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Yes, It’s True. Oregon OK’s 15 Year Olds Getting Sex Change Ops Without Parental Consent

After getting another query about this, I’m reposting this piece I wrote for www.IJReview.com on Oregon’s  rules that allow 15 year olds to get sex change operations without parental consent and at taxpayer expense.

Photo: Wiki Commons
Photo: Wiki Commons

Teenagers as young as 15 years old can now get sex change operations in the state of Oregon without their parents’ consent — and at taxpayers’ expense.

Fox News reports Oregon Health Plan gatekeepers quietly changed the rules in January with no public debate:

With no public debate, HERC changed its policy to include cross-sex hormone therapy, puberty-suppressing drugs and gender-reassignment surgery as covered treatments for people with gender dysphoria, formally known as gender identity disorder.

The plan was discussed at four meetings and was passed without opposition.

The New York Times was the first to report the change in Oregon’s law. That story was highlighted by The Weekly Standard, whose reporter asked:

If Oregon’s political leadership thinks that 15-year-olds are so capable of making monumental decisions like getting sex reassignment surgery all on their own … surely someone mature enough … is capable of making responsible decisons about consuming beer, right?

The age of medical consent in Oregon is 15. However, that consent depends upon the topic. For instance, 15-year-olds in Oregon may not:

Oh, but there’s so much more. Read the rest by following this link: 

http://www.ijreview.com/2015/07/364764-cant-tan-oregon-decides-15-year-olds-may-change-everything-else-forever/

Corruption in Oregon’s Governor John Kitzhaber’s Office? Let me count the ways. Cylvia Hayes is #1

John Kitzhaber’s disastrous leadership and his girlfriend need to go. Girlfriend Cylvia Hayes’s illegal pot farm, marriage for money scam, and reputed corruption, means her “boyfriend” has worn out his welcome at Mahonia Hall.

You'd cry too if you got caught and everybody saw you. Photo KOIN News
Sham.
Photo KOIN News

Continue reading Corruption in Oregon’s Governor John Kitzhaber’s Office? Let me count the ways. Cylvia Hayes is #1

Merkley laughably accuses Wehby of war on women; reveals his own.

Jeff Merkley accuses opponent, neurosurgeon Dr. Monica Wehby, of coming between a woman and her doctor. Hilarity ensues. His prejudices are exposed.

GOP nominee Dr. Monica Wehby and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon.

Oregon’s Accidental Senator, Jeff Merkley, will never be asked to bring sandwiches to a MENSA meeting, that much is clear. Merkley is a me-too partisan. He co-signed the letter siccing the IRS on Tea Party groups. (See our posts here, here, here). The newspaper of record has given him a pass (Read this with a straight face if you can).

His staffers have their work cut out for them but, in truth, they aren’t much better. Staffers fill Merkley’s man-purse with the tools of his trade: a cheesecake photo of Fauxcahontas, Elizabeth Warren, talking points from Democratic Underground and White House and a meme maker. Now they’ve transcribed the latest talking points into this post on Merkley’s Facebook page.

Jeff Merkley shared a link.
June 30
There’s a clear choice in this election. Monica Wehby has sided with conservative Supreme Court justices who believe CEOs should stand between a woman and her doctor. We know that’s the wrong way forward, and we’ll keep fighting to allow women to make their own health care decisions.

 

Let’s unpack Merkley’s hilarious claims. 

* Merkley invokes War on Women talking points against a woman

*Merkley claims Wehby, a woman and a doctor, is in favor of someone else coming between a woman and her doctor. 

*Merkley implies Wehby, a female neurosurgeon, who works with patients every day helping people make real health care decisions, is an agent against a woman making her own “health care decisions”.

*Merkley implies a ‘CEO’ coming between a woman and her doctor is worse than the entire government, IRS, police coming between a woman and her doctor.

