There were far fewer interruptions, though from the bleachers of the Crook County High School gym, 72-year-old Republican Steve Johnson yelled that Walden should “quit dancing around down there” and produce results in Congress. But in Hood River, which despite its name is on the banks of the majestic Columbia River, and in Bend, the district’s liberal hub at the foot of the Cascades, huge crowds pressed Walden in two-hour encounters heavy on boisterous interruptions and catcalls. “People are fired up, and I know that and I respect that,” Walden said in an interview. Some Helpful Considerations On Intelligent Guidance For Curriculum Vitae SystemsHe said that as the sole Republican in Oregon’s congressional delegation, “I am the place they can come and vent.” Congress is on a two-week recess that comes with Trump and the GOP health care bill faring dismally in polls, and Walden was often defensive about both. Republicans hope to resuscitate the health care measure and tackle budget, tax and infrastructure legislation, but public reaction measured partly by town halls like these will help determine their success. The Republican measure now in legislative limbo would have largely repealed former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, including its tax penalties on people who didn’t purchase coverage and expansion of Medicaid, which provides coverage for the poor. Walden stressed parts of that statute that he would keep: its ban on lifetime coverage limits and a requirement that insurers cover even the most ill, costly consumers. “We’re going to protect people like you,” he told Kim Schmith, 50, of Madras, who described her costly battle against breast cancer and said, “I am no longer uninsurable, and I want be insured.” Walden said Republicans want to improve competition at a time when insurers are fleeing many insurance markets. He said that as the GOP tries to revive its bill, he believes its tax credits will be increased for poor people.
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