- The Washington Times - Friday, May 5, 2017

Rep. Leonard Lance was one of the Republicans who didn’t support the new health care legislation, saying he didn’t think the bill did enough to fix the exchanges, among other things.

“I think the exchanges are not in good shape. We in New Jersey originally had five insurers in the exchanges, and we’re now down to two,” Mr. Lance, New Jersey Republican, said Friday on MSNBC.

“This was not a political calculation,” he said. “I did what I thought was best for the district.”

Mr. Lance said he hoped that as the bill moves through the Senate, Republicans and Democrats can come together to fix some of these issues.

“I also hope Democrats will come to the table,” he said.

Mr. Lance also said a big part of his decision was a lack of a score from the Congressional Budget Office, which he said helped inform him as to whether he should support the Republicans’ previous health care bill.

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