Senate candidate Welch favors state-led health care reform
Republican Senate candidate Steve Welch may live in Chester County, but he's seen a lot of Westmoreland County in the past few months.
And those frequent visits are for a distinct reason.
"I believe which way Westmoreland goes is the way the state's going to go," Welch said, pointing to the 2011 resurgence of the Republican Party in county elections. "A lot of new people are getting involved in politics for the first time, and that's where I'm coming from, too."
Welch, who has been endorsed by the state Republican Party in the upcoming primary, met with about 20 voters during a town hall event on Monday night at Giannilli's II restaurant and banquet facility in Unity.
An engineer by training, Welch is an entrepreneur who started his first enterprise, Mitos, a biotech company, in 2001. Since selling the company a few years ago, he co-founded DreamIt Ventures, a business that starts technology companies.
He decided to start big with his first foray into politics by running for Senate. He said the problems start in Washington, and that's where the solutions can be made.
"I can't sit around and watch us continue to go down this path," Welch said.
Welch is a self-described "policy geek" who says the health care reform act, dubbed "Obamacare," should be repealed because it makes neither health care sense nor economic sense.
"There's not a single piece of the Obamacare legislation that controls costs," he said. "If it drives up costs, it makes every American business less competitive."
Welch doesn't deny that health care reform is needed.
"The problem is Obamacare broke it even worse," he said.
He favors allowing states to come up with innovative health care reform plans, figuring out which ones work, and then implementing them on a larger scale.
Welch favors simplifying the tax code and eliminating regulations that he considers job killers.
He said financial regulatory reform law Dodd-Frank will have a chilling effect on small, community banks that fund small businesses -- the same types of banks that gave him his first business loan.
"I just want a level playing field (for small businesses)," he said. "I'm confident that on any given day of the week, small businesses will outdo big business."
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Sandusky cover-up case unusually shrouded
- Mother Nature takes a swat at Western Pa. stink bugs
- Pennsylvania allots $681M for cloud-based data storage
- Health system with patients in Mercer County victim of hackers
- Altered fireworks, chickens found in Interstate 79 crash in West Virginia
- Pennsylvania governor hopefuls target middle class with tax policy ads
- Pa. bridges, roads pay homage to famous, fallen