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I just learned about the inexperienced Republican challenger to our qualified Congressman, Peter DeFazio, and decided to look this young man up and see what he claims to offer our district.  

He seems like a moderate Republican at first glance, but when you take a deeper look at his positions, he doesn’t appear to share our values. He wants to take us back to the days of broken health insurance, which discriminated against people with preexisting conditions. He thinks we should be forced to fend for ourselves by haggling for fair coverage in the “free market,” where insurance companies often hike premiums and copays to pad their already massive profits. 

Affordable healthcare is even more urgent now that COVID-19 has taken such a toll on our nation, putting our health at risk and our insurance, which is so often tied to our employment, in jeopardy. DeFazio has long supported universal healthcare, fought to cut out the pharmaceutical companies, and been a member of the Medicare for All Congressional Caucus.  

And Peter’s opponent hasn’t once revealed what his plans are for supporting Oregonians and businesses hit with this virus, as DeFazio has done. This is unacceptable given the precarious economic circumstances our nation now faces.  

I don’t want a Congressman who trades my health for some big insurance company’s profit, and I need assurance that he is going to support our local citizens and businesses. Peter DeFazio has fought for us through these tough times, and deserves our vote in November. In many ways, our lives and our livelihoods now depend on it. 

Vicki Bradley, Brookings 

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