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 Parrish is usually an unafraid bulldog in front of hostile groups, she has withdrawn her agreement to attend this affair.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
By Peter Toll
National headlines often state humongous numbers while those of us out here in the hinterlands feel less and less in control as Republicans try to gut funding for vital social problems and hand us the bill while passing on grandiose tax savings to the ultra-rich.
So how does President Trump’s proposed Waldencare legislation and tax plan impact us financially? Trump wants to gut your health care and drop all deductions for state, local and property taxes. Continue reading
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Breathe deeply, neighbor, and smell that fresh air. No doubt that is a key contributor to a recent declaration of Clackamas County as one of the healthiest counties in Oregon, second only to neighboring Washington County.
This is a measurement of the population, not any other measure such as financially healthy, spiritually healthy or industrially/commercially healthy. Air quality, no doubt, is part of it. But the sociological and physical issues are only part of it, according to a recent study by the non-profit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Continue reading
By Peter Toll
Nobody in Clackamas County’s Democratic circles is sitting around resting on their laurels after the election.
We’re live here in Portland, rallying to Save Health Care. SHARE this post with your friends and let’s build this movement to protect our helth care from Donald Trump and his buddies in the Republican Congress!
Posted by Jeff Merkley on Sunday, January 15, 2017
Our two re-elected members of Congress, Earl Blumenauer, of Portland, and Kurt Schrader, of Canby, participated in a health care rally put on by Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden. Thousands showed up, including several from Clackamas County, to show President-elect Trump how Oregonians feel about dumping the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading