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
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.
"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."
Twitter (selected tweets)
April 6, 2017
We're the only developed country w/o a public healthcare option for all. That's shameful and embarrassing.— Lindsay Brown (@LindsayBrownNJ7) April 6, 2017
April 3, 2017
40% of Republican voters and over 60% of the American public want a single-payer Medicare for all system.— Lindsay Brown (@LindsayBrownNJ7) April 3, 2017
[nothing found on healthcare]
"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."
"Peter Jacob supports HR 676, Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act."
Twitter (selected tweets)
May 6, 2018
The World Health Organization ranks mental health challenges as the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Yet, more than half will not seek treatment. Stigma and lack of access to affordable healthcare is 100% curable. The solution is a compassionate and caring society.— Peter Jacob (@PeterJacobNJ) May 6, 2018
April 20, 2018
April 12, 2018
[nothing found on healthcare]
Has not held elective office; is a lawyer and stand-up comedian
"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."
“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?”
Twitter (selected tweets)
December 5, 2017
Rep Lance voted tonight to advance the #GOPtaxScam:— Goutam Jois for Congress #NJ07 (@goutamjois) December 5, 2017
⬆️ Higher middle class taxes
💰 Huge tax cuts for billionaires
💳 $1 trillion+ more debt
🚑 Millions will lose healthcare
WE ARE WATCHING and we won’t forget. https://t.co/vdrhh7bXq9
November 2, 2017
October 25, 2017
Shameful. Hardworking families are literally paying the price for Trump/Republicans' healthcare sabotage. https://t.co/4IRGeFKray— Goutam Jois for Congress #NJ07 (@goutamjois) October 25, 2017
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
“'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.
"REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM
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."
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.”
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.'"
"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."
"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."
Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" (votesmart.org)
Twitter (selected tweets)
Mar 12, 2017
I am proud to be working with @SenStabenow @RoyBlunt & @DorisMatsui on opioids legislation to expand the Excellence Act by adding clinic certification in 11 additional states excluded from federal funding because of a lack of it. https://t.co/gf4nZWjVki— Rep. Leonard Lance (@RepLanceNJ7) March 12, 2018
Jan 17, 2017
My @HouseCommerce is leading the way on funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program with a vote this week to extend the program for 6 years at a $6 billion savings. Nine million children rely on CHIP. Let’s stop the obstruction, pass the bill & send it to @POTUS’s desk.— Rep. Leonard Lance (@RepLanceNJ7) January 17, 2018
Nov 3, 2017
I spoke in favor of renewing the CHIP program & ensuring community health centers receive the funding they need. https://t.co/yumaGobXIo— Rep. Leonard Lance (@RepLanceNJ7) November 3, 2017
October 13, 2017
Debate on House Floor 3/22/2010
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
"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."
Twitter (selected tweets)
Jan 6, 2017
Republicans ran out of excuses for not funding children’s health when they threw away $1.5 trillion to pad corporate profits. https://t.co/TW8NbH4wp5— Tom Malinowski (@Malinowski) January 7, 2018
Dec 20 2017
Republicans who just added $2 trillion in debt to raise corporate profits won't renew a $14 billion children's health program w/o offsets.— Tom Malinowski (@Malinowski) December 20, 2017
"Malinowski’s platform focuses on upping environmental protections, protecting and improving the Affordable Care Act, bipartisan tax reform, and infrastructure investment."
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.