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Posts tagged CCO

Doomsday in Marion County?

Tomorrow marks the start of the CCOs (Coordinated Care Organizations) in Marion and Polk Counties and about a hald-dozen other counties around Oregon. CCOs are Obamacare (I mean Obamatax) arriving early in Oregon–and they’re due to start tomorrow. Take a listen: I Spy Minute Tues July 31 2012 Or read the transcript below… #       #       […]

CCO’s Back in the News

CCO’s Back in the News

CCO’s those non-Obamacare Obamare programs are back in the news. Coordinated Care Organizations are the “triumph” of Gov. Kitzhaber, ensuring Obamacare will continue even if the Supreme Court strikes it down–or at least that’s the basis for an article in today’s Statesman-Journal. Funny. I thought all those 23 of 30 Republicans in the house who […]

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Forecasting

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Forecasting

The ability to forecast and foresee unintended consequences is key to any business manager. We expect the same out of politicians. If only they’d used that fundamental business concept when they rushed through Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations. Take a listen. It’s only a minute: I Spy Minute Tues May 22 2012 Or read the transcript […]

I Spy Minute: It’s not what it looks like

I Spy Minute: It’s not what it looks like

Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) are lurching into a county near you–and soon. The proponents of CCOs, including many so-called “conservative Republicans” say it’s not socialized medicine. Sure. Take a listen: I Spy Minute Mon May 21 2012 Or read the transcript below. #       #       #       # If you missed the I Spy Radio Show over […]

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Yes, Virginia, It’s Obamacare

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Yes, Virginia, It’s Obamacare

Coordiniated Care Organizations were pushed through with HB 3650, and enacted with SB 1580 and SB 1509. Marion County just signed an agreement with a CCO and they’re lurching into a county near you. Proponents of CCOs have been out there saying, CCOs are not Obamacare, that this is “only” about Medicaid. Nothing to see […]

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Confusion Reigns so Let’s Rush it Through

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Confusion Reigns so Let’s Rush it Through

Government seems to love to rush pellmell into something without fully understanding the implications of the bill they just had to pass. Case in point with the CCO’s (Coordinated Care Organizations): no one seems to have all the answers about what it all means but we’re being told the county has to sign on to […]

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Stop CCOs

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Stop CCOs

Coordinated Care Organizations are Obamacare on the local level. Think of it is as ACORN standing between you and your doctor. The Oregon Health Authority (by the way, don’t you love that name for a Department? It brings back such fond memories of Germany in, oh, the 1930s) has implemented CCOs and Marion County is […]

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Obamacare Shoved on Marion County

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Obamacare Shoved on Marion County

Have you heard about CCOs? Coordinated Care Organizations? Probably not. But they’re coming to a county near you if you’re in Oregon. The bills where shoved through the legislature under the guise of a “crisis,” that we were out of time, and it would save money. Now Marion County is being pressured to sign on […]

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Obamacare comes to Marion County

Podcast: I Spy Minute – Obamacare comes to Marion County

The first lurching step toward Obamacare is coming to Marion County–if two out of three “Republican” County Commissioners have their way. We’ll be talking with the lone hold out this Saturday on the I Spy Radio Show, heard on KYKN, 11-noon. Take a listen: I Spy Minute Thurs May 10 2012 Or read the transcript […]

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