Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden continued to build the case for his health care plan during a town hall-style meeting Saturday in Hermiston. The Democrat touted the Healthy Americans Act as a cost-effective system that would provide private health care coverage for all Americans, make health insurance portable from job to job and even provide a tax break for working-class families.

More than 30 people filled the city council chambers at city hall to discuss health care and an array of other subjects with the senator. But for the length of the nearly-90-minute meeting, Wyden focused on the health care proposal he and Utah Republican Sen. Bob Bennett have co-sponsored.

"We basically say that everybody other than those on Medicare or in the military can go be part of a fixed private marketplace," Wyden said. "A private sector, where there are choices and alternatives, where you benefit from a wise selection."

The "wise selection" is a key component of the Wyden-Bennett proposal because it requires individuals to buy coverage for themselves. Wyden stressed people should show personal responsibility when it comes to health care selection.

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