Let’s savor the stupid for just a second. Jeff Merkley thinks a woman who chose to go into what was a male dominated field–medicine, who sought even more schooling to become a neurosurgeon in an even more male dominated field; who is the very definition of female empowerment; who literally makes life or death decisions every single day in her job on behalf of both men and women; for whom the word ‘choice’ in all aspects of life is a given, now favors standing between a, uh, woman and her, uh, doctor? Isn’t this the very definition of conducting a war on women? Isn’t this what Merkley is doing to his brighter, more accomplished female opponent? 

Remember that old story designed to test prejudices? It went something like this:

A man and his son are driving in a car one day, when they get into a fatal accident. The man is killed instantly. The boy is knocked unconscious, but he is still alive. He is rushed to hospital, and will need immediate surgery. The doctor enters the emergency room, looks at the boy, and says…
“I can’t operate on this boy, he is my son.

You’re asked to solve the riddle. The answer is: the doctor is the child’s mother. It’s an answer we all know. Except Jeff Merkley. 

Republicans, if you’re stupid and weak willed enough to let this guy get away with this you deserve to lose. 

 

 

 

 

ObamaCare: BOOM. Failure to launch.

ObamaCare is unpopular, unaffordable and the roll out has been horrible. It’s a failure to launch.

The drop dead deadline to sign up for ObamaCare is/was/kinda/sorta today–until the Obama Administration moved it again, that is. This time the change–the 38th one since passage of the bill–is for an indefinite period of time. From the Wall Street Journal,

On Tuesday evening, the Health and Human Services Department announced that the six-month open enrollment period for ObamaCare insurance that began in October 2013 and was supposed to end on the last day of March would be extended indefinitely. As long as people self-attest and check a box that they had some difficulty signing up on with the 36 federal insurance exchanges, the deadline will no longer obtain.

If you  have no meaningful deadline there are no metrics by which the government is measured.  That’s why they keep moving the little suckers. The objective is to keep the program in a cloud of confusion till they either figure out how to fix it or you’re just so disgusted you demand the government  run the whole thing as a single payer system. 

According to the Wall Street Journal and the Galen Institute this is the 38th delay in the implementation of ObamaCare. I’ve included the list of delays below. Maybe Nancy Pelosi was talking about herself when  she said, “We have to pass the bill before you can find out what is, ah, in it.”

Sure, Mrs. Taft, we’ll build you a house but we can’t, ah, tell you what will look like until it is, ah, built. You’d trust somebody to do that, right?

Remember these–let’s see, what invective did the left hurl and the media mimic–‘crazy, racist, homophobic,Pelosi_victorious nutty people’ who implored, “Kill the bill!”?

They stood on the stairs leading to the capitol as Nancy Pelosi held her cartoonishly large gavel and, with house leadership, walked through the thousands of protesters. She mocked the people, laughing at them as she walked through. In fact, the photographer who took the photo nearby entitled it, “Pelosi Victorious.”

Those nutty people? Yeah, if they were so wrong why does the Obama Administration fall all over itself to hide the real deadlines and real fall out from the original bill?

See the Galen Institute’s list of ObamaCare changes (please see all their supporting documents at their website):

CHANGES BY ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION

1. Medicare Advantage patch: The administration ordered an advance draw on funds from a Medicare bonus program in order to provide extra payments to Medicare Advantage plans, in an effort to temporarily forestall cuts in benefits and therefore delay early exodus of MA plans from the program. (April 19, 2011)

2. Employee reporting: The administration, contrary to the Obamacare legislation, instituted a one-year delay of the requirement that employers must report to their employees on their W-2 forms the full cost of their employer-provided health insurance. (January 1, 2012)

3. Subsidies may flow through federal exchanges: The IRS issued a rule that allows premium assistance tax credits to be available in federal exchanges although the law only specified that they would be available “through an Exchange established by the State under Section 1311.” (May 23, 2012)

4. Closing the high-risk pool: The administration decided to halt enrollment in transitional federal high-risk pools created by the law, blocking coverage for an estimated 40,000 new applicants, citing a lack of funds. The administration had money from a fund under Secretary Sebelius’s control to extend the pools, but instead used the money to pay for advertising for Obamacare enrollment and other purposes. (February 15, 2013)

