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Welch: Probe of Vt. health care exchange about politics

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Rep. Peter Welch Rep. Peter Welch

Congressman Peter Welch says a Congressional probe of Vermont's new health care exchange is about politics.

Welch sits on the Republican-controlled House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Committee Chair Darrell Issa sent a letter requesting documents about Vermont's new exchange. Issa said the exchange violates the federal health reform law by requiring businesses to take part, hurting competition. But Welch says this is just another move by a Republican Congress that's tried to repeal the health reform law 37 times.

"It's really pretty political. The Issa letter is really the latest attempt to unravel health care. The bottom line here is health care is a huge challenge. And passing the law is only the beginning. We have to implement it and cooperate in addressing what the real challenges are," said Welch, D-Vermont.

And Welch says the Obama administration delaying the federal employer mandate until 2015 is not a sign that the reform law won't work. He says it impacts just 4 percent of businesses and that it is more important to get the system working well than to rush it.

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