"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."
In November 2009, the House passed historic health care reform legislation. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Welch incorporated several Vermont ideas into the legislation. Welch also successfully worked to require the federal government to negotiate prescription drug prices with pharmaceutical companies, allow young people through the age of 26 to remain on their parents' health plans, and repeal the health insurance industry's exemption from anti-trust regulations.