Daily Archives: March 8, 2011

Council Member Stewart “Gavels Down” Fellow Council Members

I’m really sorry I missed last evenings Vancouver, Washington City Council Meeting. Had I been present, I would not have been able to contain myself and would have applauded council member Jeanne Stewart for her dressing down of fellow council members for now discussing favorably the very policy they ousted her from the C-Trans board because of her voting for it just weeks ago.

I have to add here that I have come to respect Larry Smith quite a bit over his work with various Veterans’ issues and look forward to working with him in the future. But when I feel he is wrong, I have to state so. And, I feel his and the rest of the council’s decision to cut Ms. Stewart from the board was very wrong.

Troubling to me is hearing the words from Jack Burkman, “the will of the body.” He means what city council determines on how council members will vote in regards to issues on the C-Trans board.

Somehow, “the will of the people” seems lost, “the will of the body,” a majority of the 7 members of city council taking precedence.

That strikes me as communistic, not that I feel Burkman is a communist. But, we allow phrases to slip into our language that can easily be misconstrued towards communist thought.

Ms. Stewart faced the wrath of the Vancouver City Council for taking a stand placing the “will of the people” over the “will of the body” and she was rudely cut out of where we citizens need her most, representing us as wimpish mayor Leavitt and fellow council members continue to ignore citizens concerns over an overly expensive $4.6 Billion project to replace the I-5 Bridge, to include forcing Portland’s financially failing Loot Rail on Clark County citizens.

Also of concern, from Burkman is hearing him utter something about “if we are going to ask residents for tax money, we tell them exactly what they are going to get.”

One problem, Jack, YOU’VE NEVER ASKED US!!

Since council and WaDot decided to ignore the voices of citizens and voters who continually reject extending Loot Rail into Clark County, we have never been asked again, but rather TOLD what we will pay, like it or not!

Hell, we even heard nutless wonder Tim Leavitt let slip on the Lars Larsen show that he does not even want citizens to vote on Loot Rail.

Spin it any way you wish, it I obvious her removal was retribution for thinking of voters and tax payers and placing our concerns over the bullying nonsense we have seen from city council.

Jack, you can polish a turd all you wish, it is still a turd!

Wisely, Jeanne ‘Gavel Down’ Harris kept her mouth shut during the dressing down rightfully administered by Ms. Stewart last evening.

Ms. Stewart was right last November and she was rightfully indignant last evening. If I had been there I believe I would have led a well deserved standing ovation for her words.

At least we have one council member with a pair, even if it is a soft spoken lady.

UPDATE: Jeanne Stewart sent an email apology to council member Larry Smith as follows, “After thoughtful review of the Council meeting on Monday, March 7, 2011, I recognize that I owe you an apology for interrupting you twice, during the discussion on the C Tran issues.”

“And even though my frustration at having been disregarded was justified, my goal as a council member is to lead by example and as such, I sincerely apologize for those interruptions.”

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OregonObamaCare Coming. Unless YOU Stop It. Hearing Friday.

After rearranging the construct of  DHS and health care delivery in the last legislature (elections have consequences) here, Democrats have set the table for ObamaCare to come to Oregon. This is an unaffordable blank check to establish OregonObamaCare (This isn’t what they’re calling it. I just thought it looked snappy all mashed up).  This bill establish a health care welfare plan, begin the process of taking control of HMO’s, rationing care (of course) and, among other things, set up a huge bureaucracy without increasing the number of doctors.
This, of course, will bankrupt the state which already has huge fiscal problems (see here and here).  Find the House bill here.  and the Senate bill here. Here’s the stated intention of the bill:
Establishes Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Plan,
operated by Oregon Health Authority according to policies
established by Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Board.
Provides comprehensive health care coverage to all individuals
residing or working in Oregon. Supplants coverage by private
insurers for health services covered by plan. Requires public
employees to be covered by plan. Creates Affordable Health Care
for All Oregon Fund. Continuously appropriates moneys in fund to
authority. Provides for implementation of plan on January 2,
2014.

