House Republicans toughen Cover Oregon reforms

 House Republicans toughen Cover Oregon reformsOregon House Republican Office

Salem, OR – Amendments from House Republicans to strengthen reform and oversight of Cover Oregon were made a part of SB 1562-B. Specifically, the amendments will require the public release of all independent investigations as well as require the Cover Oregon executive director to come before the legislature and address existing fiscal issues, budgetary obligations and enrollment data which threaten the long-term viability of the system.

“One of our top priorities this session was to pass additional accountability measures which will shed light on the Cover Oregon failures,” said Rep. Mike McLane (R – Powell Butte), the House Republican Leader. “We are pleased to get these reforms through, although there were more reforms we tried to pass but they were blocked by House Democrats.”

House Republicans introduced other measures or amendments this session which would have expedited an audit of Cover Oregon by Secretary of State Brown, required legislators to utilize Cover Oregon for healthcare coverage, and allowed Oregonians to receive federal subsidies when purchasing insurance outside the exchange and directly from insurance providers.

“By demanding that the Cover Oregon executive director provide us with these answers and by requiring the public release of all independent investigations, we’re closer to understanding the full nature of the problem,” said Rep. Jason Conger (R – Bend), a member of the House Committee on Health Care and the sponsor of the amendments. “Today we made a good step in restoring the broken trust with Oregon voters.”

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  • Jack Lord God

    Trust is an important thing. That’s what was broken with Obamacare as well as Cover Oregon.

    Trust was broken when Like Plan Keep Plan was proven to be a lie. That was number one.

    Politicians promised a massive new entitlement, put it all on a credit card and swore to us they cared about our health care.

    Well, they didn’t as clearly there was not even the slightest oversight either nationally or in Oregon commensurate with the amount these politicians professed to care about the issue.

    So that was trust breaking number two – Politicians cared about power over peoples health care, not the health care itself.

    Then came the attempt in Oregon to hide the findings of any review from the public. This is outrageous on any level and it is absolutely absurd to think anyone could rationally support this.

    And that was breaking of the trust number three – and a further indication that power was what was sought, not better health care.

    Will people demand better? Well, nationally I think we will. Democrats have abandoned hopes of capturing the House and now the Senate could possibly go Republican.

    Will we demand better in Oregon? Nope. Democrats will retain an iron grip on the statewide legislative process because we are past the point of no return – so many people are dependent on government even the most outrageous behavior is tolerated.

    • Granola girl

      Well said Jack!!

    • DavidAppell

      Rupert Huse of Rupert Huse and Son (www.huse.com) of Springfield, Oregon wrote:
      Trust was broken when Like Plan Keep Plan was proven to be a lie.

      Insurance companies no longer offer underinsured plans. This change was obvious to anyone who paid attention.

      Underinsured people cost everyone else money. Aren’t Republicans supposed to be about “responsibilit?”

      Maybe Rupert makes enough money selling mouth gags to pay for other people’s health care. But many think — like Mitt Romney — that there should be no free riders.

  • DavidAppell

    Republicans are VERY late to the party on this one…. but it’s nice to see so many of them admitting that the situation before the ACA was untenable, and we can’t return to that time and those poor policies.

    Progress!

    • .

      Take you louse and your snot nose varmint/valet off the set – and, DEMass your arse-on over to fuel the desires of Cuban or Venezuelan Czars, albeit fook’n to their smokin’ and tokin’ delight.

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