BROOMALL, Pa. (CBS) — Congressional candidate Pat Meehan was stumping for last-minute votes on Monday in Broomall, Pa.  He’s running against Democrat Bryan Lentz for the 7th Congressional District seat representing the bulk of Delaware County.

On this day before the election, Meehan held a round-table discussion among local business owners.

Surrounded by small and mid-sized business owners in the discussion, Meehan said afterward he heard an earful of complaints:

“(One business owner) made a comment that really struck me:  ‘I can take on two new carpenters tomorrow and I can put them to work, but the fact of the matter is, I won’t hire an employee until you can tell me how much it is going to cost.’ ”

Meehan says this uncertainty is what holds the economy back.

Bill Santora, from A & E Construction, said the issue of health care is a large one for small business owners:

“Larger corporations have to use every loophole they can, so they are offering jobs as 1099 employees so they don’t have to give health insurance.  And these kids who are 24 or 25 are being carried by their parents’ health insurance.”

And he says he has several employees in this situation, so Santora says he’s covering their adult children even though they are gainfully employed.

Meehan promises change.

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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