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DeFazio to hold town hall Monday at Roseburg High School

July 30, 2017 GMT

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, will hold a town hall meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Rose Theatre at Roseburg High School, 400 W. Harvard Ave.

The town hall is part of a series of meetings DeFazio will hold around southwestern Oregon in late July and early August.

DeFazio also has town hall meetings scheduled around his district in August, including visits to Eugene, Springfield, Albany, Corvallis, Bandon, Coos Bay, Florence and Oakridge.

DeFazio’s district includes Lane County as well as Douglas and other Southern Oregon counties.

The current health care debate is of particular relevance to his district, which contains the fifth largest number of people on the expanded Medicaid provided under Obamacare of any district in America.

DeFazio voted no when the U.S. House of Representatives voted in May to repeal and replace Obamacare with the American Health Care Act, a plan that appears to have been rejected by the Senate. However, he has repeatedly fought for a more comprehensive plan than Obamacare. He tried for an amendment to Obamacare that would have created a nationwide government-run insurance option in the marketplace. He also advocates moving toward a single-payer, Medicare-for-all-type health care system.

He recently disagreed with a statement by President Donald Trump that single-payer would bankrupt the U.S. DeFazio tweeted that countries with single-payer spend less and have healthier people, citing Our World in Data.

DeFazio is the ranking member on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. One of his top goals has been to improve the country’s highways and bridges. He has said that 140,000 bridges on the national highway system need replaced or repaired, and 40 percent of the national highway system needs to be totally rebuilt, including both road bed and surface. Privatizing or charging tolls to use the roads, as suggested by some Republicans, won’t solve the problem, according to DeFazio.