Public employees are forced into this plan. Bureaucrats and elected officials should be thrown in,  too. What’s wrong with these bills? Let me count the ways…


Requires board to establish policies and approve administrative
rules for certificate of need process. Expands certificate of
need to include both new and existing health care facilities.
Repeals Oregon Health Insurance Exchange, Oregon Medical
Insurance Pool Board, Oregon Medical Insurance Pool, Office of
Private Health Partnerships, Family Health Insurance Assistance
Program and private health option under Health Care for All
Oregon Children program on January 2, 2014.
Appropriates moneys from General Fund to authority for purposes
of plan.
We have a 30-30 split in the house so I don’t know how far this will get, but the Dems enjoy an advantage in the Senate and the guy who started the Oregon Health Plan, Dr. DoOver, parks his fuzzy slippers next to his girlfriend’s at Mahonia Hall.
The lefties have set up a lobbying day on Friday, the same day this bill has a hearing. If you have time to head to Salem please do so and lobby the House and Senate members against this bills. 

Here are some of the low lights of the bill:
It appears to outlaw private insurance which makes sense I guess if you’re going for an eventual all out government take over of health care and don’t want to have any competition:

SECTION 3. { +  An insurer with a certificate of authority to
transact insurance issued by the Department of Consumer and
Business Services may not offer in this state a policy or
certificate of health insurance that covers services provided
under the Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Plan. + }

OregonObamaCare will continue to control competition by requiring anyone thinking of setting up a clinic, except in rural areas, to get the state’s approval so as to limit competition:

SECTION 11. ORS 442.315 is amended to read:
442.315. (1) Any { - new hospital or new skilled nursing or
intermediate care service or - } { + health care + } facility
not excluded pursuant to ORS 441.065 shall obtain a certificate
of need from the Oregon Health Authority prior to an offering or
development.

Oregon has among the highest unemployment rate for a reason but don’t worry. When this bill kills a bunch of jobs the taxpayers will retrain you  (isn’t that nice of us?):

SECTION 8.  { + (1) The Affordable Health Care for All Oregon
Board shall establish a program to operate during the first four
years of operation of the Affordable Health Care for All Oregon
Plan to pay for or to reimburse the costs of retraining for
workers who are displaced by the implementation of the plan.

The nice people at the state will let HMO’s stay around for awhile but the state will be bring them under more state control:

(4) With the exception of certificate of need requirements,
when applicable, the licensing and regulation of health
maintenance organizations shall be controlled by ORS 750.005 to
750.095 and statutes incorporated by reference therein.
(5) It is the policy of ORS { - 244.050, 431.250, - }
441.015 to 441.087 { - , - } { + and + } 442.015 to 442.420
{ - and 442.450 - } to encourage the growth of health
maintenance organizations as an alternative delivery system and
to provide the facilities for the provision of quality health
care to the present and future members who may enroll within
their defined service area.

And the state will have a bigger hand in rationing care at HMO’s:

The Oregon Health Authority shall issue a certificate of
need for beds, services or equipment to meet the needs or
reasonably anticipated needs of members of health maintenance
organizations when beds, services or equipment are not available
from nonplan providers.


While the ObamaCare for Oregon plan won’t supply any more doctors, we will get to pay for a whole bunch of new bureaucrats:

SECTION 9. { + (1) The Affordable Health Care for All Oregon
Board shall appoint for each congressional district a district
advisory committee consisting of residents of the district, to
solicit input, receive complaints, conduct public hearings,
facilitate accountability or assist the board in any manner
deemed appropriate by the board to meet the health service needs
of residents of the congressional district.
(2) The Oregon Health Authority shall provide staff support to
each district advisory committee. + }

 
OregonObamaCare sets up what seems to be a budgetary superstructure committee and means
means testing to dictate "progressive" tax increases. Who needs elected officials?
Frankly, it's hard to imagine more "progressive" tax increases than we already have in 
Oregon, but look at this sweeping language that sets up the health care plan as pure 
welfare:

SECTION 24. { + (1) The Affordable Health Care for All Oregon
Board shall develop recommendations for dedicated funding
mechanisms to finance the Affordable Health Care for All Oregon
Plan. In lieu of premiums, copayments, coinsurance and
deductibles, the plan must be funded by a system of dedicated,
progressive taxes that are based on the payer’s ability to pay.
The board shall consider an employer payroll tax, a graduated
personal income tax, a transaction tax on stocks and bonds, other
taxes on unearned income, a progressive surtax on higher incomes
and a progressive tax on gross business receipts divided by
full-time equivalent employment. Funding sources must be assessed
based on the capacity of the source to generate sufficient
revenue to fund the plan and maintain an adequate reserve. The
burden of the assessments must be distributed according to
ability to pay.

