Representative Sal Esquivel: Why good bills die

Representative Sal Esquivel says it’s tough to get anything done in Salem when the leadership can’t make up their mind on their positions.
By Rebecca Tweed
Taxpayer Association of Oregon
Lawmaker profile Series

Representative Sal Esquivel (R””Medford) has introduced over 40 bills this cycle, all dealing with important legislation for the people of Oregon. Yet, he’s got his fingers crossed on which ones will go through and which ones won’t. “It’s an interesting cycle, to say the least. You never know what is going to come out of committees. We say we want one thing, but then we do the exact opposite. When are the Oregon Democrats going to figure out that you can’t you’re your cake and eat it too?” says Representative Sal Esquivel.

Perhaps the most important bill he has sponsored has to do with affordable healthcare costs for Oregonians. Currently, about 50% of an insurance policy that we pay is additional to the actual cost of healthcare due to the state mandates. For example, if you a $1,000 policy in Oregon, that same coverage plan would be $500 in most other states. So why the difference?

“We mandate everything from Viagra to maternity benefits. It doesn’t make any sense that I’m paying for that portion of people’s health insurance,” says Representative Sal Esquivel. “Oregon wants affordable healthcare, yet we’re standing in our own way. We defeat our own purposes.” Representative Esquivel’s legislation would allow for Oregonians to purchase their coverage plans from out of state.

Representative Sal Esquivel worked on a bill with Representative Peter Buckley (D””Ashland) that would allow land owners with claims under Measure 37 to switch their claim under the new measure 49 laws. This legislation got blocked even though it had bi-partisan support. The House Democrats then wrote up their own version, but according to Representative Sal Esquivel, it left out half the constituents they were trying to help with the original bill in the first place.

“They say with one breath that they want to help land owners and then in the next, it’s a bill that does nothing of the sort,” says Representative Sal Esquivel. “I can’t say I’m surprised, but I’m definitely not pleased.”

Representative Esquivel also signed onto a bill that would have frozen minimum wage until Oregon employers can get back on their feet with the downturn in the economy. “We’re being counterproductive. Unemployment goes up because minimum wage keeps going up and employers can’t afford to pay so much. They say they want to create jobs, but they make it impossible. It’s intentional”¦make everyone get government jobs, make government bigger,” says Representative Sal Esquivel. “The problem is that doesn’t do anything for industry or small businesses. We need to be working with people to create jobs”¦they’re spending way too much time worry about 16 oz in a beer.”

Does Representative Sal Esquivel think there’s any legislation that will get passed without a knife in the back? Yes and it was actually brought to him by a constituent. The bill would allow for the non-military spouse in a military family to take advantage of the Family Leave Act, giving them two weeks paid leave from work at the front or back end of their spouse’s deployment, encouraging them to spend more time together without it being a detriment to their financial situation.

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  • Sagano

    That minimum wage freeze is a perfect way to help take existing money and make it more useful for a business that is losing money and laying off employees. See no new taxes or fees or even silly tax credits per job hire needed as the Democrats proposed yesterday.

    The phrase should be “I can give businesses millions without costing a dime.”

  • Rupert in Springfield

    The solutions to most problems are really pretty easy. Health care being the most obvious example. Why in the world buying insurance across state lines is prohibited or even constitutional is beyond me.

    You want to make health insurance affordable overnight, get rid of the stupid mandates by allowing across state lines purchase of insurance. I love that Sal Esquivel seems to get this.

    Of course that will never happen, if you cant have national health care, then running peoples health care by proxy, through insurance mandates, quells the power hungry to some extent.

    I wish so much we could find something more constructive for people who need that sort of thing to do. Instead all they do is make insurance needlessly expensive because of the ridiculous notion that they should be in charge of what we buy.

    Could we buy them a box of Legos? I mean anything just keep them busy so they don’t cost those of us who do something more productive with our time than prescribing the insurance needs of people we have never met.

    Somehow I have a very hard time believing we would have people dropping dead in the streets if the prohibition on purchasing out of state insurance were lifted.

    I really just don’t hear the Ennio Moricones “The Good The Bad and The Ugly” theme playing in my head when I saddle up to go down to the tradin post to buy me some outer state INsurance.

    “Gee Rupert, why are ya dead?”

    “Outer State INsurance pardner, Sal Esquivel’s gang got me”

    “You mean the doctor wanted to prescribe viagra, and you were gonna have to pay for it?”

    “That’s right. $10 for rigidity, I just couldn’t hack it, now Im dead in the dirt”

    “Well thats a gosh darn shame Rupert, Im sorry that yer dead, ya shoulda let other people do the thinking fer ye, thats the problem with them outer state INsurances”

    “You got that right Lucky…… you sure got that right”

    Wo We Wo We WOoooooo

    The Good – Other people thinking they know your insurance needs better than you

    Wah Wah Wah

    The Bad – Outer State Insurances, that want to rip you off with yer own brain!

    Wo We Wo We WOoooooo

    The Ugly – Rupert dead in the corral because he had to buy his viagra out of pocket and lost in a shoot out (so to speak).


  • Reper

    Good bills die because doing what is rigth is lonely job.

  • snow

    Good bills die because the people who are supposed to be doing the job, don’t have the maturity nor common sense for it.

  • jim karlock

    We keep electing fools that can’t tell fact from fiction. Whose only reading is the Sierra Club weekly reader and Al Gore’s movie full of lies.


  • camas

    Sal’s “good bills” die because he is in the minority. He is in the minority because the majority in Oregon have different priorities than he does, and thus have a different definition of what is “good.”

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