Schwartzi Rooney speak to vot­ers at coulke­ways forum

North Penn Life - - OPINION - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

r.S. Rep. Allyson SchwartzI D-1PI told an au­di­ence at coulke­ways at Gwynedd Oct. 4 she would fa­vor a pro­posal to raise taxes on Amer­i­cans who earn more than AORMIMMM a year.

She called the rev­enue en­hance­ments a key com­po­nentI along with spend­ing cutsI to­ward deal­ing with the na­tion’s debt and GH­fiFLW.

Repub­li­can Joe Rooney said the gov­ern­ment should not raise taxes dur­ing a “bad econ­omy.” He sug­gested a ORWHU DNG flDWWHU WD[ UDWH WKDW would en­cour­age busi­ness own­ers to in­vest mon­eyI hire em­ploy­ees and help the coun­try grow out of its eco­nomic prob­lems.

Schwartz said she was hon­ored and priv­i­leged to work on the leg­is­la­tion that made pri­vate health in­sur­ance af­ford­able.

“We got it doneI” she said of the Af­ford­able Care ActI signed into law by Pres­i­dent Obama two years ago. “We found a way.”

Rooney sug­gested that by per­mit­ting in­sur­ance com­pa­nies to sell across state lines and al­low­ing cit­i­zens to shop prices from doc­tors for non-emer­gency pro­ce­duresI the high cost of health care WRUOG EH VLJNL­fiFDNWOy PLWL­gated.

“I’m a small mar­ketI free en­ter­prise said.

coulke­ways at Gwynedd hosted the cam­paign forum for the two Con­gres­sional can­di­dates. Sit­ting on a stage in the coulke­ways Au­di­to­rium in the Community Cen­ter Build­ingI both can­di­dates pro­vided timed re­sponses to 14 iden­ti­cal ques­tions.

The ques­tions — read by mod­er­a­tor Wes ShirkI and

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Rooney se­lected by the community’s Cur­rent Is­sues com­mit­tee — cov­ered heath FDUH, DERUWLRN ULJKWV, fiNDN­cial is­suesI So­cial Se­cu­ri­tyI Medi­careI for­eign pol­i­cyI FDPSDLJN fiNDNFH DNG MRE cre­ation.

SchwartzI a four-term LNFUPEHNW, WHNW fiUVW. 6KH LGHNWL­fiHG WKH EHNH­fiWV RI WKH health in­sur­ance leg­is­la­tionI which in­cluded clos­ing the 0HGLFDUH GUUJ EHNH­fiW GRNUW hole and sus­pend­ing the OM per­cent co-pay for pre­ven­ta­tive ser­vices.

The con­gress­woman added that the law ex­tends the sol­vency of Medi­care by seven years.

In re­sponse to a ques­tion about re­viv­ing the GlassStea­gall ActI the De­pres­sion-era law that sep­a­rated com­mer­cial and in­vest­ment banksI Schwartz told the au­di­ence she had some real con­cerns about a “lack of fiUHWDOOV” EHWWHHN WKH WWR kinds of banks.

In terms of job cre­ationI Schwartz said the gov­ern­ment should continue creat- ing the en­vi­ron­ment for new in­dus­try by in­vest­ing in ed­u­ca­tion and in­fra­struc­ture.

“We’re not where we want to be yetI” she said. “We’re still re­cov­er­ing from a very se­ri­ous broadI deep re­ces­sion [in OMM8z in which we lost be­tween TMMIMMM and 8MMIMMM jobs per month at the low­est point.”

An­swer­ing a ques­tion about the life of the mother ex­cep­tion for an abor­tionI she said the gov­ern­ment should not have the right to de­cide who has ac­cess to those ser­vices.

Schwartz said those de­ci­sions should be made by a wom­anI her fam­ily and her doc­tor. “I’m pro-choiceI” she said RooneyI who spoke dur­ing WKH fiNDO 30 PLNUWHV, VDLG WKH best way to pro­mote job cre- ation is to im­ple­ment lower taxes and rea­son­able reg­u­la­tions.

Ref­er­enc­ing a com­ment by Jack hemp — the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for vice pres­i­dent in 199S — Rooney said it made no sense to “make things harder on the em­ployer class to make things eas­ier on the em­ployee class.”

Rooney said he was not fa­mil­iar with Glass-Stea­gallI which was re­pealed in 1999. The can­di­date said he was con­cerned with some pro­vi­sions of the Dodd crank ActI a 2009 ODW UHJUODWLNJ fiNDNFLDO in­sti­tu­tions and im­ple­ment­ing con­sumer pro­tec­tions.

On the sub­ject of abor­tionI Rooney said he was pro-life.

“Abor­tions are al­ways a tragedy and never a so­lu­tionI” he said.

Photo by MARK C. PSORAS

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-13, and Joe Rooney speak dur­ing a can­di­dates forum at Foulke­ways at Gwynedd Oct. 4.

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