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Posts tagged healthcare

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 […]

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 – 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 – 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…

A curious sideshow in the health insurance reform circus: Portland’s transgender benefits go unused

A curious sideshow in the health insurance reform circus: Portland’s transgender benefits go unused

Some interesting economics issues in this story from The Lund Report. What if you offered an insurance benefit that raises premiums, but no one uses the insured benefit? Last June the Portland City Council unanimously approved the new benefit joining Multnomah County and San Francisco April 2, 2012 – None of Portland’s city employees or […]

Limited Benefits, Massive Costs of Medicaid Expansion in Oregon

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h/t Eric Fruits for bringing our attention to this post. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has recently conducted a study of the costs of the 2008 expansion of Oregon’s Medicaid program that added 10,000 new, previously disqualified low-income adults to the program. The offering was so popular (90,000 applications for 10,000 spots) that […]

Oregon’s healthcare “transformation”: What is a Coordinated Care Organization, and will it save money?

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Oregon’s governor has a plan to “transform” the delivery of health care in the state.  At first blush, it seems that the state will jettison its experiment with the Oregon Health Plan that made headlines two decades ago with its rationing of services. It looks more and more likely, however, that the new plan will look much […]

Barry’s Cousin Pans Obamacare

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A board-certified diagnostic radiologist, Dr. Milton R. Wolf yesterday ripped Obamacare and one of its leading proponents, Dr. Donald M. Berwick. The good doctor has recently been dumped by the Obama administration – not because he’s a socialist, but because he made it clear. The most open and transparent administration in the history of the country simply can’t abide […]

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  • Capital budget’s impact on school construction funding July 21, 2017
    The third special session ended yesterday without the passage of the $4.2 billion capital budget. Legislators were unable to agree on a water-rights bill to address the Supreme Court’s Hirst decision, an issue rural representatives had tried to raise repeatedly throughout the session. “We’ve never seen anything like this before, but the stakes have never […]
  • Ranker: Unconscionable that Senate Republicans blocked vote on capital budget July 21, 2017
    Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released this statement after Senate Republicans refused to allow a vote on the state capital budget: It is incredibly unfortunate that on the final day of the special legislative session, the Senate Republicans placed their political agenda ahead of the wellbeing of our children, mentally ill, homeless, and public and […]
  • Capital budget, Ryan Calkins, #dadhacks July 20, 2017
    With luck, today will be the last day of the 2017 legislative session, giving us a whopping 12 days before the August primary.  We’ve got a few data points for you, both qualitative and quantitative, on the session and the ballot box in this edition of the Morning Wire. As always, thanks for reading our […]
  • “Stability” Is Another Word for “Lack of Accountability” July 22, 2017
    A bill in the California legislature would give Caltrain, the commuter trains that connect San Jose with San Francisco, “permanent financial stability.” That’s good news if you think you will be riding Caltrains one thousand years from now, but it’s bad news for the taxpayers who will have to “permanently”–however long that is–pay for running […]
  • HUD Backs Off on Housing Mandate July 21, 2017
    In a case with national ramifications, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has effectively given up on its efforts to impose high-density housing on low-density suburbs in the name of racial integration. HUD had ordered Westchester County, New York, to build low-income housing in response to claims that county zoning led to segregated […]
  • Will Miami Settle for Modern Transportation? July 20, 2017
    “Can Miami afford more rail?” asks the Miami Herald. “Or will it settle for buses?” That’s like asking if you can afford an IBM 700 mainframe computer from the 1950s or if you will settle for a MacBook Pro. Both buses and laptop computers are far less expensive than rails and mainframes, but the former […]