 
Because all state employee union members are required to be thrown into the plan, 
it takes all the money the taxpayers usually pay for their health care and dumps it into
the OregonObamaCare pot. 
SECTION 21.  { + (1) The Affordable Health Care for All Oregon
Fund is established in the State Treasury, separate and distinct
from the General Fund, consisting of moneys received under ORS
243.185 and 243.882 and sections 8 and 23 of this 2011 Act,
moneys appropriated by the Legislative Assembly and moneys
received from federal, state, county and local governments and
private sources to pay for health care services covered by the
Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Plan.
Let the rationing begin! 

The plan shall pay the costs of medically necessary health
services in the following categories within the scope prescribed
by the Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Board, excluding
health services provided for cosmetic purposes only:
(a) Primary and preventive care, including health education;
(b) Specialty care;
(c) Inpatient and outpatient hospital care;
(d) Emergency care;
(e) Home health care;
(f) Prescription drugs according to a formulary;
(g) Durable medical equipment;
(h) Mental health services;
(i) Substance abuse treatment;
(j) Dental services;
(k) Chiropractic services;
(L) Basic vision and vision correction;
(m) Diagnostic imaging, laboratory services and other
diagnostic and evaluation services;
(n) Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative services;
(o) Emergency transportation;
(p) Translation of verbal and written language;
(q) Hospice care;
(r) Podiatry;
(s) Acupuncture; and
(t) Dialysis.
(3) A person and the immediate family members of a person are
eligible to enroll in the plan if the person:
(a) Resides in this state; or
(b) Is employed in this state.
(4) Except as provided in section 2 of this 2011 Act, no
copayments, deductibles or other form of cost sharing may be
imposed on enrollees under the plan.

I’m only a short way through this bill. More later.

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Democrats in Olympia Give Washington State Citizens the Finger… Again!

Once again, ignoring all economic woes affecting the state, turning a blind eye to a 35% increase in Illegal Aliens in the state, while the rest of the country showed a slight decline or remained steady, a bill to block granting Illegal Aliens in the state a valid Washington drivers license was killed in the Senate in the waning seconds before the “cut-off” time, where no non-budget, Senate bill may be passed and referred on to the House.

With 5 minutes to go before that “cut-off,” Senator Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville, Adams County) motioned for consideration of SB 5407, a bill “Concerning the issuance of drivers’ licenses, drivers’ instruction permits, juvenile agricultural driving permits, and identicards.”

Senator Schoesler was attempting to allow the Senate to vote on the bill that was blocked from the Senate calendar by the Democrat Speaker Lisa Brown (Spokane). His motion failed 23-25 with this bills primary sponsor, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, (D-Camano Island) joining the ‘No’ votes.

Of that apparent ‘flip-flop,’ Haugen said,

“Nothing is ever dead in the Legislature. I’m going to go talk to the governor. I’d ask the governor that she needs to stand and take leadership in this role. She needs to recognize what’s happening in this nation.”

When was the last time governor Gregoire actually stood up for citizens in Washington State? If the Democrat Speaker refuses to recognize what is happening in the country, what makes her believe the Democrat governor will?

Indicating that Haugen’s efforts with the bill were not as altruistic as we might think, we read where she says “for years she had stopped similar bills because she was worried about the impact on the farm industry, which employs a significant number of illegal immigrants using fake identification,” adding that “her bill would put restrictions on identification fraud by imposing stricter rules on state residency, [and] illegal immigrants in the state would have not been affected by the proposed law.”

