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Posts tagged Health Care

Hospital Drug Program 340B Being Abused, Needs Oversight

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When a government program to provide help to the needy turns out to be well-targeted, effective, and efficient, most Americans are eager to stand up and applaud. When such programs deteriorate over time because of abuse, neglect, and poor oversight, then it’s up to taxpayers to call for reform. We are at just such a […]

They said it wouldn’t happen

They said it wouldn’t happen

Remember all those people (and Republican legislators!) who said the Coordinated Care Organizations weren’t socialized medicine and it wasn’t Obamacare…? Well, while most people were and are rightfully watching gun control bills, along comes HB2922 — which sure looks like it’s bringing socialized medicine to Oregon. Yep. Here it is, HB2922, the “Affordable Health Care […]

Obamacare Tax

Obamacare Tax

In light of this morning’s Supreme Court’s decision, Obamacare, despite Obama’s multiple claims to the contrary, that Obamacare is a tax. Taxes are a theft of your time. And how that plays out, one only needs to look at history. Take a listen: I Spy Minute Thurs June 28 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 – 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 – My First Personal Encounter with Obamacare

Podcast: I Spy Minute – My First Personal Encounter with Obamacare

I took my 84-year-old father-in-law to the doctor yesterday and had my first personal encounter with Obamacare. It wasn’t pretty. Take a listen. I Spy Minute Wed Apr 25 2012   Like this:Like Loading…

Oregon Health plan covers assisted suicide but not new cancer treatment

Oregon Health plan covers assisted suicide but not new cancer treatment

Obama insists that government health care doesn’t lead to rationing, denial of care and potential euthanasia. But in Oregon, that’s ALREADY where it’s leading! SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Barbara Wagner has one wish – for more time. “I’m not ready, I’m not ready to die,” the Springfield woman said. “I’ve got things I’d still like to […]

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  • Column: States rights across the aisle February 22, 2017
    It’s not unusual for political dynamics to shift as political powers shift at the federal level. But the dynamics are changing pretty quickly as we enter the second month of President Donald Trump’s administration. Notably, Democratic governors and mayors have been defending their values and speaking for their constituents with an argument often used by […]
  • Democrats call, again, for action on ‘levy cliff’ February 22, 2017
    Some school districts may have to send out pink slips if the state legislature doesn’t pass the Democrats’ “levy cliff” bill, argued Democratic leadership at their weekly press conference Tuesday. “I’m hearing from superintendents too,” said Rep. Kristine Lytton, Anacortes, at the press conference. “They are trying to dig into the complexity of the senate […]
  • GOP leaders defend education funding plan, criticize Democrats’ plan February 21, 2017
    After facing criticism for their budget plan, Republican leaders defended their education funding proposal Monday at a press conference, and made their own criticisms of the Democrat’s levy cliff bill. Washington GOP legislators’ plan is to implement something of a “levy swap” to fund education in Washington. Background Senate Republicans announced their plan Jan. 27 […]
  • Free for a Limited Time Four More Years February 22, 2017
    Washington DC’s H Street streetcar has failed in just about every way possible. The 2.2-mile line cost $200 million, which is enough to build ten to twenty miles of four-lane freeway; it opened years behind schedule; and–despite being free “for a limited time”–it carries a paltry 2,400 people per weekday, which in a sane world […]
  • Congestion Cost U.S. $295 Billion in 2016 February 21, 2017
    Speaking of congestion (as the Antiplanner was yesterday), a new congestion scorecard from Inrix estimates that congestion cost America $295 billion in 2016, which is more than 1.5 percent of 2016 GDP. Where the Texas Transportation Institute’s previous estimates of congestion costs counted only the cost to commuters, Inrix adds costs to consumers who must […]
  • Good News and Bad News February 20, 2017
    Good news: The United States had 56,000 structurally deficient bridges in 2016. That’s good news because the number in 2015 was nearly 59,000. In fact, the number has declined in every year since 1992 (the earliest year for which records are available), when it was 124,000. The American Road and Transportation Builders thinks 2016’s number […]