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.
Rep. Parrish Nixes In-District Meeting on Her Scheme to Drop-Kick Oregon Medicaid
By Peter Toll
West Linn Republican State Rep. Julie Parrish wants to reduce taxes on Oregon’s wealthiest by dropping some 350,000 from the state’s Medicaid rolls. She’s trying to get it on the ballot. Sounds like an Oregon version of the cruel Trump-McConnell-Ryan scheme in Congress.
Our Oregon, a coalition of public employee union members, has called a meeting August 1 in West Linn to give Rep. Parrish a chance to explain herself and, in the process, perhaps listen to what her constituents might say about the matter.
Though Ms. Parrish is usually an unafraid bulldog in front of hostile groups, she has withdrawn her agreement to attend this affair. Undeterred, Our Oregon and the Oregon Nurses Association are going ahead with their “Protect Healthcare Town Hall.” Continue reading
How does Clackamas County feel about repealing Oregon’s version of the Affordable Care Act?
Unlike the federal Republican approach languishing in the Senate, West Linn Republican Rep. Julie Parrish wants Oregon voters to undo the recent bipartisan bill passed by the Oregon Legislature.
She’s gathering signatures across the state now for a ballot measure to overturn HB 2391, which taxes hospitals to help pay for services for those who can’t, approximately one in five Oregonians. Continue reading