From The Daily News online we read, “Washington state is one of [only] two in the country that let illegal immigrants obtain driver’s licenses. New Mexico is the other state that still allows such practice, but lawmakers there are also considering bills to close the access.”

Soon, Washington State might be the ‘ONLY’ state that will grant those in the country in open violation of our laws driver’s licenses without some proof of citizenship.

Little wonder Washington State sees a 35% increase in Illegal Aliens over the last 3 years.

Gregoire indicated previously she would sign the bill if it passed, but she is safe now what with the efforts of Democrats in Olympia to prevent from coming to a full vote. She will not have to take a definitive stand, even though we see there are 300,000 more driver’s licenses in the state than drivers.

In the meantime, unemployment in Clark County and elsewhere remains in double digits and scarce benefits are growing scarcer.

Arguing against the bill, Pramila Jayapal, executive director of OneAmerica says

“lawmakers are trying to fill the void left by the federal government’s lack of action on immigration law, but that restricting the licenses does not address immigration issues.”

Neither does turning a blind eye to the issue and embracing lawbreakers with full benefits and entitlements. That makes her next words even more ironic as she added, “This bill was a threat to road safety, would have driven up insurance premiums for everyone, and costs money that we can ill afford as a state.”

In an email sent out, Craig Keller organizer for Respect WA, a group working to curb Illegal Immigration in the state informs us,

“Currently Washington State and New Mexico are the only 2 of 50 states whose licensing application does not screen for U.S. lawful presence. Consequently, this lack of compliance with the Federal “Real ID Act” will prevent Washington State residents from boarding commercial airplanes after May 11, 2011 using a Washington State drivers license alone. Due to Wash. St. DoL’s failure to verify U.S. lawful presence upon issuance, many states now refuse to accept the Washington State Drivers License as proof of U.S. lawful presence of those moving from Washington State.”

Governor Gregoire has the option to follow suit like former Oregon Governor Kulongowski and issue an Executive Order to the Department of Licensing to begin verifying U.S. lawful presence.

I have little faith she would do so.

We citizens can also advance Respect Washington’s I-1122 to the November 2011 ballot by collecting of 241,153 signatures by July 8th.

Contact information for Clark County, if you would like to help out is STEPHANIE TURLAY
CHAIRWOMAN, VANCOUVER, WA email: Stephanie@RespectWashington.us

I urge all that can to get in contact with Stephanie, or Craig through the website above and let’s show Democrats in Olympia that we want to see an end to their acceptance and embracing of lawbreakers in Washington State.

We are expected to respect the law, why allow open violators of the law more respect than law-abiding citizens?

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Teachers’ Union: It’s a Thug’s Life

We told you about this last week on the Victoria Taft Show and now Big Government has picked up on the story here.
The Manager at On Point Credit Union in McMinnville was fired after the McMinnville Teachers Association complained about her. On Point used to be the Portland Teachers Credit Union. 
What was the manager’s offense? She worked on a Chamber of Commerce Committee which sent out a survey to local business owners about the contract negotiations between teachers and the district. 
The results  were that the business community wanted the contract to be settled quickly, keeping as many teachers in the classroom. The thugs at the teachers union didn’t like that result because that meant the business community was in favor of no raises. 
The On Point manager read the results of the survey at the meeting.
Now, this memo was read by Leslie Van Blaricom at the school board meeting on 2/14.  Members of the teacher’s unions contacted her employee and subsequently she has now been fired from her position at OnPoint.  
Here’s the letter that led to the woman’s firing:

