Obamacare Inspires Unlikely Political Action In California’s Red Region

A recent story from Kaiser Health News shows some interesting twists. Just across our Southern state boarder, “The data shows it’s the rural communities that have greatly benefited from the Medicaid expansion. That’s the irony,” By April Dembosky, KQED July 7, 2017  Greta Elliott talks to her staff at the Canby…

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Oregon Senate sends Reproductive Health Equity Act to Governor

The Oregon Senate Democrats sent out a press release today describing the final step in passing a landmark reproductive health equity bill. In keeping with federal guidelines, there will be no cost sharing for contraceptive care and a number of preventive healthcare services. It now goes to the Governor who is…

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Oregon lawmakers refuse to fund Gov. Kate Brown’s clean air initiative

The Oregonian reported yesterday that the clean air initiative would not be funded. The Cleaner Air Oregon funding would have paid for the analysis needed for the Department of Environmental Quality to develop new rules for polluting businesses to reduce their air pollution if it poses a health risk to…

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Oregon House Passes Health Authority Revenue

A health care tax package that continues support for Medicaid services for the next two years passed the Oregon House today. The 3/5 majority was reached on a 36-23 vote. House Bill 2391 is one of several revenue and budget bills that are making their way through the chambers in…

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Health Care Reality Check-up

Senator Walden- Trump’s health care idea Trump-care would have a devastating impact on Oregonians. Reduce coverage: An estimated 465,000 Oregonians would lose health coverage by 2023. Oregon’s uninsured rate will triple. Reduce federal funding: Trumpcare (the AHCA) would add $190 million to Oregon’s budget shortfall, reaching $1 billion by 2023.…

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Is universal healthcare access possible in today’s political climate?

I’ll be making a presentation at the Clackamas County Democrat’s Central Committee meeting Thursday night. Is universal healthcare access possible in today’s political climate?  I’ll cover the current Republican proposal and it’s impacts, the proposed state reductions in the Oregon Health Plan and related programs, and some opportunities to direct,…

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Be Heard on the Proposed Budget Cuts!

The Ways and Means Co-Chairs released a budget framework that shows what cuts are planned as a result of the $1.8 Billion deficit. There are significant cuts to the Oregon Health Plan eliminating coverage for over 330,000 Oregonians (35,000 lives in Clackamas County) who are covered through  the Medicaid Expansion…

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Promising Opportunity

As I was going door-to-door last year, I was struck by how many citizens were consistently raising county-level concerns.  My instinct is to help. Then when Jim Bernard and Ken Humberston won their races for county chair and commissioner, respectively, it created an opening on the Clackamas County Commission. I…

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Post-election.

Those of you who know me, know I have a few past-times that are challenging, some consider a bit risky. They require focus, conviction, and self-discipline. I’ve learned that running long distances, for me, means there is no wall to hit, one builds a base, and stopping and starting even…

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