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.
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:
Kitzhaber’s work wife and fake wife plundered his office. Worse? He was only to happy to let them loose on Oregonians — and their moth-filled wallets — as long as no one bothered him with details.
It’s hard when you discover the ‘cool’ guy you voted for was actually an egotistical, hair sprayed airhead.
Oregonians should have taken John Kitzhaber at his word when he uttered his Nixonesque ‘Oregon is ungovernable’ you won’t have him to kick around anymore epithet in 2002.
They should have believed the pundits who said ‘It’s the governor, stupid’.
Instead, voters let the perpetually affected, detached and bored executive back into office, whereupon he turned everything over to his unelected wives and handlers.
The emails the ex governor tried to destroy, but which were obtained by Willamette Week, show Kitzhaber turned over two of his biggest projects — and biggest failures — to his campaign chief, who ran Oregon’s business in the Columbia River Crossing and Cover Oregon to the benefit of exactly one person: her client, candidate John Kitzhaber.
This may come as a surprise, but that’s a Bozo-No-No.
Willamette Week still felt impelled to spell that out for the Van-Down-By-the-River/Occupy crowd:
If they made decisions based on Kitzhaber’s personal political interests rather than what was best for taxpayers, that’s not right,” says David Friedman, an associate professor at the Willamette University College of Law. “It just looks bad.”
When she wasn’t working for the company managing the disastrous light rail program laughingly called Columbia River Crossing, campaign aid Patricia McCaig, Willamette Week reports she was paid to ‘manage’ the program for the Governor.
Then, because apparently she’d done such a *great* job with the CRC, Kitzhaber put McCaig in charge of the quickly circling-the -drain Cover Oregon plan.
McCaig saw her plan of action clearly. She didn’t want to save the OrBamaCare program, she wanted to save the Governor.
According to the emails in Willamette Week, McCaig quickly saw an off ramp. She manufactured a meeting where the preordained demise of the program would be pronounced and then, aha! she’d orchestrate a lawsuit against Oracle. She even bragged about it to the boss, who called her his ‘princess’:
The emails also show McCaig orchestrated the state’s legal strategy against Oracle. Polling showed voters blamed the governor for Cover Oregon’s failure. McCaig wanted Kitzhaber to demand money back from Oracle.
“We need to start the discussion from a different place,” McCaig wrote to Kitzhaber on April 7, 2014. “Mike [Bonetto] and I talked offline about Oracle—we’re leaning, regardless of which option, of announcing we’re going ‘after’ them.”
McCaig added in a May 19, 2014, email to Kitzhaber: “We need to show the taxpayers that we are going after the money. It doesn’t really matter if it is $200 million or $40 million, or how many people enrolled, until we make it clear that we’re going after the money.”
By mid-June, McCaig told Kitzhaber their Cover Oregon media strategy was working.
She was thrilled when the media lost interest in the story and didn’t bother to do their jobs anymore.
“Quite a week,” she wrote to him on June 13, “it wasn’t all about Cover Oregon. (FYI—no cameras at [Cover Oregon] board meeting and only 2 reporters, that’s great progress).”
And finally, the woman who had been doing the work of Oregon citizens, but was really a campaign aparatchik, got the word she needed from the man in office. He wrote this message to Patricia McCaig after a trip to the Pendleton Round Up where folks there can tell the real stuff from shinola:
No cheering crowds (but, then again, only one hiss), more horse shit that you can possibly imagine, highly efficient [fundraising] call time,” Kitzhaber wrote. “I can pay you now…really.”
‘I can pay you now’?
I’ll take a double order of conflict of interest, please.
Go read the rest at Willamette Week, but I leave you with three comments on the WW’s story that tell the story of the learning curve of Oregon voters and show you the truth was always out there — you just had to find it for yourself:
Bringing McCaig on to smoke screen Cover Oregon to get re-elected was a slime bag move made by a desperate candidate hell bent on covering up the 3rd term dents to get to the “unprecedented 4th term.” Especially since she had no healthcare experience. That makes it 10 times worse.
kick box kitty
This is completely outrageous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Kitz was so happy to turn the whole thing over to her — because he had already screwed it up and didn’t know what to do next and had no time to work on it because he had to rush off to Bhutan or some other place other than his actual JOB
Why did it take so long to see Kitzhaber was inept? PERS, the Columbia River Bridge, CoverOregon and those goofy commercials? It’s why so many that are not liberal just shook their heads at his third and fourth terms.
