WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Congressional committees debated of the replacement for Obamacare, this week, Oregon Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) highlighted stories from several Oregonians in his Second District who say they can't afford insurance.
"This law is actually hurting people in my district," Walden told the House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which he is the Chairman. "[There were] 225 counties where you only had one choice. This year, it’s 1,022; I believe there are five states where there’s one choice."
He read letters from a rancher in Klamath Falls who couldn't afford insurance payments of $1800 a month: "We’re cattle ranchers. Our product has lost 30% of its value in the last two years; the government is forcing us out of business. Please continue to support repeal of Obamacare." Walden also read a letter from a Deschutes County business owner, who said, "In the last three years, my premiums have gone from $685 a month, up to $1500 a month - $18,000 a year."
The bill passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Thursday.