Bethany Freudenthal

NORTH POWDER — For the 28th time this year, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, hosted a town hall meeting Saturday, fielding a wide variety of questions from his Union County constituents, at North Powder Elementary School.

Calling the proposed health care bill that’s now before the Senate “heartless,” Merkley said, if passed, the bill would benefit the nation’s wealthiest citizens.

“The richest 400 Americans would get $33 million, and that’s a lot of money. That’s enough to pay for Medicare, for Medicaid, for 700,000 people,” Merkley said.

To put it in perspective, Merkley said $33 million could pay for all those on Medicaid in Arkansas, West Virginia, Nevada and Alaska. By the year 2020, the bill, due to Medicaid expansion, would have a huge impact on the State of Oregon, he said.

For the complete story, see the July 10 edition of The Observer.