Oregon Governor Kitzhaber babbles on at the gun bill hearing, in the midst of an FBI investigation into his state version of Obamacare.
More on this story can be seen at KATU
Published on Jan 3, 2014
“If you like your plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley attempts to defend the most egregious lie from the Obama administration and his lackeys in the Senate and House, as a fed up constituent hits him with the tough questions at a town hall.
Published on Jan 3, 2014
This small business owner, who has 12 employees, has had to cancel insurance their plans, thanks to a massive increase in cost. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley brushes him off, tries to pass Obamacare off as being amazing, and basically belittles the guy and tells him to sign his employees up for Cover Oregon, which still doesn’t function. Notice the part where he says that some small businesses have reported only small increases in insurance costs, where others have reported large increases. Apparently none of them have cheaper insurance now!
Update and Correction:
Steve Buckstein, policy analyst and founder of Cascade Policy Institute recently pointed out that the story, as reported by KGW, was incorrect in their assertion that individuals would have until November 22nd, 2013 to inform the state whether they intended to keep their plan. The site has since fixed the error, clarifying that it is the insurance companies themselves that need to do this.
As far as individuals needing to report whether they want to keep their plan, it is uncertain whether individuals will need to report to the state or Cover Oregon to keep their cancelled plan. It is recommended that individuals facing cancellation contact their insurance provider and remind them to contact the State of Oregon before Friday, November 22nd.
Buckstein, in a comment on the incorrect article, observed that “even though it’s not quite as bad as it could have been, for most people this is still a great insight into the incompetence of government and a warning not to let government run anything that’s so important to our lives.”
Original Story: Across the nation, massive controversy was spawned when a promise made by nation’s president and other public servants in favor of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) that, if Americans liked the insurance plan, they had they could keep it, was proven to be false. In Oregon alone, 150,000 people found their insurance plans facing impending cancellation due to the plan being “nonconforming” to ACA standards.
Now, in the wake of public blowback, healthcare exchanges across the nation, including Oregon’s own healthcare marketplace Cover Oregon, are scrambling to do damage control, and have agreed to allow private citizens the right to renew their plans – at least, on a limited basis. However, the offer only allows five days for Oregonians to inform Cover Oregon about their intent, ending on November 22nd, 2013. This is made much more difficult due to the fact that neither Cover Oregon nor the mainstream Oregon news stations are particularly concerned about mentioning this any more than they need to.
The article is not displayed anywhere on the front page of the websites for KGW, KOIN, KATU, The Oregonian, and The Statesman Journal. It has been buried by the news cycle. This is very inconvenient for many, who will likely not hear about the potential to keep the insurance plan they liked until it is too late to do anything about it.
This lackluster exception barely solves the insurance problem and it also is a gross violation of personal liberty following the same thought as the initial controversy.
The question is raised: why is it the government’s decision what plans can and can not be purchased by a private citizen? If a private citizen feels that they only need a small amount of health insurance – perhaps a catastrophic insurance plan – but it is deemed “nonconforming” and “unsatisfactory” by the federal government, why does that government have the override capability to instead determine the needs of that private citizen for them?
There is a large difference between a healthcare plan that controls the healthcare decisions of American citizens and a plan that provides insurance for those who have been going without. The American Healthcare Reform Act, revealed in September 2013 during the government shutdown debacle, attempted to do this. Some claim it was too late.
Regardless, the abject failure of Cover Oregon to register even a single person, despite 18,000 backed up paper applications (due to an inoperable website), the similar nationwide chaos with the other state-based exchanges, and the new revelations that “keep your plan” was a marketing tactic and not a truthful statement suggest that maybe later is better than never.
For now, it remains to be seen whether the “limited” quantifier on the healthcare exchanges’ decision to hold to their initial promise will lead to a withdrawal of citizen rights in the future. If you want to keep your plan, you need to contact your state’s healthcare exchange by Friday, November 22nd, 2013. Make sure you insist on confirmation that your plan will be kept – with the reluctance of the exchanges to make an effort to promote this, anything is possible.
You can contact your healthcare exchange in a number of ways to tell them that you like your plan and want to keep it, just like they said.
Oregon – Cover Oregon
Washington State – Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Idaho – Your Health Idaho
It is recommended that you call Cover Oregon, due to their website remaining inoperable.
h/t Ben Nanke at WatchdogWire.com
July 19, 2013
by Jeff Reynolds | WatchDogWire.com
This week, Cover Oregon, the corporation set up by the Oregon Legislature to administer Obamacare exchanges in our state, released their ad campaign. This campaign uses music videos and $3.9 million in federal funds to sell Obamacare to Oregonians. The videos met with, at best, mixed reactions.
One Oregonian, a contributor to WatchdogWire Oregon, was moved to respond. Ben Nanke has released a new video that reaffirms the rugged independent Oregon spirit and denies the need for governmental intervention in our personal decisions. (You can see Ben’s reporting for WDW here.)
As Ben states at YouTube,
Published on Jul 19, 2013
This is a response to the recent ad campaign by Cover Oregon.
As native Oregonians, we found it strange that a large-scale, federally-funded ad campaign is trying to twist the meaning of “the Oregon Spirit.”
Quoting the Oregonian – ‘Mark Ray, co-owner and creative director of North [who created the ad campaign], said the initial ads are to “create almost a hello” sort of vibe, while stressing an “Oregon pride, Oregonians take care of themselves kind of thing.”‘
We agree, and believe that “Oregonians take care of themselves” means exactly that. We take care of ourselves. No government mandates, no tax penalties, and no manufactured marketplaces. We love seeing our fellow Oregonians happy, healthy, and strong, which is why we don’t want to see our state fenced in by government-controlled health care.
Lyrics: Benjamin Nanke
Composition/Music: Benjamin Nanke, Sophia Morrison, Matthew Steele, Dashiell House
Filming Team: Benjamin Nanke, Sophia Morrison, Matthew Steele, Logan Knauss
Budget: $40 for gas and dinner for the team
Production Time from start to finish: One week
Special Thanks to CCTV Salem for access to filming equipment and editing facilities
Here are the lyrics:
You know there’s more to a state than the rivers and the rain
The trees and weather, for some, it stops there
They say the Oregon spirit but that’s not how I hear it
There’s more to Oregon than you’re aware
From out East they came, past Chimney Rock
Facing snakes and bites and the mud and the rain
They just hiked up their boots and they pushed through the pain
They said “oh, don’t fence me in”
Across the mountains they forged and came with enterprise
The wagon wheels came in fours and dusty boots came in scores
And the heart of the land fell on weary eyes
But the joy that they’d arrived made up for the sores
Long ago the wagons traveled past the cliffs of the Gorge
We watched the sagebrush trails become I-84
It’s not that I don’t care, it’s that I’ve seen it before
We say “oh, don’t fence me in.”
You say, “ooh, it looks mighty innocent”
but follow the trail, you know it’s gonna derail
I say “ooh, we’re all going to pay for this”
We’ve travelled quite a long road, and we know where this goes
You say it’s time for a change from the Oregon range
Rugged individuality gives way to rain and trees
So don’t tell the people of Oregon that we don’t care
Don’t fence me in. (Don’t fence me in)
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