The Express-Times

Charlie Dent, Leonard Lance Among Moderate Republicans Opposed To Government-Run Health Care

The Express-Times — Tuesday, May 26, 2009

By Express-Times Staff

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Lehigh Valley, and U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, R-Hunterdon, are among a group of moderate Republicans concerned that the Obama administration will migrate to a health care system that is government-run.

This group of legislators proposed a bill last week that would prevent future government reforms from interfering with the care of a patient who has private insurance.

"Most Americans receive their health insurance through their employers," Lance said. "Of those Americans, most are satisfied with their coverage."

Critics say the existing health insurance model is in need of reform and a government-run insurance plan would compete with private insurance companies and drive down costs.

"We absolutely need to have health care for everyone in the United States," Eve Weissman, health care campaign coordinator for New Jersey Citizen Action, said. "We recognize it won't happen overnight. It's a huge system. It's an incredibly flawed system."

Besides the bill introduced last week, Dent said his group plans to introduce a comprehensive reform proposal, which would include favorable tax treatment for people who want to purchase private insurance, among other things.

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