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DeFazio Holds Town Hall Meetings For Oregonians On Health Care, Prescription Drugs

Brian Bull

The Affordable Care Act and the cost of prescription drugs are the focus of several town hall meetings this week with Congressman Peter DeFazio.

The Oregon Democrat says President Trump’s call to have the law completely repealed – and replaced with a new one from the GOP after the 2020 elections – is questionable.

“Well, he and another president named Nixon who ran with a plan to end the Vietnam War, and won his re-election – but he didn’t have a plan to end the war - nor does Trump have a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act," laughs DeFazio.

"23 million Americans would lose their health insurance tomorrow.  Over 126 million have pre-existing conditions, so– like in the good old days, the insurance companies could say, “Sorry, we don’t insure people who’ve ever been sick. Or who might get sick.”

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The Trump Administration cites a Texas judge’s December ruling that the ACA is unconstitutional.  A repeal is likely to end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

DeFazio’s town halls are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, in Florence, Corvallis, and Eugene.   They are free and open to the media and public.

Tuesday, April 16th

Florence Healthcare Town Hall Meeting

11:00 am-12:00 pm

Siuslaw Public Library, Bromley Room*

1460 9th Street

Florence, OR 97439

Wednesday, April 17th

Corvallis Healthcare Town Hall Meeting

1:00-2:00 pm

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Main Meeting Room

645 NW Monroe Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330

Eugene Healthcare Town Hall Meeting

5:30-6:30 pm

Lane Community College

Downtown Campus, Rooms 112-114

101 W 10th Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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