5. Doubling allowed deductibles: Because some group health plans use more than one benefits administrator, plans are allowed to apply separate patient cost-sharing limits for one year to different services, such as doctor/hospital and prescription drugs, allowing maximum out-of-pocket costs to be twice as high as the law intended. (February 20, 2013)

6. Small businesses on hold: The administration has said that the federal exchanges for small businesses will not be ready by the 2014 statutory deadline, and instead delayed until 2015 the provision of SHOP (Small-Employer Health Option Program) that requires the exchanges to offer a choice of qualified health plans. (March 11, 2013)

7. Delaying a low-income plan: The administration delayed implementation of the Basic Health Program until 2015. It would have provided more-affordable health coverage for certain low-income individuals not eligible for Medicaid. (March 22, 2013)

8. Employer-mandate delay: By an administrative action that’s contrary to statutory language in the ACA, the reporting requirements for employers were delayed by one year. (July 2, 2013)

9. Self-attestation: Because of the difficulty of verifying income after the employer-reporting requirement was delayed, the administration decided it would allow “self-attestation” of income by applicants for health insurance in the exchanges. This was later partially retracted after congressional and public outcry over the likelihood of fraud. (July 15, 2013)

10. Delaying the online SHOP exchange: The administration first delayed for a month and later for a year until November 2014 the launch of the online insurance marketplace for small businesses. The exchange was originally scheduled to launch on October 1, 2013. (September 26, 2013) (November 27, 2013)

11. Congressional opt-out: The administration decided to offer employer contributions to members of Congress and their staffs when they purchase insurance on the exchanges created by the ACA, a subsidy the law doesn’t provide. (September 30, 2013)

12. Delaying the individual mandate: The administration changed the deadline for the individual mandate, by declaring that customers who have purchased insurance by March 31, 2014 will avoid the tax penalty. Previously, they would have had to purchase a plan by mid-February. (October 23, 2013)

13. Insurance companies may offer canceled plans: The administration announced that insurance companies may reoffer plans that previous regulations forced them to cancel. (November 14, 2013)

14. Exempting unions from reinsurance fee: The administration gave unions an exemption from the reinsurance fee (one of ObamaCare’s many new taxes). To make up for this exemption, non-exempt plans will have to pay a higher fee, which will likely be passed onto consumers in the form of higher premiums and deductibles. (December 2, 2013)

15. Extending Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan: The administration extended the federal high risk pool until January 31, 2014 and again until March 15, 2014 to prevent a coverage gap for the most vulnerable. The plans were scheduled to expire on December 31, but were extended because it has been impossible for some to sign up for new coverage on healthcare.gov. (December 12, 2013) (January 14, 2014)

16. Expanding hardship waiver to those with canceled plans: The administration expanded the hardship waiver, which excludes people from the individual mandate and allows some to purchase catastrophic health insurance, to people who have had their plans canceled because of ObamaCare regulations. The administration later extended this waiver until October 1, 2016. (December 19, 2013) (March 5, 2014)

17. Equal employer coverage delayed: Tax officials will not be enforcing in 2014 the mandate requiring employers to offer equal coverage to all their employees. This provision of the law was supposed to go into effect in 2010, but IRS officials have “yet to issue regulations for employers to follow.” (January 18, 2014)

18. Employer-mandate delayed again: The administration delayed for an additional year provisions of the employer mandate, postponing enforcement of the requirement for medium-size employers until 2016 and relaxing some requirements for larger employers. Businesses with 100 or more employees must offer coverage to 70% of their full-time employees in 2015 and 95% in 2016 and beyond. (February 10, 2014)

19. Extending subsidies to non-exchange plans: The administration released a bulletin through CMS extending subsidies to individuals who purchased health insurance plans outside of the federal or state exchanges. The bulletin also requires retroactive coverage and subsidies for individuals from the date they applied on the marketplace rather than the date they actually enrolled in a plan. (February 27, 2014)

20. Non-compliant health plans get two year extension: The administration pushed back the deadline by two years that requires health insurers to cancel plans that are not compliant with ObamaCare’s mandates. These “illegal” plans may now be offered until 2017. This extension will prevent a wave cancellation notices from going out before the 2014 midterm elections. (March 5, 2014)