The Government Affairs Council of your Chamber of Commerce has identified an issue that we feel has potential lasting impact on our community and would like to share both a perspective and invite your feedback.
Currently, the McMinnville School District and the local teachers union are involved in month 11 of collective bargaining over a new teacher contract.  State revenue declines have led to smaller projected allocations to K-12 schools.  For current budget news, please see the News Register Article at the following link: http://www.newsregister.com/article/46806-school+budget+gaps+grows+more+6+million
The bottom line:  both the district and the union are negotiating over money our district does not have and does not expect to receive. We feel the business community should provide a message of support for settlement of the negotiations (which are now in mediation) that maximizes the number of teachers the district can retain to keep class sizes smaller for our children.
The district should not spend any additional money towards teacher salary and/or benefits if doing so will require the district to reduce teaching positions and increase classroom sizes to pay for them in order to meet its budget. We should hope the union would see the benefit of smaller class sizes on their members workload and student performance but to date, they have continued to insist on additional wage and benefit increases even though the district indicates that such demands could mean the loss of as many as 40+ teaching positions.
We know many business people, concerned citizens and parents in our community feel, as we do, that they support teachers and appreciate what they do. We do not want to be perceived as opposing teachers and/or education but want to stand up to the unreasonable demands of the teacher’s union given the current state, local and national economic conditions.
We believe this has long-term community and business consequences.  The Chamber and many of its member businesses have supported local education, including the $68 million bond measure that updated and expanded many of our educational facilities. Although we opposed Measures 66 and 67 last year, they passed and have not live up to the challenge of fixing the funding crisis. Our fear is that failure to hold the line on expenses will result in new calls for business taxes at a time when both the business community and the local economy cannot afford it. We urge that your voice be heard on this issue and we intend to share it.
Please let us know how you feel about this issue.

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NPR Sting: Tea Party "Xenophobic," "Racist, Racist, Racist" Don’t Need Gov’t Funding

NPR Foundation senior executives take a meeting with an
organization that holds itself out
as a proselytizer of Shariah law and
an adjunct of the Muslim Brotherhood. This in hopes of getting a $5 million donation.
A couple of things (besides the selling out) become clear: They believe NPR could well survive the cut off of federal funding, Juan Williams compromised his objectivity when he stated his opinion on being slightly afraid to get on a plane with garb wearing Muslims, they believe Tea Partiers are gun toting hicks (and only white) and that Liberals are so much smarter than conservatives.

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Council Member Stewart “Gavels Down” Fellow Council Members

I’m really sorry I missed last evenings Vancouver, Washington City Council Meeting. Had I been present, I would not have been able to contain myself and would have applauded council member Jeanne Stewart for her dressing down of fellow council members for now discussing favorably the very policy they ousted her from the C-Trans board because of her voting for it just weeks ago.

I have to add here that I have come to respect Larry Smith quite a bit over his work with various Veterans’ issues and look forward to working with him in the future. But when I feel he is wrong, I have to state so. And, I feel his and the rest of the council’s decision to cut Ms. Stewart from the board was very wrong.

Troubling to me is hearing the words from Jack Burkman, “the will of the body.” He means what city council determines on how council members will vote in regards to issues on the C-Trans board.

Somehow, “the will of the people” seems lost, “the will of the body,” a majority of the 7 members of city council taking precedence.

That strikes me as communistic, not that I feel Burkman is a communist. But, we allow phrases to slip into our language that can easily be misconstrued towards communist thought.

Ms. Stewart faced the wrath of the Vancouver City Council for taking a stand placing the “will of the people” over the “will of the body” and she was rudely cut out of where we citizens need her most, representing us as wimpish mayor Leavitt and fellow council members continue to ignore citizens concerns over an overly expensive $4.6 Billion project to replace the I-5 Bridge, to include forcing Portland’s financially failing Loot Rail on Clark County citizens.

Also of concern, from Burkman is hearing him utter something about “if we are going to ask residents for tax money, we tell them exactly what they are going to get.”

One problem, Jack, YOU’VE NEVER ASKED US!!

Since council and WaDot decided to ignore the voices of citizens and voters who continually reject extending Loot Rail into Clark County, we have never been asked again, but rather TOLD what we will pay, like it or not!

Hell, we even heard nutless wonder Tim Leavitt let slip on the Lars Larsen show that he does not even want citizens to vote on Loot Rail.

Spin it any way you wish, it I obvious her removal was retribution for thinking of voters and tax payers and placing our concerns over the bullying nonsense we have seen from city council.

Jack, you can polish a turd all you wish, it is still a turd!

Wisely, Jeanne ‘Gavel Down’ Harris kept her mouth shut during the dressing down rightfully administered by Ms. Stewart last evening.

