NJ7 Congressional Candidates on Healthcare - NJ7 Citizens for Change

NJ7 Congressional Candidates on Healthcare

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The following is a collection of public statements and voting records on healthcare by each of the major candidates for NJ's 7th Congressional District. Please refer to candidate websites and social media accounts for additional information and to interact with candidates.

  Lindsay Brown Peter Jacob Goutam Jois Leonard Lance Tom Malinowski
Supports ACA (Obamacare) YES* YES* YES NO YES
Supports Single Payer YES YES N/A NO N/A
Supports Women’s Health YES YES YES NO YES
Supports Medicare for ALL YES YES N/A NO YES
Believes Healthcare is a right YES YES YES NO YES

* Prefers Medicare for All - Single Payer

N/A - Not Addressed

Lindsay Brown (R)

Facebook: facebook.com/LindsayBrownforCongress
Twitter: @LindsayBrownNJ7

Track Record


Has not held elective office; is a web developer who had been a registered Democrat until after the 2016 election, when she changed her affiliation to Republican to go up against Lance.

Public Statements

Campaign Website

"Over the past decade, we have seen healthcare costs rise to astronomical rates, hurting our sick and middle class. We need to ensure everyone has access to healthcare, and not just the privileged few. . .

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, we have been able to assure those who are unable to obtain healthcare that they have a shot at getting it. However, in many cases, families and individuals making just a few dollars more than the eligibility threshold cannot qualify for low cost healthcare coverage. Therefore, it does not go far enough in addressing inequality within the system.

That is why I am pledging to work with members on both sides of the aisle to put forth legislation that improves access to healthcare for all so that lower-income communities and individuals can have access. I will also push Congress to pass a resolution to protect and fully fund Medicaid and Medicare for the next couple of generations. Single Payer has proven to not just be a moral approach for the future of healthcare in America, but it is becoming sound policy for both liberals and conservatives.

On average, people are paying a 30 percent premium to the current insurance system and receiving sub-standard healthcare. This is unacceptable and bankrupting our people, as 68% of people claim bankruptcy due to inflated medical expenses. With a policy like Medicare for All, a family of four making $50,000 a year could save $5,800 annually.

Women, in particular, must have equal access to safe, affordable care to attempt to alleviate the financial burden that purchasing feminine hygiene products places on low-income women.

That is why business owners are supporting Single Payer for its long-term trajectory of being less expensive for Americans. I will fight to advance Single Payer legislation because it’s pro-business, pro-woman, and pro-American."

Source: https://www.lindsaybrownforcongress.com/issues/

Twitter (selected tweets)

April 6, 2017

April 3, 2017


[nothing found on healthcare]

Peter Jacob (D)

Facebook: facebook.com/PeterJacobNJ
Twitter: @PeterJacobnj
Instagram: instagram.com/peterjacobnj
Snapchat: Snapchat.com/add/PeterJacobNJ

Track Record

Has not held elective office. Is a social worker who ran for this seat against the incumbent, Leonard Lance, in 2016.


Public Statements

Campaign Website

"Peter Jacob supports the enactment of a Medicare-for-all, healthcare system.

It is guaranteed in our Declaration of Independence that all people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. None of this is possible, especially life, without adequate healthcare.

Access to full healthcare is therefore a right of all people, and not a privilege or commodity money can buy. Far too many are being shut out from this essential right.

Our healthcare system is grossly inefficient with skyrocketing costs and an overly complicated bureaucracy that increases the burden on patients and providers. We need a healthcare system that significantly reduces overhead and administrative costs that threaten the financial security of our nation.

Not only is this the right thing to do, but it’s also good for our economy. When we invest in the health of our communities, we invest in our productivity and economy.

  • By simplifying our payment structure, reducing administrative costs, and incentivizing preventative measures, we can lower healthcare spending.
  • Peter Jacob supports the enactment of a Medicare-for-all, healthcare system.
  • Peter Jacob supports HR 676, Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act."


Source: Source: https://www.jacob2018.com/issues/health-care/

"Peter Jacob supports HR 676, Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act."