21. Delaying the sign-up deadline: The administration delayed until mid-April the March 31 deadline to sign up for insurance. Applicants simply need to check a box on their application to qualify for this extended sign-up period. (March 26, 2014)

CHANGES BY CONGRESS, SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA:

22. Military benefitsCongress clarified that plans provided by TRICARE, the military’s health-insurance program, constitutes minimal essential health-care coverage as required by the ACA; its benefits and plans wouldn’t normally meet ACA requirements. (April 26, 2010)

23. VA benefitsCongress also clarified that health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs constitutes minimum essential health-care coverage as required by the ACA. (May 27, 2010)

24. Drug-price clarificationCongress modified the definition of average manufacturer price (AMP) to include inhalation, infusion, implanted, or injectable drugs that are not generally dispensed through a retail pharmacy. (August 10, 2010)

25. Doc-fix taxCongress modified the amount of premium tax credits that individuals would have to repay if they are over-allotted, an action designed to help offset the costs of the postponement of cuts in Medicare physician payments called for in the ACA. (December 15, 2010)

26. Extending the adoption creditCongress extended the nonrefundable adoption tax credit, which happened to be included in the ACA, through tax year 2012. (December 17, 2010)

27. TRICARE for adult childrenCongress extended TRICARE coverage to dependent adult children up to age 26 when it had previously only covered those up to the age of 21 — though beneficiaries still have to pay premiums for them. (January 7, 2011)

28. 1099 repealedCongress repealed the paperwork (“1099”) mandate that would have required businesses to report to the IRS all of their transactions with vendors totaling $600 or more in a year. (April 14, 2011)

29. No free-choice vouchersCongress repealed a program, supported by Senator Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) that would have allowed “free-choice vouchers,” that the Hill warned “could lead young, healthy workers to opt out” of their employer plans, “driving up costs for everybody else.” The same law barred additional funds for the IRS to hire new agents to enforce the health-care law. (April 15, 2011)

30. No Medicaid for well-to-do seniors: Congress saved taxpayers $13 billion by changing how the eligibility for certain programs is calculated under Obamacare. Without the change, a couple earning as much as much as $64,000 would still have been able to qualify for Medicaid. (November 21, 2011)

31. CO-OPs, IPAB, IRS defundedCongress made further cuts to agencies implementing Obamacare. It trimmed another $400 million off the CO-OP program, cut another $305 million from the IRS to hamper its ability to enforce the law’s tax hikes and mandates, and rescinded $10 million in funding for the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board. (December 23, 2011)

32. Slush-fund savingsCongress slashed another $11.6 billion from the Prevention and Public Health slush fund and $2.5 billion from Obamacare’s “Louisiana Purchase.” (February 22, 2012)

33. Less cash for Louisiana: One of the tricks used to get Obamacare through the Senate was the special “Louisiana Purchase” deal for the state’s Democratic senator, Mary Landrieu. Congress saved another $670 million by rescinding additional funds from this bargain. (July 6, 2012)

34. CLASS Act eliminated: Congress repealed the unsustainable CLASS (Community Living Assistance Services and Supports) program of government-subsidized long-term-care insurance, which even the Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee dubbed a “Ponzi scheme of the first order.” (January 2, 2013)

35. Cutting CO-OPsCongress cut $2.2 billion from the “Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan” (CO-OP), which some saw as a stealth public option, blocking creation of government-subsidized co-op insurance programs in about half the states. Early reports showed many co-ops, which had received federal loans, had run into serious financial trouble. (January 2, 2013)

36. Trimming the Medicare trust-fund transferCongress rescinded $200 million of the $500 million scheduled to be taken from the Medicare Part A and Part B trust funds and sent to the Community-Based Care Transition Program established and funded by the ACA. (March 26, 2013)

CHANGES BY THE SUPREME COURT:

37. Medicaid expansion made voluntary: The court ruled it had to be voluntary, rather than mandatory, for states to expand Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, by ruling that the federal government couldn’t halt funds for existing state Medicaid programs if they chose not to expand the program.

