NJ7 Congressional Candidates on Healthcare - NJ7 Citizens for Change

NJ7 Congressional Candidates on Healthcare

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

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

N/A - Not Addressed

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 every American has a right to affordable healthcare.

It is cruel to force families to choose between life saving treatment for their children and avoiding bankruptcy, as we did before passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There’s no reason for America to remain the only country in the world where people know – and dread – the term “pre-existing condition.” And we can’t build an innovation economy if people feel they can’t leave a job to start a new business or pursue an invention without losing healthcare.

7 point policy stance:

  1. Defend the Affordable Care Act
  2. Everyone Should be Covered
  3. Stop Discrimination Against Women's Healthcare Needs
  4. No one Should be Punished for a Pre-Existing Condition
  5. More Freedom & Competition: A Medicare Choice for Everyone
  6. Lowering Drug Prices
  7. Strengthening research and development

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

Twitter (selected tweets)

July 30, 2018

July 2, 2018

June 15, 2018

June 9, 2018

June 8, 2018

Jan 6, 2017

Dec 20 2017


July 27, 2019

Malinowski Campaign press release

“Leonard Lance has an obligation to his constituents to condemn this group’s obvious distortion of reality for his political benefit,” said Malinowski. “The opioid crisis is real, it’s devastating, and it should be above politics. Families are losing children at devastating rates. To claim a bill that doesn’t directly help victims and has yet to become law has ended New Jersey’s opioid crisis is dishonest and heartless.”

Malinowski Condemns Lance for Distorting Opioid Crisis for Political Gain

July 20, 2018

Fios 1


July 18, 2018

Morning Joe

"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/

Leonard Lance (R, Incumbent)

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

Track Record

Has voted 64 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



Receives Champion of Medicare Access "Award" from questionable “Alliance for Patient Access” (AfPA) organization

“The AfPA claims it’s trying to ensure patients have access to FDA-approved therapies. However, its track record shows it pushes platforms that help drug companies’ bottom lines. HealthNewsReview.org frequently writes about how patient advocacy groups are co-opted by drug industry funding, but the AfPA is something different, observers say: a front group established solely to do the bidding of industry.”

SOURCE: https://www.healthnewsreview.org/2017/10/non-profit-alliance-patient-access-uses-journalists-politicians-push-big-pharmas-agenda/

Associate Members and Financial Supporters of AfPA as of June 2018 can be found here:

Public Statements

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

Town Hall 4/2017

on Planned Parenthood

MSNBC 3/31/17

Debate on House Floor 3/22/2010

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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