Remember when John Kitzhaber
1) Faked heart attack when state was flooded in 1996 and Vera was filling sandbags
2) Said health care should have been reformed on state level rather than federal after being feted regularly by “The Economist” for medical rationing
3) Vetoed Secondary Lands bill in Washington Park in 1995. Governor threw tantrum in front of WW II veterans and stormed off – later told press he doesn’t “do public” well
4) Rip-rapped his own Neskowin beach house when others couldn’t protect their homes 5) Built on his 10 acres on Umpqua River when land was zoned Exclusive Forest use
6) Vetoed a record 100 bills in 1997 Oregon legislature 7) Refused to do interviews with media other than liberal media – even though he said he changed for this latest campaign — really? 8) Fleeing scene of Biscuit Fire five minutes before President Bush arrives, and leaving Sen. Wyden alone and furious 9) Unable to get along with legislative leaders – including Secretary of State of his own party, Phil Keisling
10) Refused to attend National Governors Association meetings, which at the time included innovative governors such as Jeb Bush, Tommy Thompson, John Engler, Bill Weld. Why? Because Kitzhaber already had the answers
11) Went fishing after 9/11 for a week when country was in crisis 12) Wanted to tear down dams on Snake River and freaked out then-Washington Gov. Gary Locke
Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued to Kitzhaber’s office a wide-ranging demand for documents on Friday, the very day the governor announced he was resigning.
The letter cites a recent report that highlighted concerns sparked by a Kitzhaber staffer’s attempt to have thousands of emails inadvertently stored from the governor’s personal email account removed and deleted from state archives. A governor’s spokeswoman said the intent was to preserve emails that pertained to the public’s business, but not ones deemed personal.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s committee wants to make sure Kitzhaber isn’t trying to cover up what’s become known colloquially as the Cover-Up Oregon health plan. But here’s another angle on the story: Kitzhaber may have colluded to keep the Cover Oregon site down altogether, instead of constantly malfunctioning to help the Governor’s re-election campaign.
And a set of emails leaked to Willamette Week in November showed that McCaig directed meetings to discuss the content and timing of an advisory committee’s recommendation on Cover Oregon’s future. Three weeks later, the committee publicly recommended closing down the Oracle-built exchange and moving to the federal one.
Oracle has accused the state of shutting down the exchange to help Kitzhaber’s reelection campaign.
Friday was a very bad day for the Oregon chief executive.
Recently disclosed statements by the Administrations point man on the Affordable Care Act, Jonathan Gruber, are reminiscent of the Jack Nicholson phrase in the movie a “A Few Good Men”, “You can’t handle the truth”!
Jonathan Gruber was the architect of Romney Care in Mass, the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act, as well as a paid contractor who served as an implementer and spokesman for the ACA under a $400K contract. And now, according to the Washington Times, we discover Gruber made MILLIONS lying to the American public:
Minnesota, for example, used federal Obamacare grants to pay Mr. Gruber to attend one meeting, participate in a biweekly email list and print a copy of the report, all for $329,000. Wisconsin paid Mr. Gruber $400,000 for the same material, requested by the office of then-Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat. When the report was presented, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, didn’t want Mr. Gruber at the news conference. Vermont is paying him another $400,000. Such a deal!
West Virginia, Maine, Colorado and Oregon have partaken of Mr. Gruber’s services, too, guaranteeing him a tidy sum. The money bought lies and deception. That’s Mr. Gruber’s characterization, not ours. “If you had a law which made it explicit that healthy people are going to pay in and sick people get money,” said Mr. Gruber, “it would not have passed.”
Additionally, Gruber filed a Friend-of-the-Court-Brief defending the ACA in defense of the Administration’s position before the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. This case is now pending appeal before the Supreme Court.
His comments reflect the ultimate deception of the ACA,
Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass…
Remember the Nancy Pelosi statement during the ACA debate, “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It”
The comments on that video were made at an academic conference.I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.
Note that his selection of words in his alleged “apology” suggest he apologizes for the comments, but not about the central ideas he espouses. Nuanced indeed. When further pressed to elaborate on his response, he then launched into a tangential argument spinning blame on the Bush and prior Administrations for their lack of transparency. An obvious deflection again intended to mask his true beliefs.
Since the release of this first tape, two more videos (and now another) have emerged verifying that the first tape was not a single incident, nor a one time slip of tongue, but a strongly held conviction. Gruber again,
One more time(?),
But then, he is sorry for the comments?!?
And at a subsequent interview, Gruber has had the audacity to claim Republicans were confusing people?? He stated,
I think that this comes to the master strategy of the Republican party, which is to confuse people enough about the law so that they don’t understand that the subsidies they’re getting is because of the law.
