Voters talk healthcare, Sessions at Wyden town hall

Healthcare was a big topic at the meeting

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden spoke to students and adults in a town hall meeting at Gladstone High School on May 26, 2017. (KOIN)
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden spoke to students and adults in a town hall meeting at Gladstone High School on May 26, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Senator Ron Wyden hosted his first town hall meeting in the Portland area since several big political developments in the U.S. including President Donald Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement and former FBI director James Comey’s testimony.

Joye Willman and Paula Likes-Johnson are home care workers worried about changes in health care coverage.

“It’s the first time I’ve had insurance in over 20 years and I actually cried when I got my insurance card,” William of Portland said.

They are worried about losing the Medicare budget their consumers live on.

“People are very troubled about cutting Medicaid hundreds of billions of dollars,” Wyden told KOIN before the meeting. He said he’ll be addressing that among other things this week.

Wyden also addressed the fact that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is due to testify on Russia before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week. He said he wants the public to be able to hear it.

“James Comey says he couldn’t talk about it in a public setting,” Wyden said. “The American people have a right to know about, so today I asked the Republican chairmen and the Democratic vice chairmen to insist that the Sessions testimony be public.”

The senator said he’s also working to increase the speed of the Russia investigation.

“I hope that he can do something about this thing with the president,” Wyden supporter Bill Dodds said.