The amended AHCA passed the House on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, and only Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) and Tom MacArthur (R-3), the latter whom was instrumental in amending the controversial Obamacare repeal measure, were the only two New Jersey House members to vote YEA.
GOP Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-2), Chris Smith (R-4) and Leonard Lance (R-7) joined the state’s Democrat delegation in voting NAY.
“Like many of my colleagues I ran in support of a repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a plan that lowers premiums, drives down health-care costs, encourages competition and gives every American access to quality, affordable health insurance,” complained Lance in a post-vote statement. “I campaigned on a plan that protects those with pre-existing conditions and provides a stable transition for those forced into Obamacare at no fault of their own. And I ran on the promise of not simply repealing Obamacare and returning to the status quo but offering something better. The House-passed bill doesn’t achieve these goals.”
MacArthur meanwhile celebrated the AHCA’s second lease on life.
“I’ve said many times that this bill is not perfect, but it’s an improvement from where it started and I stand by my efforts to make it better, the two-term Congressman opined. “It’s important that Congress was able to pass the AHCA and take this important step that will provide the American people with patient-centered, affordable care.”
The bill now heads to the Senate.
President Trump has signaled his intention to sign the final product.