Rather amusing that Gruber who admits “lack of transparency” and blames Americans for stupidity, then has the audacity to blame the bill’s opponents for confusing people?! Perhaps this latest assertion will become the introductory statement in his next speaking engagement.
The promise of transparency has been the hallmark promise of Obama’s Administration from day one, comparable to Ulysses version of sea nymph sirens whose beguiling and enticing songs rendered his crew defenseless. The incessant chant of “transparency” parroted by both Obama himself and his Administration have mesmerized hard working Americans to believe that all their problems and in this case all their medical issues will be forever resolved. Among other instances, these melodic chants were introduced with the 2009 call to transparency:
This is the most transparent administration in history.
And Obama’s White House Website itself repeats this pledge,
My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.
Interesting that while the Administration gave lip service to the concept of transparency, it eagerly embraced deception to pass ObamaCare.
Americans who accepted the Administration’s and the Democrat’s promises assuring them that the ACA would reduce medical costs, prevent accelerating insurance costs, improving the quality of health care, all while allowing them to keep their existing insurance, doctor, and hospital access were beguiled. Those melodic promises of the ACA’s architects were nothing more than a cruel illusion perpetrated on hard working, decent Americans, guilty of only trusting elected representatives and not stupidity.
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.
At issue is the Portland fire fighters’ public service announcement featuring Democrat John Kitzhaber within 90 days of election
Lars Larson! How DARE you pick on Governor John Kitzhaber for only doing what was best for the people! How dare you upbraid St. John and our first responders for doing a GOOD thing! How cynical must a person be to see political posturing in a public service announcement. You’re filing a complaint over a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT, for crying out loud. And YOU, Lars Larson, are personally responsible for cheapening what was only meant to be outreach to people to SAVE LIVES! You must be AGAINST SAVING LIVES, Lars Larson! You are in favor of LETTING PEOPLE DIE, Lars Larson.
From the comments in Willamette Week on the elections complaint filed by Larson over the video PSA featuring Democrat gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber (See my previous post here), Ed in Portland writes,
So, let me understand. Are all elected officials to refrain from doing something good, or doing something that might get them seen during an election season? Heaven forbid our elected officials participate in a PSA message that could save lives!
I don’t see anything overtly political here from the fire dept. They don’t discuss the campaign or issues at all. The only way there is a direct connection to Kitzhaber is if you already know that he did CPR recently. So anyone who makes the connection already knew the connection. Lars Larson stupidly gives Kitzhaber more publicity with this complaint.
Hey, “Ed in Portland”, are you done flapping your jaws yet?
It is especially rich from the likes of Ed that he’s concerned Kitzhaber would “refrain from doing something good” because of the talk show host’s complaint the union PSA gave Kitzhaber a nice, possibly illegal, spiff 90 days before an election.
Geez, Ed, where were you for hand off when Kitzhaber spent BILLIONS on Common Core, OrBamaCare, Columbia River Crossing and screwed everything up due to his spectacularly vacant management? Were you concerned that his screw ups would cause him to “refrain from doing something good”? I don’t think Dr Do Over has refrained in the least from doing what the far left thinks is “doing something good.” Unfortunately, “doing something good”, Ed, is hella expensive! Especially so when it’s a spectacular failure! Remember Rocky King and Rudy Crews, Ed?
Ed, you’re so willing to think the worst of Lars’s motivations. Do you think Democrats incapable of using their base to further their political ambitions? What are you, Ed, 8 years old? Do you think your inbox is full of MoveOn.org, DCCC and Obama emails because they just want to know if you’re over your case of the sniffles or because all those groups works together to tell you what to think? Plus, it’s OREGON for crying out loud, Ed. One party rule. Incompetence and cover up are constants. And it’s you knuckle heads who keep covering for Dr. Do Over.
Ed, you claim the PSA, “[doesn’t] discuss the campaign or issues at all.” Calvin Klein, Coke, Pepsi, Nike, Milk, Microsoft and Apple don’t say, “vote for me”, Ed. They sell an idea and an image. They sell prestige. They sell the idea that their product is associated with cool. Like, ya know, an old rhinestone cowboy with a mullet standing next to the people who, oh, I dunno, have the reputation for saving lives on 9/11 for instance. Do you think that might give people a generally favorable impression of the Governor, Ed? A governor who’s doing poorly in the polls and who has misspent billions of tax dollars in an ever impoverished state–thanks in large part to his programs, killed jobs and put Oregon in the crapper in economic growth?