38. The individual mandate made a tax: The court determined that violating the mandate that Americans must purchase government-approved health insurance would only result in individuals’ paying a “tax,” making it, legally speaking, optional for people to comply.

This list was originally published HERE on Galen.org and has been published on National Review Online. It was updated to 29 changes on December 10, 2013.

 

Cover Oregon to spend another $1 mil to advertise program that doesn’t work

After the disastrous roll out, they didn't spend money advertising the disastrous product.
After the disastrous roll out of this product, they didn’t spend money to advertise it.

 *This post has been changed to reflect a change in  the person previously mentioned was a “friend.” That person has asked me to change the information so that they are not targeted because they’re friends with a conservative.  I’ve changed the reference to protect them.*

The OrBamaCare–Cover Oregon–website doesn’t work, but state spends another million to advertise extended deadline and tout success. Alas, ‘success’ doesn’t describe friend’s experience.

Cover Oregon’s executives have been summarily fired or “let go” because the OrBamaCare program and its website don’t work. At all. But that isn’t stopping the state from spending another $1 million to advertise extra time to sign up for a program that doesn’t work. That’s $9.3 million in all for the ad budget (that we know of). I’m sure the taxpayers couldn’t have found a higher and better use for that money had they been allowed to keep it in the first place.

I’ve never heard of Ben Gay Aspirin. Nobody has. It sucked, that’s why. The Ben Gay people didn’t say in the marketing meeting, ‘Hey, well, it’s an utter disaster, so let’s spend more money to tout what a disaster it is.’ Whatever happened to WebTV, anyway Microsoft? Seen any advertising for that lately? New Coke was a disaster. When it died Coke didn’t spend more money advertising how Bic underweardisastrous it was. Bic underwear? Bic underwear? 

But disastrous product rollouts be damned when it comes to government spending other peoples’ money!  The new web, TV and online campaign tells of the successes of OrBamaCare recipients and how, the program is such a success they’re giving you more time to sign up! The success stories of “Ron”, “Gilberto”, “Judy”, “Amy”, “Katrina”, “Cory and Doris”, “Bayo” and “Andrea” seem to contrast with hundreds of thousands of other Oregonians who haven’t been able to sign up–including my acquaintance, who will remain unnamed.

The unnamed woman emailed me to tell me her story. In short it goes something like this:

She tried to sign up for OrBamaCare online.

She thought it worked.

She was told she had insurance.

The state screwed up her info.

It didn’t work.

She kept trying by herself.

It didn’t work.

Then she called and got a “community agent” or “navigator” to get signed up online. 

She was told she had insurance.

It didn’t work.

She called again.

She was told she had insurance.

Now she doesn’t believe them.

Apparently, this is success worth advertising.

Because the website is a disaster and doesn’t work, Cover Oregon says the only way you can sign up for OrBamaCare is to go online and find a “community agent” who has the double-secret-probation-prime-directive-password. Cover Oregon helpfully suggested a place to go online to get said “community agent.” This is what I got.

Cover Oregon website oops

Whistleblower status to be given to Cover Oregon workers

This could get interesting.

orbamacare singer start talking

In the last paragraph of a story about tax credits being given to people who can’t get health insurance due to the mismanagement and hamfistedness of the governor and the people he put in charge of the Cover Oregon website, there’s this little nugget,

The bill [HB 4154] also extends whistle-blower protection to Cover Oregon employees and specifies the governor’s authority to remove board members.

Whistleblower statutes cover people who work for the state and federal governments. They accord them protection from retribution for speaking out about government waste, fraud, illegality, unethical behavior and other problems. It seems to me there should be plenty of people talking now.

As I pointed out here, here, here, here, Governor John Kitzhaber and the people he charged with Cover Oregon–OrBamaCare–aren’t talking. In fact, they’ve sicced security on people with temerity to ask questions. 

Maybe if workers have whistleblower status we’ll finally get some answers. 

