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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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  • Senate committee discusses collective bargaining transparency August 17, 2017
    The Senate Commerce & Labor Committee held a work session yesterday on “public transparency in collective bargaining negotiations.” Despite the strong mandate for government transparency declared by the people in the Open Public Meetings Act, government employee contracts are usually negotiated in secret, meaning an important and costly taxpayer expense is hidden until the final bill comes due. There […]
  • WA Republicans on Trump, Women running for office, Georgetown Crossing August 17, 2017
    Every other week, we try to distill a few things down to their essence, and offer those nuggets to you for review. Short, smart content that will inform the work you’re doing in policy and the economy today.  Hopefully you find something on this list that resonates with the work you’re doing. If so, let […]
  • Rep. Orwall to co-chair national Military and Veterans Task Force August 17, 2017
    Earlier this month, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues, selected Speaker Pro-Tem Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) as co-chair of the Military & Veterans Affairs Task Force. “This is truly an honor and a great privilege,” said Orwall, who […]
  • Purple Line Losers August 23, 2017
    Travelers and taxpayers both lose as Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao caved in to Maryland’s Republican Governor Larry Hogan and Democratic Congressional delegation by approving federal funding for the Purple Line. As Antiplanner readers know, the state’s own transportation analysis found that the Purple Line will dramatically increase congestion in Montgomery County suburbs of Washington […]
  • For Sale: Eclipse Glasses, Slightly Used August 22, 2017
    The Antiplanner’s eclipse was nearly smoke-free, thank you. In fact, I was in one of the best places in the nation to watch the eclipse, as we were also cloud-free. Waiting for the eclipse near Camp Sherman. Prior to the eclipse, many people were predicting chaos and even a “disaster nightmare.” “Officials are bracing for […]
  • Are Environmentalists to Blame for Wildfires? August 21, 2017
    Today is National Eclipse Day, and thanks to the Milli, Nena Spring, and Whitewater fires, I’m likely to be viewing it through a lens of smoke. So this has me thinking about wildfires and wondering if it is true, as some claim, that environmentalists are ultimately responsible for the increase in acres burned in the […]