ObamaCare says what it says. That’s what a three judge panel in the DC circuit court of appeals has basically said as much in a ruling today. In a two-to-one ruling, the judges said the ObamaCare subsidy doesn’t apply to people who sign up on the federal health insurance exchanges, only state exchanges because that’s what the law says.
The federal government says it will ask the full first circuit to review the case.
In the meantime, people who signed up with the federal government and qualified for subsidies, including those in the failed state plans in Oregon and Maryland, are wondering what will become of their free money.
Although the president has changed the law multiple times to suit his political aims and the IRS attempted to paper over this obvious issue, the Democrats, when they did the final cram down on ObamaCare, intended for there to be no subsidies paid at the federal level–hoping to force states to do it.
From The Hill:
A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down one of the pillars of ObamaCare, ruling that the law’s premium subsidies are invalid in more than two-dozen states.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 decision that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not permit the IRS to distribute premium subsidies in the federal ObamaCare exchange, meaning those consumers must bear the full cost of their insurance.
“Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges ‘established by the State,’ we reverse the district court and vacate the IRS’s regulation,” the court said in its ruling.
As you can see by the ruling, the politically motivated IRS officials decided to take matters into their own hands and create a rule that directly circumvents the Democrats’ own intention and the words in the law. That ruling was vacated by the court.
… [A] separate federal appeals court panel in Richmondunanimously upheld the law and its system of subsidies and tax credits, putting it in opposition to the D.C. appeals court. That could raise the potential of a Supreme Court showdown.
“If there is a split in the circuits, then I think the Supreme Court would have to step in,” said Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel at the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center.
As for what these decisions do to the people who are getting subsidized health care? The president’s spokesman says they’ll ignore the ruling for now,
Without friendly media giving Kitzhaber the usual Democrat discount, Governor continues slide. Richardson pulls within 2% in a poll with a +/- 3.95%
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is continuing his favorability slide with Oregon voters even within his own base, according to a new poll of registered, likely voters. The poll was commissioned by the Oregon Taxpayers Association and performed by public affairs firm Wentzel Strategies based in Ohio. The phone poll of 607 likely voters was taken between May 29-June 1.The poll showed the third term governor’s favorability has slid six points in the last month compared to an OPB poll taken last month. While the sample group was smaller and skewed slightly older, perhaps from not including cell phone users, it contained some very encouraging news for Kitzhaber’s younger challenger Dennis Richardson. The poll indicated the Republican has pulled to within two points of Kitzhaber. When the margin for error is taken into consideration, Kitzhaber’s advantage is erased. Among the eye opening revelations:
47.8% claim Oregon is going in the wrong direction
55% said Kitzhaber should be replaced.
56% said Kitzhaber was doing only a fair or poor job
Who are these people?
52% voted to give Kitzhaber his current third term.
47% identified themselves as liberal or moderate.
Taxpayers Association PAC Director Jason Williams said Kitzhaber has no one to blame but his own horrible job performance, including the Covered Oregon and education department debacles.
The spike of Kitzhaber negativity can be directly attributed to a recent string of bad news national in scope over Oregon’s performance, for what we are calling the 100 Days Media Meltdown. In the past 100 days, there have been seven colossal Oregon failures stories, with many of these headlines carrying a national perspective– 55% Oregon voters want him replaced!
I’ll be mining more info from this poll soon, but this poll should be a real Kitzhaber wake up call. Problem is, he has such a string of media reported leadership disasters, I wonder if he can do anything to reverse the perception of his disasters.
*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 disastrous 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.
Dancing girls, driver’s licenses, health insurance, free food and information on Common Core were offered exclusively in Spanish at a local Portland school Saturday. The party like event for las familias, signals the return of what we used to call, “Carnivals of Crime” for illegal aliens. With the ‘revelation’ that illegal aliens have been ‘accidentally’ signed up for OrBamaCare, these kind of events once again take on added importance.
The state of Oregon used to regularly offer these party-like events to offer Spanish speaking folks in Oregon (some of whom were legally here and some who were not), free stuff–including food stamps, medicaid and welfare. They ended when Oregonians for Immigration Reform outed the practice–
embarrassing state officials who were then excoriated for giving out hard earned American tax dollars to law breakers.
While there’s no doubt the Obama recession has caused many illegal aliens to head back to their home countries, it’s also true many illegal aliens have stayed in Oregon. It’s no “accident” that Cover Oregon and other state programs have attempted to sign them up.
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.
No comment from ‘public servants’ as 100 programmers from OrBamaCare website are sent home.
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.
There’s been no update to that response that I can find.