Cover Oregon to We the People: No comment

No comment from ‘public servants’ as 100 programmers from OrBamaCare website are sent home.

orbamacare singer no comment

Maybe it’s a sign things are getting better, but somehow I doubt it. Cover Oregon’s –OrBamaCare–website is STILL officially the worst state run system in the nation, after all. 

The Zero reports Cover Oregon’s main contractor, Oracle, has sent home 100 of its programmers, leaving 65 in place. The website has never worked for the bill-paying-public though reportedly a beta system has allowed state workers to enroll 700 people, according to the Oregonian. 

But what’s really going on? What do all of these moves mean?

Exchange acting director Bruce Goldberg did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday afternoon.

No comment.

There’s been no update to that response that I can find. 

The governor has run out on interviews when the questions got too hard, run from questions from Citizen Journalists, had his security keep Citizen Journalists away from him so he couldn’t hear their questions, and had his security team visit the home of a reporter to intimidate him from asking questions. In short: Oregon gets a big “no comment” and worse, abject contempt. 

The public is purposely kept in the dark because of the contemptuous way the Kitzhaber regime treats Oregonians. Maybe this guy has the right idea: pull the plug.

Desperation, Thy Name is MoveOn.Commie

Below is the missive I received just now from the moveon.commies blaming the REPUBLICANS for the stall in the health care bill. The Senate has 60 Democrats. That’s a bullet proof majority. However, in their haste to find a villain they trot out the Republicans. I sure hope they are responsible, but, alas, I doubt it. So in the interest with keeping their derangement syndrome fires stoked, why don’t the moveon.commies just pull out their usual villains:
“The Bush Crime Family,” “Scooter Libby,” “Karl (Frog March) Rove,” “Dick (Darth Vader) Cheney,” Sarah Palin’s Child (insert your favorite one here: Trig (birthed by “someone else”) or either of the teenaged daughters (try David Letterman’s favorite, the 14 year old). C’mon, Moveon! You’re losing your grip! Get going! Think of a plan B! The republicans can’t be doing this, so…who? Could the real hold up be the American People?
Dear MoveOn member,

Why are Republicans holding health care hostage?1

More importantly, why are Democratic leaders letting them?

The chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, is refusing to release a bill until he can reach a deal with Republicans2—who are ideologically opposed to a public health insurance option and are stalling as much as they can.

And instead of taking the reins, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “gave his blessing” to Baucus’ latest delay.3

This afternoon, Senate Democrats are gathering for a special meeting to talk health care.4 It’s the perfect time for your senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, to speak out and tell Sens. Reid and Baucus that allowing Republican obstruction to stop health care reform is just unacceptable.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Desperation, Thy Name is MoveOn.Commie

Below is the missive I received just now from the moveon.commies blaming the REPUBLICANS for the stall in the health care bill. The Senate has 60 Democrats. That’s a bullet proof majority. However, in their haste to find a villain they trot out the Republicans. I sure hope they are responsible, but, alas, I doubt it. So in the interest with keeping their derangement syndrome fires stoked, why don’t the moveon.commies just pull out their usual villains:
“The Bush Crime Family,” “Scooter Libby,” “Karl (Frog March) Rove,” “Dick (Darth Vader) Cheney,” Sarah Palin’s Child (insert your favorite one here: Trig (birthed by “someone else”) or either of the teenaged daughters (try David Letterman’s favorite, the 14 year old). C’mon, Moveon! You’re losing your grip! Get going! Think of a plan B! The republicans can’t be doing this, so…who? Could the real hold up be the American People?
Dear MoveOn member,

Why are Republicans holding health care hostage?1

More importantly, why are Democratic leaders letting them?

The chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, is refusing to release a bill until he can reach a deal with Republicans2—who are ideologically opposed to a public health insurance option and are stalling as much as they can.

And instead of taking the reins, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “gave his blessing” to Baucus’ latest delay.3

This afternoon, Senate Democrats are gathering for a special meeting to talk health care.4 It’s the perfect time for your senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, to speak out and tell Sens. Reid and Baucus that allowing Republican obstruction to stop health care reform is just unacceptable.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com