Source: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/676

Twitter (selected tweets)

May 6, 2018

April 20, 2018

April 12, 2018


[nothing found on healthcare]

Goutam Jois (D)

Twitter: @goutamjois

Track Record

Has not held elective office; is a lawyer and stand-up comedian

Public Statements

Campaign Website

"Health care is a right, not a privilege. We must guarantee quality, affordable health care for every American. Last year, the Republicans rammed through a tax bill that was not only terrible tax policy but also repealed part of the Affordable Care Act and will cause millions of people to lose health care. That moves us in exactly the wrong direction.

If elected, I will fight to protect the ACA and expand coverage. That’s the best way to get coverage to people who don’t have it — and it’s also the best way to bring down cost for everyone in the long run. After all, it’s cheaper to prescribe aspirin and prevent a heart attack than it is to perform a bypass surgery after a heart attack. But a doctor can’t prescribe aspirin if that person didn’t have coverage and didn’t see a doctor in the first place.

Throughout our district, seniors are struggling with the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. I support allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices to bring down cost."

Source: http://www.jois2018.com/issues/health-care/

“Washington Republicans failed to take away people’s healthcare through legislation, so now President Trump is sabotaging the ACA unilaterally. It is absolutely shameful that he is treating people’s health as a political football. His actions will cause insurance premiums to jump by 20%, punishing working families.
Leonard Lance continues to enable Speaker Ryan and President Trump, who have been relentless in their efforts to take healthcare away from families to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy. But healthcare is a right, not a privilege for the few, which is why I will fight for that right. Will Leonard Lance finally stand up to President Trump and his capricious attack on the working families of our district?”

Source: http://www.jois2018.com/2017/10/goutam-jois-statement-trump-health-care-subsidy-executive-order/

Twitter (selected tweets)

December 5, 2017

November 2, 2017

October 25, 2017

Leonard Lance (R, Incumbent)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CongressmanLance
Twitter: @RepLanceNJ7
House of Representatives website: lance.house.gov

Track Record

Has voted numerous times to repeal all or parts of the Affordable care Act (Obamacare). See complete voting record at links below. Is running for reelection on a platform of smaller government and less spending.

Political Summary of Lance’s voting record on health and healthcare


Political summary of Lance ‘s voting record on health Insurance


Voted against H.R.1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017 after voting it out of committee


Campaign Website

“'There’s only one way to truly fix ObamaCare, and that’s by fully repealing it and replacing it with real reforms that will benefit the American people, American families, and our economy. I won’t let up until this government takeover of health care is repealed.’ — CONGRESSMAN LEONARD LANCE

Leonard Lance has voted 64 times to repeal, defund, or dismantle ObamaCare — more than any other New Jersey Republican.

Leonard Lance twice voted against the creation of ObamaCare and was one of the first Members of Congress to call for its full and immediate repeal.

He fought against ObamaCare’s cost-control board because it would lead to rationing of care. Leonard fought to protect our first responders from ObamaCare’s employer mandate.

And Leonard Lance voted three times to ban taxpayer funds from being spent on abortion under ObamaCare.

Leonard believes that big government is not the answer for better health care. That’s why he has voted 64 times to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with better, common-sense solutions.”

Source: http://lanceforcongress.com/obamacare

As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, Leonard Lance is leading the fight for real Health Care Reform with sensible measures that include allowing insurance to be sold across state lines, improving health savings accounts (HSAs), establishing Association Health Plans (AHP) insurance pools and enacting real medical malpractice reform."

Source: http://www.lanceforcongress.com/voting-record

Public Statements

Press release September 13, 2017

“Senator Sanders’ single-payer health care plan is one that my constituents cannot afford. Most Americans would lose their health insurance plans if single-payer became law and dramatic tax increases would be unavoidable. Those tax increases would fall across the board to meet the tremendous cost of the program.

“There are millions of Americans who lack access to affordable insurance and millions more who have been hit with soaring health care costs. That’s why I’ve rallied behind centrist health care proposals - like the Problem Solver Caucus plan - to drive down health care costs for all Americans. These proposals have momentum in Congress and deserve support.

