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Wyden: Resist GOP health care overhaul

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Oregon Democrat cheered at Hillsboro town hall, says key is to build opposition quickly to House bill so that Senate Republicans scrap it.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: PETER WONG - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden told Washington County residents Saturday afternoon, May 6, that he would fight a new health care bill passed last week by the U.S. House of Represenatives. It was his second such meeting this year in Hillsboro.U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden's 818th town hall meeting was almost an hour old Saturday night before he got to Topic A before the Senate.

But the Oregon Democrat minced no words about the legislation passed by House Republicans to reshape health care without the insurance coverage required by President Barack Obama's signature law.

"My view is that the House bill would slam Oregon with a tsunami of suffering that would plunge thousands of Oregonians into debt and anguish," Wyden told hundreds cheering him on at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.

"I want you to know I will do everything in my power, night and day, to derail that House bill. That's what Oregonians have been asking me to do."

But even though he is the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee — which writes tax legislation, including how the major federal health programs are funded — Wyden said he will need to build a coalition to support his efforts.



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