Ms. Stewart was right last November and she was rightfully indignant last evening. If I had been there I believe I would have led a well deserved standing ovation for her words.

At least we have one council member with a pair, even if it is a soft spoken lady.

UPDATE: Jeanne Stewart sent an email apology to council member Larry Smith as follows, “After thoughtful review of the Council meeting on Monday, March 7, 2011, I recognize that I owe you an apology for interrupting you twice, during the discussion on the C Tran issues.”

“And even though my frustration at having been disregarded was justified, my goal as a council member is to lead by example and as such, I sincerely apologize for those interruptions.”

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OregonObamaCare Coming. Unless YOU Stop It. Hearing Friday.

After rearranging the construct of  DHS and health care delivery in the last legislature (elections have consequences) here, Democrats have set the table for ObamaCare to come to Oregon. This is an unaffordable blank check to establish OregonObamaCare (This isn’t what they’re calling it. I just thought it looked snappy all mashed up).  This bill establish a health care welfare plan, begin the process of taking control of HMO’s, rationing care (of course) and, among other things, set up a huge bureaucracy without increasing the number of doctors.
This, of course, will bankrupt the state which already has huge fiscal problems (see here and here).  Find the House bill here.  and the Senate bill here. Here’s the stated intention of the bill:
Establishes Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Plan,
operated by Oregon Health Authority according to policies
established by Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Board.
Provides comprehensive health care coverage to all individuals
residing or working in Oregon. Supplants coverage by private
insurers for health services covered by plan. Requires public
employees to be covered by plan. Creates Affordable Health Care
for All Oregon Fund. Continuously appropriates moneys in fund to
authority. Provides for implementation of plan on January 2,
2014.

Public employees are forced into this plan. Bureaucrats and elected officials should be thrown in,  too. What’s wrong with these bills? Let me count the ways…


Requires board to establish policies and approve administrative
rules for certificate of need process. Expands certificate of
need to include both new and existing health care facilities.
Repeals Oregon Health Insurance Exchange, Oregon Medical
Insurance Pool Board, Oregon Medical Insurance Pool, Office of
Private Health Partnerships, Family Health Insurance Assistance
Program and private health option under Health Care for All
Oregon Children program on January 2, 2014.
Appropriates moneys from General Fund to authority for purposes
of plan.
We have a 30-30 split in the house so I don’t know how far this will get, but the Dems enjoy an advantage in the Senate and the guy who started the Oregon Health Plan, Dr. DoOver, parks his fuzzy slippers next to his girlfriend’s at Mahonia Hall.
The lefties have set up a lobbying day on Friday, the same day this bill has a hearing. If you have time to head to Salem please do so and lobby the House and Senate members against this bills. 

Here are some of the low lights of the bill:
It appears to outlaw private insurance which makes sense I guess if you’re going for an eventual all out government take over of health care and don’t want to have any competition:

SECTION 3. { +  An insurer with a certificate of authority to
transact insurance issued by the Department of Consumer and
Business Services may not offer in this state a policy or
certificate of health insurance that covers services provided
under the Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Plan. + }

OregonObamaCare will continue to control competition by requiring anyone thinking of setting up a clinic, except in rural areas, to get the state’s approval so as to limit competition:

SECTION 11. ORS 442.315 is amended to read:
442.315. (1) Any { - new hospital or new skilled nursing or
intermediate care service or - } { + health care + } facility
not excluded pursuant to ORS 441.065 shall obtain a certificate
of need from the Oregon Health Authority prior to an offering or
development.

Oregon has among the highest unemployment rate for a reason but don’t worry. When this bill kills a bunch of jobs the taxpayers will retrain you  (isn’t that nice of us?):

SECTION 8.  { + (1) The Affordable Health Care for All Oregon
Board shall establish a program to operate during the first four
years of operation of the Affordable Health Care for All Oregon
Plan to pay for or to reimburse the costs of retraining for
workers who are displaced by the implementation of the plan.

