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"Like most Vermonters, I believe affordable access to quality health care is a fundamental right of all Americans. My work on this critical issue – in Vermont and now in Congress – has long been guided by three principles: everybody must be covered, everybody must contribute based upon his or her ability to pay, and coverage need not be related to employment. I will continue to push for comprehensive reform of our heath care system to achieve quality, affordable care for all Vermonters and all Americans. And I will continue to bring Vermont’s values and successes in improving health care to the national stage."
Rep. Welch's Recent Work on Health Care
Vermont Veterans Outreach Program Wins Funding
May 13, 2013
A Vermont National Guard outreach effort will receive $1.8 million this year for the pioneering program that informs veterans and their families about benefits they have earned, Vermont’s congressional delegation announced today.
The award is Vermont’s share of $20 million for eight states that have adopted the Vermont outreach program model and a new effort to expand the program to National Guard and Reserve units nation...
Bennington Banner: 'Obama "relaxed" about budget talks'
March 15, 2013
The president was "relaxed and comfortable" Thursday during a meeting aimed at reassuring nervous House Democrats that entitlement programs won't be slashed just to get Republicans to negotiate a federal budget, according to Vermont Rep. Peter Welch.
President Barack Obama's meeting Thursday with House Democrats followed a similar visit Wednesday with Republican House members as well as meetings with the Democratic and GOP ca...
With House set to again debate Ryan Medicare plan, Welch introduces bill to save Medicare $156 billion
March 13, 2013
With Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) doubling down on his failed Medicare proposal from the last Congress, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today introduced legislation that will save $156 billion in the Medicare program without cutting benefits to seniors.
Welch's Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate prescription drug prices on behalf of Medicare Part D beneficiari...
Brattleboro Reformer: 'Welch calls GOP budget proposal a "wasted opportunity" '
March 13, 2013
For U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, House Republicans' latest federal budget plan invoked a cinematic theme -- "Groundhog Day."
Citing the popular movie in which a bombastic weatherman must relive the same day over and over, the Democrat contends he's seen this same budget document again and again.
And Vermont's sole congressman was sharply critical of a plan that calls for cuts in domestic program...
The Hill: 'Medicare would negotiate drug prices under Dem bill'
March 12, 2013
A new bill from Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) would require federal officials to negotiate drug prices in Medicare, a move that could spell big savings for the federal budget.
Welch estimated Tuesday that his Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act would save up to $156 billion over ten years. He cited the Department of Veterans Affairs, which already bargains for lower prices for commonly prescribed drugs.