“I call on the Congressional Budget Office to score the Sanders Plan as soon as possible so we can have serious, nonpartisan figures to debate.”

Source: https://lance.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/lance-statement-on-single-payer-health-care-plan

Press release February 3, 2016

"WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement in response to Tuesday’s vote to override President Obama's veto of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. The House of Representatives failed to override President Obama’s veto by a bipartisan vote of 241 to 186 — 44 short of the votes necessary to overcome the presidential veto:

'H.R. 3762 was the first Obamacare repeal bill to reach the President’s desk. And although we were unsuccessful in our attempt to overturn President Obama’s veto, I believe it was important that Congress keep its promise to the American People and take the repeal effort all the way to the end of the process under our U.S. Constitution. What’s more, our actions have laid the necessary groundwork for a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare with a new administration in 2017.'"

Source: https://lance.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/lance-backs-obamacare-repeal-replace-effort

"Our current health care insurance system is badly broken, but the President's Affordable Care Act will only make it worse. It will lead to fewer jobs, more debt, higher taxes and reduced access to higher quality care."

Source: http://votesmart.org/public-statement/724976/lance-statement-on-house-efforts-to-repeal-obamacare/?search=repeal%20obamacare#.VYyF13UViko

"Instead of making health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans, Obamacare is driving up costs and putting the government between patients and their doctors. Today the House has taken formal action to repeal the President’s health care law. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee I look forward to being on the front-lines of this effort." 

Source: https://lance.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/house-passes-bill-to-repeal-and-replace-obamacare

Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" (votesmart.org)

Twitter (selected tweets)

Mar 12, 2017

Jan 17, 2017

Nov 3, 2017

October 13, 2017


Bloomberg 10/17/17

MSNBC 3/31/17

Debate on House Floor 3/22/2010

Tom Malinowski (D)

Facebook: facebook.com/malinowskifornj
Twitter: @malinowski

Track Record

Has not held elective office, but has worked in government: the National Security Council (Clinton Administration) and Assistant Secretary of State (Obama Administration)

5/16/18 - Endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Committee

Public Statements

"I have fought for human rights all my life, and I believe that affordable health care is a basic right of all Americans. Our economy also depends on people being able to move from one job to another, to start new businesses, and to return to school without having to worry about losing coverage for themselves and their families.

Instead of working to improve access to health care, in his nine years in Congress Leonard Lance voted over 60 times to to strip people of their health care coverage. He then voted in Committee for the cruel Republican health care plan, which would block people with pre-existing conditions from getting insurance, raise premiums for working families, and would lead to 500,000 people in New Jersey losing health insurance. The Republican health bill would also have meant massive cuts to our response to the opioid epidemic.

We need a representative who will fight consistently to strengthen our health care system and get us to affordable, universal coverage. If elected, I will:

  • Fight to pass legislation to ensure we preserve protections for preexisting conditions and the government meets its obligations under the ACA, so that our insurance rates don’t skyrocket, and insist that Trump meet his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the health care law.
  • Work to enable Medicare to negotiate fair drug prices.
  • Support adding a public option to the ACA, so consumers have more choices and competition keeps costs down.
  • Defend the ACA mandate for contraceptive coverage and funding for women’s health, which upholds the dignity and equality of all Americans, and has contributed to a historic decline in teen birth rates."

Source: https://www.malinowskifornj.com/values-and-priorities/affordable-healthcare-for-all

Twitter (selected tweets)

Jan 6, 2017

Dec 20 2017


"Malinowski’s platform focuses on upping environmental protections, protecting and improving the Affordable Care Act, bipartisan tax reform, and infrastructure investment."

Source: http://observer.com/2017/11/meet-tom-malinowski-one-of-the-democrats-challenging-leonard-lance/

Note: This page has been compiled based on information publicly available at the time of posting and has been fact checked by our volunteer staff. Contact us if a candidate's position has changed/evolved or if you find any errors or omissions.

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