By Charles Gallia, State Senate candidate, SD 20
When the Oregonian made a “tough call” to oppose Measure 101 (12/16/2017), they were indifferent to the harm and chaos taking such a stand could create.
The objections they raised to it are minor and could be responsibly dealt with in a regular legislative session. They fail to appreciate that the legislature did its job. They advocate a broad tax increase for everyone out of general funds. That’s revenue that did not exist in the earlier session, does not exist now, and won’t magically appear in the next 30 days. Continue reading
By William Street, HD 40 Co-Leader
In what appears to be a clear violation of the standards of the office of secretary of state, the Oregon official charged with overseeing all elections in Oregon, Secretary Richardson has mastered the Trump administration’s “conflict of interest” ethos.
In a newsletter issued November 29, 2017 he writes:
Soon Oregon voters will be considering whether or not to approve tax increases intended to provide additional funding to the OHA. With such abysmal examples of OHA misfeasance and obfuscation, OHA faces tough questions about its credibility and its ability to appropriately spend the money it is provided.
This is clearly an appeal to voters to vote NO on Measure 101, a bipartisan health care bill designed to protect more than 60,000 Oregon children and stabilize insurance markets for millions more. Continue reading
Where in the World is Walden?
Oregon’s Congressman Greg Walden is a powerful member of Congress and co-author of the original repeal and replace House bill that would have denied health insurance coverage to more than 20 million US citizens and thousands of Oregonians. That legislation failed.
Now Republican Senators have a new version identified as: Graham-Cassidy (G-C). Continue reading
Clackamas County is now the headquarters for a would-be ballot measure to remove 350,000 Oregonians from Medicare rolls, sort of applying the Trump-Ryan-McConnell anti-Obama thing strictly to Oregon. State Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, is the ringleader of this fake “look at the money we’ll save” scheme, and the reaction it is drawing is exemplified by this opinion piece in a recent Sunday issue of The Oregonian.
State Rep. Julie Parrish is in hot water in her own district. At a healthcare gathering in her hometown of West Linn, Parrish’s idea of cutting taxes by cutting some 350,000 Oregonians off the Medicaid rolls elicited more than unkind comments. Parrish herself refused to attend the meeting. Here’s the story.
Julie Parrish, Clackamas County’s most outspoken and energetic Republican legislator, wants to take Oregon from bad to worse when it comes to knocking people off their health insurance. But wait! She’d save millionaires a ton of money — some $300 million.
Standing up to her is the group Our Oregon, a coalition of public labor organizations dedicated to improving the lot of all Oregonians, especially the poor. They had a Health Care Town Hall in Parrish’s West Linn district this week and invited her to defend her position. Apparently she forgot. Or had to sort her socks. She missed it.
Here’s what Our Oregon had to say.