The nice people at the state will let HMO’s stay around for awhile but the state will be bring them under more state control:

(4) With the exception of certificate of need requirements,
when applicable, the licensing and regulation of health
maintenance organizations shall be controlled by ORS 750.005 to
750.095 and statutes incorporated by reference therein.
(5) It is the policy of ORS { - 244.050, 431.250, - }
441.015 to 441.087 { - , - } { + and + } 442.015 to 442.420
{ - and 442.450 - } to encourage the growth of health
maintenance organizations as an alternative delivery system and
to provide the facilities for the provision of quality health
care to the present and future members who may enroll within
their defined service area.

And the state will have a bigger hand in rationing care at HMO’s:

The Oregon Health Authority shall issue a certificate of
need for beds, services or equipment to meet the needs or
reasonably anticipated needs of members of health maintenance
organizations when beds, services or equipment are not available
from nonplan providers.


While the ObamaCare for Oregon plan won’t supply any more doctors, we will get to pay for a whole bunch of new bureaucrats:

SECTION 9. { + (1) The Affordable Health Care for All Oregon
Board shall appoint for each congressional district a district
advisory committee consisting of residents of the district, to
solicit input, receive complaints, conduct public hearings,
facilitate accountability or assist the board in any manner
deemed appropriate by the board to meet the health service needs
of residents of the congressional district.
(2) The Oregon Health Authority shall provide staff support to
each district advisory committee. + }

 
OregonObamaCare sets up what seems to be a budgetary superstructure committee and means
means testing to dictate "progressive" tax increases. Who needs elected officials?
Frankly, it's hard to imagine more "progressive" tax increases than we already have in 
Oregon, but look at this sweeping language that sets up the health care plan as pure 
welfare:

SECTION 24. { + (1) The Affordable Health Care for All Oregon
Board shall develop recommendations for dedicated funding
mechanisms to finance the Affordable Health Care for All Oregon
Plan. In lieu of premiums, copayments, coinsurance and
deductibles, the plan must be funded by a system of dedicated,
progressive taxes that are based on the payer’s ability to pay.
The board shall consider an employer payroll tax, a graduated
personal income tax, a transaction tax on stocks and bonds, other
taxes on unearned income, a progressive surtax on higher incomes
and a progressive tax on gross business receipts divided by
full-time equivalent employment. Funding sources must be assessed
based on the capacity of the source to generate sufficient
revenue to fund the plan and maintain an adequate reserve. The
burden of the assessments must be distributed according to
ability to pay.

 
Because all state employee union members are required to be thrown into the plan, 
it takes all the money the taxpayers usually pay for their health care and dumps it into
the OregonObamaCare pot. 
SECTION 21.  { + (1) The Affordable Health Care for All Oregon
Fund is established in the State Treasury, separate and distinct
from the General Fund, consisting of moneys received under ORS
243.185 and 243.882 and sections 8 and 23 of this 2011 Act,
moneys appropriated by the Legislative Assembly and moneys
received from federal, state, county and local governments and
private sources to pay for health care services covered by the
Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Plan.
Let the rationing begin! 

The plan shall pay the costs of medically necessary health
services in the following categories within the scope prescribed
by the Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Board, excluding
health services provided for cosmetic purposes only:
(a) Primary and preventive care, including health education;
(b) Specialty care;
(c) Inpatient and outpatient hospital care;
(d) Emergency care;
(e) Home health care;
(f) Prescription drugs according to a formulary;
(g) Durable medical equipment;
(h) Mental health services;
(i) Substance abuse treatment;
(j) Dental services;
(k) Chiropractic services;
(L) Basic vision and vision correction;
(m) Diagnostic imaging, laboratory services and other
diagnostic and evaluation services;
(n) Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative services;
(o) Emergency transportation;
(p) Translation of verbal and written language;
(q) Hospice care;
(r) Podiatry;
(s) Acupuncture; and
(t) Dialysis.
(3) A person and the immediate family members of a person are
eligible to enroll in the plan if the person:
(a) Resides in this state; or
(b) Is employed in this state.
(4) Except as provided in section 2 of this 2011 Act, no
copayments, deductibles or other form of cost sharing may be
imposed on enrollees under the plan.

I’m only a short way through this bill. More later.

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