“Facing Reality” Report Offers Solutions to Governor Brown’s $1.7 Billion Budget Hole Without Raising Taxes

PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute and Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation jointly released a new report Wednesday, entitled Facing Reality: Suggestions to balance Oregon’s budget without raising taxes. The report offers practical solutions to fill Governor Kate Brown’s estimated $1.7 … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Leadership, Obamacare, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Tax Reform, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Taxpayers Ultimately Get the Bill for Oregon’s Medicaid Expansion

By Thomas Tullis Thirty states have already undertaken the Medicaid expansion encouraged by the Affordable Care Act. In Oregon, more than one in 4 people are now enrolled in Medicaid. Enrollment is nearly twice as high as originally thought, and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, State Budget, State Government | Tagged , , , , | 21 Comments

Are ObamaCare’s Insurance Subsidies Legal?

By Kathryn Hickok Last Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Plaintiffs in King v. Burwell claim the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not have the authority to circumvent … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, Oregon Government, State Government | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Meet “The Man Who Could Bring Down ObamaCare”

Would you like to meet the man the media says could bring down ObamaCare? You’ll have that opportunity next Thursday evening, February 26, when Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute speaks in Portland. Cannon is an architect of the legal strategy … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Obamacare, Progressivism | Tagged , , , , | 351 Comments

No Death Panels Here―Yet

By Steve Buckstein ObamaCare mastermind Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel recently published an Atlantic magazine essay explaining why he hopes to die at age 75, which for him is eighteen years away. He won’t kill himself, but plans to refuse any medical … Continue reading

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How Jefferson Explained the Constitution to Louisiana Nuns

By Kathryn Hickok This week in 1804, Thomas Jefferson wrote to an Ursuline nun in New Orleans, who had asked him to clarify her religious community’s rights under U.S. law after the Louisiana Purchase. President Jefferson assured her that the … Continue reading

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Cover Oregon: Out of the Frying Pan…

Recently, after wasting more than $200 million in federal cash, Cover Oregon’s Board voted to pull the plug on Oregon’s failed ObamaCare health insurance exchange and go with the federal exchange technology as the “core” of its system. The first open enrollment period for … Continue reading

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As ObamaCare Turns Four, How’s It Working out for You?

By Steve Buckstein The Affordable Care Act turned four years recently So how’s it working out for you? If you’re one of the millions who lost, or risk losing, the insurance you already had, your answer is probably “not so … Continue reading

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Is Part-Time Work Obama’s New American Dream?

By Kathryn Hickok Last week the Congressional Budget Office reported that the Affordable Care Act will cause Americans to work less. Significant numbers of people will choose to keep their incomes low in order to be eligible for federal health care subsidies … Continue reading

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AP: Cover Oregon Is ObamaCare’s “Biggest Failure”

By Kathryn Hickok More than seven weeks after launch, Oregon’s online health insurance exchange Cover Oregon still hasn’t enrolled one person, surprising out-of-state onlookers who would have voted Oregon “most likely to succeed.” An Associated Press story puts it this … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, Obamacare, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, State Government | Tagged , , , | 346 Comments

If You Like It, Maybe You Can Keep It

By William Newell “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” These words have come back to haunt President Obama. Contrary to his statement, many Americans enrolled in individual health plans have lost or … Continue reading

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October Chaos for Cover Oregon

Three weeks after launch, Oregon’s online health insurance exchange Cover Oregon hasn’t enrolled a single person. $82 million has been spent on a website which has received more than 430,000 visits and 3.7 million page views, and yet still cannot … Continue reading

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The Trouble with ObamaCare Is…Parking?

Oregon is scrambling to open its new federally mandated health insurance exchange, dubbed Cover Oregon, on time October 1st. Since the commodity being marketed is health insurance, one can only imagine the number of things going wrong: price quotes, online … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Health Care Reform, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 98 Comments

“Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis” Book Forum

Date: Jun 27, 2013 Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Location: Monte Carlo Room of Ernesto’s Restaurant Cost: $15 Per Person (Due at Time of RSVP) Please join Cascade Policy Institute for our next book forum featuring John Goodman, Ph.D., President and … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of ObamaCare

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is constitutional means that Congress now has power to do virtually whatever it wants. But having the power to write health care rules and … Continue reading

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Kathryn Hickok talks about the First Amendment fight to serve

We sat down with our Publications Director Kathryn Hickok to discuss her latest commentary, This First Amendment Fight Is for Freedom to Serve, where she discusses the threat to religious freedom from a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human … Continue reading

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Obamacare: Pain or Prescription for College Students’ Ailing Futures?

By Rebecca Phillips Have you ever heard of someone waiting 18 months to get an MRI? It’s a frequent scenario in Canada, a country that is noticeably free in most respects. The exception is health care, which is controlled by … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity | Tagged , , , , , | 887 Comments

A Supreme Court Precedent Against ObamaCare

When federal and state law conflict, under the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2) federal law often takes precedence. But it doesn’t always. Oregon was in the forefront of what could be a very relevant exception. In Gonzales v. Oregon, … Continue reading

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Federal Health Care Reform: A Two-Year Report Card

by Dr. Roger Stark Major health care reform (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) became law two years ago. The legislation passed with only Democratic votes and totaled a massive 2,700 pages. The Medicare and Medicaid programs, by contrast, were … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity | Tagged , , , , | 26 Comments

“We Have a Year to Figure out How to Violate Our Consciences”

“Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience,” stated Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and the president of the United States Conference … Continue reading

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