extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable.” The official Republican position today is that minimum wage issues are best handled at the state and local level—which local efforts are then obstructed by said party.  Back then, the Republican Party boasted that “the protection of unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional workers.” Yet when the Senate voted in bipartisan fashion in 2014 to move forward with a bill that would restart federal unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless, the House voted it down, and Lance’s spokesperson said that “the congressman believes the Senate bill is unworkable.” The New Jersey unemployment rate stood at 7.1% at the time. Back then, the Republican Party  was proud that under Eisenhower, “unions have grown in strength and responsibility, and have increased their membership by 2 million,” and declared that “the protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy of the Eisenhower Administration.”  The Republican Party since then has constantly and consistently whittled away at the rights and protections of unionized workers, to the profound disadvantage of middle class America.   Back then, the Republican Party platform stated that “Republican action created the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as the first new Federal department in 40 years.”  Now we have a Department of Education, headed by Betsy DeVos, who demonstrably knows shockingly little about the U.S. education system.  The truth is, Eisenhower Republicans are as dead as dodos and Leonard Lance has no kinship to this extinct species. Congressman Lance supports Donald Trump 88% of the time. And we will #RememberinNovember. #NJ07
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